To let you know this blog will be about the business version of Kaspersky, there are only a couple differences between Kaspersky Internet Security 2010 and the business version, the main one being that you can so bulk admin commands to all the workstations.

Kaspersky Anti-Virus 6.0 contains all the usual protections found in its rivals with the exception of data backup provision. So you’ll find antivirus protection for files, email, web browsing, applications and processes.

You also get a bi-directional firewall, anti-DOS protection, anti-spam as well as anti-phishing and banner ad blocking. So a pretty hefty rig.

Under the protection option we have a few options to look at, here are a few of the features we see under the headings.

■ Protection for email. Kaspersky Anti-Virus will scan e-mail traffic for viruses according to the protocol via which it is sent (POP3, IMAP and NNTP for incoming mail and SMTP for outgoing mail) on any mail client, while plug-ins and treatment for viruses in MS Outlook.
■ Scanning of Internet traffic. All HTTP Internet traffic is scanned for viruses in real-time, ensuring that infected objects are not saved to the computer’s hard disk.
■ Protection for file systems. Individual files, catalogues and disks can be designated for antivirus scanning. Users can limit antivirus scanning to critical areas of the operating system and startup objects to ensure that attention is focused on the most vulnerable areas of the system.
■ Control over changes in the file system. With Kaspersky Anti-Virus it is possible to compile lists of applications, the component structure of which will be controlled, thus helping to prevent malicious programs from undermining the integrity of the application.
■ Monitors processes in the memory. The product monitors the activity of programs and processes that have been launched in the computer’s memory and, at the same time, warns users of any dangerous, suspicious or hidden processes (that is, rootkits), and of unauthorized changes in routine processes.
■ Monitors changes in the operating system registry. The application controls the status of the system registry and notifies users of any suspicious objects or attempts to create hidden keys in the registry.
■ Blocks dangerous macros. Proactive protection affords control over the operation of macros based on Visual Basic for Applications in Microsoft Office documents and blocks dangerous macro-commands from being executed.
■ System restore. The system can be restored after malicious activity. Kaspersky Anti-Virus can roll back any changes made to the system by malicious programs.

So now that we know a little bit about the AV, how easy is it to use? what can we expect from it?

Ease of use? – The install itself was painless, it was literally a couple “next” clicks and then finish. To navigate around the software was very simple.  Its very simple to do a full scan or a quick scan (Full scan scans “System memory, startup objects, system backup storage, mailboxes (assuming you have a client based one setup), All hard drives, All removable drives, All network drives (not checked by default if you have no mapped drives) and the quick scan just scans system memory, startup objects and boot sectors.)

You can setup a scheduled scan time so that really, you don’t have to do anything with it. It automatically updates itself and really doesn’t bother you too much.

The only thing I didn’t like about it was the exclusions. I found that it blocked a lot of the games that I played which was a pain! I had to pause the protection and manually.

Another good thing that’s worth mentioning is that the memory usage is on average 17k at all times, even during scans.

Summary:

A very good virus scanner, possibly my favourite one so far, the price is very nice at £30 for a year, free support from the nice people at Kaspersky labs.

If you’re not a gamer and want a nice user and graphically friendly virus scanner, this is the one to choose.

Rating:

Ease of use: 8/10

Price: 9/10

Memory usage: 8/10 (doesn’t use much)

Overall Rating: 8/10