In honour of the 200th Issue of Computer Shopper (October 2004), the highly popular UK IT publication covering computer hardware and software introduced an awards programme. Kaspersky® Anti-Virus Personal 5.0 was chosen as the winner of the Software Award.
The Software category was a highly contested event as the remit was so wide. The magazine explained, "the debate over our software award was long and heated - after all, comparing graphics software with a finance package isn't straightforward".
In order to compile their shortlist they looked for products that combined value for money and cutting edge technology they explained, "the software packages that really made their mark were the ones that were both innovative and fantastic value". Adobe Photoshop Elements 2 and CorelDraw Graphics Suite 12 were short listed along with Kaspersky Anti-Virus Personal 5.0 for meeting these criteria.
Kaspersky Anti-Virus Personal 5.0 was chosen as the overall winner because, "our judges eventually decided on a product that not only performed far better than others in its field, but could also prove the most important software you'll ever buy. Kaspersky Anti-Virus has repeatedly shown itself to be the best software available at catching viruses, and Personal version 5 finally gives it the user-friendliness to match".