Kaspersky Lab presents Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2009 and Kaspersky Internet Security 2009

22 Aug
Product News

Kaspersky Lab, a leading developer of secure content management solutions, announces the release of new generation products designed to protect home users from all types of security threat. Version 2009 products combine the benefits of Kaspersky Lab’s new antivirus engine, with its dramatically improved scanning speeds, and cutting-edge HIPS technology to block new malicious programs even before signatures have been added to the antivirus databases.

Tens of millions of people worldwide currently use the version 7.0 personal products launched last summer. The products have consistently scored highly in independent tests and offer market-leading protection and reliability. Kaspersky Lab's newest products – Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2009 and Kaspersky Internet Security 2009 – are based on the very latest developments in security technologies.

Kaspersky Lab experts predict huge growth in the number of new malicious programs appearing in 2008; a predicted ten-fold increase means the number of malicious programs will exceed 20 million. Kaspersky Internet Security 2009 addresses this threat by using a groundbreaking approach to antivirus protection: system-wide monitoring to ensure users are completely protected from all IT threats.

Kaspersky Internet Security 2009 incorporates an innovative application activity filtration module that makes use of HIPS (Host-based Intrusion Prevention System) technology together with a proactive defense module and an integrated firewall. These protect the system against both known and unknown threats. Additionally, a whitelist feature for trusted applications significantly reduces the need for user interaction.

All unknown applications are subjected to complex analysis; the application is then assigned a security rating based on the risk it presents. The rating assigned to an unknown application determines the level of access it has to operating system resources, network resources, confidential user data, system privileges and removable devices. This means that even if an application is malicious, the system will be protected from infection as the program will be unable to deliver its payload.

Kaspersky Internet Security 2009 is expressly designed to prevent systems from ever becoming infected; this provides far more effective security than attempting to deal with an infection after the fact. For example, it's too late to disinfect a machine once spyware has already stolen the data needed to access a user’s bank account. The 2009 products create a secure environment on the user’s PC which constantly monitors all programs executed on the system and all potential attack vectors, including unprotected Wi-Fi connections, infected web sites, as well as MSN and ICQ traffic.

New Security Analysis and Browser Setting features scan the operating system and applications for vulnerabilities, and provide options to enhance system security and significantly reduce the likelihood of a malicious program penetrating the computer.

At the heart of the new generation of products is Kaspersky Lab’s new antivirus engine which is even more effective at detecting malicious programs than its predecessor. The new engine dramatically increases system scanning speed thanks to improved processing of objects and optimized use of system resources, particularly on dual- and quad-core processor platforms. The unique product architecture ensures high productivity and one of the lowest uses of system resources in the industry.

The range of functions designed to protect confidential user data has also been extended. The new generation products prevent users from unwittingly accessing known phishing sites and preclude the theft of important passwords and login details by keylogging programs. Kaspersky Internet Security 2009 also includes a virtual keyboard that enables users to enter logins and passwords safely. Moreover, Kaspersky Internet Security 2009 prevents the theft of data transferred via secure connections (HTTPS, SSL) and can remove all traces of a user’s Internet activity (temporary files, cookies, etc.).

The components included in earlier product versions, such as the firewall, heuristic analyzer, parental control module and anti-spam module have all been enhanced and upgraded. The product interfaces have also been redesigned, making them more transparent to beginners and more experienced users alike. The new products include an automated application mode: this results in the best options being chosen without the user being bothered by requests for action. Information about protection status and any actions which need to be taken is also presented in a clearer form.

Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2009 and Kaspersky Internet Security 2009 were developed in line with the system requirements for Windows Vista and are fully compatible with 32-bit and 64-bit versions of the operating system.

Further information about Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2009 and Kaspersky Internet Security 2009 can be found on the Kaspersky Lab site at www.kaspersky.com/homeuser.

About Kaspersky Lab

Kaspersky Lab is the largest antivirus company in Europe. It delivers some of the world’s most immediate protection against IT security threats, including viruses, spyware, crimeware, hackers, phishing, and spam. The Company is ranked among the world’s top four vendors of security solutions for endpoint users. Kaspersky Lab products provide superior detection rates and one of the industry’s fastest outbreak response times for home users, SMBs, large enterprises and the mobile computing environment. Kaspersky® technology is also used worldwide inside the products and services of the industry’s leading IT security solution providers. Learn more at www.kaspersky.com. For the latest on antivirus, anti-spyware, anti-spam and other IT security issues and trends, visit www.viruslist.com.