Kaspersky Lab releases Maintenance Pack 2 for Kaspersky® Anti-Virus Personal 5.0

03 Dec 2004
Product news

Kaspersky Lab, a leading information security software developer, announces the release of beta-testing of Maintenance Pack 2 for Kaspersky® Anti-Virus Personal 5.0. The pack is available for download as Kaspersky Anti-Virus Personal Version number 5.0.227.

Kaspersky Anti-Virus Personal is designed to protect personal computers running Windows from malicious programs. It provides reliable protection against viruses and other malicious programs which can penetrate the system via fixed and removable storage media, email and Internet protocols.

Kaspersky Anti-Virus offers both constant protection by scanning all objects which are launched, opened and saved on the protected machine for viruses) and also on-demand scanning (scanning and disinfection of either the computer as a whole or individual elements such as individual disks, files or directories). Scans can either be launched according to a schedule or on-demand. Updates to the antivirus databases are released hourly.

MP2 incorporates a range of upgrades and improvements; information on real-time protection status is now updated more frequently and a module for detecting and blocking network attacks has been added, effectively transforming the antivirus program into a personal firewall. Back-up storage for original objects has also been added.

Kaspersky Anti-Virus Personal 5.0 has three predefined protection levels: 'maximum protection', 'recommended', and 'maximum speed'. If one of these levels is selected, both incoming and outgoing email will be scanned for viruses. In previous versions of the program, this only took place when 'maximum protection' was selected. By default, the program will not request passwords for archive files, and will also automatically download missed updates when the program is launched.

In addition to the above, a number of important functions have been added to Kaspersky Anti-Virus Personal 5.0. It is possible to configure the program so that the computer will automatically switch off once scanning is completed; sound effects can be switched off, and iCheckerT and iStreamsT technologies can be disabled at the configuration stage. Users can also configure proxy server parameters.