About the Kaspersky® Anti-Virus Engine

At the heart of any antivirus program lies its engine – that is, the module responsible for scanning objects and detecting malicious programs. In today’s IT environment, where malware can reach epidemic proportions in hours or even minutes, an antivirus engine that is designed to provide the fastest possible response to new threats is essential.

The Kaspersky Anti-Virus Engine is purpose-built to protect large businesses and home users alike from the threats of today and tomorrow.

Industry leading detection rates

Detection rates measure the thoroughness of a solution’s ability to identify new and existing malware. All antivirus vendors declare high levels of malware detection. However, this can only be objectively evaluated through consistent performance in independent comparative analyses. Kaspersky® Anti-Virus consistently leads comparisons of detection rates among antivirus solutions, with a false positive rate close to zero. Independent antivirus testing labs such as AV-Comparatives, AV-Test GmbH, Virus Bulletin and other independent authorities have all confirmed that the Kaspersky Anti-Virus Engine out-performs the competition, yielding the highest detection rate.

Fastest response to new threats

Today, when viruses and worms can penetrate hundreds of thousands of computers in just a few hours, response time to new threats is crucial for effective protection from malware. Kaspersky Lab’s reliance on proactive technologies are supported by industry leading signature-based protection that yield accurate and timely detection of malware. Kaspersky Lab’s team of virus analysts, headed by Eugene Kaspersky, provides the quickest release of emergency updates during virus outbreaks. Kaspersky Anti-Virus consistently leads the industry’s most comprehensive comparisons of response times from organizations such as AV-Test GmbH, an independent project housed at the Otto-von-Guericke University, Magdeburg, Germany.

Superior protection from IT threats in a single engine

In recent years, spyware, adware, rootkits and other hostile programs have grown at an alarming pace. Protection from these threats is essential given that they pose significant security and legal risks. Currently, in addition to award winning detection of viruses, Trojans and worms, the Kaspersky Anti-Virus Engine provides superior protection from spyware, adware and other potentially hostile programs. Additionally, the Kaspersky Anti-Virus Engine provides superior protection from all types of mobile malware, all through a single scanning engine.

The Kaspersky Anti-Virus Engine supports roughly 3,000 archival and packing formats (as of March 2007). Support for a large number of compression formats reduces the time required to analyze new samples, resulting in faster response times to new threats. This is especially important when providing protection for mail systems, given that a significant number of viruses are sent via email as compressed attachments. The Kaspersky Anti-Virus Engine also supports many different archiving methods, such as ZIP, ARJ, LHA, RAR and CAB. Thus, malicious code cannot evade Kaspersky Anti-Virus by simply hiding itself in a less well-known packer, archived or installation file.

Most frequent database updates

Kaspersky Lab releases antivirus and anti-spyware database updates hourly - the most frequent in the industry with about 600 updates released each month. Moreover, the average update size is around 2 KB. By releasing small updates frequently, the period of time during which users are unprotected is significantly reduced.

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