We use cookies to provide you with a better experience. If you continue to use this site, we'll assume you're happy with this. Alternatively, click here to find out how to manage these cookies

hide cookie message
Security software Reviews
15,670 Reviews

Kaspersky Internet Security 2009 review

£29.88 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Kaspersky Lab

Our Rating: We rate this 4 out of 5 User Rating: Our users rate this 5 out of 10

Kaspersky Internet Security 2009 is an internet security suite that benefits from quick scanning and good adware blocking. [Updated, March 17 2009.]

Kaspersky Internet Security 2009 is an internet security suite that benefits from quick scanning and good adware blocking. [Updated, March 17 2009.]

In a less than inspirational start to our av-test.org tests, Kaspersky Internet Security 2009 picked up only 95.6 percent of AV-Test’s malware – not an impressive result.

But things improved from there. In heuristic tests with two-week-old signatures Kaspersky Internet Security 2009 scored a decent 52 percent rate, and it warned us about 60 percent of infections based on the malware’s behaviour.

Kaspersky has reportedly rewritten its antivirus engine to boost its scan speed. And in Kaspersky Internet Security 2009 it shows: only Avira and Panda beat it for on-access scans, while it was the second-quickest on-demand scanner.

Kaspersky Internet Security 2009 had a 98.1 percent adware-detection rate, but you may have to tweak the options to get that performance; the defaults aren’t always ideal.

Left at default settings, Kaspersky Internet Security 2009 did nothing when we downloaded a Zango adware screensaver. (Kaspersky told us we’d have to enable checking for ‘other’ adware.)

When you enable parental controls, Kaspersky Internet Security 2009 automatically sets every user account to the ‘child’ filter; changing this isn’t particularly intuitive.

Credit to Kaspersky Internet Security 2009 for using data from Secunia to identify unsafe system settings and missing patches. But its Security Analyzer’s recommendations may leave you scratching your head.

Kaspersky Internet Security 2009 has an antispam feature that integrates with several email programs. There are no backup options, however.

NEXT PAGE: our original review, from July 2008

Click here for our EXPERT VERDICT

Kaspersky Internet Security 2009 Expert Verdict »

Windows XP Home/XP Pro/XP x64 (300MHz or higher processor, minimum 256MB RAM)
Vista 32- or 64-bit (800MHz or higher processor, minimum 512MB RAM)
50MB free hard disk space
IE 5.5 or higher
  • Ease of Use: We give this item 8 of 10 for ease of use
  • Features: We give this item 8 of 10 for features
  • Value for Money: We give this item 8 of 10 for value for money
  • Overall: We give this item 8 of 10 overall

Kaspersky Internet Security 2009’s interface and default settings could be better, but the suite provides respectable protection at a reasonable price.

  • Kaspersky Internet Security 2010 review

    Kaspersky Internet Security 2010

    Kaspersky Internet Security 2010 earns high scores for strong malware detection, efficient performance, and a well-designed interface. Updated, 9 April 2010.

  • F-Secure Internet Security 2009 review

    F-Secure Internet Security 2009

    F-Secure Internet Security 2009 has decent detection and a clear, informative interface, but other security packages offer stronger protection. UPDATED JANUARY 23, 2009.

  • Kaspersky Small Office Security review

    Kaspersky Small Office Security

    Kaspersky Small Office Security offers Windows-based Internet security software for small office users.

  • Symantec Norton Internet Security 2009 review

    Symantec Norton Internet Security 2009

    The strong Symantec Norton Internet Security 2009 suite may cost a little more than some competitors, but it’s easy to use and good at blocking malicious software. Updated, 16 June 2009.

  • Panda Internet Security 2009 review

    Panda Internet Security 2009

    Panda Internet Security 2009 covers all the bases with its features, and it scans quickly, but it lags behind some rivals at malware detection. Updated, 16 June 2009.


IDG UK Sites

Best Black Friday 2014 tech deals: Get bargains on smartphones, tablets, laptops and more

IDG UK Sites

What the Internet of Things will look like in 2015: homes will get smarter, people might get fitter

IDG UK Sites

See how Trunk's animated ad helped Ade Edmondson plug The Car Buying Service

IDG UK Sites

Yosemite tips: Complete Guide to OS X Yosemite