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Kaspersky Internet Security 2016 Review

by July 31, 2015

Kaspersky Internet Security 2016 Review.

Kaspersky Internet Security 2016 is one of the most popular and famous antivirus applications on the software market without any exaggeration; it provides you with universal and reliable protection against all kind of malicious threats and offers the most advanced tools such as anti-spam, anti-banner, safe money, firewall, application control and a lot of others.

The new version is now much smarter, safer and more functional. Kaspersky Internet Security 2016 provides comprehensive protection against all types of threats and malicious programs thanks to the latest and advanced heuristic, proactive and cloud technologies.

Download and Installation

The official English version (16.0.0.614) was officially released on the 29th of July and you can freely download it. The program is fully functional for 30 days, so you can test it during this period and after that buy it. The current price of the program is $ 59.99 (for one year license), $ 89.99 (for two years) and $ 119.99 (for three years).

The installation procedure is straightforward and easy. All you need is to perform some simple steps. The install time is very fast and it takes only minutes to complete. On completion the program asks to enter the activation code; if you have got it, you can activate it immediately; if not- you have the possibility to activate the trial version and use it for 30 days.

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The Interface of the Program

The main window of the program has been changes as compared with version 2015. At the top there is a protection status indicator which shows the protection status of the computer; the green color means that the computer is protected and all modules works properly; yellow color means that there are some problems and red color means that the computer is at the risk or infected with viruses.

In the center there are four tiles which provide access to the most used tools, namely, Scan (it opens a new window where you can perform different scan modes, for example, Full scan, etc.), Update (it is used for running updates and configuring some update settings), Safe Money (it is a special module which allows you to activate safe online banking services) and Parental control (for applying Internet access restrictions for children).

At the bottom (in the center) there is a button Additional Tools (it contains different tools and modules for system protection, for example, Quarantine, Cloud protection, etc.).

In addition, at the bottom there are some buttons which provide access to the program settings, support team, license info, etc.

Interface

The Main Features of the Program

Kaspersky Internet Security 2016 includes the following main protection components:

File Antivirus

Mail Antivirus

Web Antivirus

Network attack blocker

Anti-Spam

Anti-Banner

Parental control

On-Screen keyboard

Firewall

Safe money

Kaspersky rescue disk

IM Antivirus

Vulnerability scan

Trusted applications mode

Cloud protection

Secure Data input

Security Network

Application control

Application network rules

Network monitor

Webcam access

Scan

Kaspersky Internet Security 2016 offers four different scan modes; they are as follows:

Full Scan– it is the most thorough scan mode in the program. During this scan the program analyzes the entire system including system memory, startup objects, storage, hard and removable drives. It is highly recommended to run this scan after installing the application. The duration of the scan is rather long; it took more than one hour to scan my computer.

Quick Scan– this scan mode is very fast; it requires only minutes to complete. During Quick scan the program analyzes startup items, system memory and disk boot sectors.

Selective Scan– with the help of this scan mode you have the possibility to select for analysis separate files, folders and drives. The program allows you to add objects for scanning using a drag-and-drop method or choosing them from the Windows Explorer.

External Devices Scan– this scan mode is of use when you do not want to scan the entire computer, but only devices connected to the computer, for example, USB stick, external hard drives, etc. Just select the desired device from the drop-down menu and the scan process will start automatically.

After finishing the scan you can view the detailed scan results, i.e. the number of detected, neutralized and not fixed objects on the one hand and the total duration and completion time of the scan.

In addition, Kaspersky Internet Security 2016 allows you to save scan results as a text file.

The program offers advanced options for customizing scan settings. They are as follows:

Security Level– there are three security levels in the program- Low, Recommended and High. If you want minimum protection but the highest computer performance, you can select Low Security level; and, on the contrary, maximum protection, select High Security level. The program offers Recommended Security level by default as the most suitable for users.

Action on threat detection– the program lets you perform five different actions on threat detection- Select action automatically, Notify, Disinfect, Disinfect, if not possible-delete and delete.

Scan external devices on connection– Kaspersky Internet Security 2016 offers five different options for scanning external devices- Prompt for action; Do not scan; Quick scan; Full scan and Full scan of devices with volume less than 64 GB.

Scan Schedule– you can customize automatic scheduled scan and run it on specified time, i.e. every day, every weekday, weekly (by specifying the desired day of the week and time), monthly (by specifying the desired day of the month and time).

In addition, the program offers some advanced settings such as File Types (by default, the program performs thorough scan of all files on the computer, but you have the possibility to select files which will be scanned by format or extension), Scan Optimization (i.e. scan only new and changed files and skip objects that are scanned longer than, for example, 30 seconds), Scan of compound files (i.e. you can scan or not scan archives, installation packages, etc.), Scan technologies (you can choose offered by the program scan technologies- iSwift and iChecker).

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Scan- selective scan 1

Scan- External devices scan 1

Scan- additional settings for scan 1

Scan- Full scan schedule- monthly

Update

It goes without saying that updates are very important for proper and stable functionality of any antivirus product. By default, Kaspersky Internet Security 2016 automatically downloads and updates virus signature database, but you can change some parameters and configure update settings according to your preferences. The program allows you, for example, to select Run mode for updating the program (i.e. manually, daily, weekly or after application startup) and Update sources (by default, the program downloads updates from Kaspersky Lab servers, but you can add any other servers for downloading updates).

Update window

Update Settings window

Safe Money

A lot of users perform various payment operations online using special services like PayPal or buy different things through online shops like amazon, etc.; but, unfortunately, very often they are caught in a hacker’s net and lose money and confidential banking information. Just for protecting users who buy or transfer money via the Internet, Kaspersky Lab has developed a special protection module in the program called Safe Money.

Kaspersky Internet Security 2016 allows you to perform any banking operations via so called protected browser that checks trustness of websites in its database and their certificates. As a result, you can be sure that you are on the original and genuine websites and not their clones created by hackers.

By default, the program asks you for actions when you access payment or banking websites, but you have the possibility to add any website to Safe Money by entering its URL link on the one hand and select the default browser for using this module on the other hand. (of course, the program supports all major modern browsers including Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, etc.).

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safe Money settings

Parental Control

Your children always sit at the computer and play various online games or chat on the social networking websites like Facebook and Twitter? You cannot wean them from these bad habits? Do not worry! Specially for parents Kaspersky Lab has developed a very necessary tool called Parental Control that helps them to restrict computer usage time. With the help of this tool you have the possibility to restrict access to the applications, Internet and block unwanted websites.

Kaspersky Internet Security 2016 allows you to perform a lot of operations, for example, you can define exact usage time of the computer; block games (by specifying categories, i.e. violence, profanity, drug abuse, etc.) and specific applications; restrict access to adult websites (for example, to websites that contains information about alcohol, tobacco, weapons, obscenity, and so on) and social networking (i.e. Facebook, Twitter, etc.).

In addition, you can also block transfer of sensitive information over the web (i.e. credit card numbers, personal info, etc.) and file downloading (i.e. applications, archives, etc.) and many others.

Parental Control is a very useful tool that allows you to control every action performed by children on the computer and keep them away from malicious and illegal websites.

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Parental control- Adult website- Block

Parental control- block games by categories

Parental control- Configure restrictions

Anti-Spam

This module is disabled by default in the program, but if you receive tons of spam messages and want to get rid of them permanently, just turn it on. With the help of this tool which uses an inbuilt mail antivirus, you have the possibility to control and disinfect both incoming and outgoing messages. Kaspersky Internet Security 2016 supports all well-known protocols such as POP3, SMPT, IMAP and NNTP.

The program lets you select the desired Security level for disinfecting malicious mail messages (Low, Recommended and High) on the one hand and configure some advanced settings on the other hand (for example, mails which contain phishing elements or malicious URLs, etc.).

Anti-Banner

This tool is specially designed for blocking banners in the browsers while you are online. The program allows you to select scan methods to block banners and add manually URL addresses of the blocked and allowed websites. It should be noted that this module is disabled in the program, so if you need it, do not forget activate it.

Webcam Access

This feature is new in the program and it is designed to protect the computer against webcamloggers, i.e. from those hackers who use your webcam for stealing your confidential conversation and sensitive info.

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On-Screen Keyboard

Every day we browse the Internet and need to enter your confidential information on different websites, for example, on social media, forums, etc. using a keyboard. This information can be easily obtained by keyloggers. For protecting you against them, Kaspersky Internet Security 2016 offers a very useful tool called On-Screen Keyboard. With the help of it you can safely and without any risk to enter any private data; nobody will monitor and record your keystrokes.

The program allows you to configure secure keyboard input and select categories of data and websites for which On-Screen Keyboard will be used in browsers, for example, for all data or only for passwords and banks, etc.

You have the possibility to configure exclusions and add those websites for which you need On-Screen protection, or, on the contrary, for which you do not need it.

Onscreen keyboard

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Vulnerability Scan

There are a lot of unprotected areas in the applications and in the operating system which hackers can use for infecting the computer. This scan searches those areas for vulnerabilities, and after finishing, it will give you a detailed report about each vulnerability in the applications and operating system. It is highly recommended to fix all of them immediately in order to avoid the system infection.

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Browser Configuration

This tool is specially designed for Microsoft Internet Explorer and with the help of it you can perform a security scan of browser settings and eliminate these problems, for example, history of typed URLs, saved cookies of certain websites, home page, etc.

Add applications- Browser 2

Privacy Cleaner

You perform a lot of operations on the computer and the Web and leave in the system your activity traces. This tool helps you to clean these activity traces, for example, clear browser history, temp folder, prefetch cache, etc.

IM Antivirus

It is very difficult to imagine computer users who do not use IM clients, i.e. instant messaging applications, but, unfortunately, they may contain malicious messages and links to the phishing sites and can easily infect the system. This component provides protection against these threats and it is compatible with such IM clients as ICQ, MSN, AIM, Yahoo! Messenger, Jabber, etc.

IM antivirus settings

Microsoft Windows Troubleshooting

This tool helps you to search for damaged and irregular operating system settings and identify problems caused by viruses and other malware on the one hand and incorrect registry keys, etc., on the other hand. After scanning Kaspersky Internet Security 2016 will display a list of all found problems and offer to fix them. All performed changes can be easily rolled back in the event of any improper working.

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Private Browsing

A lot of websites use cookies for gathering information about their users. If you care about your privacy and you do not want the websites to track and collect data about yourself, you can take full advantage of this tool which allows you to prevent websites from gathering private information.

This tool detects any tracking services and blocks them. You have the possibility to leave the default feature unchanged which only detects these tracking services, but it does not block them or activate it and block detected tracking services.

Kaspersky Internet Security 2016 allows you to block tracking in social networks (i.e. Facebook, Google Plus and Twitter), web analytics services (i.e. Google Analytics), ad agencies and web beacons.

In addition, you have the possibility to create an exclusion list and add to it those websites which you do not want to be blocked.

It should be noted that Kaspersky Internet Security 2016 uses a special technology called “Do Not Track” which tells websites that data collecting is not allowed.

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Application Control

Kaspersky Internet Security 2016 constantly controls every application and service running in the system and provides you with thorough information about their status, digital signature, trustness and popularity. You can assign the applications to one of four groups- Trusted, Untrusted, High restricted and Low Restricted and create some rules for them.

Constant monitoring of every process on the computer keeps the system clean and prevents viruses from infecting it.

Application control settings 1

Kaspersky Rescue Disk

Kaspersky Internet Security 2016 allows you to create a special emergency disk that you can use for restoring the functionality of the operating system if you cannot to boot it because of a virus attack or damaged system files.

Firewall

Firewall is a very important part of the system which acts like a fireproof wall and protects you both inside and outside, i.e. it protects your ports from exterior penetration into the system on the one hand and prevents leakage of your data on the other hand. With the help of Kaspersky Internet Security 2016 you can constantly monitor any ingoing and outgoing traffic and block any suspicious connections in real time.

Kaspersky Internet Security 2016 includes a very reliable and powerful firewall which is designed to protect users from Internet attacks and threats. It is very to use and highly configurable. You can configure the basic firewall rules and settings and keep the system free from any online threats. The program allows you to create a firewall rule for any application; just specify its name, the desired action (i.e. allow or block), direction, protocol, ports and addresses.

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What is New in Kaspersky Internet Security 2016?

Change Control helps prevent the installation of unwanted programs and browser settings

Private Browsing prevents tracking your web browsing habits and capturing your personal information

What is improved?

Two-Way Firewall prevents hacker attacks

Application Control prevents dangerous applications from harming your system

Trusted Applications Mode ensures only trusted applications are allowed to run on your PC

Safe Money protects data during online financial transactions

My Kaspersky allows you to manage the security of all your devices from anywhere, via the Web

System Requirements

Windows XP- Windows 10

500 MB of free hard disk space

Processor- 1 GHz or higher

RAM- 1 GB for 32-bit and 2GB for 64-bit

Conclusion

Generally speaking, I can state that Kaspersky Internet Security 2016 is an excellent security application which includes an extensive set of different protection components such as anti-spam, parental control, firewall, etc. You can easily find everything in the program for full and reliable protection.

Thanks to the latest technologies, Kaspersky Internet Security 2016 offers an optimal solution for advanced protection of the computer. If you want to be protected from all kinds of threats, I highly recommend you to install it and forget about viruses and other malware.

Pros

1. A lot of new features and improvements
2. A wide range of different security tools

Cons

None

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“Kaspersky Internet Security 2016 provides award-winning, real-time protection against all kind of threats”.

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