Once upon a time, long, long ago, we had a pet pig. Not a real one – and it didn’t even have a name – but its squeal became a famous one. Now, those of you who’ve been using Kaspersky Lab products for decades will no doubt know what I’m referring to. For the relative newbies among you, let me let you in on the joke…
In the cyber-antiquity of the 1990s, we added a feature to our AV product: when it detected a virus, it gave out a loud piggy-squeal! Some folks hated it; others loved it!
But after a while, for one reason or another, eventually the piggy squeal disappeared; incidentally – as did the ‘K’ icon in the tray, replaced by a more modern and understandable symbol.
Now, any good company has a circle of devoted fans (we even have an official fan club), and we’re no exception. And many of these fans down the years have written to me imploring us to ‘Bring back the pig!’ or asking ‘Where’s the ‘K’ in the Taskbar gone?!’
Well not long ago, we figured that, if that’s what folks want, why not give it to them? And since these days customizing products is really simple… that’s just what we did. So, herewith, announcing…
… the return of the piggy! :)
Right. So how do you actually go about activating its squeals and bringing back the ‘K’? Here’s how:
In one of the most recent versions of our personal products was added an update (126.96.36.1998(e), which, btw, internally is codenamed ‘K icon and pig’!). And the update works for all our personal products: KFA, KAV, KIS, KTS, KSC and KSOS.
All this talk of piggies and Ks… but might they affect the quality/ speed/ efficiency/ effectiveness/ whatever of our products? Simple answer: no – in no way at all. Nice. Right – back to all this talk of piggies and Ks…
Here are the instructions:
- Make sure you have update 188.8.131.528(e) or later, with the default settings applied;
- Make sure you have Windows 7 or older (for example XP) (sorry folks, this doesn’t work on Windows 10);
- Right-click on the product’s icon in the Taskbar, choose ‘About’, and here we apply some magic…
- Now type IDKFA (in caps, like here);
- Next – download a test file (a file that pretends to be a virus): eicar test file;
- The file won’t download though (the product blocks it in the browser), and instead of the download window opening – you guessed it: piggy squeal;
- There’s another way of doing it: pause the protection. Bingo!
You can change the icon in exactly the same way, only you need to type IDDQD instead of IDKFA. Btw: if you type it a second time, the icon will revert back to the standard one.
And if you’re wondering why on earth you need to type IDDQD or IDKFA, check this out ).
So there you have it. The pig is back. As is the K! Well, we had to make up for the ‘Lab’ being dropped, right? )