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Kaspersky Internet Security 2011 review

Verdict:

Kaspersky continues to hold its own as one of the top internet security suites, but didn't quite achieve perfect protection.

Review Date: 18 Jan 2011

Price when reviewed: £25

Supplier: http://www.aria.co.uk

Reviewed By: Kat Orphanides

Our Rating 4 stars out of 5

Kaspersky's Internet Security 2010 was our previous favourite AV product thanks to its low price and perfect performance in our tests, so we had high hopes of the 2011 edition.

The new version has a few extra features, such as system monitor that keeps an eye on all changes to your file system and registry, a Safe Run mode to provide extra protection when you visit online banking sites and a cloud-based reputation engine - similar to Norton's Insight - which assess the risk of unknown programs and websites based on the experiences of other Kaspersky users.

The user interface has also been tweaked, and looks a bit more polished as a result. The basic features are still there, though. A clear tabbed interface makes it easy to check on your protection status, scan your computer and update Kaspersky. Parental controls also available from the front page of the interface and allow you to limit the time slots, web content and applications that each Windows User Account has access to.

If you want more control over the software's behaviour, an extensive Settings screen lets you control how Kaspersky notifies you of threats, switch into low-resource gaming and battery saving modes and configure your firewall, ad-blocker and anti-spam settings.

As expected, Internet Security 2011 performed well in our tests, but didn't come out on top this time; one of our web threats not only made it past our defences, but actually managed to disable Kaspersky itself. All 97 per cent of the other threats were stopped before they even made it on to our hard disk and none of our benign false positive programs were prevented from installing or running.

Kaspersky still provides excellent protection against all kinds of malware and the extra parental controls make it a good choice for families. However, several of its rivals achieved a perfect protection score in our tests, including our Best Buy winner, Trend Micro Titanium Internet Security 2011, which has almost as many features - including parental controls and safe banking options.

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