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Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2010 review

£29 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Kaspersky Lab

Our Rating: We rate this 4 out of 5

Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2010 both impresses and disappoints. It pairs competent proactive protection with below-average signature detection, and a strong feature set with an at-times annoying user experience.

Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2010 both impresses and disappoints. It pairs competent proactive protection with below-average signature detection, and a strong feature set with an at-times annoying user experience.

In traditional detection tests performed by AV-Test.org, the Russian-made Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2010 detected 97.27 percent of known malware samples - lacklustre when compared with the performance of some competing apps we tested, which caught 99 percent or more of the threats.

Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2010 fared better in heuristics tests that gauge how well a program protects against new malware with no known signature. At a time when the bad guys crank out astounding numbers of malware variants to evade traditional signature scanners, such proactive protection is more important than ever. Here Kaspersky came in third with a 66.83 percent block rate.

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Like Norton, Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2010 did very well in rootkit detection: It managed to detect, block, and remove all 10 stealth malware samples that we threw at it. It also de­­tected and disabled all 10 test infections, and proved more successful than most apps at getting rid of less harmful elements, such as Registry changes. Only Norton Antivirus and F-Secure Anti-virus were able to clear out more of the less-important junk.

In speed tests for automatic scans that typically occur when you open or copy a file, Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2010 achieved a 12.15MBps throughput. Only the application from Avira - which didn't make our chart - was more nimble in that regard.

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In features, Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2010 has much to offer, with extras such as recommendations for system hardening, a virtual keyboard, and a scanner for out-of-date software. However, Kaspersky lacks descriptions for some of its recommendations, so you might be left wondering why you should take a recommended action such as disabling Autorun. And while updating old software is one of the best things you can do to keep your computer safe, you have to jump through many hoops to act on what Kaspersky finds.

The app's malware warning messages tend to be more confusing than informative. In our tests it displayed multiple different warning pop-ups for successive tests involving the same sample. And for either manual or scheduled scans, you'll know what Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2010 finds only if you happen to sit around and catch the pop-ups that appear during the scan. There's no scan summary window listing discovered files.

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See also: Symantec Norton AntiVirus 2010 review

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PCWorld.com

Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2010 Expert Verdict »
512MB RAM
320MB hard disk
Windows Vista 32/64 bits/Win 7/XP SP2
  • Overall: We give this item 8 of 10 overall

Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2010 would get the job done when it comes to protecting a PC, but it's not the best bet for either detection or ease of use.

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