Article Author :Ian Date : 9th Sep 2009 Comments :11
We’ve tested the previous 2 versions of Kaspersky Internet Security and have been consistently impressed with the functionality and performance of the all-in-one security suite. KIS 2010 has recently been released and it has undergone a facelift as well as a few subtle changes. The core feature set is the same, with a highly rated anti-virus engine and firewall (along with other components such as anti-spam, parental controls, and a few other tools).
Not all of the interface changes have been an improvement over the previous version, as the firewall controls have become more difficult to adjust in some respects. Although it is highly configurable, it isn’t as intuitive to view and change individual application firewall settings. The layout seems to have been designed to make things easy for novices, but ironically this has made configuration more difficult for advanced users. A dual display mode may be a better option for future versions of KIS.
The anti-virus component continues to do well via in-depth testing from the likes of VirusBulletin and AV-Comparatives, and consistently appears in the top tier of anti-virus software in terms of detection. This is one of the most important features of the application, as a poor performing on-demand virus scanner is almost worthless. After using KIS 2010 for over a month, there have been several instances where webpages have been prevented from loading due to a hidden exploit (often Java, PDF or SWF based). Without a pro-active anti-virus package, it is possible that these exploits could have caused some damage via un-patched software. Many e-mail attachment viruses have also been caught, and although they were unlikely to be opened anyway, it is reassuring to have such e-mails deleted on sight.
A new “safe run” mode has been added, which allows you to run suspicious applications within a sandbox mode – to an extent, isolating them from doing any damage to your system. This is a very welcome addition, and it works well under Windows Vista. However, trying this in Windows 7 resulted in an error no matter which application was launched. Although Windows 7 isn’t generally available yet, it has been RTM for some time. I would assume this problem will be fixed upon the full Windows 7 release.