Kaspersky review: turn malicious ware into ghosts
Kaspersky is a hard-hitting Antivirus against malware and a lightweight when it comes to your system. It is highly secure and caters to all of its users. It boasts its high number of users and a high level of satisfaction. With robust malware and anti-virus protection, Kaspersky Anti-virus stands as a strong competitor in the anti-virus world. This review will go in-depth, checking the different functionalities and how they compare to other anti-virus companies.
Ease of use
Kaspersky AntiVirus is easy to install with a guided procedure taking you through the whole process with a few clicks of a button. Based on their official website, their team has spent many years developing the interface making it user-friendly, simple, and easy to use.
If you have been wondering which plan to grab, then keep reading with us for further info. To start with, Kaspersky Anti-Virus comes in three flavors, and these include Kaspersky AntiVirus, Kaspersky Internet Security, and Kaspersky Total Security. The features and price increase with each one, respectively. The table below shows the differences between the available plans:
|Antivirus||Internet Security||Total Security|
|Compatibility||PC||PC, mac OS & Android||PC, mac OS & Android|
|Privacy features||No||Anti-webcam hijack, hides browsing on Mac and PC. Anti-phishing.||Anti-webcam hijack, hides browsing on Mac and PC. Anti-phishing.|
|Password manager||15 passwords saved with the free version||15 passwords saved with the free version||Unlimited passwords|
|Safe Kids feature||No||No||'bad content' blocker, GPS tracker on PC, MAC & mobile|
|File protection||No||No||Photos, music, and files backup.|
|Price for 1 PC for 1 year||$19.99||$29.99||$39.99|
Kaspersky's "Antivirus" Bundle
is the Basic Type of Anti-Virus provided by Kaspersky. It provides the basic function most needed in an Anti-Virus. Its Threat detection is to boast about. They have a regularly updated malicious program database. This allows for detecting the latest malicious programs, including Viruses, ransomware, and spyware. It is highly functional in prevention, detection, and quarantine against malicious software. Performance-wise Most Antiviruses cause a heavy load on systems when scanning and can take up a lot of memory and CPU power. On the other hand, Kaspersky Anti-virus is relatively less taxing on memory and power. Kaspersky provides VPN for free. However, it is limited to 200MB per day. When an account is made, it is increased to 300MB. VPN (Virtual private network) allows for data encryption while browsing, protecting your data further. The full version, however, has to be bought separately.
Kaspersky's "Internet security" Bundle
This is the most widely bought product bundle. It provides a wide variety of extra features with a reasonable increase in price. It allows the extension of services and features to include PC, Mac, and mobile. A few of these traits are especially important for people who regularly shop online. These traits include an Online payment encryption feature. This allows for safe online shopping and payments while adding an extra layer of protection. The webcam hijack protection feature protects your webcam from unauthorized websites and individual access to it. Another useful privacy feature is the Anti-phishing feature; it protects against suspicious URLs and search results on search engines. Browsing privacy extension provides ad-free browsing and blocks websites from tracking cookies.
Kaspersky's "Total Security Bundle"
This bundle provides the full package with features built upon the Kaspersky Internet Security and more. The Password Manager is one of the available services. As people use the same password for multiple websites and accounts, they are put at risk of getting hacked on all those accounts when hacked on one. This feature gives people the ability to use many strong passwords without the fear of losing them, hence improving users' web-security. With the Kaspersky total security bundle, the amount of passwords saved is unlimited. In other bundles, however, the number of passwords is set to 15. Parental Control is a feature that helps parents monitor their children in real life and online. The former is addressed by providing a live feedback location of the children at all times. It also doubles as a device location service in case the device is lost. As for the online monitoring part, it works by showing websites visited and allowing for access restriction. The file encryption feature is another useful gadget that can be used to protect sensitive files to prevent them from being stolen. This can be useful with legal documents, pictures one doesn't want to share, and much more.
Kaspersky "Antivirus Mobile app"
This Android-specific feature can be downloaded for free with a good range of functionality, including active on-demand scanning and an Anti-theft tool kit. The Anti-theft tool kit can be used to locate your device if lost, remove all data, take a photo of attempted logs, and locks the phone if the SIM-Card is removed or its uninstallation is attempted without confirmation. However, with the Kaspersky internet bundle and Total Security bundle, the full version is provided. The complete Kaspersky Anti-Virus offers the bonus traits of Real-time protection, App lock for specific apps when requested, and internet browsing protection from phishing scams and malicious websites.
Kaspersky "Malware Protection."
The Malware protection provided by Kaspersky is well known for its ability to block threats, and it does so in real-time, instantly blocking all threats thrown at it. Independent testing labs assess malware protection, and Kaspersky scores perfect points in this field. A worrying sub-type of Malware is ransomware. This Malware acts by locking your device, taking hold of sensitive info, and asking for money in exchange. Since its debut, ransomware has cost the world billions of dollars of damage. Their Malware protection had reportedly been very successful in blocking ransomware.
Kaspersky "cloud protection."
This feature is where Kaspersky collects data provided by your PC and uses it to develop their software for all users. However, it involves some privacy issues some might not be comfortable with.
Kaspersky "Password Manager"
Ever found yourself confused about which password you used on this site? Trying to reset your password because you forgot it could grow tedious. at the same time, using the same password leads to the risk of getting hacked on all your accounts in the event one account gets compromised. Enter Kaspersky Password Manager, a device that allows you to store up to 15 passwords, the beauty of it is, you don't even have to make the password yourself; password manager does it for you and saves it in an encrypted format. It functions by setting a master password upon typing, which the encrypted password for each saved account is set. Then again, 15 passwords aren't usually enough; for unlimited password storage, you would need Password Manager Premium, a product included in Kaspersky Total security plan. Another good use for Kaspersky Password Manager is the ability to save payment info in an encrypted format, allowing you to recall it from your device with your master password securely.
A web browser extension of Password Manager is useable as well for easier setting adjustment and access.
Kaspersky "Safe money."
As the name suggests, safe money is a feature that helps protect you from cyber theft. It detects online payment requests it self and opens a new browser window with turned off extensions and syncing. It also provides an on-screen Keyboard to use, protecting you from key logger spyware that can record keyboard strokes.
VPN ( Virtual private network) is a service where instead of connecting directly to the internet, your connection gets rerouted to appear as if you're connecting from somewhere else. It provides encryption to the outgoing data to prevent it from being stolen. The rerouting in VPN can help in accessing geo-restricted content such as Netflix streaming. Kaspersky free VPN, which is provided on all three products, gives a 200 MB per day traffic, and this can be upgraded to 300MB per day by making a free account. Their VPN is swift and secure but lacks a location specification feature making it useless for geo-specific streaming such as Netflix. The premium version grants unlimited traffic access. However, it has to be bought separately as it is not part of any bundle.
Kaspersky Antivirus Customer Support team
Based on multiple reviews, Kaspersky's customer support had mixed reviews. Based on the method used, the response time is varied. That being said, there is a wide range of support options you can use and try. These include FAQs, Emails sent through their website, live chat, Phone calls, Community forms, and social media.
Should I buy Kaspersky Anti-Virus? Well, that depends on a few factors. Kaspersky has one of the best Anti-malicious ware services that are regularly updated. That being said, many of the critical features are not included in the basic antivirus bundle, including online payment encryption, privacy features such as the Anti-webcam high-jacking, and anti-phishing, but rather the Internet security bundle. Another issue is the VPN limit of 200 MB, which can be upgraded to 300MB per day. The 15 password limit is another issue encountered, one of the traits resolved in the Total security bundle. In my opinion, if Kaspersky is to be bought, at least the Internet security bundle should be obtained, as it offers the best value for money among the three bundles. In contrast, the Total security bundle doesn't add much value to the previous bundle.