Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is Microsoft Windows 8?

A: Windows 8 is the latest version of Microsoft’s Windows operating system. It is intended for use with compatible personal computers and other devices, including home and business desktop PCs, laptop PCs, tablet PCs and media centre PCs. It is scheduled to launch on 26th October 2012.

Q: If I buy or download the latest version of Kaspersky Internet Security 2014, will it be compatible with Windows 8?

A: Kaspersky Internet Security 2014 is Windows 8 ready and will support Windows 8 when it is released on 26th October 2012. Obviously, Kaspersky products won’t support any versions of Windows 8 until the final official release of Windows 8.

Q: If I have an existing version of Kaspersky Internet Security, will I need to purchase new software?

A: No… not if you already have a valid Kaspersky subscription for Kaspersky Internet Security. All Kaspersky Internet Security 2014 customers that have a valid subscription will be able to upgrade their Kaspersky Internet Security application to the newest version that is compatible with Windows 8. To download the latest version of your Kaspersky security product, please go to the Download section at the top of this page and select your product.

Q: If I am using Windows 8, do I still need Kaspersky security products?

A: Yes… you definitely still need Kaspersky’s award-winning protection – especially if you use the Internet. Although Windows 8 comes with Windows Defender, it only provides basic security – and it really doesn’t have the special security features that a regular Internet user needs. Windows Defender only offers minimal protection against malware, compared to the multi-layer security that Kaspersky’s security products deliver. However, Kaspersky Internet Security 2014 goes even further – with advanced features that protect against sophisticated Internet attacks – so you get vital added protection for your PC, your money, your identity and your privacy when you’re online. With over 15 years of Internet security experience – and a vast number of independent awards – Kaspersky provides industry-leading security that’s recognised by independent testing labs and independent reviews.

Q: What are the main differences between Windows Defender and Kaspersky Internet Security?

A: Windows Defender only offers basic antivirus protection. This level of protection can leave your PC – and the personal data you store on it – extremely vulnerable to the growing number of advanced security threats. Kaspersky Internet Security 2014 provides multiple layers of defence – to help protect all aspects of your online activities… so you can enjoy the power and convenience of the Internet, without constant fear. In addition, Kaspersky Internet Security 2014 includes a whole host of other advanced features that Windows Defender does not offer. These advanced features include:

  • Kaspersky’s innovative Safe Money technology - to help protect your personal information during online financial transactions
  • Advanced parental control – to help keep your children safe online
  • Automatic exploit prevention – to defend you against malware that targets vulnerabilities in the applications you run on your PC

In addition, Kaspersky customers benefit from the added protection offered by the Kaspersky Security Network – a cloud-based system that combines security data from Kaspersky’s own advanced research lab plus data gathered from millions of consenting users… to help ensure you’re protected against the newest security threats.