What is a key file

 

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What is a key file

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A key file is your personal 'key', which keeps all the data required for using Kaspersky Lab software, such as:

  • information about the vendor of this version (company name and contacts)
  • information about support (who provides it and where it can be received)
  • key issue date
  • license title and number
  • information about functionality of the components
  • license expiration date

There exist two types of key files:
  • a commercial key file

    A commercial key file serves to activate legally acquired Kaspersky Lab software allowing to use it for a set period of time, as defined at the moment of the purchase.

    Commercial key files can be valid for 1 year, 2 years, or any other term (special Kaspersky Lab promotions).

    When the license expires, the product will keep functioning, but it will be impossible to update its antivirus databases. The product will keep curing infected objects using out-of-date antivirus databases. Automatic database updating from Kaspersky Lab update servers will cease functioning. The product will also reject any manually downloaded databases. Therefore, Kaspersky Lab will no longer guarantee any protection against new viruses.

    Users of commercial key files are authorized to receive full technical support rendered by Kaspersky Lab over phone and email (you can submit a request to Kaspersky Lab Technical Support service by filling in the HelpDesk web form). 
  • A trial key file

    A trial key file serves for trying Kaspersky Lab software for a set period of time. Kaspersky Lab issues trial keys on the free basis.

    Trial key files can be valid for 15 days, 30 days, or any other term (special Kaspersky Lab promotions).

    When the trial key expires, the product keeps starting, but it no longer filters the traffic.

    Users of trial key files are authorized to receive limited technical support rendered by Kaspersky Lab by email only (you can submit a query to Kaspersky Lab Technical Support service by filling in the HelpDesk web form). 

We strongly recommend saving a copy of an acquired key file on a removable media (floppy disk, flash drive, compact disk). This is a security measure against losing a key file as Kaspersky Lab software cannot run without it.


Use the following command to find out information about the key file you have installed:

  • Linux -

    # /opt/kaspersky/kav4fs/bin/kav4fs-control -L --get-installed-keys

    Freebsd -

    # /usr/local/bin/kav4fs-control -L --get-installed-keys


Use the following command to add a new key file:

  • Linux -

    # /opt/kaspersky/kav4fs/bin/kav4fs-control --install-active-key <key file name>

  • Freebsd -

    # /usr/local/bin/kav4fs-control --install-active-key <key file name>


You can install two keys: active and new. An active key is the key being currently in use. A new key gets activated automatically upon expiry of the currently active one. An application cannot have more than one active keys.

The first key is always added as an active key.

 
 
 
 
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