Kaspersky - Suite or AV only?

Discussion in 'other anti-virus software' started by Howard Kaikow, Jun 26, 2008.

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  1. Howard Kaikow

    Howard Kaikow Registered Member

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    I've never used any IS, only AV software.

    My environment is the following:

    1. I use a dial-up modem.
    2. A wireless capable router is used only for printer/file sharing.
    3. A Windows 2000 desktop is hardwired to the router.
    4. A network printer is hardwired to the router
    5. A Vista notebook connects to the router via wireless.
    6. Another printer is hardwired to the Windows 2000 system and is available for printer sharing.

    The Windows 2000 system has KAV, not KIS.
    What would be the advantages of using KIS instead of KAV on the Windows 2000 desktop?

    The Vista notebook came with NIS 2008 pre-installed.
    NIS has given me nothing but grief.
    So, I'm thinking of dumping NIS 2008 and using KAV 7 or 8.
    Or, do I need KIS on the notebook?
     
  2. jrmhng

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    Re: KIS vs. KAV

    Depends on what you do with the notebook.

    Do you check out all sorts of sites everyday or just keep to a few regular ones? Does your email provider scan mail before it gets to you? Do other people use your computer?

    These are just some of the issues you should consider as they change the risk profile of your machine and your security solution should cover off the major risks.

    Cheers
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  3. emperordarius

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    Re: KIS vs. KAV

    Do you do banking online? Virtual Keyboard is in KIS only.
    KIS only has the feature to secure WiFi connections.
    Also it has things like Application rules configured automatically or
    Security rating assigned to unknown applications.
    You can just look here: http://www.kaspersky.com/promo2009_features.html
    And think about what you really need.
     
  4. Howard Kaikow

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    Re: KIS vs. KAV

    Another possibility is that I already have several years worth of unused KAV licenses, so I may be able to add only a firewall.

    I've seen folkes in the Kaspersky forum recommend Commodo, Online armor, and Zone Alarm
     
  5. Howard Kaikow

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    Re: KIS vs. KAV

    I go to the same sites.
    ISP provides for our writing our own email filters to catch crap on the mail server. I'd never allow an ISP to scan my mail.
    Just Me, myself, and I.
     
  6. Howard Kaikow

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    Re: KIS vs. KAV

    THe notebook will, in general, only be used on the internet to download/upate software.

    I will not do any financial transactions with the notebook.
     
  7. jrmhng

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    Re: KIS vs. KAV

    Seems like your laptop has quite low risk. Email scanning is a must because yours is not scanned already by your provider. However KAV has email scan already included.

    The features in KIS not in KAV

    Firewall: XP and Vista already have a firewall. Consider if you really need outbound protection. As you have noted, there are stand alone products in this category.
    Behavior blocking: Another layer of security just incase a virus falls through. There are also free standalone programs here like Threatfire and DSA.
    Virtual Keyboard: In your case, may not be so useful as you arent banking on the computer. Additionally virutal keyboards can be easily defeated by keyloggers that take screenshots.
    HTTPS scans for identity information: Again if you aren't sending sensitive information, it is not so useful.
    Parental Control: You are the only person using your computer. This wont be useful.
    AntiSpam: This may come in handy if your ISP does a crap job of filtering mail. Alteratively, you can use webmail like gmail that scans for viruses and filters spam.
     
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    Sometimes I feel like it is a permanent Halloween around here. Folks come out of the dark running W2K, W98, dial up and god knows what. Somebody help him, but I am too spoiled with broadband and a router.

    I think he needs a decent software firewall, be it in a suite or a separate.
     
  9. Howard Kaikow

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    Re: KIS vs. KAV

    I would not allow any ISP to scan email, I use my own filters at my ISP.


    I' m leaning towards using a free firewall until my KAV licenses are depleted, then I'd switch to KIS.
     
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    Hi

    can't you just use KAV and a sandbox?
     
  11. jrmhng

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    Re: KIS vs. KAV

    What do you need a firewall for? What kind of risk does it cover? Does it offer more advantages than the vista firewall?
     
  12. Howard Kaikow

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    Re: KIS vs. KAV

    I've seen folkes claim that the Vista firewall is weak.
     
  13. Howard Kaikow

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    Just ordered KIS 7 a few minutes ago,
    But, I'll download 8, no point installing 7, n'est-ce pas?
     
  14. jrmhng

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    Re: KIS vs. KAV

    Oh well you already bought KIS. If you havent noticed, I was trying to steer you towards just the AV cuz I thought a better buy for you :p.

    Vista firewall is not 'weak'. It just have a good interface for outbound protection.
     
  15. dawgg

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    Oui (yes, just get v:cool: :)
     
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    I used KAV 7 in my xp 64 bit desktop and it was great . Does KIS 8 support xp 64 bit ? If it does can anyone give me the download link ? I want to give it a try . Thanks .
     
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    Yes it does. Try this or this
     
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    Thanks for the link .
     
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