[Editor's note: Kaspersky is currently shipping the 2015 version of this product, with improved features such as webcam protection and Wi-Fi security notifications. We look forward to reviewing the new version when next we refresh this review site.]
Kaspersky Anti-Virus is one of the best antivirus software solutions available. Winner of the TopTenREVIEWS Silver Award, Kaspersky Anti-Virus protects your computer against bots, worms, Trojans, rootkits, spyware and viruses. It also detects new threats and prevents them from infiltrating your system. The product includes three licenses. Installation doesn't require a restart. An included bootable recovery disk can rescue your computer by detecting and removing malware without booting the compromised OS. If you aren't able to download the software because of a malware infection, you have the option to download a specialized tool to preemptively scan your PC and remove the threat to accommodate a clean install.
The Kaspersky interface is effectively organized. You can set your preferences and let the software protect your computer without constantly monitoring it. Scans and updates happen automatically by default. The software includes real-time security as you surf the web, communicate via email or IM, and download, access and open files. In the event of an infection or potential threat, the software immediately lets you know and provides quick access to identify and fix the problem. Kaspersky keeps up with current hacking technology by preventing exploits that might come via legitimate applications such as Java and Adobe Reader. It also prevents hackers from locking your system in conjunction with a ransomware attack.
Third-party testers and security organizations approve and recommend the software. Kaspersky has received top marks in VB100 tests – its Virus Bulletin score is 100% – and boasts certification from ICSA. AV Comparatives has awarded the software an A+ rating. West Coast Labs has verified the software for anti-virus, anti-spyware, anti-Trojan and anti-malware competency. The German test lab AV-Test finds that Kaspersky has an excellent success rate at detecting new threats and repairing computers that are already infected. It also earns a high usability score from AV-Test because it uses resources lightly.
The software is easy to use and customizable. You can control just about every component of the software to schedule scans, adjust security levels, toggle specific features and change the appearance of the software interface. The Kaspersky URL Advisor protects your system while you're online. The browser plug-in is available for IE and Firefox, and it stops you from navigating to infected websites. You'll also be protected from phishing scams.
There is a virtual keyboard and gamer mode. The virtual terminal lets you input sensitive information such as credit card numbers, passwords and other personal information by clicking on the digital keyboard with your mouse. While it's no way to type an essay, the virtual keyboard does circumvent attempts by keyloggers and keystroke-recognition malware to steal your information. The game mode makes it possible to enjoy full-screen video without interruptions.
A feature we'd like to highlight is the desktop security gadget. The sleek gadget docks on your desktop and provides better access and awareness of your system security at all times. The antivirus widget will change color if your security is at risk, and it includes quick links to the most important aspects of the software. You can even drag and drop files directly to the gadget for an immediate manual scan. The buttons and even the appearance of the gadget are customizable. And if you don't like it, you can always disable it.
Frequent updates are essential for effective antivirus and antispyware protection. Kaspersky Anti-Virus updates on a regular basis for continual security. Updates run in the background. The software can also help you identify and locate essential updates for your system and other applications. The vulnerability scan checks for outdated drivers and keeps you on top of crucial security updates. The tool also identifies settings that you might want to adjust for optimal security.
Kaspersky offers great support. Technical support comes in the form of a searchable online knowledgebase, FAQs, product manuals and an active user forum. You can easily access these resources online or from the software itself.
The software includes context-sensitive help that opens to comprehensive information that corresponds to where you are in the software. You can also connect with a support team member over the phone and via online live chat.
Kaspersky Anti-Virus delivers superb protection and security. As one of the best antivirus software applications, it integrates innovative technologies to defend against even the newest threats. It's a great option for protection and peace of mind. Independent test lab results confirm that it is incredibly effective at protecting computers from malware. The software's hybrid protection approach identifies threats based on information streaming to Kaspersky Lab's Security Network cloud from the installed software on the computers of Kaspersky's base of more than 300 million users. The software also uses heuristic technologies to detect malware based on file behavior. We recommend Kaspersky Anti-Virus without hesitation.
According to AV-Test, Kaspersky detects new threats at a 100-percent success rate.
The price appears high, but it includes a three-user license.
The bright day when you install Kaspersky Anti-Virus will be a dark day for hackers.