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Kaspersky 32-Bit Running on 640Bit Windows 8


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#1 techgnosis

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Posted 23 March 2015 - 10:39 PM

I have Kaspersky 2014 and my computer is 64-bit Windows 8.  In Task Manager, it says Kaspersky 32-bit is running. 

 

Should I be running a 64-bit version of this virus software?  Do virus software companies offer 64-bit versions?  And would performance be better running 64-bit Kaspersky on 64-bit Windows?

 

Obviously, I should be asking in one of Kaspersky's forums.  However, their forums are a bit difficult to navigate and foreign users dominate.

 

Thanks in advance.

 

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Posted 23 March 2015 - 10:43 PM

Per this link: http://support.kaspersky.com/us/general/products/495

Kaspersky Lab does not release products restricted to 64-bit operating systems.

All the products listed below are available in 32-bit versions, which are compatible with 64-bit operating systems.


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Posted 23 March 2015 - 11:02 PM

Oh great.  Thanks, so I'm running the correct version, right?  Thanks very much.



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Posted 24 March 2015 - 05:36 AM

....I'm running the correct version, right? .


Yes...as Kaspersky indicates in the quote by Animal, all their software are 32-bit versions which which work with 64-bit operating systems.
 

WOW64 allows 32-bit Windows-based applications to run on 64-bit Windows.

Microsoft created a folder named SysWOW64 for storing 32-bit .dll files. WOW64 equates to "Windows 32-bit on Windows 64-bit". This folder contains all the 32-bit .dll files required for compatibility which run on top of the 64-bit version of Windows. WOW64 is the x86 emulator that allows 32-bit Windows-based applications to run on 64-bit Windows but x86 applications are re-directed to the x86 \syswow64 when seeking the x64 \system32.

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Posted 24 March 2015 - 08:33 AM

Hi techgnosis,

As a Kaspersky user for years, I can confirm you that you're running the correct version of their product (32-bits), since there's no 64-bits version available. And just a tip, you can install Kaspersky 2015 (whichever edition you're running) for free from their website. Simply uninstall your current product, download your product edition on their website and reinstall it. The product will use the licence information stored on your system automatically and activate itself. This will be better since you'll be running the latest version of their product :)

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Posted 24 March 2015 - 01:54 PM

BTW techgnosis...not all anti-virus vendors only offer 32-bit (compatible with 64-bit) software like Kaspersky. Some (such as ESET) specifically have separate 32-bit and 64-bit software products.
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Posted 24 March 2015 - 11:03 PM

Ok, thanks everyone.  I guess upgrading to the 2015 version is the next step.  Thanks much.



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Posted 25 March 2015 - 05:27 AM

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Posted 25 March 2015 - 05:43 AM

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