Kaspersky Internet Security 2011 Demonstrates Best Self-Protection in Anti-Malware Test Lab Trials

14 Feb 2011
Comparative Tests, Product news

Kaspersky Lab, a leading developer of secure content and threat management solutions, announces that Kaspersky Internet Security 2011 has come out on top in a self-protection test conducted by the authoritative Anti-Malware Test Lab.

In a bid to mask their presence on users' computers, today's malicious programs regularly attempt to disrupt the installation and running of any security software. Such programs use a variety of methods which include deleting antivirus files from the hard drive, the forced shutdown of scanning processes, blocking updates of the antivirus database and preventing the appearance of system notifications informing users that updating the antivirus database is required, etc. In this sort of environment, it is essential for an antivirus solution to be able to withstand even the most sophisticated hijacking or sabotage attempts.

Kaspersky Internet Security 2011 was among 20 Internet security suites tested by Anti-Malware Test Lab. Testing was conducted on clean virtual machines (VMware Workstation 7.1.0) running a Microsoft Windows 7 64-bit guest system. The security solutions were tested using default settings with all recommended updates and relevant components enabled.

The test evaluated how effectively the products protected against: unauthorized modifications to system file and registry key access permissions; modification or deletion of system files and registry keys; modification or removal of product modules; termination or modification of the products' launched processes and unloading of their drivers.

Attacks on the security products under test were simulated using specially designed utilities or were performed manually by Anti-Malware Test Lab's experts. After each attack, the functionality of each of the products' individual protective modules, active processes, services and drivers were checked. Malware detection rates were also evaluated to see if they remained the same.

Kaspersky Internet Security 2011 outperformed all of the other solutions, successfully repelling all 33 attacks that it was subjected to during testing. The product effectively protected itself against attempts to modify and delete its modules and processes, as well as the system resources, drivers and services linked to them. Kaspersky Internet Security 2011 scored a perfect 100% in testing, earning the solution a Platinum Self-Protection Award from Anti-Malware Test Lab and once again underlining the fact that when it comes to security solutions for personal computers, Kaspersky Lab is a clear technological leader.

"In the world of computing, there is a continuous struggle between antivirus programs and malware that tries to disrupt the normal operation of security solutions. This is particularly relevant to high quality antivirus solutions that significantly hamper the activities of hackers and virus writers. A security solution needs to be able to prevent any damage to its own files and processes, and if necessary, should be able to restore them. Since 2006, Kaspersky Lab has worked tirelessly to develop products that provide the highest possible levels of self-protection, which has resulted in Kaspersky Internet Security 2011 receiving this well-deserved award from Anti-Malware Test Lab," commented Nikolay Grebennikov, Chief Technology Officer at Kaspersky Lab.

Further information about Anti-Malware Test Lab's self-protection testing is available at: http://www.anti-malware-test.com/?q=node/192