Kaspersky Anti-Virus is among the very best antivirus software choices for Windows.
Kaspersky Anti-Virus has a traditional scanning engine that matches suspect software with digital signatures of known infectious agents. It also uses behavioral analysis that watches for tell-tale signs of malware.
The company’s Hybrid Protection analyzes data uploaded by the 400 million computers running Kaspersky products worldwide to quickly find and thwart an attack. Participation in this data-sharing program is optional, and the resulting updates are pushed to clients several times a day.
Impressive Phishing Protection
The same mechanism that keeps users away from accidentally downloading malware also serves to steer them away from phishing sites, fraudulent websites that attempt to steal login credentials by posing as, say, PayPal, or your bank.
To test how well a product protects against phishing, I gather newly reported phishing URLs, ones too new to have been analyzed and blacklisted. I launch each URL simultaneously in five browsers, one protected by antiphishing legend Symantec Norton Security$79.99 at Amazon, one by the product under testing, and one each by the built-in protection in Chrome, Firefox, and Internet Explorer. Discarding any that I can’t verify, and any that don’t load successfully for all five, I continue until I have at least 100 valid examples.
Kaspersky’s parental control system has changed very little since my last review, which means it remains unusually effective for a parental control component of a security suite. It can block access to websites matching any of over a dozen categories and define a weekly schedule for when each child is allowed to use the computer, as well as a daily cap on usage. Many suites stop with those two features; Kaspersky goes much further.
In addition to the daily cap on computer usage, parents can require breaks from the computer. Just turning on this feature and using the defaults will require a 15-minute break every hour. That feature is unique to Kaspersky, as far as I can tell. There’s also an option to cap Internet usage, separate from the cap on overall computer usage.
Kaspersky Internet Security shares a number of additional tools with the standalone antivirus. Among these are scanners that look for exposed traces of browsing and computer use, unsafe browser settings, and Windows configuration settings that may have been tweaked by malware. There’s also a floating virtual keyboard, to foil keyloggers, and an option to create a bootable Rescue Disk for fighting ransomware and other persistent malware.
Clicking Additional Tools in the antivirus just brings up a menu. In the full security suite, it opens a new page that includes real-time data displays from the Application Control and Network Monitor features, as well as a link to the security report.
Performance is comprised of three measurable attributes: protection against infections; the product’s influence on computer speed; and usability, which measures the accuracy with which a virus scanner labels a threat. In these three areas, there are few antivirus products that exceed Kaspersky’s performance, according to results from Windows 7 tests conducted by AV-Test in July and August of 2015.
AV-Test protection testing subjected Kaspersky to widespread and prevalent malware discovered during the four weeks prior to testing. Kaspersky detected the majority of the samples. The protection tests also exposed Kaspersky to zero-day malware, which it identified with 98.2-percent accuracy, matching the industry average. As soon as any PC in Kaspersky’s user network encounters such a threat, Kaspersky Lab records it in a list to help keep its users safe.
Kaspersky maintains an exceptional level of protection, performance and usability. The software’s numerous features help you keep your computer running with its private data safe from harm. Unless you require 24/7 telephone or online chat access to technical support, there are few better antivirus applications for your PC in terms of threat prevention, impact on system resources and usability.