About the middle of every year Kaspersky Lab, an international computer security firm, headquartered in Russia, releases its own flagship products. This year was no different with their 2015 line of products recently being released.
We are specifically here to review Kaspersky Internet Security 2015. But before starting I must say that those who are looking for a technical review, like detailed testing, should look elsewhere. This review is just a basic breakdown of the product features, its interface and what’s new.
You can download the software directly from the Kaspersky website or from the softpedia website. The file alone is approximately of 161 MB and after installation updating almost makes it twice the download, so make sure you are on a high speed connection.
Before installing keep in mind that two or more security products can lead to system instability, so you must remove your previous security software first. If you are using an older version of Kaspersky Internet Security then there is no need to uninstall because this version will override the previous file and install the latest version.
After the previous two versions (2013 and 2014) of almost the same user interface Kaspersky finally decided to refresh it a bit. This time they changed the whole interface and added a metro/modern UI, along with a faded sea green/teal colour from the design.
On the main interface there are 5 rectangular buttons – Status/Notifications, Scan, Update, Safe Money and Parental Control. These, according to Kaspersky Lab, must be the most used or important features and have put them this way. Interestingly Parental Control was in the main interface in version 2013 but was replaced by Reports in version 2014. Kaspersky has brought it back again in their latest release. Along with these there are small buttons which lead to additional tools, license status, support, settings and my profile. This metro UI or modern UI looks good but due to its excessive popularity and use in almost all damn things, is fast becoming stale.
The Product in Details
The status/ notification center just checks database status, threats detected, protection components status and license status. If all is ok then it shows a green tick beside them as shown above. There is nothing too flashy or complicated here. Kaspersky Lab, as we all know prefers to keep it simple and compact and it is reflected very well in this segment.
Like most of the other latest security suites, Kaspersky Internet Security also offers four different types of scans namely; Full Scan, Quick Scan, Custom Scan and Removable Drives Scan. With these different scan types available, users have ample freedom to select the best one for that particular purpose.
There are two other important segments which should be detailed out before we can finish the review. One is the tools and other is but of course the settings. So, first let’s look at the additional tools, which this widely renowned security software is offering.
The Tools section has a lot to offer especially to the tech guys. Along with the tools it also shows three visual charts- Application Control, Network Monitor and Report. On clicking each of them we get to see the more detailed part of it. Application Control has the details about the managed applications and their current activity. Network Monitor, as the name suggests, displays the network activity and the Report provides a detailed report about the updates, scans, threats etc. Both detailed report as well as a compact one can be found in this section.
The list of tools that we will find in this section is Virtual Keyboard, Quarantine, Vulnerability Scan, Browser Configuration, Privacy Cleaner, Kaspersky Rescue Disk, Microsoft Windows Troubleshooting and Cloud Protection. I won’t detail out what these tools do because Kaspersky went out of the way and clearly mentioned what they are used for. Don’t forget to check them out as they have a lot to offer.
Now let’s make a move from Tools to Settings. Almost all software has some kind of settings that gives the user the power to customize it accordingly. Generally security software has long and complicated settings. So let’s see what Kaspersky has to offer to us.
The Settings section is sub-divided into five segments- General, Protection Center, Performance, Scan and Additional.
General section contains the basic settings like autorun and setting up password protection to prevent unauthorized access etc. We can also export and import settings through this section. It also has got an option to restore settings in case you messed them up.
Protection Center contains all the settings of the main components of this security suite. There are simple on/off switches against each component to manually turn off and turn on the components if required. Detailed settings shows up once the components are clicked.
There are also Performance, Scan and Additional settings which can further be customized to best fit your needs.
After the detailed description let’s look at WHAT’s New
- Protection against interception of private data on connection to a public Wi-Fi network has been added
- Webcam access control has been added.
- The Safe Money component now features Clipboard protection.
- Enhanced web browser compatibility
- Protection against cryptors has been implemented
- Parental Control functionality has been enhanced
- Support for Windows® 8.1 Update has been added.
- Application performance has been improved and computer resource consumption has been optimized.
- The product upgrade process has been improved.
- The size of the Kaspersky Internet Security 2015 installation package has been reduced.
- The application’s performance in the Trusted Applications mode has been improved.
- Configuring Parental Control, Safe Money, and Trusted Applications mode made easier.
This is basically the rough overview of Kaspersky Internet Security 2015. It has got all the required components that can classify it as the best security software presently in use. Without being flashy it does the perfect job in protecting your system from all kinds of treats. One improvement I would specifically like to talk about is the Firewall. It has improved a lot since the last version. I will definitely give a thumps up to this security software.
Reviewed by amazingAG
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