Kaspersky Anti-Virus Changelog

What's new in Kaspersky Anti-Virus (a)

May 31st, 2018
  • Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2019 provides the following new features:
  • It is now possible to scan scripts using Antimalware Scan Interface (AMSI). AMSI is a standard Microsoft interface that allows scanning scripts and other objects. The component can only detect a threat and notify about it, but it does not handle threats. The component is available in Microsoft Windows 10 or later.
  • Scanning of encrypted connections has been improved. You can now choose actions for sites that returned scan errors and add such sites to exclusions.
  • It is now possible to disable decryption of Extended Validation (EV) certificates.
  • The Tools window has been improved. Application features are now categorized to help you find specific features faster.
  • The display of notifications has been improved. Notifications that are not critical for application performance are not displayed while the user is in full-screen mode.
  • The Recommended settings window has been improved. The "Delete possibly infected objects" check box and the "Detect other software that can be used by criminals to damage your computer or personal data" check box have been added.
  • Added Network Attack Blocker.

New in Kaspersky Anti-Virus (May 31st, 2018)

  • Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2018 provides the following new features:
  • Added notification from Web Anti-Virus regarding pages containing adware or legitimate software that can be used by criminals to damage your computer or personal data.
  • There is now protection against infection while the operating system is being restarted.
  • There is now the capability to navigate from the Licensing window to the My Kaspersky portal to view information about the activation code.
  • You can now add a new activation code if the license has expired.
  • Diagnostics of application installation issues have been improved. Now, when there is a problem with application installation, the application saves the installation logs instead of deleting them.
  • Application Self-Defense during upgrade to a new version has been improved. Now there is protection for not only the current version but also for the newly installed application prior to it being started for the first time.
  • Improved speed for certain installation scenarios, the first startup, and the first update of the application.
  • The procedure for displaying notifications has been improved.
  • Improved notification that appears if you disable the System Watcher component. The message now contains a more detailed description of the consequences of disabling the component, especially regarding the resultant lack of protection against encryptors.
  • The application now waits a longer amount of time before displaying a notification about outdated databases and application modules when the computer wakes from sleep mode.

New in Kaspersky Anti-Virus (July 29th, 2016)

  • Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2017 provides the following new features:
  • Tutorials for the main application components available in the main window have been added
  • Application upgrade in the background mode has been improved. You no longer have to accept the terms of the End User License Agreement again during the upgrade unless those terms have been changed
  • Mail Anti-Virus has been improved. The default level of heuristic analysis has been increased to medium

New in Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2014 (July 31st, 2013)

  • Kaspersky Anti-Virus provides the following new features:
  • Protection against screen lockers has been added. You can unlock the screen by using a specified key shortcut. Protection against screen lockers detects and eliminates the threat. Screen lockers can now be automatically monitored and rolled back.
  • On Windows 8, Kaspersky Anti-Virus can minimize activity when switched to Connected Standby mode. When running in limited activity mode, Kaspersky Anti-Virus pauses scan tasks and update tasks. When the computer returns from Connected Standby mode, all paused tasks are resumed automatically.
  • The latest versions of popular web browsers are now supported: protection components (such as Kaspersky URL Advisor) support Mozilla Firefox 16.x, 17.x, 18.x, 19.x, 20.x, 21.x, and 22.x; Internet Explorer 8, 9, and 10; and Google Chrome 22.x, 23.x, 24.x, 25.x, 26.x, and 27.x.
  • The option of participating in the Protect a Friend program has been added. Now you can share a link to Kaspersky Anti-Virus with friends and receive bonus activation codes.
  • What's improved:
  • Configuration of Kaspersky Anti-Virus has been simplified. Now only frequently used application settings are available for configuration.
  • Phishing protection is now more powerful: the Anti-Phishing component has been improved and updated.
  • Protection components now use Kaspersky ZetaShield technology, which offers effective detection of exploits.
  • Faster application performance and reduced computer resource use.
  • Less time is required to start the application.
  • GUI performance and responsiveness to user actions have been improved.
  • Application reporting has been improved. Reports are now more intuitive and visual.

New in Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2014 Beta (March 12th, 2013)

  • Optimization of the user interface, settings, etc. according to the custom research.
  • Touch Screen support.
  • More banks and web stores support.
  • The ability to select the browser when working with Safe Money.
  • Connected Standby Technology Support.
  • Reduced computer resources usage.

New in Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2013 (August 24th, 2012)

  • In order to provide protection against intruders exploiting software vulnerabilities, the feature of protection against exploits has been added to the System Watcher component.
  • The functionality of the Virtual Keyboard has been enhanced: now you can open it by clicking the quick launch icon displayed in data entry fields on websites.
  • The applicaton installation procedure has been simplified.
  • The size of the application databases has been reduced, which allows lowering the size of data to download and speed up the installation of updates.
  • The heuristic analysis performed when checking websites for phishing, has been improved.

New in Kaspersky Anti-Virus (June 8th, 2010)

  • New in protection:
  • Users of Microsoft Windows Vista and Microsoft Windows 7 can enable Kaspersky Gadget, which displays the computer protection state and allows scanning objects for threats.
  • System Watcher has been added, a new protection component, which analyzes file, registry, system and network activities on the computer, while collecting information about events detected by other protection components.
  • If any dangerous activity in the system is detected by Proactive Defense or File Anti-Virus (or in the course of virus scan), System Watcher rolls back the actions that have been performed by malicious programs.
  • System Watcher contains patterns of dangerous activity (BSS). Those patterns allows detecting both dangerous and suspicious activities on the computer. If any suspicious activity in the system is detected based on the patterns (or by Proactive Defense), a notification with information about the event is displayed on the screen.
  • A new technology, which has been designed to run tasks on an idle computer, allows performing resource-intensive tasks, such as automatic update, scan of system memory, and scan of objects for rootkits, while the computer is turned on but remains idle.
  • To improve reliability of the application, it provides protection against interception of DNS requests and substitution of network node addresses.
  • In addition to HTTP traffic scan, Web Anti-Virus also scans FTP traffic now.
  • Now you can quickly switch from Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2011 to Kaspersky Internet Security 2011 without setup file download and operating system restart. You can switch to the trial version of Kaspersky Internet Security, or immediately proceed to using the commercial version activation code.
  • What has been improved:
  • Advanced disinfection technology has also been improved. The AVPTool utility can be downloaded now. It scans the computer if any errors have been encountered when installing the application, thus giving rise to suspicions that the computer had been infected.
  • Thanks to a more efficient processing of installation errors detected when the computer is suspected of being infected, the rollback procedure has been improved for installation complicated by errors.
  • The Rescue Disk creation service has been improved: an ISO image file can now be recorded on a CD or a USB data medium. The option to work in text mode has been added. When booting the system from the Rescue Disk, startup objects are scanned, in addition to boot sectors and file systems.
  • The scope of the Kaspersky Security Network service has been extended. Protection and reliability of interaction with Kaspersky Security Network have been improved, including proxy server mode.
  • The Urgent Detection System (UDS) technology has been enhanced by increasing the speed of adding new threats into the database and by improving the algorithm of UDS access.
  • The application now scans the system for rootkits with higher efficiency. The new updatable component allows detecting a greater number of rootkits and adding entries of new rootkits into databases with a shorter response time. Fully updatable disinfection logic ensures quick counteraction to new types of rootkits.
  • The Anti-Phishing technology has been enhanced thanks to use of analysis of images, HTML pages and URLs, as well as linguistic analysis of text content in messages.
  • News Agent has been optimized still remaining the main tool of news delivery initiated by Kaspersky Lab.
  • Automatic downloading and installation of a new version of the application have been implemented in addition to notification of release of a new version.
  • What's new in the application interface:
  • The application interface has been optimized to simplify usage for beginners.
  • Event notifications are completely redesigned to gain more intuitive and informative appearance.
  • The context menu that provides access to the main features of the application has become more convenient and better structured.
  • Starting from the 2011 version, custom component selection is not supported when installing the application. The application is installed in its entirety. If necessary, individual protection components can be excluded from the application interface.

New in Kaspersky Anti-Virus (July 23rd, 2009)

  • Problem with system instability after long period of program operation has been fixed.
  • Error causing BSOD while updating the emulator driver has been fixed.
  • Pop-up message in the URL checking module has been fixed (for the Spanish version).
  • Problem with pausing the scan task while third party programs are running in full-screen mode has been fixed.
  • Problem with the update task freezing at system startup has been fixed.
  • Vulnerability that allowed disabling of computer protection using an external script has been eliminated.
  • Driver crash in rare cases while processing a write operation has been fixed.
  • Crash while processing data incompliant with the protocol of Mail.Ru Agent has been fixed.
  • If a threat in OLE object is detected, the application does not suggest user to perform disinfection. Possible actions in this case – place file to quarantine or delete it.
  • Web Anti-Virus does not notify user about the downloaded files.
  • Problems with display of some files in special defragmentation software - PageDefrag are possible.
  • In some cases the "^" key on the virtual keyboard stays pressed. To solve this problem, right-click this key with a mouse.
  • Complex filtering works incorrectly in some report windows.
  • When the option of logging file system events to application report is enabled, noticeable slowdowns are possible during installation, if Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2010 is being installed over the previous version.
  • During Kaspersky Anti-Virus uninstallation registry keys linked to shell extension are not removed.

New in Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2010 Beta (July 4th, 2009)

  • Changes in klif driver - memory leaks
  • Changes in driver kl1 - BSOD in kimul subystem
  • Change of AppInfo for chineese localization – added international key support – changes in module lic.ppl
  • Changes in file balloon.html for spanish localization
  • Changes in file bl.ppl - hangs during signature updates when "gaming profile" is active
  • Rare product crashes
  • Signature auto-update now operates properly
  • Other small changes

New in Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2010 Beta (July 4th, 2009)

  • Changes in klif driver - memory leaks
  • Changes in driver kl1 - BSOD in kimul subystem
  • Change of AppInfo for chineese localization – added international key support – changes in module lic.ppl
  • Changes in file balloon.html for spanish localization
  • Changes in file bl.ppl - hangs during signature updates when "gaming profile" is active
  • Rare product crashes
  • Signature auto-update now operates properly