Kaspersky Internet Security 6.0

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    4.00 / 5

Pros

  • Fairly accurate detection, Powerful security tools

Cons

  • Some false positive results, Uses a lot of system resources, Expensive

Bottom Line

Kaspersky Internet Security 6.0 is a powerful security suite but the price tag and the interface may turn away some users.

Would you buy this?

When it comes to the Internet, you can never take security too seriously. Thankfully, Kaspersky Internet Security 6.0 - a suite of antivirus, firewall, antispyware, antispam and Web-protection tools - is superb at detecting malware.

We looked at a pre-release build (a full version will be ready by the time you read this), and Kaspersky scored 100 per cent in nearly all of our malware detection tests.

Malware testing

In tests conducted by German research firm AV-Test.org, Kaspersky caught all boot, file, macro and script malware on a subset of the January 2006 WildList, a public list of widespread threats. It caught all of AV-Test's collection of bots, Trojans and backdoors. When deprived of signature updates from January 2006 and later, it caught 76 per cent of these backdoors, bots and Trojans, which suggests the suite is very good at detecting undiscovered threats.

The suite detected nearly all of AV-Test's samples of adware - software that produces often-unwanted pop-up ads and can track your Web-surfing habits. It also detected all malware samples within packed file archives (such as .zip). It looked within compressed program files such as ASPack and UPX and detected an excellent 83 per cent of malware hidden inside - bad news for virus writers looking to package old worms in new packaging.

Mistakes were few and far between. The program didn't clean up every single worm file, and a few clean files were incorrectly flagged as malware. Speed wasn't particularly impressive during the first system scan, although Kaspersky does learn from previous sessions, and gets faster every time you use it.

Kaspersky's firewall was solid, blocking all attacks from inside and outside our test PC. Oddly, the firewall settings aren't all in one place in the interface. Most options are in the Anti-Hacker Protection settings, but the ability to block specific ports resides in a separate area called Network settings. Indeed, the program in general is short on user-friendliness.

What's missing?

The application leaves out a few tools that come as standard on competing products. For example, it doesn't have parental controls for blocking Web sites at certain times of day, or privacy controls to prevent certain text-based data from leaving your PC. It also doesn't support individual IM (instant-messaging) clients.

It does, however, have important security features such as rootkit detection, as well as protection against downloading dangerous scripts while online. For example, the suite prevented us from downloading a piece of software from a site strongly associated with adware.

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