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Kaspersky Internet Security 2012 review

Kaspersky Internet Security 2012 boasts a great selection of new tools, but is resource-hungry

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Our Verdict

For

  • Good parental controls
  • Sandboxing
  • Fairly fast scanning

Against

  • Resource hungry
  • Social network monitoring is hit and miss

Performance should always come before a fancy graphical interface. No one wants ugly, unintuitive menus, but neither do we want our computers to slow down when there's a fancy animated window popping up.

Kaspersky Internet Security 2012 is a good looking program that's easy to navigate, but it comes at an unnecessary performance price. It's a shame, because on the whole this is a very solid security package.

The parental control tools offer decent control over what content children can see and who they can talk to online. We found the website filtering effective and easy to use, with sensible categories. Our instant messaging chats were logged, and conversations were easy to follow if there's a certain contact you're unsure about.

You can also track word usage, entering words you want to be alerted to when they're typed into a website, search engine or message. We chose the relatively innocuous 'beans' as our keyword and sure enough, each time we typed it, it was logged by the software. We could see where the word was typed, but not the context in which it was used, so its usefulness was limited.

Social network monitoring was hit and miss, taking a while to display messages sent via Facebook, and ignoring Twitter altogether.

During a scan, Kaspersky Internet Security 2012 maxed out our test PC's CPU, and even lightweight programs became unresponsive on occasion.

Our initial scan of the test PC (with 435,379 files spread over two hard drives) took one hour 19 minutes to complete. This was noticeably faster than G Data Internet Security 2012, though most of the time difference is down to G Data's DoubleScan technology.

This version benefits from better cloud protection, with on-demand whitelists and sandboxing of unknown threats. We found this to be a very good security package, but with a bit too much bloat.

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