We’ve talked a lot about different free antivirus solutions in the past, and Kaspersky has always done extremely well on various tests. One free solution that they offer which you may not be aware of is Kaspersky Antivirus 6.0 Second Opinion Solution – otherwise known as Kaspersky Antivirus S.O.S. While they don’t recommend that you use this as your sole antivirus solution, it does play a role in your overall computer security. To give you an idea of why this might come in handy, here’s a list of four of its advantages:
- Provides an extra layer of antivirus protection
- Can be used in parallel with other antivirus software (no need to uninstall any anti-virus program you currently have installed)
- Centralized administration – can be installed and managed using Kaspersky Administration kit
- It’s free!
What’s different about this software is that it doesn’t provide real-time protection. This is how it is able to run alongside a fully functional, automatic updating anti-virus without causing problems. When you want an extra layer of protection, it is up to you to manually run the Second Opinion Solution scan.
Here’s an example, courtesy of Kaspersky’s site, which explains when this software would come in use:
If the main antivirus application running in the real-time protection mode detected an infected file and blocked access to it, then the following will be performed by Kaspersky Anti-Virus 6.0 SOS when it starts a full computer scan task:
– Kaspersky Anti-Virus 6.0 SOS will attempt to open the infected file in order to scan it.
– The real-time protection mode of the main antivirus application will block access to the infected file. Therefore Kaspersky Anti-Virus 6.0 SOS will not be able to open it.
– A message informing that access to this file is blocked will be displayed in the report.
Another instance when this could be useful is if you’re trying to determine if the Anti-Virus software you currently run is doing its job correctly. If you were to run the Antivirus S.O.S. and it identified a problem, but your main Antivirus didn’t, you’ll know that you may need to find a new solution.
Thanks for the tip S!