Kaspersky Anti-Virus Mobile in beta

Kaspersky_logoI’ve owned mobile devices since 2000 when I purchased my first Pocket PC; a Compaq Aero 2130 for you trivia buffs. In the past six years, I’ve really never had concerns with any viruses on my PDAs or phones, but the times are a-changing. With all of the connectivity options now available, it’s probably a good time to start playing it safer as we use the handhelds to interact with the outside world in new ways. Enter Kaspersky Lab and their open beta of Anti-Virus Mobile. The current beta targets Smartphones with Symbian OS 6.1, 7.0s, 8.0, 8.1 Series 60, while Beta 2 is under development for Windows Mobile 2003 and 5.0 Smartphone editions. Kaspersky indicates that "the most active participants of the program will receive a free copy of the program upon commercial release" which is a pretty sweet (and safe) deal. Full info on the beta and the specifics of the program follow.

Kaspersky® Anti-Virus Mobile

Kaspersky® Anti-Virus Mobile 2.0 protects smartphones frommalicious programs and unwanted messages, and provides the followingfeatures:

  • Real-time protection of the smartphone’s file system against malicious applications.
  • On demand or scheduled scans of file system objects stored either on your smartphone or on memory extension cards.
  • Secure isolation of infected objects in quarantine.
  • Updating of the antivirus databases used to detect malicious applications and delete unsafe objects.
  • Blocking of unwanted SMS and MMS messages.

The user can customize Kaspersky Anti-Virus Mobile settings, monitorcurrent protection status, and view application logs with the resultsof application activities.

The application has an easy-to-use menu and a user-friendly interface.

What’s new in Version 2.0

The following features have been added since the release of version 1.7.

  • Optimized antivirus engine and higher performance;
  • The option to scan individual objects (files or folders);
  • Quarantine;
  • Support for unpacking sis files and scanning their contents;
  • Antispam for SMS/MMS;
  • Updates can be downloaded using the smartphone’s web browser;
  • Information on detected viruses can be provided using the smartphone’s web browser.

System requirements:

Smartphones with Symbian OS 6.1, 7.0s, 8.0, 8.1 Series 60 User Interface

The product has been tested on the following hardware configurations:

  • Nokia: 3230, 3600, 3620, 3650, 3660, 6260, 6600, 6620, 6630, 6670, 6680, 6681, 6682, N70, N90, 7610, 7650, N-Gage, NGage-QD.
  • Lenovo: P930.
  • Panasonic: x700, x800.
  • Samsung: SGH D720, SGH D730.
  • Sendo: X.
  • Siemens: SX1.

Note: The product is available in two versions: onedistribution package for Symbian OS 6.1, 7.0s Series 60 UI and onedistribution for Symbian OS 8.0, 8.1 Series 60 UI.

Please note that preparation for the release of Version 2 Beta 2 iscurrently under way. The version will include support for the followingplatforms: Symbian Series UIQ and Windows Mobile 2003/5.0 Smartphoneedition.