Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2012 is a powerful antivirus engine which aims to keep your PC free of malware.

The program supports multiple scan types. The Critical Areas Scan examines just the files that are loaded when Windows boots, for the best performance; a Full Scan checks everything; and the Vulnerability Scan reports on potential problems with your applications or Windows settings which could be exploited by attackers. Each of these can be launched manually, or scheduled to run whenever you like, and by default Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2012 will also scan your PC whenever it's idle, so detecting threats more quickly while minimising any performance impact on your system.

You also get strong real-time protection, which eliminates malware before it can do any real harm. So the program will scan files as they're accessed, for instance, as well as all incoming and outgoing emails (POP3, SMTP, IMAP, MAPI and NNTP protocols are supported) and instant messaging attachments. While browsing protection sees Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2012 check the sites you visit for signs of malware or phishing frauds, as well as preventing Internet Explorer from running dangerous scripts.

The program includes a host of useful bonus tools. There's a virtual keyboard, for instance, which allows you to enter user names, passwords or other confidential information without it being intercepted by keyloggers; a Privacy Cleaner clears away your recent Windows, internet and application histories; the Browser Configuration module reports on problems with your Internet Explorer settings; and the Windows Troubleshooting section will search for damaged settings that might have been caused by malware, and help you to repair them.

And a lengthy list of improvements in this version means the program is now more effective than ever. Cloud protection is enhanced, for instance, and rootkit detection more efficient; better self-protection makes it even more difficult for malware to disable antivirus detection; Anti-Virus 2012 is able to roll back even more application changes, reversing whatever damage malware might have caused; and various interface changes, including touch screen support, mean all the program's functions are very easy to access and use.

Verdict

A capable and effective antivirus engine which comes packed with bonus features, yet remains very straightforward to use