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Kaspersky Endpoint Security

Kaspersky Endpoint Security (aka KES) is used by the University of Warwick to protect your managed Windows computer against malware and other potential security threats.

Currently, managed Windows computers should all be running KES version 11.6. If you computer is running an older KES version it will be upgraded automatically in due course. If your computer needs an upgrade, you may be prompted to re-start your computer then leave it online after re-starting; please assist us with this mandatory upgrade by complying with these instructions.

The following information relates to KES 11.6 and above

The screenshot below shows the main KES user interface, accessed either from the start menu or from the system tray.

KES 11.6 Main Screen

Clicking 'tasks' from the main interface will present the screen below. From this screen you can manually initiate a full malware scan.

KES 11.6 Tasks Screen

Clicking 'backup' from the main interface will present the screen below. From this screen you can manage backup copies of infected files which KES has either deleted or disinfected.

KES 11.6 Backup Screen

Clicking 'protection components' from the main interface will present the screen below. From this screen you can view the various KES components and confirm whether or not they are active. Note that some components, such as "BadUSB Protection" and "Application Control" are inactive by design.

KES 11.6 Settings  - Components Screen

  • Malware definition database updates are automatic, and are checked half-hourly and updated as necessary.
  • Any detected instances of malware and other security threats are automatically reported to IT Services. IT services will then remotely initiate a malware scan, usually within one business day.
  • Incoming emails are scanned for malware. Some attachment types may be renamed.
  • A 'quick scan' is run against any external storage device(e.g. USB flash drives and SD cards) plugged into a managed Windows desktop. This scan generally takes less than 1 minute to complete.
  • On managed staff desktops and laptops, Kaspersky Endpoint Security will, by default, block the usage of external storage devices (e.g. USB flash drives and SD cards). If you attempt to use such a device you will be presented with a pop-up message advising you that access is blocked, and also providing you with a link to request access if you have an operational requirement to use these.