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Kaspersky Antivirus Review


Manufacturer: Kaspersky Lab

Product: Antivirus

Licenses: 3

Systems: Microsoft Windows 7 (32/64 bit) Windows 8 & 8.1, Windows 10

Overall Score: 10
Kaspersky Anti-Virus

$29.99

Review

Overall: 10

Kaspersky Antivirus is the Rolls-Royce of the antivirus products. Not only does it offer an excellent standard protection but also sophisticated additional features to scan, detect and close general security holes. Possibly the best option, on new-ish machines, when “peace of mind” outweighs the budget constraints.

Pros

  • Outstanding detection rate
  • User friendly interface
  • One-click security scan wizard

Cons

  • Expensive

Detection rate: 10

A definite “winner”. In all of our tests Kaspersky Antivirus comes top of the list in detecting known viruses, with an extremely low number of false positives. Protects from viruses, Trojans and worms. Provides proactive protection from unknown threats, blocks spyware and adware. Scans files in real time (on access) and on demand, scans email messages (regardless of email client), protects instant messengers.

Light on resources: 8

Kaspersky Antivirus doesn’t affect the perceived speed of the computer on any recent machine, at least, not older than three years. In very old machines, the proactive defense might cause some slow down. During full scans, the amount of resources required increases exponentially and the machine would visibly slow down. Above the average of what we have come to expect from modern antiviruses.

Ease of Use: 10

It provides automatic configuration during installation, wizards for common tasks and it can be set in Automatic or interactive mode to choose the level of interactivity desired.

Features: 10

Round-the-clock technical support, automatic database updates, visual reports with charts and diagrams. Scans operating system and installed applications for vulnerabilities and analyzes and closes Internet Explorer vulnerabilities. The program can be installed on infected computers: an internal self-protection system prevents it from being disabled or stopped from resident malware. Restores correct system settings after removing malicious software. Disables links to fake (phishing) websites, Blocks all types of keyloggers.

Scan Speed: 7

Given the all-rounded real-time shield created by Kaspersky Antivirus, full scans can be scheduled on a weekly basis. Even so, it is a good idea to schedule it overnight or during off-peak hours, as it will slow down your computer. The scan speed is good.

Value for money: 9

With the highest price tag in the set of antivirus considered in our reviews, Kaspersky Antivirus needed to outperform many of the other products, by a large margin, to top the Value for Money table. It doesn’t make it to the top, but the set of features and the superior detection rate, push it very high, anyway.

Specifications

Supported Operating Systems

Microsoft Windows XP home edition (Service Pack 2 or higher), Microsoft Windows CP Professional x64 Edition (Service Pack 2 or higher), Microsoft Windows Visa home basic (32.64 bit), Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium (32/64 bit), Microsoft Windows Vista Business (32/64 bit), Microsoft Windows Vista Enterprise (32/64 bit), Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate (32/64 bit).

Hardware and Software Requirements

Windows XP: Intel Pentium 800 MHz or higher (or compatible CPU) and 256 MB available RAM Windows Vista: Intel Pentium 800 MHz 32 bit (x86)/64 bit (x64) or higher (or compatible CPU) and 512 MB available RAM.

Installation

50 MB free space on the hard drive. CD-ROM (for installation of the program from CD); computer mouse; Internet connection (for product activation); Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.5 or higher (for downloading updates); Microsoft Windows Installer 2.0. Optimized for mobile PC's with Intel Centrino Duo mobile technology

Technology Includes

One year subscription to anti-malware updates and free upgrades to new software versions Free technical support (Phone, Live Chat, Email, Knowledge Base); Phone Support in U.S. - based and available Monday-Friday from 8am-9pm ET.

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