Expert Kaspersky Review 2018

In a nutshell: Kaspersky provides an excellent antivirus solution that consistently performs well in protecting against malware threats. Kaspersky’s on-screen keyboard ensures greater security when handling online banking. Kaspersky also offers phone protection for lost or stolen Android devices as well as secure synchronization of personal data across all devices.

Overview

Kaspersky is a powerful antivirus solution which includes everything from phishing detection, spam filtering, firewall and even parental control. In fact, it’s such a comprehensive offering that PCMag gave it an Editor’s Choice award in its most recent review. When it comes to independent testing labs, Kaspersky performs very well and was awarded top results from AV-Test Institute, AV-Comparatives as well as Dennis Technology Labs.

While its antivirus is impressive, this solution is known for its quality phishing protection. Of all the software reviewed by PCMag, Kaspersky performed best when it comes to both detecting and blacklisting phishing websites. On average, it performed 90 percent better than other leading anti-virus software on the market. In addition to the comprehensive coverage offered by Kaspersky, this anti-virus offers the best value for money. Kaspersky is definitely worth checking out.

Compatibility

With Kaspersky’s total security solution you’ll be able to enjoy protection across multiple devices from desktop and laptop to mobile devices. In addition, this software is compatible with PC, Mac and a range of Android devices. The comprehensive coverage offered by this antivirus software gives the user the peace of mind that regardless of how they choose to browse the internet, they’ll be protected.

 

Spyware, Malware & Ransomware Scans

Kaspersky boasts very powerful malware detection and removal capabilities. In fact, by default the software operates in self-defense mode, an advanced security mode, to protect a computer from any malicious malware or spyware. In a recent AV-Test, Kaspersky was noted for its ability to successfully identify 100 percent of the malware it was exposed to. Kaspersky also boasts six different types of Ransomware Decryptors that can be paired with their antivirus software to protect and rid your computer of any Ransomware threats. 

We recommend Kaspersky for anyone looking for a powerful malware, Ransomware, and spyware blocker. In addition to the usual anti-malware features, Kaspersky is able to keep all devices safe from keylogger software. With Kaspersky you’re able to easily bypass such threats. It’s no wonder that PCMag gave Kaspersky top results for its antivirus capabilities.

Email Scans

While Kaspersky is effective when it comes to keeping one’s inbox spam-free, PCMag did find that its accuracy decreases for older messages. This means that should you decide to use the software to scan emails from a few months ago, expect a fair share of spam emails to make it through. As inconvenient as this may seem, most users won’t be affected as generally email is something one checks several times a day.

The important thing to note is that while the spam filter may miss a few emails from time to time, no valid emails were discarded. In addition what makes this antivirus particularly powerful is that it automatically scans emails before you open them and warns you of any potentially dangerous content.

Download Protection

Everything you download will be automatically scanned by Kaspersky first. This will dramatically decrease your chances of downloading malicious content as Kaspersky will warn you if content is potentially malicious. The handy thing about Kaspersky is that you can configure the scan security level and can also indicate how it should respond to potential threats as well as the kind of content it should scan.

Resource Usage

This anti-virus software has been optimized to run in way that doesn’t impact the system’s performance dramatically. For example, when running on battery the software is designed not to run any scans. It addition, it also makes sure no anti-virus notifications pop-up when one is running a fullscreen program and reduces resource usage during system boot.

Overall, it’s unlikely that you’ll notice a significant difference in your computer or device’s performance while running Kaspersky. Of course having said that, it’s important to keep in mind that the more thorough the scan you choose to run is, the more resources it will require.

Real-time Scanning

By default, Kaspersky’s real-time scanning is active. This automatically scans all links, emails and downloads. It’s a very sophisticated feature designed to provide maximum security. While the real-time scanning may impact your device’s performance slightly, it’s worth it. The real-time scanning keeps your computer safe from viruses and other malicious software. Should you decide to deactivate real-time scanning, this can be done easily under settings.

We really like Kaspersky’s Safe Money feature which opens a protected instance of your browser. This keeps you safe when doing online banking, for example. The great thing about this feature is that it prevents screen capture and makes sure any information you enter on the site is secure. This real-time security feature can be activated as needed and includes a virtual keyboard as well as a separate, protected instance of your browser.

Privacy Policy

Kaspersky does collect personal data however this is securely stored and only used to improve its antivirus offering. The company’s privacy policy clearly states that they only collect and make use of sensitive data in situations where this data can be used to improve the software.

Customer Support

The customer and technical support on offer is impressive and nothing short of comprehensive. This includes a knowledge base, forum as well as easy to follow instructional videos. In addition to all these resources, there’s also the option to receive support via phone, email and online chat. Kaspersky also offers impressive technical support to talk you through any technical problems you may be having. Kaspersky’s customer support is known to be far more comprehensive than anything offered by other anti-virus providers.

 
Anti-Virus 2017Internet SecurityTotal Security
Price per year $39.95 $59.95 $79.95
Devices 1 1 1
License duration 1 year 1 year 1 year
Anti-spam
Anti-spyware
Anti-adware
Anti-malware
Real-time protection
Email protection
Firewall
Wi-Fi protection
Parental control
Identity protection
Supports Mac

Video Review

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Pros
  • High detection success
  • Intuitive interface
  • Top AV-Test score
Cons
  • Spam filter inconsistent
  • Pricey
Bottom Line
Great for dealing with already infected computers.
Compatibility
Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 2000, MAC OS x, iOS, Android, Linux/Unix
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9.1
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