I see lots of comment in this NG about how apparently useless personal firewalls are in respect of monitoring outgoing traffic and alerting the user to malware attempts to "phone home" etc. The reason given for this is usually along the lines of "because any malware worth anything would be able to circumvent such checks and communicate out without being detected". Fair enough, I see the logic in that. However, amongst the firewalls discussed I haven't seen anyone comment specifically about Kaspersky Internet Security (KIS6.0). Kaspersky claims to protect its own files (via "Self-Defense")and also monitors all manner of process activity and alerts the user to strange behaviour. Is this getting any nearer to a useful facility? It has seemed very good to me but of course you could argue that either I have no malware on my machine (I am careful despite the fact that this PC is for family use) or I cannot see what any installed malware is doing anyway.