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5.0 out of 5 stars An improvement over KIS 2012, 28 Aug 2012
This review is from: Kaspersky Internet Security 2013 (1 PC, 1 Year subcription) (PC) (CD-ROM)
There are a number of small changes in the package; nothing dramatic or drastic and is unlikely that you will ever see other than small changes from one year's edition to the next. It is much faster to install than ever before and there is a small change to the on-screen gadget - that is just about all there is to see until you start to use it in earnest. A new addition, Safe Money, adds a secure browser with Kasperky's own virtual keyboard that provides a safe means to access a bank account and should be enabled if you want that facility, and appears only after a reboot. You will not be asked to input the license data until after the reboot. Once fully installed, I would suggest that you update its definition and database files.

Although Kaspersky's anti-virus engine (a version of which is used in all of its products) is not known as one excessively prone to either false negatives or positives, it will sometimes do so. In some instances, KIS 12 could report an item as infected some way today, refer it to base for further and more extensive testing, and then declare it safe again in a couple of days. For the user who may have quarantined that file, it can then be restored in the full knowledge that there will not be a recurrence. I cannot yet say that the new version will never do that, but Kaspersky claim to have significantly beefed up the engine to reduce the number of false reports. That has to be a real and beneficial improvement.

The new features should add to the user experience. As one of the best and most universally trusted products of its type, and it has been for many years, any small improvements are to be welcomed.

I did find one issue and that is one I cannot currently explain with total certainty. In the past and with prior versions, any unused licensed time remaining on an existing product can be transferred to a new one simply upon its installation, regardless of the version for which that license was issued (within the same product line only). Once that existing license expires, you can then add the license supplied with the product and thus gain full advantage from whatever improvements that version provides provides. However, on this occasion, and with almost the entire license period of KIS 2012 remaining in place (admittedly with a previously unused stockpiled 2009 license), KIS 2013 would not accept that license and insisted on a fresh one. This may be a change of policy by Kaspersky but they have been rather lenient in the past and may now wish to tighten up on such issues. I now believe that to be close to reality and that my license, although valid for 2012, was not acceptable to 2013 - 2012 licenses will be fine!
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Initial post: 23 Jul 2013 15:21:58 BDT
Brett_Bloom says:
Interesting review, Claptonian. It has been nearly a year since you started to use Kaspersky Internet Security 2013. How has it been? Would you still give it five stars? I'm doing some serious research in to whether to replace my current Microsoft Security Essentials. Does KIS 2013 take up a lot of space within a desktop computer? I'd appreciate your advice. Thanks.

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Last edited by the author on 23 Jul 2013 16:11:10 BDT
Andy_atGC says:
Microsoft Security Essentials is far from a comprehensive AV solution. It offers some of the functions but its prime function is to protect Windows' files and NOT your PC. Microsoft deliberately mislead in relation to what it can do. No-one who is a serious PC user should ever trust it to actively prevent infections, Trojans, Rootkits or any other form of Internet-borne nasty. It cannot do that!

From an everyday user's aspect, I believe that KIS has performed impeccably. It isn't too space hungry although the regular definition updates will need some capacity, but it will never seriously impact other storage needs, probably under 1 Gb over time. It has found numerous instances of infections in files passed as safe by other users' AV solutions and which were passed to me for assessment for their effectiveness in a certain task or as something I might find useful. I have found good practical reasons to dispute and dismiss certain AV products as they are over-cautious and stop too many clean files or otherwise miss too many infections, and sometimes do both simultaneously. Some also actively prevent many on-line activities that need not come under the heading of 'child safe' and which may be justifiable. I find that annoying. KIS will also protect every file on your system, regardless of whether it is stored on your C drive, on a memory stick, external hard drive etc. It will even tell you if a file on a CD/DVD is infected although it will not be able to remedy the problem (it needs write access to do that and it will not have that on disk media).

I regard KIS as a more balanced and effective AV solution than any competing product and I shall certainly upgrade to KIS 2014 when it released in a few weeks. It is a solution that I continue to recommend and I know that several new users have resulted. I would not consider downwardly revising my star rating and, unless there is a serious issue with the next release, I shall probably give that the same rating.
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