Kaspersky Antivirus Software Review

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rating: 5
  • Customization options for a more personalized user experience
  • Automatic backup feature with 2GB free storage in Dropbox
  • 400 million users globally - one of the biggest anti-virus softwares

Kaspersky Antivirus Software


Award-winning antivirus software offering great protection and several helpful features. Protects families while they’re shopping online, surfing the web, and streaming content.

By Imogen Groome | 7th August 2018

Kaspersky Lab Antivirus, headquartered in Russia, is easily the most recognizable cybersecurity brand in the world. Kaspersky boasts of more than 400 million users across the globe, with the majority of its users coming from Europe. It’s not all rosy for the brand in the US, however, as the current government banned its use in military, federal and civilian networks due to suspicions that Kaspersky owners were colluding with Russia to spy on America.

Nonetheless, Kaspersky is still one of the top software security brands in the world, and we did a comprehensive review touching on various aspects of the Kaspersky Anti-Virus in case you were considering making a purchase.

Package Features and Highlights

Kaspersky Free Antivirus Package – Offers basic USB scanning and malware detection functionality for both email and web.

Kaspersky Anti-Virus – Offers reputation monitoring for websites and gamer mode (No Disturb feature) on top of the features in Kaspersky Free.

Kaspersky Internet Security – Comes with a wider array of functions including spam filters, webcam and microphone protection, safe browser, parental controls and a two-way firewall for increased security. Internet Security also gives you the ability to stop network threats and block apps, sites and web trackers that you don’t like. There is also a secure banking browser for all your online transactions and additional security licenses for Android, Windows, iOS and Mac devices.

Kaspersky Total Security – As the highest priced among the three, the Total Security package contains all the features listed above and more. Exclusive features include password manager, Antiphishing software, file encryption and increased parental controls. The package also includes an automatic backup feature with 2GB free storage in Dropbox.

PackageOld Price (per year)Save ($ OFF)New Price (per year)
Kaspersky Anti-Virus$59.99$30$29.99
Kaspersky Internet Security$79.99$40$39.99
Kaspersky Total Security$99.99$50 (50%)£49.99
Best Antivirus For

As the allegations by the US government regarding the company’s potential ties to the Kremlin prove, Kaspersky is not a perfect cybersecurity software (at least in the U.S). On the other hand, the said allegations could also be lies. Whatever the case, Kaspersky is a well-known, reliable and most importantly, affordable Antivirus software that is suitable for both home and commercial use. It can also be used in small businesses and internet shops or cybercafés, particularly the Kaspersky Total Security package that covers up to 5 PCs at a relatively low cost.

Incredibly AffordableEffects on System Performance (minor lags)
Superb Malware ProtectionPotentially Unsafe (said only by the U.S Government)
Wide Range of Features
Customization options for a more personalized user experience
What They Offer

Beyond all the other Security Plus features mentioned above, Kaspersky is still a standard Anti-Virus. To this effect, the software offers the following features:

  • Malware Detection
  • System Watcher
  • VPN
  • Virtual Keyboard
Ease of Use

Kaspersky can basically function in every Windows PC, starting from Windows XP and on to the latest version, Windows 10. For better performance, owners of 32-bit machines are advised to buy Service Pack 3 while 64-bit machines function better with Service Pack 2. Want to encrypt a folder or set up that Chrome antivirus just right? No worries here, as Kaspersky knows how to lock a folder and continue roaming through the Web without feeling threatened.

Scanning a USB drive or a single program using Kaspersky takes only a few seconds and doesn’t take up much system power. However, Kaspersky may take 20 to 30 minutes (depending on your RAM) to conduct an initial full scan on a hard drive. Subsequent scans don’t take much time though, with our second full hard drive scan only taking 7.3 minutes. Overall, Kaspersky is a lightweight software and will work just about fine on any machine.

Detection Rates and Reliability

According to tests from AV-TEST, an independent firm specializing in testing security features for Windows, Kaspersky Anti-Virus detected and eliminated every bit of both known and ‘Zero-day’ or unknown malware. As mentioned earlier, heuristic monitoring helps in the detection and eradication of known malware while signature matching does the same to zero-day malware.

Another testing firm, AV-Comparatives, listed Kaspersky as the third most effective Anti-Virus program with a 99.8% malware detection rate. Only Bitdefender with a 99.9% score and Trend Micro performed better. So, yes Kaspersky is not exactly perfect but is still better than all but 3 Anti-Virus programs in the market.

Help and Support

For assistance with installation, maintenance or any other arising issue, the support team can be reached through email at [email protected] or by following the prompts on this page. Support is available every day (except Christmas day!) from 5 am to midnight.

About Kaspersky

Kaspersky is a global cybersecurity brand established in 1997 and based in Moscow, Russia but operated by a UK-based holding company. Its CEO is Eugene Kaspersky who is also the founder. As at December 2017, Kaspersky had over 400 million users and over 3,800 employees spread across 31 countries. In 2017, Kaspersky grossed $700 million in revenue, making it the fourth biggest cybersecurity firm in the world based on revenue.

Reviewed by
Imogen Groome
Imogen is editor-in-chief of Hot5. She is also a lifestyle blogger, author and freelance journalist, with particular interests in music, politics, psychic readings and dating. She is usually found at home with her collection of animals, drinking iced tea. Read more.
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