Kaspersky speeds-up AV checks with 2009 edition

Kaspersky Lab has upgraded its consumer market offerings with the launch of Kaspersky Internet Security 2009 and Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2009. With hourly updates, detection rate thresholds, and free telephone technical support, version 2009 features revamped anti-virus engine and user interface.

Key features include application whitelisting (restricting access to programs that are not on the 'white list' of permitted applications), and security rating technology, which assigns a security rating to programs, devices, and system resources – and restricts their activity on a computer according to it.

A system security analysis tool performs a security health-check by scanning and analysing installed applications and operating systems. A virtual keyboard feature presents a pop-up array that enables logins, passwords, bank card details and other personal information to be entered without using the physical keyboard.

Other significant improvements have been made to the signature database ('blacklist'), a personal two-way firewall that protects users from both incoming attacks, and from programs trying to send private information to an external source; an heuristic analyser, real-time behaviour blocker, anti-phishing, anti-spam, and anti-banner features.

“We’ve made the new software faster – faster to boot, faster to scan,” says David Emm, senior technology consultant at Kaspersky Lab UK. “In a domestic situation where the family PC is very in demand this can be a factor in deciding how often system scans are done.”

Emms adds: “Kaspersky is a little unusual in that we introduce our latest functionality in our consumer solutions, and allow the lessons learned to trickle upwards into the corporate solutions. Home users are just as much in the firing line as enterprise users, and they have much to learn from each other.”

Further information: www.kaspersky.co.uk/version2009

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