K7 Total Security

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K7 Total Security
K7 Total Security logo version 11.gif
K7 Total Security (version 12)
K7 Total Security's Graphical User Interface
Developer(s) K7 Computing
Stable release Version 14.2 (2014)
Operating system Microsoft Windows
License Proprietary
Website www.k7computing.com

K7 Total Security, developed by K7 Computing Pvt. Ltd., is a malware prevention and antivirus software, and provides malware prevention and removal during a subscription period and uses signatures and heuristics to identify viruses. Other features include a software firewall, e-mail spam filtering and phishing protection.

K7 Computing distributes the product as a download, a box copy, and as OEM software.

K7 Computing[edit]

K7 Computing Pvt. Ltd. is a software and hardware security company Founded in 1991 by Jayaraman Kesavardhanan in Chennai, India.[1].

The company has 90+ employees in its Chennai HQ[2] with more employees all around the world. Software research and virus detection is handled by its own virus lab in Chennai.

K7 Computing is a member of AVAR (Association of Anti Virus Asia Researchers)[3]Jayaraman Kesavardhanan, Founder and CEO of K7 Computing was granted the Best Member Award in recognition of his significant contributions to AVAR for the year 2008 Chennai, TN, 16 December 2008 [4] K7 Computing's Cloud Computing division built on windows platform, K7 Cloud Solutions was formed as a result of K7 Computing's acquisition of BinaryKarma, a Chennai, India based start-up working on products in the area of Virtualization Management.[5].

J. Kesavardhanan serves as its CEO and Managing Director.

Products[edit]

K7 Computing has been developing antivirus software for 20 years.[6]

The most recognized antivirus software from K7 Computing is K7 Total Security [7] which won AV-Comparatives Performance Test for 2010,[8] version 11 was released in February 2011 together with K7 Ultimate Security 11 and Antivirus Plus and Antivirus Premium. In 15 June 2011 K7 released Business Edition of its Antivirus security K7 Enterprise Security - Business orientated antivirus product offering remote management and installation.[9]

Desktop Edition products: K7 Antivirus Plus,[10] K7 Total Security - (Internet Security), K7 Ultimate Security (Internet Security plus Backup), K7 Secure Web Aimed specifically at protecting your online transactions, it offers secure browsing hardened against attacks that try to steal your passwords… or your money.[11][12]

Enterprise Edition products: K7 Enterprise Security and K7 Enterprise Security Premium (with additional firewall), K7 Mail Security for MS Exchange[13]

For Cloud Products see K7 Cloud Solutions

Awards[edit]

  • K7 Total Security received Advanced+ Award from AV-Comparatives Performance test July 2011,[14] overall winner for PC Mark performance test. K7 Antivirus Plus is an overall winner of AV-Comparatives Performance test November 2011[15]
  • K7 Total Security was awarded the winner of the Performance Test by AV-Comparatives for 2010 [16]
  • VB-100,[17][18] August 2012 VB-100 award for K7 Total Security[19]
  • Checkmark by WestCoast Labs [20]
  • ICSA Labs

Windows Edition[edit]

K7 Total Security, released 2002, was K7 Computing's first security suite for Windows PCs. The service offered basic protection for Internet users such as Anti-Virus and Anti-Spyware Tools, Anti-Spam and Basic Firewall.

Version 2003[edit]

K7 continued to deliver the same features in their software. Meanwhile, the company partnered with Sourcenext, a Japan-based computer software publishing company to sell K7's security software.[21]

Version 2007[edit]

In version 2007, K7 added a few more security tools such as Key-logger & root-kit detection and other privacy tools in their security suite.

Version 2009[edit]

Following the release of Version 2008, K7 released 2009 version. This version included Privacy Tools for safe browsing.

Version 2010[edit]

K7 launched K7 Total Security 2010 on 18 January 2010 in Chennai, India.[22] New features included Rootkit Scanning, Tracking Cookie detection, Malicious Site and download blocking and many more features.

Version 2011[edit]

K7 Total Security launched in February 2011. Version 11 brings modern graphic user interface and new improved features and scanning capabilities. (USB vaccination, rootkit scan, and new privacy protection tools)

Version 2012[edit]

K7 Total Security launched in February 2012. Version 12 brings brand new K7 Logo and design in graphic user interface.New and improved features and scanning capabilities. Safe Surf and Safe Search Cloud-based scanning. USB vaccination, and new privacy protection tools to secure passwords and private data entries.

Version 2013[edit]

K7 Total Security and other K7 desktop security products version 13 were launched in March 2013. K7 Computing takes a different approach at the software version names and as of Q3 of 2012, is not using any prefix for the software version. Builds that reflect new features and improvements are identified as the year they are released and the update version, E.g., 12.2, 13.0 and newest version is 13.1 Version of the software is upgraded on the fly via updates, therefore users have installed always the latest version with updated and new features and technology.

Version 2014[edit]

K7 Total Security and other K7 desktop security products version 14.2 were launched in August 2014.[23] K7 Computing takes a different approach at the software version names and as of Q3 of 2012, is not using any prefix for the software version. Builds that reflect new features and improvements are identified as the year they are released and the update version, E.g., 12.2, 13.0 and newest version is 13.1 Version of the software is upgraded ad-hoc via updates, therefore users have installed always the latest version with updated and new features and technology. Latest version can be purchased or downloaded for 30 days free trial at: K7 Computing Ireland trial page or K7 Computing UK trial page

Reception[edit]

Performance[edit]

In the field of performance, K7 is very low in resources. Their site reports that K7 Total Security 10 has the fastest virus-scanning engine to date.[24]

K7 Total Security 10 won the best performing antivirus for 2010 by AV-Comparatives [25] as well for 2011,[26] and K7 Antivirus Plus won in November 2011.[27] VB-100 award received in December 2011 [28] and August 2012 [29]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ K7 Management Team, http://www.k7computing.com/en/About-Us/K7-Management-Team.php, retrieved 01.August 2011
  2. ^ About K7, K7 Computing website, 2007, http://www.k7computing.com/en/About-Us/aboutus.php, retrieved 08. August 2011
  3. ^ AVAR, http://www.aavar.org/en/, retrieved 09.August 2011
  4. ^ International Business Times, K7 Computing CEO Wins Best Member Award in AVAR 2008, http://www.ibtimes.com/prnews/20081216/k7-computing-avar.htm, retrieved 01.August 2011
  5. ^ K7 Cloud Solutions, 2011, http://www.k7cloud.com/about.html
  6. ^ About K7 Computing, http://www.k7computing.com/en/About-Us/aboutus.php, retrieved 01.August 2011
  7. ^ David Salt, Articlereader, K7 Total Security 10 launched February 2010, http://www.articletrader.com/computers/software/k7-computing-launches-new-customer-awareness-and-brand-campaign-for-k7-total-security-10.html, retrieved 8 August 2011
  8. ^ AV Comparatives Performance Test, December 2010, http://www.av-comparatives.org/images/stories/test/performance/performance_dec_2010.pdf
  9. ^ K7 Enterprise Security PDF Datasheet, K7 website, http://www.k7computing.co.uk/About-Us/pr/101_K7_Enterprise_Security_uk.pdf, retrieved 01.August 2011
  10. ^ Neil J. Rubenking, http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2382159,00.asp , PC MAG Review, 22 March 2011
  11. ^ Neil J. Rubenking, http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2365912,00.asp, 5 July 2010. retrieved 08.August 2011
  12. ^ WestCoast Labs Review, http://k7computing.co.uk/Awards-and-Certifications/WestcoastLabs_Security_Solutions.pdf, April 2011
  13. ^ PR DigitalMediaNet, http://www.av-comparatives.org/images/stories/test/performance/performance_aug_2011.pdf, October 2011
  14. ^ Performance Test July 2011 by AV-comparatives, http://www.av-comparatives.org/images/stories/test/performance/performance_aug_2011.pdf, retrieved 27. October 2011
  15. ^ http://www.av-comparatives.org/images/stories/test/performance/performance_nov_2011.pdf, PDF, AV-Comparatives Performance Test Nov 2011
  16. ^ Performance Test by AV-comparatives, http://www.av-comparatives.org/images/stories/test/performance/performance_dec_2010.pdf http://www.av-comparatives.org/, retrieved 08.August 2011
  17. ^ VB-100 Award - August 2012, https://k7press.wordpress.com/2012/09/20/k7_total_security_secured_august_vb-100_award/
  18. ^ Virus Bulletin VB-100 awards, http://www.virusbtn.com/vb100/archive/vendor?id=51
  19. ^ http://www.virusbtn.com/vb100/archive/test?id=169, VB-100 Jan. 2012
  20. ^ WestCoast Labs, http://westcoastlabs.com/checkmark/productList/?vendorID=64 , Checkmark Certification & Platinum Product Awards, retrieved 09.August 2011
  21. ^ K7 Computing. "About K7 Computing - Internet Security, AntiVirus Company India". K7 Computing. Retrieved 2010-05-12. 
  22. ^ K7 Computing. "K7 Computing Launches K7 TotalSecurity Version 10 in India". K7 Computing. Retrieved 2010-05-12. 
  23. ^ K7 Computing Press release
  24. ^ K7 Computing. "K7 Computing Antivirus and Internet Security Software Suite India". K7 Computing. Retrieved 2010-05-12. 
  25. ^ date= "Performance Test". Retrieved 2010-12-13. 
  26. ^ http://www.av-comparatives.org/images/stories/test/performance/performance_nov_2011.pdf, PDF, AV-Comparatives performance test Aug 2011,
  27. ^ http://www.av-comparatives.org/images/stories/test/performance/performance_nov_2011.pdf, AV-Comparatives performance test Nov 2011
  28. ^ http://www.virusbtn.com/vb100/archive/vendor?id=51, VB-100 Award Feb 2011
  29. ^ https://k7press.wordpress.com/2012/09/20/k7_total_security_secured_august_vb-100_award/