Kaspersky’s relationship with Computer Bild has now come to an end, and the new replacement is Norton Internet Security CBE. This is currently harder to find a work around for because you need a key from the magazine itself and it isn’t a generic key. If you prefer Kaspersky products over Symantec this isn’t great news for you. However, we have an alternative for CBE users and also a great way for users of free antivirus packages or users without antivirus software at all to get hold of a quality paid antivirus product for free.
Kaspersky have a partnership with hardware manufacturer ASUS and provides its Anti-Virus 2013 free for 1 year to owners of the high end Asus ROG (Republic of Gamers) range of motherboards. Although not the Internet Security package with Firewall etc, this version does have other crucial advantages over the CBE edition. Firstly it’s available outside of Germany so you don’t need to edit the languages, English is default. Secondly, Kaspersky Antivirus 2013 ROG edition is available worldwide so there’s no need to use VPN’s and proxies from your country to try and activate it!
If you do not own an ASUS ROG motherboard, attempting to install Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2013 using their setup installer will fail with the error message “Error has Occurred. Application was not installed. Digital signature of installation files is missing”. After a bit of time and research we’ve come up with a way to install and activate the ROG edition using the standard antivirus package for ALL users, not just those who have Asus ROG motherboards. This isn’t done using cracks or keygenerators, just common sense and logic. Here’s the steps how to do it.
1. First off, if you don’t already have it, you will need to download and install the 7-Zip archiver.
2. Go to the Asus ROG Kaspersky webpage and download the KAV13014190_ROG.zip file.
3. Once downloaded, right click on the zip file and “Extract Here…” to produce a setup executable. Then right click again and extract the setup installer file contents to a folder.
4. Go into the folder you extracted, right click on the kavkis.msi and choose to “Extract Here…”. This will extract a single cbi.dll file which is the activation file for Kaspersky Antivirus. Right Click and Copy or Cut the cbi.dll file.
5. You need to manually create the Kaspersky Anti-Virus directory structure and paste the cbi.dll into it. Go to C:\Program Files\ and create a folder “Kaspersky Lab”. Go into that folder and create another folder called “Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2013″, the structure will look like this for 32-bit users:
or the following for 64-bit users:
C:\Program Files\Kaspersky Lab\Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2013
Paste the cbi.dll into the Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2013 folder.
C:\Program Files (x86)\Kaspersky Lab\Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2013
6. Now you need to create another directory structure, go to C:\ProgramData and create the folders “Kaspersky Lab”, then “AVP13″ inside that, and “Data” inside that to produce the following structure for Windows Vista, 7 and 8. The ProgramData folder is hidden by default so if you can’t see it in the root of C, type C:\ProgramData into the Search box on the Start menu or configure Windows to show hidden files and folders from Folder Options found in Control Panel.
For Windows XP the Kaspersky Lab folder is in Documents and Settings:
7. Go back to the KAV ROG folder from step 3 and double click to open the kavkis.cab file (not the msi from earlier). Inside you will find the Kaspersky license file with a name of _1AA7CD13.key. Right click and copy it, then paste the key file into the Data folder created from step 6.
C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Kaspersky Lab\AVP13\Data
8. Now the Asus ROG license files are in place, it’s time to Download the standard Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2013 setup installer from the Kaspersky website. Then simply install the package as usual, it probably makes no difference either way whether you choose to participate in the Kaspersky Security Network (KSN). For reference, the tested installer was kav184.108.40.20690abcdefEN_4395 but should work fine on newer 2013 versions when they’re released.
Once the Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2013 program has installed, that’s it, you don’t have to do anything else because the program installs and activates itself automatically using the key from the ROG installer. Just make sure you have internet access during the process. If you look at the licensing details when the main interface pops up, you will see the activation has been applied and you have 365 days left!
TESTED AND WORKING!
Edited by 3SSS, 17 April 2013 - 07:16 AM.