Security Software: Panda Global Protection 2010 Beta Testing, Kaspersky Cripples XP Mode in Win7
Article by George Norman
On 19 May 2009
From the security software department, we have two pieces of news that might interest you. The first one is that Spanish security software developer Panda Security has officially launched the Beta testing phase for its 2010 line of products. The second one is that users trying to install Windows Virtual PC with XP Mode in Windows 7 RC are unable to do so and Kaspersky Internet Security (KIS) or Kaspersky Anti-Virus (KAV) is to blame (assuming all other requirements are met).

Consumer Unit Director, Collective for Panda Security, Pedro Bustamante, comments on the Panda offering: “Today we've officially launched the beta program for our Panda 2010 products. As functionality-wise Panda Global Protection 2010 is the most complete product of the bunch we're releasing it as the main beta product. It includes a complete Anti-Malware Engine, Identity Theft Protection, Safe Internet Browsing filters and PC Backup & Optimization tools. More information can be found in the full functionality list. One of the most interesting improvements this year is a 40% improvement in memory consumption, which results in a lower performance impact and better overall user experience.”


Panda Global Protection 2010 comes with support for Windows XP 32-bit version and Windows Vista 32-bit and 64-bit versions. It also comes with improved antivirus detection, heuristic scan and TruPrevent Technologies, antispyware and antiadware detection, antiphishing, antirootkits, improved firewall, new antispam engine, and Identity Protection 2.0 – it does not come with Windows 7 support. If you want to use Panda software to protect Windows 7, then you must use Panda Antivirus Pro 2009 (details here).

If you would like to see the full functionality list of Panda Global Protection 2010, you can do so here (PDF warning).
If you would like to get Panda Global Protection 2010 Beta, a download location is available here.

Moving on to Kaspersky and its security software suite, it seems that KIS and KAV are preventing users from using the functionality that Windows XP Mode in Windows 7 has to offer. If your processor supports virtualization technology (not all processors support XP Mode – details here), all other system requirements are met and you get the following error message “The file could not be written. Virtual hard disk could not be attached to the virtual machine. Please check the values provided and try again”, then the culprit is your Kaspersky security solution.

The simplest solution is to just disable Kaspersky. Alternatively you could disable scanning and detection of Hidden Object in the Application Activity Analyzer or Proactive Defense setting.

Tags: Panda Security, Panda Antivirus Pro 2009, Panda Global Protection 2010, Kaspersky
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