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Kapersky germinated in 1989, when Russian computer technician Eugene Kaspersky found the Cascade virus on his PC. He developed his own anti-virus program and purged the little monster, and released his program to the public in 1993.
Since then, Moscow-based Kaspersky Lab has developed into a multi-national company with offices in Europe, Asia, and North America, and with Eugene Kaspersky still in R&D. Although the company’s software is currently better known in Eastern Europe and Asia, it’s growing in popularity elsewhere, particularly after Kaspersky Anti-Virus 6 won the PC World Editor’s Choice award for Antivirus programs in 2007.
Kaspersky Lab offers three consumer products: Anti-Virus 7, Internet Security 7, and new Mobile Security.
Kapersky Antivirus (pricey at $59.95 per year) detects all the usual suspects, including Trojans, viruses, and worms, and it also scans for spyware, adware, and keyloggers at the same time. The program gives strong and prompt detection, with the malware database automatically updating every hour and the signatures of new virus and spam attacks added to the database within one to two hours of the outbreak’s first report.