Cons: The program consumes much system resources, not suitable for desktop PC of low configuration or laptop users.
The Verdict: The program has a user-friendly interface and robust virus protection, which makes this a good choice.
Kaspersky Internet Security 2011 is one of the global top suites of this kind. It is an all-in-one tool that will help you keep your computer safe while surfing the Internet. It provides features such as a virus scanner, firewall, popup blocker, email scanner, the ability to protect your computer registry and more. Their antivirus engine is very solid, but their spyware scanner is lacking compared to Webroot. In terms of internet security suites software, Kaspersky offers one of the best programs available, hands down.
Beyond all of its features, it is very easy to use and comes with default configurations that will keep your personal information and computer safe without any additional adjustments from you. It also has the benefit of not slowing down your computer much when it scans. Many suites will bog your system down. We didn’t notice a significant slowdown with Kaspersky Internet Security 2011.
Antispyware tools are included as a good suite of Kaspersky Internet Security. It blocked about 85% of popups we tested, as well as removed several nasty spyware installations. Kaspersky also disables links to known malware sites, and takes a proactive approach by scanning your operating system for vulnerabilities.
Kaspersky has been well known for their antivirus solutions. Their antivirus solutions are so efficient and effective that more than 120 companies are licensed to use the Kaspersky solution in other products. This simply means that the Kaspersky virus scanning engine is used in many other virus scanning systems throughout the world. Several certifications also help make this program one of the most solid and best known products on the market.
Kaspersky Internet Security 2011 is no exception to the rule they have created and enforced. It performs as well or better than any of its competition. Kaspersky found every virus we threw at it, including ones we compiled locally on our test machine. In many cases, the scanner picked up the virus even before we compiled it.
The firewall included with Kaspersky Internet Security 2011 is powerful, yet easy to use. It is configurable down to filtering specific ports and data types. All of our attacks were stopped including several from the test machine to other machines on the network. One of the significant recent updates to the product is added protection for Wi-Fi and VPN connections.
☞ Other Security/Features:
A rootkit scanner is included and offered as a separate scan or as part of the full scan. Rootkits are programs, or combinations of programs, that take control of a computer without the owner’s permission. Kaspersky Internet Security 2011 will detect and remove these programs even if they have taken control of your computer in many cases.
Kaspersky Internet Security 2011 has several features that are not included in many of the other internet security suites. Kaspersky’s parental controls feature three different levels of access that can be customized and allows the user to set time restrictions in the setup screen.
Kaspersky Internet Security 2011 also has several unique tools to help protect your identity. A virtual keyboard allows for safe login and password entry. They also prevent identity theft with a secure socket layer.
New are the Kaspersky Safe Run feature, URL Advisor, and Auto-Run Disable. Safe Run lets you run your applications and browsers in an isolated location on your PC, allowing you to test them out in a sterile environment without impacting your other computer resources and data. URL Advisor warns you of any dangerous links to websites. Auto-Run Disable acts as a guard from malware on external devices (like USB drives), prompting you to scan the drive when it’s plugged in and preventing it from automatically executing any files.
☞ Ease of Use:
Kaspersky Internet Security 2011 is easy to use and easy to configure. It offers an intuitive menu screen and has well organized sub-menus as well. The scan options are split up into categories that make sense, so finding the correct one shouldn’t be difficult. Kaspersky Internet Security 2011 also allows you to perform other configuration changes while certain scans are running. This simply means that while running a scan, your computer is still functional and not just a glorified paperweight waiting for your scan to finish.
The installation program of Kaspersky Internet Security 2011 is well thought out and gives clear instruction to configure the software. After a quick reboot at the end of the installation, you are protected.
Kaspersky offers several options for support. You have the choice to contact Kaspersky by phone or email, or if you would like to look to other users of Kaspersky Internet Security 2011 for support, there is an active forum provided that is updated with all the current information needed to use the program to its fullest capacity. The option is available for you to chat with a representative online as well.
Kaspersky Internet Security 2011 is one of the best internet security suites available. Its high virus detection rates and easy to use interface make it a great addition to any computer. It also provides a very small footprint on your computer, which makes it easy to install and requires little attention. The inclusion of parental controls makes it a very good match for family PCs as well. All in all, Kaspersky Internet Security 2011 is a quality product that will make your internet life much safer.