Kaspersky Anti-Virus

kaspersky60When it comes to malware removal, Kaspersky is superior. The newest version of this antimalware software includes exploit prevention, tools for laptop battery conservation and improved antiphishing capabilities. Kaspersky continues to outperform the competition. It delivers nearly 100-percent protection from malware and can completely removes most malware from your PC, which is a difficult task for most antimalware software, putting Kaspersky, once again, at the front of the pack.

Few can beat Kaspersky. This internet security company has more than 300 million users contributing to its virus database. You can install this software and forget about it, or you can tweak every aspect of how it runs for customized protection. This antimalware software consistently masters all third-party tests and easily earns our #4. Kaspersky Labs is one of the most thriving internet security software developers in the world, with 150,000 new downloads per week. Eugene Kaspersky, who wrote his first virus-detection utility in 1989, has led this company to become one of the top four internet security companies in the world, and it continues to surpass the competition. Since internet security is all about performance, we looked at numerous third-party lab tests before deeming Kaspersky one of the top performers. It is not just our opinion; numerous test labs have awarded Kaspersky high scores.

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Kaspersky has rightfully earned a strong reputation in the antivirus community over the years, but this year Kaspersky left us less-than-impressed for a few reasons. Even with high scores in virus protection, Kaspersky failed to score well in other factors such as usability, tech support, and system resource usage.

For a basic antivirus software, Kaspersky scored quite well among independent testing labs for virus blocking, virus removal, and heuristic detection (the ability to detect previously unknown viruses). However, our own tests told a different story: nearly 10% of known viruses we threw at Kaspersky were missed. Not good. Looking at all the tests combined allows us to give credit where credit is due. Kaspersky manages to stay ahead of the game with good virus protection scores overall.

Kaspersky employs what it calls hybrid protection that utilizes cloud-based security for online protection and computer-based security for offline protection. Cloud-based security has the advantage of always being in a state of constant evolution to protect your PC from online threats; computer-based security is ideal for protecting your PC from malware that attempts to alter your system when you are offline, such as via a USB drive. Between the two technologies, you can rest easy with nearly 100 percent protection.

This version of Kaspersky is loaded with customization features, yet it can also run light, with little interaction required on your part as well. Using this software, you can customize everything from how you want to be alerted and when, to how the scans run and how and when you want the software to update. You can also create safe lists of websites or applications that you want to allow and adjust each security feature, from antiphishing settings to chat link scanning.

Kaspersky employs software updates called smart updates that only utilize roughly one percent of your system resources, so your software will always be current while not interfering with your PC use. The only feature this product does not include is a virtual browser for secure webpage access; however, it does include a virtual keyboard for safely entering user names and passwords.

On one hand, Kaspersky has proven itself to be a secure, competent antivirus program over the years. This year is no exception. But the glaring issues of heavy resource usage, poor technical support, and less-than-ideal usability are all dings against them.

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