The Big Daddy Of Internet Security Suites
Kaspersky is another one of the many anti-virus makers that’s gone the complete Internet security system way—not a bad thing. It’s known to be a resource hog, so we checked if anything had improved with this edition.
The suite takes care of all your security worries—files, mail, system network security, etc. All the basic controls for the components can be accessed from the main two-pane layout window. Modifying settings means you go to another window which houses all the settings for the components, and there are plenty of them.
The core anti-virus feature is standard and allows you to scan files and folders along with boot sectors, Registry, memory, startup programs, etc. The Anti-spam has a nifty training feature that learns by looking at mails in your mailbox through a Wizard to provide more accurate spam protection. The firewall monitors for incoming and outgoing threats and notifies you immediately. Any attacks targeted at your computer can be set to have the attacker’s machine blocked for a set period of time. The firewall also takes care of the blocking of ad banners and pop-ups from Web sites as well. The parental control is useful in not only stopping access to inappropriate sites, but also in setting limitations on time spent at the computer and on the Internet. User accounts on Windows can be set to Parent, Teenager, or Child and by default, all users are set to Child.
Strictness of all the features can be adjusted using a slider. At the same time, manual changes can be made. This is especially useful for spam filtering, parental control and the firewall. Heuristic scanning is available in most of the modules, but not enabled in all of them by default.
The help file doesn’t carry any screenshots, but the explanation is adequate and easy to understand.
|Features : 4.5|
|Performance : 4|
|Ease of use : 4|
|Value of money : 3|
|Overall : 4|
Kaspersky’s Internet Security Suite is a pretty good choice for anyone looking for a complete security solution—it’s right up there with the best security suites money can buy. There are no missing features, and everything is implemented well. New users might be a little confused by all the terms and huge list of options, though.
Web site : www.kaspersky.com
Price : $59.95 (Rs 2,400) (One year)