Kaspersky Anti-Virus Mobile from Kaspersky Lab, a developer of secure content management solutions, protects mobile phones using Symbian and Windows Mobile operating systems (smartphones) against mobile malware. The fully functional integrated security solution protects smartphones from malicious programs and unsolicited SMS/MMS messages. This latest version now includes a range of technologies and features that improve the program's performance and make it user-friendly.

Kaspersky Anti-Virus Mobile uses a combination of real-time anti-virus protection and on-demand scanning to protect against threats, and also provides protection from unwanted SMS/MMS messages by blacklisting undesirable phone numbers. Real-time anti-virus protection monitors wireless connections and scans EMS/MMS messages, as well any data received from a PC during synchronization. Settings allow the user to view the phone's anti-virus status as well as the event log, which records all actions performed by the program.

Also included is an anti-virus database update feature, which ensures that the smartphone is protected against the latest malicious programs. Updates can either be installed automatically by a built-in scheduler, or on demand. Database updates are downloaded via WAP or HTTP from Kaspersky Lab servers. Kaspersky Anti-Virus Mobile takes advantage of advanced features available in today's smartphones: the device's built-in web browser can be used to download updates and view information about any malicious programs detected.

Other features include the scanning of individual objects (files or folders) and isolation of infected objects in quarantine storage to prevent deletion of important information. The antivirus protection has become even more reliable due to the feature of unpacking and scanning the contents of .sis files, which are often used for distributing malicious code.

Optimization of the product's antivirus engine also results in higher performance levels. The anti-spam module of Kaspersky Anti-Virus Mobile protects the user from mass mailing/advertising distributed via SMS/MMS. For maximum convenience, the anti-spam module has three predefined operating modes with different filtering levels: 'Enable', 'B/W Lists Only' and 'Disable'.

The product can be installed on smartphones that are based on Symbian operating system versions 6.X, 7.X or 8.X (for Series 60, 80 or UIQ platforms), or Windows Mobile 2003 (for Smartphones, Phone Edition) and 5.0. Kaspersky Anti-Virus Mobile will be available in the first quarter for $29.95.