Kaspersky Lab has announced the launch of the latest consumer products, Kaspersky Internet Security 2011 and Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2011.
The new solutions incorporate reputation rating services so that information about a known object is received in real-time without the need for it to be scanned locally.
According to the company, one advantage is that all the main modules of the new solutions are updateable so that, should completely new types of threats emerge, Kaspersky Lab's products' features can be updated without users having to reinstall a new version of the solution.
Also included is the ability to use the product installation disk as a rescue disk in the event of problems. It contains a range of utilities for scanning or treating an infected computer and eliminates the need to download a bootable operating system.
A sandboxing feature introduced in the 2010 product line has been further enhanced to restrict access to the computer's resources – the Safe Run for Websites mode allows users to run websites in a safe virtual browser, while suspicious applications can be launched in Safe Run for Applications. The latter also allows users to create a separate Safe Desktop to run untrusted or trial applications in Safe Run mode using the context menu.
Other features include a GeoFilter feature that provides users with the ability to block domains related to specific countries, while the System Watcher technology monitors system events and unwanted changes to the system made by malicious programs and can be rolled back with just a few mouse clicks.
Andreas Lamm, managing director of Kaspersky Lab Europe, said: “Over the last years Kaspersky Internet Security and Kaspersky Anti-Virus have become number one in key European retail markets. The new version of our flagship products will protect PC users' and their families' digital lives even more, whether they're banking online or meeting up in social media communities.”
Nikolay Grebennikov, CTO for Kaspersky Lab, said: “We update our anti-virus annually as there are a lot of changes every year, and every year there is something new.”
Asked what causes changes, Grebennikov said: “Complex, software information for new things, but we need deeper protection against malware and against Trojans and botnets and need new efforts against malware. We talk to our customers, and also have forums and talk to them to review more and more ideas, and we run an army of people who generate ideas.”