Kaspersky Lab has today announced that its experts have developed and patented an advanced technology which optimises a PC’s use of computing resources. Patent №2475819 registered by Rospatent describes a method of identifying and removing registry branches, files, processes and other objects that consume system resources but do nothing useful.
Over time, so-called junk piles up on any computer – home or business machines alike. This can include temporary files, all sorts of recent operations lists, protocols, kernel memory contents or the entire contents of the operating system (dumps), etc. While they consume the PC’s computing resources (disk space, for example), they offer no benefits and sometimes simply slow down its performance. However, operating systems do not provide any standard tools for clearing up all of this junk. The method described in the patent aims to solve this problem.
The technology analyses all unused objects that affect system performance, and then identifies and removes those that put a heavy load on the system but are of no value to the user at the current time, i.e., they are not required by the applications currently being used.
Most other technologies which try to remove junk from the system simply aim to remove the greatest number of unused objects. However, there is no analysis of their impact on the system, nor the effect of their removal. This is often merely tidying up for tidying’s sake, with little thought of any useful outcome. Unlike these, the Kaspersky Lab technology can identify the most resource-intensive junk objects and delete them before other, less demanding objects.
"When you need to clear up a room as quickly as possible and immediately put that space to better use, obviously, the first thing you do is get rid of the things which take up most of the space, then worry about the rest. We took that principle and followed it to develop this technology," said Oleg Zaitsev, the author of the patented technology.
It is worth noting that this technology is particularly effective in squeezing extra performance from older computers which have a lot of applications. In these cases, machines can run up to 10 per cent faster.
Two of the most important tasks which this technology helps to tackle are optimisation of the operating memory and disk space usage, as well as helping the administrator’s preventive maintenance of network computers – especially important in the case of corporate networks.
Although the patent was obtained at the end of February, the technology has already been successfully implemented in the Kaspersky Internet Security and Kaspersky PURE consumer solutions as well as our business solutions Kaspersky Endpoint Security for Windows, Kaspersky Endpoint Security for Business and Kaspersky Security for Virtualization. It is also available in the free Kaspersky Virus Removal Tool utility.
Kaspersky Lab continues to enhance its intellectual property portfolio. As of early March 2013, that portfolio includes over 130 patents issued in the United States, Russia, the EU and China. Another 200 patent applications are pending with the patent offices of those states.