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3rd November 2004 - Kaspersky Lab announces new versions of Kaspersky Anti-Virus 5.0 for Windows Workstation, Kaspersky Anti-Virus 5.0 for Windows File Servers and Kaspersky Administration Kit 5.0, a centralised administration and management tool. The latest versions incorporate cutting edge technologies including the detection of riskware, a new user interface and the ability to centrally manage up to 1000 machines. Application performance is significantly improved, while the amount of resources required by the programs to run has been reduced.

Kaspersky Anti-Virus 5.0 for Windows Workstation, Kaspersky Anti-Virus 5.0 for Windows File Servers and Kaspersky Administration Kit 5.0, form part of Kaspersky Anti-Virus Business Optimal 5.0 and Kaspersky Corporate Suite, designed to protect small and medium business networks, and corporate networks respectively.

These new versions include the latest generation of KeepUp2Date technology, which supports mobile users, while expediting the download speed of updates. Product functionality ensures that Kaspersky Anti-Virus is properly installed even if other manufacturers’ antivirus programs are installed on the system. Kaspersky Administration Kit simplifies installation, updating, management and monitoring of antivirus solutions throughout the corporate network, ensuring comprehensive protection while minimising the demand on system resources.

The antivirus components are even more effective at guarding against viruses than preceding versions. Both workstations and file servers are effectively protected against malicious programs, including those found in the most common archive formats, such as ZIP, ARJ, CAB and RAR. Kaspersky Lab products do not just protect against malicious programs in the form of viruses, but also against riskware. Such programs, although not formally classified as viruses, can be used to remotely track and manage infected machines. Riskware signatures have been incorporated into the standard antivirus database updates, ensuring all round protection.

The new solutions offer improved performance, in addition to improved protection. The combined application of iChecker and iStreams technologies triple program performance while halving the amount of RAM required in comparison with previous versions. Kaspersky Labs has worked closely with Intel, resulting in excellent performance on notebooks using Intel Centrino. This offers significant benefits for mobile users, but the solutions are also optimised for use on single and dual processor systems utilising Intel Hyper Threading.


Kaspersky Anti-Virus 5.0 for Windows Workstations also has a brand new interface; this simple, user friendly presentation simplifies antivirus configuration by offering three pre-defined protection levels – a choice of ‘maximum protection’, ‘recommended protection’ or ‘maximum speed’. The interface ensures that less experienced users have easy access to all the requisite functions. Kaspersky Anti-Virus 5.0 for Windows File Servers also has a new interface, simplifying solution configuration; Kaspersky Administration Kit 5.0, the administrator’s desktop, is fully integrated with the Microsoft Management Console, a standard utility.

Kaspersky Administration Kit 5.0 also incorporates new functionalities and a range of upgrades, designed to meet the needs of contemporary corporate networks. The centralised management tool makes it possible to administer antivirus protection for 1000 machines, and the system takes no longer than 3 seconds to respond to a request.

Administrators can now define groups of networked computers with centralised antivirus protection parameters. Creating and launching group tasks, as well as tracking task execution ensures comprehensive protection. In addition to this, the logging and journal functions have been upgraded, allowing administrators to access information about network protection status, and the performance of the antivirus solution on individual workstations.


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About Kaspersky Lab
Kaspersky Lab is an international software-development company offering advanced products that protect a wide spectrum of customers, from home users to enterprise-wide networks, against viruses, hackers and spam. For fourteen straight years the company has waged a battle against computer viruses, and in doing so has gained unique knowledge and skills that have led to Kaspersky Lab becoming a technology leader and acknowledged expert in the development of virus defences.

Media Contacts

Sarah Buttery
Kaspersky Labs UK
0870 011 3461
sarah@kasperskylab.co.uk
http://www.kaspersky.co.uk

Sara Claridge
Marylebone Media Relations
0870 766 8482
sara@marylebone.co.uk
http://www.marylebone.co.uk




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