Kaspersky releases Antivirus beta for Windows 7

Kaspersky Lab has announced the release of a "technical prototype" a.k.a beta of Kaspersky Anti-Virus for Windows 7. The prototype is based on a new antivirus engine which provides complete antivirus protection from all types of Internet threats.

The new version of Kaspersky Anti-Virus is designed to secure computers running under Windows 7. The beta test version of Microsoft Windows 7 operating system was released at the beginning of January 2009.

"We knew the release of the new version of Windows would be a huge event for the IT community, which is why we were prepared for it," said Alexey Kalgin, Director Product Marketing, Corporate Business Division, Kaspersky Lab. "Our company has always made support for Microsoft's new operating systems a top priority. For example Kaspersky Anti-Virus for Windows Vista was released simultaneously with the operating system's official launch. When Windows Server 2008 was released, Kaspersky Anti-Virus was the only antivirus product on the market certified by Microsoft. Users can now see for themselves how our antivirus protection technologies perform on the new platform."
This new version includes real-time scanner, firewall and anti-spam protection. The product is optimised for multi-core systems and will be available for both 32bit and 64bit versions of Windows 7.

Microsoft has also listed additional Antivirus providers including Norton and AVG on its security providers website.

Download: Kaspersky Antivirus Beta for Windows 7

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I installed the beta on my Win7 beta and Win7 is repeatedly reporting the need to update the AV. I clicked the link in the Action Centre and Kasp is reporting as fully updated

In other news, the above article is inaccurate. It's about what happens if a moron installs the virus on their machine by going past UAC, etc. User error happens on EVERY OS.

Paid for NOD32 and it runs well with little resources on my Windows 7 beta 32bit. I cannot speak for Kaspersky as I only used it once (a one year free license) when it came bundled with a PC a couple of years ago, but for Norton I personally have to say never again. It was pre-installed on a HP laptop I used to have and it was quite slow, especially noticeable after i changed to different AV solution.

NOD32s detection has more holes than a prostitutes knickers...
I used to be an avid fan but its failed on more than one occassion, so my money went elsewhere...

Kaspersky I.S is bloat but I use the antivirus only component, cant beat it in terms of detection.
Could be a little faster though

Totally agree. Both NOD32 and Kaspersky are not as effective as they used to be.

Been using Norton Internet Security 2009 since beta and it's effective, fast and uses very little resources. Who would believe that a company could turn their product around from being such a pig over the past few years to what it is today. Norton have truly turned the corner and let's hope it stays this way. Don't believe me? Give their NIS or AV 2009 products a try and you'll see what I mean.

While I've seen NOD32 fail once or twice recently, I've never seen KAV fail...ever. And I, like many, will NEVER give Norton another chance...ever.

It just installed like a charm. I realy like Norton Insight. Scanning only file that are subject to threat. Really make menace scan a breeze.

lflashl said,
AVG worked fine for me....

Hmm... i was getting strange errors from the very beginning of the install process. Are you running 64bit Windows 7?

I read all the previous comments
Does this mean Kaspersky is going down ???

I mean the 2009 version is no way light and the Internet security has started to feel the bloat just as norton did few years ago

sanke1 said,
I read all the previous comments
Does this mean Kaspersky is going down ???

I mean the 2009 version is no way light and the Internet security has started to feel the bloat just as norton did few years ago


No idea what you mean by bloat, only using 3 MBs here and it operates like any other Internet Security product, even better imho.

Did you try NOD32 v3 Internet Security? If you compare these two products then you will see why Kaspersky is bloated and slow...and YES Kaspersky is going down very fast.
PS I'm not a fanboy or something...this is my opinion and i have used Kaspersky for last 4 years...

Vexii said,
Did you try NOD32 v3 Internet Security? If you compare these two products then you will see why Kaspersky is bloated and slow...and YES Kaspersky is going down very fast.
PS I'm not a fanboy or something...this is my opinion and i have used Kaspersky for last 4 years...


Yeah I did and wasn't impressed. It found less viruses and malware than Kaspersky did, so I'm going to stay with Kaspersky. However, all AV Internet Security applications vary like that.

Tried it and uninstaled it as I lost all my network drives and nothing I did in Kaspersky would let me get them back short of removing it.

Interesting. I'm running Kaspersky Internet Security 2009 and it works fine here on Windows 7. No need to switch to a beta.

briangw said,
Interesting. I'm running Kaspersky Internet Security 2009 and it works fine here on Windows 7. No need to switch to a beta.


That's my opinion too.

Well, if you are trying a Beta OS, why don't give a try to a Beta Anti-Virus?

I'm installing it tomorrow as soon as i restore my laptop's win7 hdd image.

I installed this and ugh, the first thing I got was about a dozen "warnings" as soon as I restarted. Everything from svchost trying to connecto something to some registry entry being changed. Where is the "silent mode" (aka. I don't give a **** unless there's a virus) option like in Nod32?

chAos972 said,
I installed this and ugh, the first thing I got was about a dozen "warnings" as soon as I restarted. Everything from svchost trying to connecto something to some registry entry being changed. Where is the "silent mode" (aka. I don't give a **** unless there's a virus) option like in Nod32?

you may have selected interactive mode when you were installing...

kraized said,
I tried to use this but couldn't get it to install in W7. Went back to using COMODO.


the comodo firewall does not work in windows 7 yet, i can confirm this.

No antivirus works 100%, kaspersky is on top of the list, then nod32 and avira.

Currently i'm using avira free edition and superantispyware, if was to pay for something would be kaspersky.