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i have a question about virus signatures i got two pc one running kaspersky 2012 IS and one running kaspersky 2013 IS

the signature database for 2012 is 12 millions and the total signatures for 2013 is 7 millions why ?

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Faster download of updates. Kaspersky Internet Security has transferred parts of its antivirus databases into the cloud (Kaspersky Security Network) and added further internal optimization. This helps significantly reduce the volume of downloaded traffic and speeds up the update process.

 

http://support.kaspersky.com/8615

Edited by antikythera

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Also,

 

If Kaspersky Internet Security has transferred parts of its antivirus databases into the cloud (Kaspersky Security Network), does that mean that KIS 2013 users are less protected when NOT connected to internet?

 

 

edit: Also,

Edited by richbuff

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In addition to what antikythera has posted two posts up,

 

.....The network is unreliable. This is, without a doubt, a serious flaw. The very concept behind the cloud system presumes that interaction with the user will take place using network channels. Consequently, if there is no network connection to the cloud infrastructure, there will be no protection. However, as cloud protection is not seen as something independent from existing security technologies, the signature method is still up and running in the event that there is no active connection, and the computer will not be left unprotected.

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As a result, the only real drawback that cannot currently be resolved is the dependency of user protection on the existence of a stable connection. Kaspersky Security Network will have resolved all of the other issues in the next version of its cloud protection. ...

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