in itself kinda odd since it's a low-level, standard thing
But isn't it the low level, standard things that are the scariest holes in your protection?
Actually this perhaps makes some sense in that Kaspersky recommends turning off DNS caching (not totally sure why they recommend this but I've followed their recomendation in any case) and so (I'm totally guessing here) all such references will need to be resolved by my ISP, hence all the ISP traffic?
I probably should check this again because perhaps this has changed with going back and forth installing and then uninstalling browsers.
As an aside, I'm very happy with Kaspersky Internet Sercurity 7.0. It loads only two services, one for the system and one for the logged on user and in normal circumstances the memory utilization is very small, usually 2MB for one and 6MB for the other. These two services take care of everything.
Once you actually do something like open up your email and receive messages or download a file then one of the processes expands to somewhere between 25MB to 50MB but I see no slowdown in the download although I am only on DSL and my normal download speed is only 768kbps (what do you expect for $14.95 a month).
Finally what iced the decision for me was the fact that for support I can call a native english speaker right around the corner from me in Woburn, MA that actually seems to know what they're talking about. Call support is only during normal business hours but it is free and they have the normal email/chat/faq lookup support that's usually useless for outside of business hours.
Besides Kaspersky, I downloaded and tried BitDefender, ZoneAlarm, Norton, CA and McAffe and based on my perhaps unique selection criteria, Kaspersky was definitely the best.