Kaspersky Internet Security 2011

Hardcore software for the technically literate. Not for the faint-hearted

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  • Very small footprint
  • Interesting new features
  • In-depth options
  • Virtual keyboard


  • Not for the novice user
  • 64-bit support is limited

You quickly get a feeling for Kaspersky's approach with Internet Security 2011 when you look at the Safe Run section of the software.

This is where you will find a new feature called Safe Run for Websites which adds extra protection to sites that handle confidential data. This prevents malware from snooping on your data while you're filling in passwords and account numbers.

This is a good idea, but it is spoilt by a warning that 'the functionality of the x64 platform is limited'. Let's face it, 64-bit software has taken off with Windows 7 and the security software developers need to keep up.

The other tool that caught our eye is a virtual keyboard. If you're worried that there might be a keylogger installed on your laptop, then you fire up the virtual keyboard and use your mouse to click on the letters and digits. This is certain to beat the suspected problem, but it rather smacks of paranoia. Still, it shows that Kaspersky is certainly being innovative.

The footprint of this software is tiny and required about 40MB of memory. We like the desktop gadget that sits up in a corner of the screen watching like a guardian angel, but struggle with the idea that you can customise short-cuts to the parts of the software that you use most frequently. This can only save seconds.

We were more impressed by the parental controls, which work very successfully.

Perhaps the biggest issue with Kaspersky is the lack of user-friendliness. For example, you have to be prepared to venture into the Protection Centre and then into Application Control and then you're faced with a whole new screen that will require you to pause and think. Do you want to use the default heuristic analysis to define unknown applications? It's a good question, but not the sort of thing you want your parents to ask over the phone when they need some technical support.

Kaspersky has packed in features, but the software could be rather daunting for the casual user and we feel it is best suited for more technical types.

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