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Kaspersky Internet Security 2010 ranks among leaders of 'Real World' test conducted by AV-Test laboratory

Johannesburg, 15 Jan 2010
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Kaspersky Lab, a leading developer of secure content management systems, has announced that Kaspersky Internet Security 2010 has demonstrated exceptionally high levels of protection in testing carried out by the respected German laboratory AV-Test as part of its Real World trial. Kaspersky Internet Security 2010 was subjected to real-life conditions using the latest malware in accordance with a custom methodology developed especially for the purpose by AV-Test.

The trial included 12 popular Internet security solutions from different vendors. Each solution was subjected to approximately 10 new pieces of 'zero-day' malware every 24 hours, (ie, malware that had only just appeared on the Internet) over a 60-day test period. The full set of malicious software used for testing comprised some 600 active samples, including exploits and malware distributed by e-mail.

The solutions were permitted to apply their full range of protective technologies, including filtration of blacklisted URLs and applications, behavioural analysis, signature-based detection, etc. It should be noted that traditionally, when analysing an anti-virus solution's performance only one type of protective technology is used, such as signature-based scanning (reactive protection) or proactive protection modules.

The effectiveness of the protection offered was assessed according to two categories: 'Malware Detection' and 'Malware Blocking'. The criteria applied included malware detection rates, the degree to which the destructive activity of the malware was blocked and the number of false positives recorded against a collection of harmless programs.

Kaspersky Internet Security 2010 achieved a high score in the Real World test, coming second in the 'Malware Detection' category (97.5%) and third in the 'Malware Blocking' category (89.8%) and recording very few false positives.

“Kaspersky Internet Security 2010 achieved excellent results in the Real World test because it takes advantage of a unique synergy of technologies that effectively complement and enhance each other,” said Director of Anti-Malware Research at Kaspersky Lab, Nikita Shvetsov.

“We believe that the near future of anti-virus solution testing lies with tests which analyse, in real-life conditions, the effectiveness of the entire integrated set of technologies included in each product and which model user behaviour. Today, with tens of thousands of new malicious programs appearing on the Internet every day, only such tests are capable of demonstrating the real level of user protection. This is why we fully support the AV-Test laboratory which develops and implements innovative methods of dynamic testing.”

Kaspersky Lab

Kaspersky Lab delivers the world's most immediate protection against IT security threats, including viruses, spyware, crimeware, hackers, phishing, and spam. Kaspersky Lab is one of the top vendors of information security solutions in the world. The company's products and technologies are used by over 250 million people worldwide; its technology is licensed by leading security vendors globally. The Kaspersky Lab group of companies is headquartered in Moscow, has five regional divisions and numerous local offices throughout the world. You can learn more about Kaspersky Lab by visiting

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