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Kaspersky Anti-Virus: The Right Tool for the Job?

Kaspersky Anti-Virus

By: Anthony Sullivan

You know the feeling. You're sitting there minding your own business, going about your computing day when... BAM! You're computer goes wonky and you know something isn't right. Maybe it reboots, maybe you start getting errors, or maybe files just start to disappear. One thing is for sure: you've got a virus.

Or, maybe you don't know what this is like. Perhaps you only know what it's like for your computer to casually tell you that it has thwarted yet another attempt to infiltrate your system by some nefarious evil-doing snippet of code.

If either of these scenarios has happened to you, you already know how important virus protection is. But how do you choose the right anti-virus protection from among the tons of options out there? Today, take a peek at Kaspersky Anti-Virus and decide for yourself if this is the solution for you.

You can download your own trial copy of Kaspersky Anti-Virus from the TechRepublic software library.

After installing Kaspersky, you are asked it activate the software. Since we are just checking it out and haven't bought a copy yet, we'll want to activate a trial.

25 comments
ittizliz
ittizliz

These reviews are of little value as no one identifies their OS or RAM or what browser and version, Kaspersky 6 and up requires a good bit of ram (512+)and may very well react differently with different OS and also what apps/programs you have already have installed on your OS. Kaspersky 6 installed on a clean XP works great, Kaspersky 6 and 7 installed on clean Vista works good except for clashes with Real Arcade. Before Kaspersky I had been badly damaged, Kaspesky may be a pain with asking you to choose BUT I'd rather have the choice than just letting junk in unknowingly. If I do not understand what it is asking me I say NO, then if something goes awry immediately after I know I should have said YES. That training period is for both the software and the user to learn what they are doing. You can always opt to use recommended setting and let kaspersky make the decisions but it is programmed to err in favor of your protection which may frustrate you. I feel naked out ther in cyberspace without my Kaspersky. PS. My Zone Alarm was hacked, Avast was hacked, McAfee was hacked so I chose kaspersky (2nd choice was Sophos), If you are using protection from your provider you are probably/likely at risk. If anyone else has had the Real Arcade vs Kaspersky 7 IE7 trouble, let me know how you solved the scripting errors and download errors. Thanks and Happy Webbing.

Richard Kirk
Richard Kirk

Symantec sucks as only Symantec products can - even the Free AVG found 6 virus's on a PC with Symantec. But only Kaspersky gets the highest scores and easiest to configure (well since V6 anyway). It goes on every server I sell. It also has a usefull "Update distribution folder" that takes seconds to configure so that (even without the free adnmin SW) you need download from internet once for all PC's on a site. Oh and the downloads are 80Kb sent HOURLY. But don't take my word - try the free trial! P.S. For proper test results try www.icsalabs.com or www.av-comparatives.org

texxan
texxan

The only AV product that has ended the nightmare of malware infestations for me. I've tried McAfee, Symantec, NOD32, GDATA AntiVirusKit, Panda, and others but Kaspersky has literally allowed me to take control of my computers again. The new ZoneAlarm Z100 Wireless Router gave back control of my network.

inknpaper4540
inknpaper4540

I have used Kaspersky AV since it has came to the US. My systems have NEVER had a virus that I hadn't let come through. Default settings are a little much, but with a little tweakin' it runs smoothly. I would rather my system slow down a little than have it not run at all with a virus. I have a service shop and recommend Kaspersky AV to all my customers. I've seen to many systems come into the shop with other AV software installed and defs up to date and remove virus after virus from them. I install Kaspersky and the systems rarely come back infected by viruses. Just my 2 cents.

jerrydaum
jerrydaum

I run a free version of Kaspersky from AOL. It works great and you do not have to be and AOL user.

bilboatbath
bilboatbath

I'm nearing the end of an entirely satisfactory 2-year subscription to NOD32, and the malware world has moved on a tad. I'm getting little useful info from the Eset/NOD world about 'what next, and I have a handful of machines shortly to re-secure. Respected local mag 'PCPro' group test suggests Kas AV is now best at blocking, with 98% of test issues found. They suggest that NOD32 is poorer than all others tried, at 86%, and slate it. Why am I not convinced.....?

percommode
percommode

I couldn't believe that test result in PC Pro either. NOD32 has been a revelation compared to the system resource vampire that was Norton, and I've only had it under 6 months. I tried the on-line demo version of Kaspersky just to see what the fuss was and despite the glowing report in the magazine, it couldn't find a single instance of anything wrong; and I was half hoping it would. I'm sticking with NOD32 (and XP)

Jacdeb6009
Jacdeb6009 like.author.displayName 1 Like

Good product, support sucks! I have run Kaspersky 5 and the Firewall for about a year and recently upgraded to Kas. Internet Security 6. The software is great, it does slow down the machine at times, but I can live with this. It takes a lot of patience to "train" the firewall properly, and some of the settings are a bit awkward to deal with, specifically when applications call up a web browser; since IP addresses keep changing and there is no default to "allow all" from a trusted application (maybe you shouldn't trust applications anyway). Generally after some times (2 to 3 weeks) when you have used all applications installed on the machine, the system settles down and behaves quite well. The down side is support, you cannot complain about it, there simply isn't any. I work out of Vietnam and e-mails to the support address are read, but there is no response (maybe the Russians don't read English too well...). In summary, if you are happy to tinker with the software, have the patience to "teach" it what is acceptable and what is not, this is a pretty solid piece of software.

davdun75
davdun75

Hmmm. having read the reviews in this forum, I might not have purchased KIS 6 with two year subscription... have been running it on XP Pro 3.2 Celeron and lots of RAM for about four months... no problems whatsoever. Setting up/training are easy to follow and adjust... have had infections neutralized immediately. Easier than CA Antivirus/Firewall suite and I feel more secure than with AVGFree or COMODO (COMODO picked up false positives too often and was hard to redirect), and much lighter on resources than Norton (I threw out the majority of a 2 year subscription because it bogged my system down so much). I will probably renew KIS...

matrix.net
matrix.net

Same here jdclyde!! The trial version screwed up my PC in such a way you wouldn't believe it! Had to use my last ghost image to come back on-line! I've also read so many horror stories about this software I can't believe it receives (still) such praises from many web sites!... Hate to say this but "back to Norton Anti-virus"! Cheers

contact
contact

It bluescreened my Vista laptop installing the download (linked from TechRepub). Doesn't rate highly in my book.

jdclyde
jdclyde

[i]will write my real reply after I edit to give a real title[/i] [b]EDIT section with real comment[/b] I got a free full copy at a security seminar. Loaded this on my laptop and my desktop. Both, while older systems, do my daily work just fine. (600 celeron desktop and PIII700 thinkpad) As soon as I installed this, both systems dragged down to a crawl and were unusable. I was afraid I had pooched them up and was going to have to format. I uninstalled Kas, JUST IN CASE it was the culprit. The systems came back alive. I switched over to AVG free for my personal systems, and am getting ready to switch to AVG Enterprise at work. I can't speak on how Kas holds up on a newer system, but as we still have about 1/3 of our work systems under a Ghz, I can not/will not install that software again. I know, older systems? Many of my users only do email and VERY basic spread sheets, and a terminal emulator to console into our legacy system. They work just fine.

lensdoc
lensdoc

I read Rick's opinion and think there must be more to it than that as Kaspersky has been around for a while. I am a retired man in India and it is not possible for me to keep investing, besides I am a great fan of Open Source software, that has been written with good, non-commercial interests(Am I fooling myself here?). Having had the pleasure of using good freeware, I was wondering if someone out there could rate my present free Comodo firewall along with Avast free anitvirus and the Windows XP original antispyware. How would it rate against the Kaspersky suite? Also any suggestions on my present setup? I am a keen blogger and have just graduated from Yahoo 360 to freewebs and blogspot. I would like to have my own website in the near future, which would feature a lot of photography, tips on it and a few other subjects as well.

ctrservices
ctrservices

Nicolastrao@ I have tested both Comodo and Avast, and feel that they are OK. However, for ease of use (I support a lot of senior citizens), AGV and ZoneAlarm (the free editions) are great and easier to use. Also, I dislike the MS anti-spyware (tends to slow down PC's)and install Spybot for my customers (although I leave them with a desktop folder called "Weekly" into which I have a document taking them through step-by-step on how to update and scan every week with these three programs). The reason I urge my customers to manually scan once-a-week is so that they will be aware more quickly if something nasty has created a problem. They then have a better chance of correcting the situation more quickly and easily (sometimes with my help). BTW, automatic scanning is great, but can be disconnected by some types of spyware, thereby rendering it of no value; hence the importance to manually scan.

rhomp2002
rhomp2002

Before I moved to Linux and while I was still using XP, those are the products I used with the addition of Ad-Aware. In 4 years I had no virus attacks at all and a lot of my emails were flagged as being potential virus traps. I would run the jobs about twice a week and more often if I was doing a lot of surfing and email reading. Never a problem and the computer certainly ran faster than it did with Symantec. Good products and very easy to use.

Rickhart
Rickhart like.author.displayName 1 Like

I purchased System Mechanic Professional for $80.00. Within that program was Kaspersky Anti-virus. I had so many problems with it that I finally had to delete the entrie program from my PC. Kaspersky was not allowing ANYTHING through no matter how low I set it, turned off fire wall, etc. Tech support gave me, "We will have to get back to you". Despite numerous requests for assistance I now have an $80.00 circular disk I can use as a coaster for my drink on my desk. Kaspersky? I wouoldn't recommend it for anything.

sleepin'dawg
sleepin'dawg like.author.displayName 1 Like

Grossly overated, flawed and overly expensive in comparison to the competition.

keeperocrumbs
keeperocrumbs

I have always thought Kaspersky to be too expensive and overrated and after the current experiences with trying to renew an annual licence - I wholeheartedly agree! Way too expensive and overrated!

Tink!
Tink!

I must say I feel quite the opposite. I moved my company over to Kaspersky back when I first started here. Compared to Norton and Mcafee it was a much better deal for the money. When we got the new computers I upgraded to the Kaspersky Server suite (don't remember the exact package name). To date we have never had any problems with Kaspersky Anti-Virus or Anti-Hacker.

AbbyD
AbbyD

I was ticked off at Norton this year and decided not to buy NIS so I checked some reviews and read something favorable about Zone Alarm. After buying and installing it I read that Zone Alarm contains Kaspersky. My system has also slowed down and I have been unable to install updates from Microsoft. After reading these comments I wonder if the Kaspersky is responsible?

wildwood
wildwood

I liked Zone Alarm as a firewall but stopped using it because it creates log files that aren't useful to the user. Over time there will be hundreds of files. You should be able to not install or disable the antivirus part of the software.

glenn
glenn

I have been using Zonealarm Security Suite for some time now and have had little or no trouble at all. I was apprehensive about updating to Ver 7 after reading some early comments on their forums, but when I did....nothing, no trouble at all. Installed like a dream, installed my saved settings like a dream and has continued to update itself without a hitch and does not slow my system down. Also I have no infections or any other intruders. Sorry to hear of anyone having problems, but to lay it all at the door of Kaspersky/ZoneAlarm is, I think, to ignore the possibility of something else on ones system clashing rather than an inherent problem with the aforementioned software

AbbyD
AbbyD

Even with the help of Microsoft tech support, I was never able to cure the problem of being unable to download MS updates. Since this problem ran consecutively with the installation of Zone Alarm I laid all the blame there. I had already planned for a disaster recovery by placing all my data files in another partitioned drive so reformatting C:\ was not that big a deal. I reinstalled Windows XP Pro and my other software. I was then able to download some 300 MB of accumulated Windows Updates. I discovered that Zone Alarm, when configured to load on start-up spend almost three minutes monitoring traffic on my always on DSL connection and actually locked up the computer preventing any other programs to run until it was finished. Never able to figure out how to stop this unwanted activity I now run Zone Alarm only when I am going on the Internet and my computer starts up much faster this way. The problem with Zone Alarm and its "allow/dis-allow" feature is that I have no clue what some of these files are doing and can't make a rational judgement about them. Even the Firewall feature in Zone Alarm seems ineffective. I also have Webroot Spy Sweeper and this program posts more alerts to intrusions than Zone Alarm.

Jacdeb6009
Jacdeb6009

I run Kaspersky Internet Security 6 and have not seen this problem in the time that it has been installed (about one month). Before that also no problems with Kas. 5 or Kas. Anti-Hacker. As I said in one of the previous post, it is a pain to "teach" the software (and to undo what has been learnt is also not so easy), but I don't think it is the root of your problem. You may want to look at what Zone Alarm is set up to allow / disallow.