A look at security lapses in Windows-based PCs
A new version of Kaspersky Security Scan for Windows-based computers, not only detects malicious software and operating system settings that make the device vulnerable, but also offers users advice on resolving any issues identified.
The scanner which is being offered for free enables users to scan their computers for cyberthreats. It works even if there is another security solution installed on the computer. However, according to Kaspersky Security Scan data, 19 percent of devices on which the solution was installed in the first quarter of 2015, were not protected – that is to say, there was no antivirus solution installed on the devices or an existing solution was disabled.
Unsurprisingly, during the same period the scanner detected malware on nearly one fifth or 18 percent of the devices it scanned. In addition, dangerous vulnerabilities, such as blocked system processes, hidden files, were found on 40 percent of the computers. These statistics indicate that many users today need additional protection.
What’s more, the scanner also offers advice about how to get rid of these threats. For example, it may suggest that users install specialized applications to clean an infection or encourage them to change operating system settings. Full information about OS settings is available in the scanner’s main window. The new version also allows users to enable regular automatic scans on days convenient for them.
“It is important to remember that although free solutions are undoubtedly useful, they cannot replace Internet Security-class protection, because for a long time now the techniques used by cybercriminals have encompassed more than just malware,” remarks Vladimir Zapolyansky, Vice President, Product and Technology Marketing, Kaspersky Lab. “The scanner can quickly scan the computer for potential risks when there are no other options, or it can complement an existing antivirus solution to strengthen security. However, in all other cases an integrated, multi-tier security solution should be used on a permanent basis.”
The new Kaspersky Security Scan is already available to users in 11 languages at the company website.