Tuesday, October 21, 2014

How to reset Kaspersky Internet Security 2015 Free Trial License?

Kaspersky provides the best protection software there is against Trojans, Viruses, Phishing, Malware or whatever intrusive threats you know out there. It's so effective that most people are staying away from other antivirus product like Norton, Avira, Bit Defender, Avast despite of their free version.

However to get genuine license you have to pay a hefty price for it and you can check it out at the Kaspersky website itself. But then again at the same time Kaspersky is also offering free trials version which can be downloaded and use for 30 days. And this is an opportunity to make the most out of the free version of the software. The idea of the trick is simply to reset the free trials license whenever it's expired - making it practically free forever. 

This example is performed on Windows 7 environments, so there could be slightly different for other Windows version depending on its graphical interface. But i hope you get the overall idea how to get it done. Follow the steps below whenever your free trial license expired
  1. Disconnect from the Internet and open Kaspersky security program by clicking at the icon on the bottom right hand corner. Click on the "License" link at the bottom, and delete the expired license and click "Close"
  2. Click "Settings" link at the bottom left and click "Additional>> Self Defense then unchecked the Self-Defense
  3. Then close the Kaspersky Internet Security 2015 program by right click on the taskbar icon and "Exit"
  4. On Windows click the Start button and run "Regedit" follow the following path HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\KasperskyLab\AVP15.0.1\environment look for PCID and double click to edit the value. Then change the last 3 digits of the value using any alphanumeric value. Then close the registry

  5. Open Kaspersky and select the "Activate trial version" button. Click "Next" once the activation has completed successfully, click "Finish"
  6. Done! You will see the Kaspersky is expiry periods remain 30 days again.
Merely resetting the license is not enough use the software conveniently. So there is one more thing - the trial notification which is annoying to have it keep popping up every few minutes. In order to stop it do the following steps:
1. Pause Kaspersky Protection [Taskbar>Right Click On Kaspersky Icon>>Click Pause Protection
2. Disable Self-Defense [Setting> Additional> Self Defense] - Unchecked
3. Exit Kaspersky from Taskbar
4. Run >>Regedit
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
Click Modify on LastLicenseNotificationTime
Add the new Value Data 1500000000
Click OK

The Trial Reset methods work for most of the Kaspersky version listed below - Kaspersky Antivirus 2011
- Kaspersky Antivirus 2012
- Kaspersky Antivirus 2013
- Kaspersky Antivirus 2014
- Kaspersky Antivirus 2015
- Kaspersky Internet Security 2011
- Kaspersky Internet Security 2012
- Kaspersky Internet Security 2013
- Kaspersky Internet Security 2014
- Kaspersky Internet Security 2015
- Kaspersky PURE

Note: There are quite a number of free software re-setter out there, it's just that sometimes free and easy things usually contracted with all sort of things i.e. Viruses, Trojans, Worms, adaware, other form of Malware. So this manual method is safe as long as you do it right and you learn something about what the important element of what the registry holds for each software installed on your computers