Kaspersky Anti-Virus does a better-than-average job of keeping your PCsafe, but it lacks the robust feature set of its more-expensivesibling. Several new features have made it into this version along withexpected upgrades to the anti-virus engine, but one of the best–theSafe Run program sandbox–is sorely missed.
New features in the 2010 edition include a behavioral-based detectionsystem called the Urgent Detection Sytsem. The UDS uses the anonymousdata Kaspersky customers who choose to participate in submitting theirsystem scans for analysis. In fact, the UDS must be opted-outof–there’s a check box and data collection statement to read when youinstall the program. A gamer mode, somewhat superfluous virtualkeyboard to avoid keylogging, and auto-run disabling are theless-impressive new features, joining stalwarts like antivirusprotection for files, e-mail, HTTP traffic, and instant messaging.There are protections against phishing, too, as well as the KasperskyURL advisor.
It’s not a bad feature set, but the price will definitely knock youback compared to what you get for $20 more. Kaspersky is a strongsecurity antivirus, but the extra features only available in InternetSecurity mean that buyers should definitely test the full trial beforecommitting to it.