Kaspersky has always been known for making the best antivirus offering first-grade protection from malicious threats and at the same time enhancing the system performance. Kaspersky’s 2019 lineup of antivirus for Windows PCs continues to hold onto this tradition. The flagship product of Kaspersky is the Kaspersky Total Security. It provides all the functions and fixings including a password manager and provisions for file encryption. The Kaspersky Internet Security lies between the Total Security and the Anti-Virus. Internet Security from Kaspersky provides all the functionalities that a user needs on an average. The Kaspersky Anti-Virus is basic among all of them. It comes with only a basic antivirus with no added features. Each of the three products mentioned above is priced within $50. In addition, there is also a free version of Kaspersky Antivirus for use in Windows PC.
Here, in this article, we have come up with the review of the products offered by the Kaspersky Lab. We have mentioned the specifications and the functionalities of each of the products. Here we go.
Range Of Products From Kaspersky
The Kaspersky Lab, as mentioned earlier, has a range of products for use in Windows PC. The product range starts from the free version of the Kaspersky Antivirus, which offers basic malware protection and warnings against suspicious websites. It supports all the Windows OS version starting from Windows 7 to Windows 10.
The next in the line comes Kaspersky Anti-Virus that adds phishing and spyware protection to the free version. In addition, it provides other security utility features such as email scanning, instant messages, system checker for known vulnerabilities and a gaming mode for minimizing the interruptions. This product too can run in Windows 7 and Windows 10.
Kaspersky Internet Security provides total protection and also has additional features like webcam protection, a hardened web browser, parental controls, anti-theft software, and up to 200MB of secure data over a VPN. The Internet Security can also monitor all the devices connected to your home network, prevents unwanted software installation, and include add-ons for browsers that blocks banner ads and rates website safety.
The last in the lineup is the Kaspersky Total Security. It has all the functions of the products mentioned above. In addition, it also has file backup software and storage, provisions for file encryption and a password manager.
Salient Features Of Kaspersky Antivirus
The Kaspersky antivirus comes packed with a pool of features including the basics such as anti-malware to more advanced like a password manager. Given below are the list of features of Kaspersky antivirus, and the performance of each of them in detail.
The malware protection from Kaspersky has three basic elements: file signature scanning, behavioral monitoring, and cloud-based analysis. The file signature scanning is required to detect known threats. The behavioral monitoring helps in spotting the ‘zero-day’ malware and the cloud-based analysis is for investigating suspicious programs or software uploaded from the user’s machine.
The 2109 version of the Kaspersky antivirus comes with an enhanced ability to detect malware that affects only the running memory and leaves no trace on the storage drive. With three levels of scan-intensity settings, you can easily adjust how you wish to scan your system. In addition, the System Watcher includes anti-ransomware. If some ransomware encrypts your files, you can revert the changes of the key files using this System Watcher.
Kaspersky’s Windows products perform really well and are extremely efficient in detecting known and unknown threats. The detection of ‘false positive’ in Kaspersky is much less than in other antivirus brands. Overall, the performance is more than good and can be relied upon by standard users for detection and removal of threats.
Security and Privacy
The security provided by Kaspersky depends upon the product you choose. The Anti-Virus comes with an on-screen keyboard, that helps to protect your passwords from keylogging malware. It also features a vulnerability scan that checks for outdated software and vulnerable settings on your system.
Kaspersky Internet Security blocks unwanted software and has the added features of webcam protection, parental controls, and secure browser extension. The Total Security has the added benefits of backup software and a password manager.
Both Internet Security and Total Security have a firewall that monitors traffic both ways, i.e. the inbound and outbound. They also have the features of Safe Money secure browser plugins which helps to protect your financial transactions.
Performance And System Impact
Compared to the earlier versions of Kaspersky, the 2019 version affects the system performance more severely when running in the background. However, things are smooth and great while performing a regular system scan.
These are some salient features of Kaspersky antivirus program. Overall, it’s a great software for detection of malware and other online threats. However, the advanced features are available only in Total Security. Therefore, you should check your requirements carefully before buying.