Trick 1: Download Kaspersky Anti-Virus v184.108.40.2061
- The virus signatures of Kaspersky Internet Security 6, in contrast to Kaspersky Anti-Virus 6, canNOT be updated anymore. KIS 6 is useless for virus checking today.
- There are several different products named Kaspersky Anti-Virus 6.0: One is the retail "Personal" product, another is the corporate "Workstation" product. An activation key for the Personal product does NOT work with the Workstation product and vice versa. The last Win98-compatible versions are v220.127.116.111 (Personal) and v18.104.22.1687 (Workstation).
- "Kaspersky v22.214.171.1244 for Windows Workstation MP4" is not Win98-compatible http://support.kaspe...l?qid=208639675
- A trial version of Kaspersky Anti-Virus v126.96.36.1997 Workstation can be downloaded here ftp://KAVWorkstation:4HaEgnxkFxCyh8cB@partner.kaspersky.ru/6.0/english/kav188.8.131.527_winwksen.exe but I have no idea how an individual could obtain a license key for it. An English link to v184.108.40.2067 (MP3 = Maintenance Pack 3) is at http://support.kaspe...wks6mp3?level=2
This seems to leave just one choice for the individual: Kaspersky Anti-Virus v220.127.116.111, i.e. the Personal product version.
Kaspersky Anti-Virus v18.104.22.1681 comes again in 2 flavors:
- as a single file kav22.214.171.1241en.exe, digitally signed 21-Mar-2007, which can be downloaded from http://www.filehippo...ivir/tech/2396/ or http://www.softpedia...nload-5005.html Unfortunately when you try to buy a license via softpedia/Digital River, only v7 is offered.
- as a set of 4 files (Setup.exe, kav6.en.msi, kav6.0en.pdf and release_notes_en.html) digitally signed 19-Dec-2007, which I had downloaded from http://data2.kaspers...istr/126.96.36.1991/ in Sept.2008, now 404. The release notes name the version of 19-Dec-2007 as "MP2 CF1" I have no idea were to get these files now.
My suspicion is that the version signed 21-Mar-2007 might be an expiring trial version, i.e. KAV 6 might not work anymore after the license key expires, while the version signed 19-Dec-2007 might be an unexpiring version, i.e. continue to work, even if you cannot update the signatures anymore. But I don't know, I have installed only the version of 19-Dec-2007.
ADDENDUM: See posting #12. The version of 21-Mar-2007, once activated, is NOT an expiring trial version, it works just as well as the version signed 19-Dec-2007 after the expiration of the license key with which it was originally activated.
Another alternative might be to use the original CD which came in the retail box, and select "Update application modules" in the update settings, but I haven't tried that.
Trick 2: A valid activation code
The only way I know of getting a valid activation code for v188.8.131.521 (21-Mar-2007) is to buy an old retail box of v6, with the activation code on the CD envelope inside the box. But these old unused boxes are getting very hard to find. And there are no valid activation codes for v6 floating around elsewhere.
Trick 3: Saving your license key file
When KAV 6 is activated or the signature license is renewed, the activation key is being sent to the Kaspersky Activation Server, which then sends back a valid license key in the form of a 849-byte .key file. It may be quite prudent to keep this key file for backup purposes.
If, for example, the computer has become corrupted or is off-line, this key file enables one to re-install and activate KAV 6 without being connected to the activation server: the key file has to be placed during installation, exactly when the window "Installation Complete" is displayed, into the install-to directory, then the next window Activation displays: "License key already installed".
Unfortunately the license key file is a little hard to find. According to the Wikipedia "Kaspersky antivirus software also uses techniques resembling rootkits" http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rootkit and the license key file is actually inside of a "cloaked" folder, seemingly invisible. But under Win98, in contrast to WinXP, there is an excellent tool, MS Find: When entering in field Named: key and in field Look in: \windows\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files\Content.IE5\, the license key file is displayed and can be backed up. The license key file gets deleted by KAV 6 during the next startup of the opsys where KAV 6 was installed.
If KAV 6 was installed under WinXP, the license key file can probably be backed up by booting after installation into another opsys, where it should be found in I:\Documents and Settings\<user name>\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files\Content.IE5\
Trick 4: Update distribution folder
The Update distribution folder allows signature updates from a folder instead of from the Kaspersky server. Only a single folder has to be updated from the Kaspersky server, saving bandwidth. Currently the Update distribution folder has about 159 MB, slowly growing. In a multibooting environment, for example, KAV 6 under WinXP could be set to download from the Kaspersky server, while KAV 6 under Win98 could download from the Update distribution folder. Apart from possible licensing issues, there are no technical problems re-using a key in an environment containing update distribution folders. For portability, the update distribution folder could also be on a stick.
The corporate Kaspersky Anti-Virus v184.108.40.2067 (Workstation) can also take its signature updates from the Update distribution folder maintained by v220.127.116.111 (Personal)
I am regularly archiving the Update distribution folder, so that, when Kaspersky eventually stops providing signature updates for v6, I will still have a near-to final Update folder. So if I wished to re-install KAV 6 under Win98, say in 5 years, I could update the initial signature of 19-Dez-2007 (only 489.076 signatures) from the last archived update distribution folder (currently 4.451.072 signatures= 8-fold increase in 3 years).
Edited by Multibooter, 03 January 2011 - 07:58 AM.