Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2011 is the latest release of Kaspersky's powerful antivirus engine, which now includes additional security checks and real-time protection tools.
You'll have to install the program before you can sample these new features, though, and that may prove difficult. Kaspersky's setup process told us that we had ClamAV installed, for instance, and it couldn't continue until we removed it. Which was inconvenient, as we'd uninstalled it months ago. If you experience something similar then check Kaspersky's support site for advice on fully removing various security tools, or, if you've removed them already, how to skip the scan for incompatible software.
Once you've got Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2011 running then life quickly gets back to normal. The program automatically gets the latest antivirus updates, and you can run a quick scan, or a full in-depth system check. By default it'll carry on scanning whenever your PC is idle, but if you prefer you can turn this off and schedule scans to run at some predefined time.
Of course the program also includes all the real-time protection you'd expect, checking your downloads, email attachments, instant messaging and web traffic for threats, blocking anything it finds.
The revamped System Watcher also monitors program activity - file creation and modification, system calls, changes to key areas of the Registry - for signs of suspicious behaviour, allowing it to block even brand new threats.
And you get a useful selection of bonus security tools. The Vulnerability Scan, for instance, examines your system and application settings, looking for problem areas and helping you resolve them. The Browser Configuration tool does much the same for Internet Explorer, and the Privacy Cleaner will quickly locate and clear many Windows and Internet Explorer histories.
It can be frustrating awkward to install if you've installed rival A/V software in the past, but once you've got past that hurdle Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2011 proves to be a capable antivirus engine with a lengthy list of useful real-time protection options