You can activate Kaspersky Lab products for business using an activation code or a key file.
An activation code is a unique set of characters that comes in 4 blocks of 5, separated by a hyphen (-). Each block comprises of 5 characters which can be a combination of letters and numbers, which comes to a total of 20 characters (XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX). You cannot activate a commercial version of the product without an activation code.
Activation codes are unique for each Kaspersky Lab product.
If you have purchased a Kaspersky Lab product via the eStore, the activation code will be sent to the e-mail address you specified when placing the order.
The renewal activation code is on the reverse side of the renewal card.
A commercial key file is a file of the following format: xxxxxxxx.key. This file allows using a Kaspersky Lab product on commercial license terms. You cannot use a commercial version of the product without a key file.
Activation with the key file does not require access to the Internet and to Kaspersky Lab activation servers.
A commercial key file contains the following information about the license:
A trial key file serves for evaluating a Kaspersky Lab product for a set period of time. Trial key files are available free of charge.
A trial version of a Kaspersky Lab product is fully functional (same as a commercial one).
A trial key file for a Kaspersky Lab product is valid for 30 days since the application was activated with it. After the trial key expires, Kaspersky Lab product stops updating antivirus databases and check mail messages and file systems for viruses.
The trial period cannot be extended by activating another trial key file or reinstalling the application on the same operating system.
To receive a trial key file for a Kaspersky Lab product for business, do the following:
To calculate the expiration date of the key file, add the key file validity period to the activation date. Note that the key file cannot be used after the license life-time ends.
If the license life-time comes to an end before the key file expiration date, the key file will expire prematurely.
When a commercial license key or an activation code expires, all the components of the product remain functional, except for the antivirus database update task. You can still perform scan tasks and use protection components, however, they will use the antivirus databases released before the license expired.
Kaspersky Lab does not guarantee solid protection against the new malware that emerges after the license expiry.
We recommend adding a new key file before your active license expires to maintain maximum protection on your computer.
If the key file or activation code for a Kaspersky Lab product for business has been lost or deleted by mistake, you can restore it. To restore the key file or an activation code, contact:
In your request, provide the following information:
Beta testing key files are issued for the users who are interested in testing Kaspersky Lab software which has not been released yet.
The users of beta versions can receive technical support in a respective
Kaspersky Lab forum thread or by the e-mail address specified in the documentation for the product beta.
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