Most security software companies, like Kaspersky, Symantec or Bitdefender, release new products ever year. The updated programs often come with additional security modules, better detection, engines, resource usage and other features that make them more powerful than last year's version.
If you are running last year's version, say Kaspersky Internet Security 2010, you are bound to use it even after the 2011 product has been released by Kaspersky. At least that's what many users believe. The update in the software confirms their views, as it will only update the 2010 version of the product, and not the update to the 2011 version.
Update: The years used in this article are just examples. It does not matter if you are updating from 2010 to 2011, from 2014 to 2015, or even from 2012 to 2015.
What many users don't know is that it is quite possible to update from last year's security software to this year's release, without additional costs. The only requirement is a valid license of the security software.
Lets exemplify the process: To update Kaspersky Internet Security 2010 to Kaspersky Internet Security 2011 a user would do the following.
Kaspersky automatically detects that last year's version was installed, and will take over the license. Licenses usually run for 365 days, and the user can use the new version of the software for the remaining period without additional costs.
The same updating option is provided by software from other security software companies. It is for instance possible to update Norton Antivirus 2010 to 2011 this way, or Bitdefender 2010 to 2011.
Below are download links of the latest versions of popular security suites and programs:
Please note that we have not tested updating all software programs listed above. It is however very likely that updates to newer versions are supported by all of them, considering that this increases the likelihood of the customer staying with the company for another year, once the license runs out. If you are not sure, contact your company to get an official response before updating the software.
Update: Users who want to be on the safe side need to uninstall the installed product first, reboot the PC and install the new version on the next startup.
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