Kaspersky AntiVirus Personal Pro 4.0

Those helpful Russians at Kaspersky Labs have been protecting our PCs from viruses since 1997. However, the company's products have a reputation for user interfaces that are about as self-explanatory as a tax return form.

This Personal Pro edition features some enhancements over the standard version in the form of a behaviour blocker and integrity checker. The behaviour blocker can sniff out macro-virus action while the integrity checker keeps tabs on files, ensuring they don't get corrupted.

Disappointingly, the interface is still too complicated. However, beneath the initially confusing interface lays a very powerful virus scanner. Not only can you schedule standard and custom scans, there's a script blocker and heuristic analysis for detecting unknown viruses. The e-mail scanning only really integrates with Microsoft Outlook; it will scan the databases of other e-mail clients, such as Eudora and Netscape, after the mail has been downloaded to your hard drive.

Like Norton and McAfee, purchasing Kaspersky entitles you to a year's worth of updates, after which you have to pay a subscription fee. In this case, it works out as a 30 per cent discount at the time of upgrade. This product is almost four times the price of Norton, which allows you to purchase a subscription for updates to just the virus definition files.

In brief:Kaspersky AntiVirus Personal Pro 4.0Once you get over the confusing interface, Kaspersky AntiVirus is a very powerful virus scanner. However, the comparatively high price of subscription renewal is offputting.

Price: $199.95.

Distributor: Jigsaw Technology.

Phone: (02) 9672 4222.

URL:www.kaspersky.com.au

Distributor: MPA Systems.

Phone: (03) 9810 9444.

URL: www.mpasystems.com.au.

Distributor: BuggFix.

Phone: (08) 9279 3222.

URL: www.buggfix.com.

Distributor: Redback Technology.

Phone: (08) 8582 3325.

URL: www.redbacktech.com.au.

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