Review: Kaspersky Labs Total Space Security v6.0

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Review: Kaspersky Labs Total Space Security v6.0

Other products may boast more malware components, but this one is good at what it does.

This solution provides real-time protection with files being scanned when accessed, created or modified. Protection for files, web or email content is included. Protection for anti-virus, anti-spy, anti-hacker, application activity analyzer and proactive defense are included.

The administration kit required us to have Microsoft Data Access Components on the server, and it loaded its own copy of MSDE. We loaded an administration server and administration console. Multiple administration servers can be grouped and can support grouped clients. Once the application was loaded, a nice quick-start wizard was presented to help us with the rest of the administrative setup. This agent was very helpful as we found the interface hard to use. Once we performed the remote installation on the endpoint, we found the features and management at the desktop side very intuitive and useful.

The administrative console provided reporting, alerting, tunable alerts, email alerting, policy tools and the client distribution facility. The reporting was ok, while email alerting and the ability to tune alerts was very good. The console integrated with Active Directory to provide the mappings to our workstations. The console was responsible for retrieving the updates for database components and distributing those updates to the endpoints via automated or manual means.

On the client side, we really liked the ease of use and power of the tools provided. The anti-hacker protection provided us with an IDS-like capability for network monitoring, firewall features and intruder detection. The anti-spy protection provides a self-training algorithm for building the spam profile. In addition to spam protection, this feature delivers anti-phishing, popup-blocker, anti-banner and anti-dialer protection. The application activity analyzer provided rootkit detection and task manager protection.

The documentation is extremely detailed, but needed to be for the sophistication of the product. The standard support is very good with online access 7/24, and phone access available 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. EST. Additional support options are available for a fee.

This is a good price/performance solution. Other products may boast more malware components, but this one is good at what it does.

For: Very good protection for a reasonable price. Nice user interface on client side. Against: Difficult to manage and deploy endpoint software. Verdict: This is a solid product for what it delivers.

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