One of the leading antivirus providers, Kaspersky, has released their Internet Security suite at the dawn of 2012. The program comes at a price of roughly $20 for a 1 year, 3 PC license. That price definitively lowers the cost of protecting a PC in comparison to the previous years in which a 1 year, 1 PC license may have cost at least $20. Kaspersky’s Internet Security 2013 suite compete’s with Norton’s similarly priced Internet Security software and McAfee and Trend Micro’s lower cost Internet Security packages. Essentially, Kaspersky and Norton are the two main contenders when it comes to and antivirus and internet security. Both do a great job both preventing and removing malware threats. Anyway, choosing between the two comes down to a matter of personal preference between their user interfaces.
Kaspersky Internet Security installs hassle free and even installs over any previous antivirus software or Kaspersky Installation with the bonus of any remaining license time carried over to KIS 2013 (Kaspersky Internet Security 2013). The license key that is included with the legitimate purchase of KIS 2013 is, respectively, applicable for the full 365 days of a standard year. Aside from the eminently intuitive installation procedure, the UI (User Interface) is quite simple on the surface, yet the more advanced users possess the ability to access a variety of tools and settings.
As with most modern Internet Security/Antivirus Utilities, KIS 2013 features the utilization of the cloud. Basically, all malware discovered is stored on Kaspersky servers, thus allowing the program to more accurately identify all files on the user’s PC. For instance, if a user of KIS 2013 attempts to download files that have been determined malicious by others, KIS automatically blocks it but also gives an option to allow the download to proceed if the user wishes so. Additionally, if it detects that a program is acting like a malicious one, a dialogue box opens informing the user of the plausible threat. However, the possibly dangerous software is allowed to continue unless the user decides to take action. Most of the so called threats turn out to be perfectly safe.
In order to both simplify and automate the protection suite, updates to the database are automatically downloaded. Essentially, a basic computer user without any particular computer knowledge can run the installation and let the program run in the background.
For those who want to limit their child’s experience on the internet, KIS 2013 offers a series of parental control features which can be customized by the parents. Of course, a password can be set so that children may not edit your parental controls profile.
While it continuously scans for threats (real time protection), there is an option for more thorough, specific area scans. On the same page, full scans are notoriously long-often taking over 12 hours to complete. Conversely, critical areas and vulnerability scans are brief-each under an hour long.
Along with KIS 2013’s other useful areas, KIS 2012 provides the consumer with a set of very useful tools. They allow for the creation of a bootable rescue disk which can be used to detect and eliminate infections even if Windows fails to boot, a shortcut to Windows troubleshooting, a privacy cleaner that finds and eliminates activity traces, and a browser configuration utility that allows for the optimization for security of Internet Explorer .
Also, the internet security software provides a convenient application activity option which, as the name suggests, lists all applications or all running applications-in correlation to the user’s preferences. If the user chooses to view all running applications, Kaspersky states whether the software is trusted or not, its popularity, and its CPU and RAM usage-with the CPU usage listed in percent values and RAM usage in megabytes. However if the user decides to view all applications, some slightly differing statistics are provided-trust-ability, popularity, and date of last execution. Both types of application reports prove very useful if one wants to decide whether specific software is safe and well renowned or dangerous and not well known. Additionally, the option to view all running programs allows a user to determine which software is using up their resources and potentially bogging down their computer.
Additionally, Kapsersky Internet Security 2012 includes a network monitor function which enables the monitoring of incoming and outgoing traffic of the user’s PC, as well as the listing of open network ports. Kaspersky’s option to monitor traffic is very useful for determining what programs are connected to the internet and the taking up the most bandwidth-out of curiosity or in the case of a virus. There is also an option to unblock blocked computers on the user’s network.
KAS 2013 offers the option to use a virtual keyboard mainly as a means of protection against key loggers, but can also be used if one’s keyboard were to quit. As another means of security, the software features a “Safe Run for Websites” option which essentially permits a more secure way to enter confidential information into websites. While this mode is in use, the web browser has a green frame. Also, the Safe Run mode creates a shared folder in which files downloaded while Safe Run mode will be allocated.
As part of its antivirus features, KAS 2013 offers a quarantine mode which safely stores potentially infected files that cannot be disinfected. It also keeps backups of any files that may have been modified through disinfection or deleted; backups are stored in a safe format.
With all features and customizable settings taken into consideration, Kaspersky Internet Security is one of the most reputable and successful antivirus and security suites available.