Kaspersky Internet Security 2011

Kaspersky Internet Security 2011 is designed to offer complete PC and netbook protection from a variety of threats

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Kaspersky Internet Security 2011 KIS 2011 sports a clean interface that aids usability
By  Jason Saundalkar Published  December 1, 2010

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Key Specs

HD space: 480MB
Memory: 512MB
Number of users: 1
OS: Windows XP/Vista/7
Price: $60

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Kaspersky Internet Security 2011 (KIS 2011) is the latest update to Kaspersky's security suite line-up and the Russian company reckons its latest creation offers ‘Complete PC and Netbook protection'.

Like most Internet security suites on the market KIS 2011 has almost every feature a user needs to ward off internet attacks and then some. Like its predecessor it offers a real time scanner and so addresses the need for real-time protection against web and e-mail borne threats; ‘Safe run' for websites and applications adds a layer of protection over its default security system.

A straightforward and intuitive interface allows most key options to be quickly accessed via a few clicks. As a result you don't have to be a tech-head to protect your machine and its data. In fact, most of the suite's usability is controlled through the main screen alone, with gears and levers to satisfy even the most demanding power user.

There are two scan options available, ‘Critical Area Scan' and a ‘Full Scan'. The ‘Critical Area Scan' searches for threats in the most probable threat zone, and the ‘Full Scan' runs through the entire system. The latter can take quite a while to complete, depending on the amount of data you have. Luckily, these scans can be scheduled to run at times when the user is not likely to use the PC, therefore minimising the need to sacrifice performance during real time computing. Most e-mail and instant messaging clients are supported for both incoming and outgoing communication checks, including Trojan infiltration - very handy. Web browsing is constantly monitored in the background for phishing and known hazardous websites.

Should active ‘Safe run' for websites be activated, a light green border around the browser window shows you that it is protecting your system from external invasion. This is an extremely useful tool to have when e-Banking or shopping online, where critical information is safeguarded from prying eyes. While all these utilities are useful, our personal favourite is the ‘Anti-banner' option, which is a real pro at blocking ads
and sponsor banners graciously accelerating our travel through the information superhighway.

An integrated Parental control restricts and monitors use of social networking sites, instant messaging and checks computer and application control amongst others. It looks for and protects against transmitting private data like passwords and credit card details.

The software suite while comprehensive is, thankfully, light on system requirements so you won't need to worry about your rig's specifications. At the same time the software also functions unobtrusively for the most part, though we noticed some performance degradation when a full scan was being performed, while working on the PC.

For: Well priced, loads of features and tools to protect your machine and its data, virus/threat database is updated quite frequently.
Against: Steep space requirements, system performance is affected when a full scan is running in the background.
Verdict: Kaspersky Internet Security 2011 includes a plethora of features to protect your machine and its data from a variety of Internet threats. It is reasonably priced, runs without making its presence felt for the most part and is easy-to-use.

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