Kaspersky Anti-Virus for Windows 7 automatically licensed to… Russian Federation ?!

Early rise this Monday morning…

So I’ve been testing the beta version of Windows 7 (Build 7000 at the moment) on a Dell Inspiron 6400… so far, I’m fairly impressed. But that’s not the subject of todays thought – or mystery.

After downloading the 43MB technical preview of Kaspersky Anti-Virus 8 (AKA KAV 2009) for Windows 7, it goes through a fairly straightforward installation process. It politely asks if you want to disable the built-in Windows firewall and use Kaspersky Anti-Hacker instead. I chose to leave the Windows 7 firewall intact and running.

The installation takes about 2-3 minutes and then one is prompted to activate the product… it requests your user information and the key field is automatically populated. I enter my name as the registrant and click “next.”

After a few moments, success! But wait… what’s this about my copy of KAV being licensed to the Russian Federation ?

Kaspersky Anti-Virus 8 registered to Russian Federation ?