Founded in 1997, Kaspersky Lab is an international information security software vendor. Kaspersky Lab is headquartered in Moscow, Russia and has regional offices in the UK, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Poland, Japan, China, Korea, Romania, and the United States. The company develops, produces, and distributes information security solutions that protect customers from IT threats and allow enterprises to manage risk. Kaspersky Lab produces products that protect information from viruses, hackers, and spam for home users and enterprises and offers consulting services and technical support.
Publisher's Description About the Product.
Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2013 is the backbone of your PC's security system, delivering essential, real-time protection from the latest malware. It works behind-the-scenes with intelligent scanning and small, frequent updates, while proactively protecting you from known and emerging Internet threats. Enjoy essential protection that won't slow down your PC with Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2013.
What's new in this version:
- Even if an unknown piece of malware manages to get onto your PC, Kaspersky's unique
- System Watcher will detect dangerous behavior and allow you to undo or rollback most malicious actions.
1. Improved performance and more efficient operation
2. Improved quality of protection
3. Improved protection from spam and phishing websites
4. Compatibility with the latest versions of web browsers
5. Quick launch of Virtual Keyboard
6. Automatic removal of incompatible programs and treatment of active infection during installation
7. Automatic activation of the downloaded product without the need to enter the activation code
8. Optimized antivirus databases
9. Improved usability
Publisher Kaspersky Lab
Publisher web site http://www.kaspersky.com/
Release date August 23, 2012
Date added August 23, 2012
Category Security Software
Subcategory Antivirus Software
Operating systems Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP
Additional requirements Not available
Features and support
Kaspersky 2013's newest and best features come in the form of some very forward-thinking security improvements.
The most important of them is the exploit blocking engine called Automatic Exploit Prevention. It's a response to the increase in the number of phishing attacks and includes an antiphishing engine -- similar to the antivirus and anti-malware engines -- that updates daily.
It's hard to overstate how critical stopping exploits can be to stopping large-quantity cash thefts from online banks. Experts have estimated recent successful banking breaches at scoring from $3 million to more than $220 million, and Kaspersky says that the exploit prevention engine stops the vast majority of exploit kits.
A major component of the exploit prevention engine is Address Space Layout Randomization, or ASLR. It's a proven security technology, used in Apple OS X and iOS, in Google's Android, and by Microsoft in Windows 8. It's not foolproof, but it is one of the more effective security technologies currently available. The inclusion of ASLR in Kaspersky means that the technology will be available to Windows 7 and earlier versions, making Kaspersky unique in the security realm for that reason.
The suite now blocks Duqu and other malware specifically designed to surreptitiously install on your computer before the antivirus program loads during boot.
Safe Money revamps the Safe Run feature from previous years and is only in Kaspersky Internet Security 2013, not Kaspersky Anti-Virus. It basically streamlines the process of accessing banking sites securely. Simply go to your banking site, and as long as you have Kaspersky's browser add-ons installed, it will ask you if you want to open the site in a sandboxed mode, isolated from other browser and PC processes. You can also manually add other sites to Safe Money in Kaspersky's interface, but it's no longer a requirement because of Safe Money's new auto-detection. You can tell it's running because of a thin green line around your browser window.
There are older features worth calling out, too. One is the File Advisor, which is a Windows Explorer context menu option for checking out a file's reputation without having to go through the main Kaspersky program itself. It creates a pipeline from the Kaspersky Security Network, the Kaspersky cloud protection, to the files on your desktop. We found it to pull down reputation data quickly, although its speed also depends on your Internet connection.
The Roll Back feature can easily undo damage caused by any malware that does slip through, and the Network Monitor feature shows you real-time traffic to and from your computer. Among the better ancillary tools are an Internet Explorer security analyzer, which is a good idea if you're stuck on Windows XP with IE8 or earlier -- but it's weird that it doesn't support any other browsers.
The virtual keyboard, different from the physical keyboard protection, has been improved so that it's more responsive than previously. It's mostly an older feature to use if you're worried about keyloggers that Kaspersky keeps around for bragging rights. It's highly unlikely that you'd have Kaspersky running and be infected by a keylogger.
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