Install Kaspersky Anti-Virus

Install Kaspersky Anti-Virus

If you already have Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2011 installed and need to activate, please read our Kaspersky 2011 Activation page.

Before you begin:

Please make sure you have removed your previous security software (including prior versions of Kaspersky) in the Control Panel before installing Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2011.

If you need help removing the previously installed security programs, please check our list of removal tools for conflicting software.

If you are installing using the Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2011 CD, please skip to Step 2.

If you have purchased online, follow Step 1 to download your software.

Step 1 - Save the Installation File:

If you have Dial-Up Internet, we suggest you wait for the Backup CD to arrive to install.

Click the download link provided in your order email to begin. If the link has expired, you can download from our Kaspersky Anti-Virus Product Updates page.

You will be asked to Run, Save or Cancel the download. Click Save.

Save File

The web browser will then ask you where to save the file. Use the drop-down menu to select your Desktop, then click Save. Download speeds will vary depending on your Internet connection, but could take from a few minutes to an hour.

When the download completes, click Close.

Close all open windows except this web page, then locate the file on your Desktop and double-click on it to begin the installation process.

Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2011

If prompted to run the file, click Run.

Run File

Step 2 - Install Process:

You will briefly see the install process copy the installation files to your computer.

The install process will check if there is a newer version online and prompt you to download it if needed.

The Setup Wizard will open. Click Next to begin an Express Install.

2011 Setup Wizard

Read the End User License Agreement and click I agree.

Read the Kaspersky Security Network Data Collection Statement. This allows us to detect and collect new viruses based on their behavior as well as non-personal data about how you use our software. The Kaspersky Security Network does not collect or process any personal information. Click Install.

You may see a notification from the Windows Security Center that there are problems while Kaspersky is still being installed. This is normal and will automatically resolve itself after the process completes.

Check your computer security

Step 3 - Configuration Wizard:

If you did not previously have Kaspersky, or your previous license expired, you will be prompted to activate a commercial license. Enter your 20 character activation code, which is four sets of five characters, or XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX. The wizard will automatically capitalize letters and add the dashes. Click Next.

Your activation code can be found on your order email, the back of the CD sleeve, or the Activation Card that is included in the DVD case.

If you are not asked to activate, the wizard has detected your existing valid license. Should you need to activate after the install completes, follow these steps to activate Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2011.

Anti-Virus Configuration

Please wait while the wizard activates your Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2011.

After the license is activated, you will see the License type and Expiration date. Click Next.

Application Activation Complete

Click Finish to begin using Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2011.

We recommend performing the following operations after the program has been installed and launched:

  • Update the databases.
    To update, click Update on the left, then Run Update on the right of the main window.
  • Check that your computer is protected.
    The computer's protection status is indicated by the color of the horizontal band and light at the top of the program's main window:
    Green - The computer is protected.
    Yellow and Red - The computer is at risk.
  • Scan your computer for viruses.
  • Kaspersky recommends that you run a full scan of your computer.
    Click on Scan on the left of the main window, then Run Full Scan on the right.

Frequently Asked Questions regarding the Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2011 Install Process:

Q: I am trying to install but am getting an Incompatible Software message. How can I clear this?

A: Our list of competitor removal tools has links to the most commonly used removal tools.

Q: After installing, I cannot get online without right-clicking on the Kaspersky K and choosing Exit. Why is this?

A: Sometimes, leftovers from other security programs can cause this issue. Try the above link for the removal tools for your previous security program.

Q: When I start the installer file, I get an NSIS error. What is this and how can I fix it?

A: This indicates the download is incomplete or damaged. Download the installer file again.