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Kaspersky Lab is a computer security company, co-founded by Natalya Kaspersky and Eugene Kaspersky in 1997, offering anti-virus, anti-spyware, anti-spam, and anti-intrusion products. Kaspersky Lab is a privately held company headquartered in Moscow, Russia with regional offices in Germany, France, the Netherlands, the UK, Poland, Romania, Sweden, Japan, People's Republic of China, South Korea and the USA.
In 2005, Red Herring magazine listed Kaspersky among "Red Herring 100 Europe", a selection of the 100 private companies in Europe and Israel that it considered to play a leading role in innovation and technology.
The Kaspersky Anti-Virus engine also powers products or solutions by other security vendors, such as Check Point, Bluecoat, Juniper Networks, Sybari (now acquired by Microsoft), Netintelligence, GFI Software, F-Secure, Clearswift, FrontBridge, G-Data, Netasq, and others. Altogether, more than 120 companies are licensing technology from Kaspersky.
The current line of Kaspersky home-user products consists of Kaspersky Internet Security (KIS) 2010, Kaspersky Anti-Virus (KAV) 2010, Kaspersky Mobile Security (KMS) and AVZ Antiviral Toolkit . Kaspersky products are widely used throughout Europe and Asia.
Kaspersky Lab products are available via retail stores such as Best-Buy, PC-World, Currys and online through the official Kaspersky eStore or Amazon.com and other retailers.
The latest 2009 line of Kaspersky products are certified for Windows Vista and are multi-core optimized
The anti-virus software testing group AV-Comparatives gave the Windows XP version of Kaspersky AV an "Advanced+" rating (its highest) in both its February 2008 on-demand detection test (with the fourth highest detection rate among 16 products tested).However, in the Retrospective/Proactive Test May 2008, Kaspersky received the "Standard" rating, detecting 21% of new malware with 1-month old signatures and receiving a substantial amount of false positives.
The firewall included in Kaspersky Internet Security 7.0 got a "Very Good" rating in Matousec's Firewall challenge , with a result of 85%. Kaspersky Anti-Virus 7.0 has achieved a 6.5 result out of 8 in the Anti Malware Labs rootkit detection test . It has also achieved a 31 out of 33 detection of polymorphic viruses and a 97% result in the self-protection test.In 2007 Kaspersky Internet Security 7 received an award from the British magazine PC Pro and also won a place in its "A List".
In addition, Kaspersky has almost passed all Virus Bulletin comparative tests since August 2003 . According to PC World magazine, Kaspersky anti-virus software provides the fastest updates for new virus and security threats in the industry. In the latest AV-Comparatives test, the Technical Release build of Kaspersky 2009 achieved a nearly 85% proactive detection rate, when including both heuristic analysis and HIPS.
User friendliness - 94/100
Detection - 98/100
Virus quarantine - 99/100