Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2014 and Internet Security 2014 betas now available

March 12, 2013 – 14:25 by in News Print Share No Comment

Kaspersky Lab has announced the public availability of Technical Previews for Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2014 and Kaspersky Internet Security 2014.

These are very early releases and some way from being complete, so there’s little information on new features yet – but a few basic details have appeared.

The interface has been updated, for instance. It’s not radically different, just simplified, and even more Windows 8-like than it was before.

The new releases now support touch screens, too, and our initial impressions are that the program could work well in a touch environment.

Kaspersky’s Safe Money (a feature which helps to secure your online transactions) now supports more banks and web stores, and allows you to choose your preferred browser.

The interface has been simplified, and is more Windows 8-like than ever

The company claims the new release will use less resources. And apparently it will also provide “connected standby technology support”, although what level of support, and where, isn’t yet clear.

This doesn’t look like a release which is going to win over many new customers, then, but if you’re a Kaspersky fan and want to try it anyway, the process is at least fairly straightforward. There’s no special beta registration, and you don’t have to sign up to anything: just download the installer and you’re ready to go. (Although we would recommend removing any existing Kaspersky installation, first, and running a backup if the system contains anything important.)

And to find out what might happen then, we’ve briefly installed and tried out both programs, with mixed results.

Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2014 displayed error messages saying our system wasn’t activated, for instance, while the interface said we were, while Kaspersky Internet Security 2014 noticeably cut our test PC’s performance. But scanning and other features worked well, if a little slower. So on balance, not bad for an early beta, and if you’re interested in Kaspersky products then you should find there’s plenty here to explore.

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