Free 6 months Kaspersky AntiVirus 2009!

Update: This offer seems to be invalid now. For everyone who did not get Kaspersky, I suggest you read my list of 6 free security applications and grab the excellent antivirus/antispyware mentioned there (i.e. Avira Free 9).

However I would like to say one thing: below there is a link to a post on Raymond.cc which has directions on how to turn this Chinese Kaspersky into English. However a dotTech reader, jumbi, has personal experience with doing that. His warning is as follows:

Warning to readers who follow Raymond advise to use english version with chinese key:

Today after almost a month that I had installed Kaspersky with this method, an alert appeared that the program is not activated now!
(Of course it was activated before).

I suppose, somehow (probably with an update), Kaspersky Labs found out that the key is for Chinese version…

Now I am bored to do the procedure once again, since I know it WILL APPEAR again in the next month or so.

The same happened also to another computer I had it installed.

Unless there is a solution to this, I suggest to your readers to avoid this method.

The website where you can attain this offer is in Chinese so don’t freak out. Also note that the text you see  on that webpage will depend on which encoding is enabled for your browser. Regardless of the text you see, the procedures that are shown in this post still work; just follow the pictures!

  • Go here. The website looks like this:

You can also view an English version of this page via Google Translate, but once you submit your email, it will turn into Chinese anyway, so what is the point.

  • Fill out the form you see in the middle. You have to enter your email in the first two boxes, and type any message in the big text box (the message can be as short as one word).

  • You will be brought to another page in Chinese. Your emails will be listed and you will have to enter a confirmation number and hit the left most button at the bottom. Think of this as the Chinese anti-spam.

  • The next page that loads will prompt you with a message box. Hit “Cancel”.

  • Go check your email. You should have an email from “noreply@pcstars.com.cn” with the subject (it is in Chinese) “????????????2009?????”. You Kaspersky AntiVirus 2009 code will be towards the top-middle of the email

  • Now you have to download Kaspersky. This key does not seem to work with the English version; you need to download the Chinese version:

Don’t worry – according to the Kaspersky forums, pressing Shift + F12 will change the interface from Chinese to English and Shift + F5 will change it back to Chinese. So Install the Chinese version just as you would install the English version but when you actually run Kaspersky, press Shift + F12 to change it to English.

Update3: People are reporting that Shift + F12 is not working.

Update4: Raymond details on how to turn the Chinese version into English here. I have not tested this myself.

That is it. Just three things to remember:

  • Only 50,000 license keys will be given out per day. So if you don’t get one today, check tomorrow.
  • You need to activate your license (meaning actually install KIV 09) by April 1, 2009.
  • This is AntiVirus. Meaning this includes protection against
    • Viruses, Trojans, worms
    • Spyware & adware
    • Identity theft & phishing

This does not include a firewall, or any other security essentials. To learn more about essential programs that you can get to compliment Kaspersky, visit top 6 programs that will provide the best security for you and your computer – for free.

Enjoy.

(Credit goes to Rino at Raymond.cc for posting this.)

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  • badboy

    I would like to have an ACTIVATION KEY SHARE,for famous softwares..i’m having genuine liscenses of followings..
    1.KIS 2010(4 liscences)
    2.NIS 2010(3 lisences)
    3.G-DATA 2010 antivirus(10 lisences)
    5tune up utilities 2009(2 liscences)
    6.Bitdefender 2010(1 lisecence)
    7.Wondershare Spyware Removal(4 liscences)

    if you like for a key exchange,what you have to do is write a mail to me…
    badboylk2009@yahoo.com

    ps:you have to mention the genuine software key that you like to exchange with me

    HURRY UP FRIENDS..

  • Thanks Jumbi for the heads up. May I suggest now that you don’t have Kaspersky you get Avira Free? v9 will provide you excellent security.

  • jumbi

    Warning to readers who follow Raymond advise to use english version with chinese key:

    Today after almost a month that I had installed Kaspersky with this method, an alert appeared that the program is not activated now!
    (Of course it was activated before).

    I suppose, somehow (probably with an update), Kaspersky Labs found out that the key is for Chinese version…

    Now I am bored to do the procedure once again, since I know it WILL APPEAR again in the next month or so.

    The same happened also to another computer I had it installed.

    Unless there is a solution to this, I suggest to your readers to avoid this method.

  • Mavra

    Hello!
    Thanks for telling all about Kaspersky but the portion where i have to type my email is diappeared and even if i press Shft+F12 it doesn’t work.

  • Richard,

    I don’t think it has expired. I just visited their website and it still seems to be up. It may be that they have reached their 50,000 limit for the day.

  • Richard

    I submited my Kaspersky request shortly after your kind information arrived, but have not had any response in my email. I even tried submitting again directly to them but got some kind of ‘error’ message in Chinese. I assume that the offer is now expired?

  • asdasd

    and also its not chnaging when i press shift + f 12 :(

  • asdasd

    dude where do i input the serial in the software ???????

  • Muhammad,

    I also downloaded fine from at least two of the buttons. The second one down, the one from sina, was the fastest one for me:

    http://down1.tech.sina.com.cn/download/downContent/2004-03-16/6914.shtml

  • Emily

    @Mohammed Sarhan: Have you tried all the blue buttons? They are mirrors and the first one worked for me.

    http://download.pcstars.com.cn/down.asp?k=TK3Y4NOJ76JO2WQBNAHX3TTI33X2EP3PMSTIPD3PTJNBJHHJZYAWUH7IT4ZOSN7DHI2Q====&f=/KAV8.0.0.506sch.zip

  • Mohammed Sarhan

    Hi Ashraf

    First Of All

    Thank you for the free offers you tell us here in PM
    I’ve been using Avira Premium Licenese you told us about before

    But Now I followed the steps to have free license for KAV but lost about having a working download link

    Can you help us by providing a working download link for the chinese version of this offer as all links seems not working at least for me

    Thanks in advance

    I was about to forget saying that you’re doing very well in PM

    Bye

  • Emily

    The message box asks if you want to invite more people, so there’s no harm in clicking it.

    Thanks for the post!

  • Joey

    Tosh: If I click OK, it reloads the first page. If I click Cancel, it closes the page.

  • Joey

    I got the key and went to the download link, but I’m scared the software will be in Chinese. Will I have the choice to install in the English language? Could I download from the USA Kaspersky site and use the same key?

  • Not sure; I think it has something to do with accepting some offer from the website.

    You should have gotten your product key regardless – check your email.

  • Tosh

    Thanks for the links, but what does that other popup thing say where you want us to click on Cancel. I think I clicked on OK.