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After you install Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2018, we recommend that you update antivirus databases and run a full scan. Without regular updates of the antivirus databases, Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2018 will be unable to protect you against latest threats.

Update requires an active license. You can buy the license (activation code) in the online store. To renew an expired license at a discount, visit License Renewal & Upgrade Center.

By default, the application downloads updates automatically every two hours. Only the updates for enabled application components are downloaded. You can adjust updates download schedule in the application settings.

Scroll down to watch the video guide on updating Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2018.

 

Update scope

The following files are downloaded and installed on your computer during updates:

  • Antivirus databases. Antivirus databases contain threat descriptions and methods used to combat them.
  • Application modules. They eliminate application vulnerabilities, develop the existing functions and add new ones.
  • New application version. The application downloads and installs the new version automatically by default on top of a previous version. If you experience any issues with the automatic application upgrade, download the new version from the Kaspersky Lab website and install it manually.
 

How to run an update

  1. Check the Internet connection (for example, open the www.kaspersky.com website).
  2. In the lower right corner of Desktop (Taskbar notification area), right-click the Kaspersky Anti-Virus icon and select Update on the shortcut menu.If the application icon is hidden from the notification area, click the Show hidden icons arrow. If the icon is missing, run Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2018.
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Image: the Kaspersky Anti-Virus right-click menu in the notification area of Desktop

  1. The Update window will open.

Image: the update window in Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2018

 

How to remotely update antivirus databases

You can run a database update of your application remotely via My Kaspersky. You can send commands from any device connected to the Internet. For a detailed guide on remote database updates, see this article.

 

How to find the databases release date

Hover the mouse pointer over the Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2018 icon in the Desktop notification area:

Image: application name and databases release date

If the application icon is hidden from the notification area, click the Show hidden icons arrow. If the icon is missing, run Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2018.

 

What to do in case of update problems

If you encounter any errors during databases updates, perform the actions described in this article.

Source : Official Kaspersky Brand
Editor by : BEST Antivirus KBS Team

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