-it is based off v220.127.116.119 of Kaspersky AV.
-it has all the same scanning abilities, services, processes and icon locations (logon and logoff screens in windows) as the normal Kaspersky.
-it downloads the same antivirus databases as the real KAV6.
Cons: It is just a 1 year license. Good enough for most, not enough for some. The license is also exclusive to this product. The activation key you receive when signing up through the AOL website works ONLY in AOL Active Security Shield. I tried it in KAV6 and it failed saying its not a license for KAV6.
Oddly, the Scan menu is grayed out even though it works 100%. It is very weird.
It is a slimmed down version of KAV6. Differences are the following:
-Web Antivirus has been removed. This is a necessary feature of KAV6, which immediately scans web cache and such. A big hole is left without it.
-Proactive Defense has been removed. This is a feature which scans all process requests and alerts you of them, asking for your permission to allow them or not. This is becoming the norm with security software. KAV6 has it, Spyware Terminator has it. I think it is the future of security software. It is too bad they removed it.
-Trusted zone settings have been removed. All trusted zone entries can only be added as you get alerted by questionable material.
-Rescue Disk creation abilities have been removed. I never used this tool, but there are some who probably do use it.
-Mail connection monitoring settings have been removed (i.e. monitor POP3/SMTP/etc.)
-Appearance settings (for changing the look and feel of the program) have been removed. This isnt a big deal to most, but maybe to some. It only controls transparency and the system tray icon in KAV6, so its not a big deal.
Basically, without the things that have been removed this pretty much becomes Kaspersky AV 5.0. KAV5 didnt have proactive defense, appearance options, etc. But that is perfectly fine. Kaspersky is pretty expensive, so getting it for free, a slimmed version of it, isnt terrible at all. Just spare the world one more DOPE USING NOD32 or SYMANTEC AV and get this free version of Kaspersky AV while you can...Kaspersky is the best AV in the world as proven by many sites."