Kaspersky Internet Security 2012 review
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Kaspersky's Internet Security suite has won high accolades in previous years' tests, and nothing we've seen this year has cast a shadow on its outstanding performance. It defended against 100 per cent of malware threats, with the vast majority blocked at the browser.
Its performance in our false positive test was also good, with none of the twitchiness or over-sensitivity that we've seen from previous versions. Just 10 per cent of our tests (two applications) prompted warning pop-ups, both these were invariably unobtrusive toaster-style pop-ups from the notification area which recommended trusting the benign applications we'd exposed our PC to.
The interface has been updated from last year's darker colours to a light turquoise, white and green skin, with handy icons on the opening window providing access to core features, such as the on-demand scanner, manual signature update, and parental controls. Scrolling right allows you to view shortcuts to less critical features, including a virtualised sandbox for running risky or unknown programs, a monitoring tool for your local network and a virtual keyboard that guarantees malicious keyboard loggers can’t steal your passwords for services such as online banking. The main settings menu provides control of core features such as email virus scanning and spam filtering and your firewall, as well as less critical features including a web ad banner blocker.
Kaspersky provides highly effective protection against malware, and no longer requires the level of fine-tuning that previous versions once did to prevent it from interfering with the day-to-day running of your computer.
We were also very pleased to find that Kaspersky Internet Security 2012 is one of the most reasonably priced anti-malware products around - assuming you buy a boxed copy from an online retailer. A version with a three-user licence costs just £23; since-user licences are available, but all those we've seen have been more expensive. We still prefer BitDefender Internet Security 20122, which you can get for £16 for a three-user licence, but there's no faulting Kaspersky's accuracy.
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