Kaspersky Review - UPDATED Jul. 2017
The latest Kaspersky Anti-Virus comes with some convenient features, great security coverage, as well as low computer performance impact. It definitely ranks as one of the top antiviruses currently on the market, so let’s look into what makes it so special.
Kaspersky Lab is a software security company founded in 1997 by Eugene Kaspersky. Its headquarters are in Moscow, Russia. Since then it has grown rapidly and made tremendous progress. It produces home PC security programs, as well as business products for small, medium and large companies. The global ranking of antivirus companies currently has Kaspersky in 4th place. Right now, the company has over 2.850 qualified specialists employed, and 31 offices in 30 countries around the world.
Package Information and Key Features
Kaspersky Anti-Virus has three main features which make it stand out: security, performance and simplicity. It takes care of your PC’s safety by promptly identifying and eliminating threats, as well as scanning your email attachments, instant messages and websites while you are browsing. It has excellent performance, with some of the highest rates of malware detection and few false positives. It also has very little impact on your PCs performance, and even a Gamer Mode feature. When you buy the license, you will also get a free My Kaspersky account which will let you manage your anti-virus options from anywhere online.
Kaspersky also offers an Internet Security package, a two-way firewall, privacy and online banking/shopping protection, webcam protection, parental control and more.
The Total Security package includes all the features of the Internet Security package and offers even more features such as password management, encryption, file shredding and backup.
Reliability And Performance
One of Kaspersky’s great features is that the scans are really quick and almost don’t affect the PCs performance at all. It rarely delivers false positives, and in all the different tests that have been done so far by independent parties, it did extremely well at blocking malware.
Kaspersky Anti-virus uses a two-layered system to look for malicious software. On the one hand, it uses the digital signatures from its online database to make a match. At the same time, Kaspersky uses behavioral analysis to identify malware.
Kaspersky’s so-called Hybrid Protection analyzes data from over 400 million computers using Kaspersky software, updating its database and sending the data back to all users several times a day. You can chose to participate in this data collecting process, it is entirely optional.
Kaspersky offers 4 different types of scans:
- Full – for the entire drive
- Quick – which only scans the memory and key system files
- Selective – for any file or folder you choose
- External Drives for a memory key, for example.
The scanning level can be set to low, high or recommended, and you can also schedule them ahead of time.
Yet another level of security which Kaspersky offers is scans for email attachments, as well as instant messages and websites, so that you don’t run into any threats while using the Internet for your daily tasks. There is also a Gamer Mode which can be turned on so that the program will consume as little resources as possible.
Kaspersky also offers a nifty system-restore-like feature called System Watcher. If you run into a problem, it lets you undo a malicious action.
Installation and Ease of Use
Kaspersky is very easy and fast to install, and only takes about 5 minutes. You will first need to create a Kaspersky account, but by doing this you will also get the My Kaspersky website access.
Kaspersky’s hardware requirements are fairly low when taking into account today’s PC standards. It requires a 1 GHz or higher processor, 1 GB of RAM memory for 32-bit systems or 2 GB for 64-bit systems. You will also need 800 MB of free disk space.
As for the software, Windows XP through Windows 10 are supported.
Kaspersky Anti-virus’ interface is fairly-user friendly and most people won’t have a problem navigating it. The main screen has a very pleasant green and gray color theme, with a large green checkmark letting you know that everything is in order with your system. It displays a red exclamation point when there is a problem.
Conveniently, there are four big icons for Scan, Update, Report and a virtual keyboard. Also, a link can be found which lets you check your protection and subscription, as well as a number of remaining subscription days in the lower right corner of each screen. You can also click on the Additional Tools button, which leads you to the online management, cloud protection and browser configuration features, run troubleshooting or create a rescue disk. However, perhaps all of this might have been better organised, even though most people are able to use it fairly successfully as is.
Kaspersky offers really great technical support. There is online, email and phone help, 24/7 and free of charge. Some other companies charge extra for after office hours, so this is very handy when you find yourself in a tough spot at an awkward hour.
Plans and Pricing
When it comes to pricing, you can register your licence for either 1 or 3 PCs. The 1-PC option offers only a single year registration, while the 3-PC option lets you choose to register for 1, 2 or 3 years. So, if you’d like to register a single PC for 1 year, the price is $39.99. A 3-PC license for 1 year is $39.99 as well, while 2 years will cost you $59.99 and three $79.98.