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Kaspersky Internet Security 2009 review


Our former champion remains a strong contender.

Review Date: 13 Feb 2009

Reviewed By: Darien Graham-Smith

Price when reviewed: £43 (£49 inc VAT)

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Overall Rating
5 stars out of 6

Value for Money
5 stars out of 6

Ease of Use
6 stars out of 6

Kaspersky has been our A-List choice for nearly 18 months, thanks principally to its stellar malware detection. This month, it's topped by a few of its rivals, but it remains a convincing suite. Its 88% malware detection rate still sits at the head of the pack, and although a 40% score in the web test may sound low, it's no worse than average.

And when we tried to launch a network-based attack on our test PC, Kaspersky warned us we were being scanned, then automatically blocked connections from the attacking IP address for 60 minutes - very reassuring.

Kaspersky also takes an agreeably cautious approach to infected email, bringing up a preview of suspect emails so you can reject them before they even reach Windows Mail. Its antispam plug-in is ugly, though: it gives Windows Mail a whole extra toolbar to accommodate just three new buttons.

The main interface feels a little overwrought too, at least compared with the likes of Eset Smart Security. Each tab contains several sub-tabs, which in turn are divided into multiple panels, and buttons aren't always where you expect to find them. But it loads very quickly and keeps resource usage impressively low.

Our experiences weren't quite hiccup-free: the package got hung up on one of our test files, and wouldn't let us repair or ignore it - in the end, we had to reboot to silence the constant warnings.

But overall, Kaspersky Internet Security is still a capable antimalware package, especially for file-based threats - and it's efficient too.

Author: Darien Graham-Smith

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User comments

2010 is out

Version 2010 has been out for sometime and it is of note that any user holding a current 2009 licence can version upgrade for free using that old key.

2010 is still a good suite, but although it looks tidier on the surface, Kaspersky have made it somewhat harder to tinker with the deeper settings such as changing the trust levels of already categorised software in the firewall section.

Also of note Kaspesky still detects elkbd.sys as a possible keylogger, despite it actually being a normal part of Intels Quick resume software. Thus triggering an endless list of flase detections in the log.

More annoyingly this behaviour still continues even after adding the file to the ignore / exceptins list.

Small grumbles but otherwise good. :-)

By Gindylow on 25 Aug 2009

2011 is out

Latest Review, about time to update the website.
A little hint to cost saving, reading the upgrade info on the website for 2011, versions 2009, 2010 can upgrade to the latest version. So I picked up cheap copies of the 2010 version at £9 for 3 PCs. Cheap upgrade path. roiute

By bigluap on 22 Nov 2010

ps Have not paid more than £15 in the last 3 years for the 3 PC version.

By bigluap on 22 Nov 2010

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