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How To Update Last Year's Security Software To This Year's

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.

  • Download the latest product version of the security software from the Kaspersky website which is the latest version of the software.
  • Install the product after the download, without uninstalling Kaspersky Internet Security 2010 first.
  • Reboot the PC to complete the installation.

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:

  • Bitdefender: Antivirus Pro 2011, Internet Security 2011, TOTAL Security 2011
  • Kaspersky: Kaspersky PURE, Kaspersky Internet Security, Kaspersky Anti-Virus
  • Symantec: # Norton 360, Norton Internet Security 2011, Norton AntiVirus 2011
  • Eset: ESET Smart Security 4, ESET NOD32 Antivirus 4
  • Avast: avast! Pro Antivirus 5.0, avast! Internet Security 5.0
  • AVG: AVG Internet Security 2011, AVG Anti-Virus 2011
  • Avira: Avira AntiVir Premium, Avira Premium Security Suite, Avira AntiVir Professional
  • Panda: Panda Global Protection 2011, Panda Internet Security 2011, Panda Antivirus Pro 2011

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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How To Update Last Year's Security Software To This Year's
The guide explains how you can update your antivirus solution to the new version the developer released for the coming year.

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  1. ilev said on September 30, 2010 at 8:05 pm

    Wrong. It is highly recommended to uninstall previous security package completely using the vendor’s uninstall tool, and install the new security package.

    1. Ruchir Bansal said on September 30, 2010 at 9:25 pm

      I have updated KIS 2010 from 2009 without problems.If the security company says it is better to uninstall and fresh install.Otherwise AVs are very intelligent and should not trouble you.Uninstall tool is to uninstall completely and safely.Uninstallation may remove your license if purchased one,otherwise just make changes.
      In any case,one is depending on the same company and by definition uninstallation by any means even by same AV or IS is dangerous.You now will carry two risks,complete system failure by uninstalling since it will need a reboot and installing an AV in an already installed firewall or another Anti-malaware aleady installed situation which can create havoc.
      I think Martin is as always perfectly logically and also since he must have tested it all stated above and nothing like Practical knowledge.At the most smaller ones like Antium AVL or The hacker or ClamAV can give you problems on software updations since they are comical things anyway.

  2. Will said on October 1, 2010 at 4:04 am

    Personally I’d remove them all and install Microsoft Security Essentials along with Spybot Search & Destroy and Spyware Blaster.

    All kickass freeware!

  3. Erik said on October 2, 2010 at 7:27 am

    Uninstalling the previous version of the software is a good valid idea IF you are not upgrading to the latest years version from your current valid key. Most AV/IS providers suggest you use special uninstall utilities that they provide to ensure the product is actually fully completely out of your system, off your drive, registry, etc.

    If you look at this page, they are saying that you can update your software for free IF you have a valid registration serial number. You will NOT be able to enter a valid registration code into a NEWER version of the software as it will be looking for a key compliant with the version. ;) Upgrading in this case is your only choice. You can always use Piriform CCleaner ( ) to uninstall any invalid entries after you’ve upgraded, updated the definitions then rebooted.

    As for the freeware… While it may be relatively useful, you will not have the same quality as a company like Kaspersky as those companies do not have the resources to pay for quality security experts and programmers to be able to keep up with the current malware trends. I have to commend those companies on their efforts, but the bottom line is; if you are online and do anything more than checking your email and reading MSN news… You should spend the few dollars to protect yourself. Pay now, or pay later (a technician to do a proper job of writing zero’s to your hard drive and re-installing your OS)… Paying now is alway cheaper – mind you, the paying later customers have always kept me in business. ;)

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