- Very proactive
- Excellent parental controls
- Minimal performance impact
- Poor anti-spam module
- Large download file
By Charles P. Jefferies
Kaspersky Internet Security 2011 is the company’s highest-end consumer security software offering. Take a look at our in-depth analysis.
Kaspersky Internet Security 2011 is a fully-featured security suite for home users. A one-year license covers three PCs for MSRP $79.95; two years is $119.95. Compare this to the pricing of the basic Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2011 suite, which runs $39.95/year yet only covers one PC.
Kaspersky Internet Security 2011 adds the following features over the base anti-virus suite to accommodate the price difference:
- Two-way firewall
- Safe Surf web surfing protection; ad blocking
- Anti-spam protection
- Parental controls
These features stack up with the competition quite well on paper — let’s take a look at how it performs in real life.
Download & Installation
Kaspersky Internet Security 2011 is a sizable 106MB download and required another 30MB worth of updates after the install completed. The install is straightforward and takes about five minutes. The installer forces you to remove any other antivirus/antispyware programs already running on your system; otherwise it will not go ahead with the install.
Navigation is handled on the left; each navigation category lists only a couple of options at once to simplify things.
Those looking for settings will find them in the top right. The settings are divided up by function — protection, scan settings, and so on — and further by subcategory on the left. The attempt to organize the settings mostly succeeds at showing only the relevant options. Each option category on the left has an explanation above it and lists recommended settings. The outright majority of people will not have to change any options.
The interface opens smoothly with minimal lag and is quite responsive, which shows the designers put some emphasis on system performance.
Overall, I like the interface; it is one of the better interpretations I have seen. It is not as simple as ESET Smart Security 4 but still seems to display just the right amount of information.