For the last few years, Kaspersky's antivirus suite has been striving for the lead position both in the market and the test labs. This top notch antivirus software provides complete protection against all kinds of malware. It performs on the basis of both heuristic scanning and database updating - in fact, it provides updates on hourly basis, thus increasing the chances of protecting your computer before the virus reaches it. Kaspersky antivirus does not provide a firewall, however - you get an integrated internet security package for that. It does what it claims to do, finding and removing all kinds of malwares from every part of your machine effectively and efficiently, without any gimmicks.
In the AV-Comparatives' test lab Kaspersky Anti-Virus 7 earned an Advanced + (highest) rating for on-demand scans. It could catch 98% of all malwares thrown at it. For the Retrospective/Proactive test, Kaspersky Anti-Virus 7 earned an Advanced (second-highest) rating with very few false positives. In the PC Pro's test lab, Kaspersky managed to find and remove an incredible 98% of malware; out of 126 malwares it identified and removed 124, and missed just one Legendmir password stealer and a generic backdoor. In the same lab, it also excelled in e-mail scanning. The most impressive fact about this software is that it is very much resource-sensitive. It does not take much of your memory space even in proactive scanning, and is able to suspend scanning during resource-intensive user operations.
It runs on Windows 2000, Windows XP, and Windows Vista. The software requires 512 RAM and at least 50MB of hard drive space. You can download a full-function 30-day trial version before buying the product. Installation of the software is easy and interactive, and the system requires a reboot for full protection. There is an uninstall option in the All Programs menu of the software, and after being removed the product does not leave any trace on the machine's folders or registry.
The best features of Kaspersky include:
â?¢ Use of heuristics to identify newly created malware along with traditional signature-based protection.
â?¢ Hourly updates of malware signatures along with all program updates.
â?¢ Short response time.
â?¢ A rescue disk which helps the system to revert back to a position before infection.
â?¢ Light on system resources.
â?¢ Scanning only-changed files, thus reducing the scan time.
â?¢ Scanning of e-mail folders with single click.
â?¢ Automatic restoration of virus protection if disabled.
â?¢ One click away configuration.
Kaspersky Antivirus 7 has a clean and sophisticated interface, with a banner sending warning if the signature files are out of date. One click configuration also helps if you like to tweak the settings. You can change the look and skin of the interface if you desire, and the left hand side navigation summarises all functionalities neatly.
Author Michaela Forbesdate added 2009-09-07 12:13:04