Whats new in Kaspersky antivirus products 2017
March 20, 2017 Uncategorized
Kaspersky Lab are behind some of the very best antivirus products on the market, providing complete protection against viruses and malware that threaten PCs. All three of the Kaspersky Windows software – Kaspersky Internet Security, Kaspersky Total Security, and Kaspersky Anti-Virus – all have the same excellent malware-scanning capabilities, interactive and intuitive user-interface, and the same level of moderate impact on the performance of the protected computer.
The choice on which Kaspersky software – if any – is right for you depends on your budget and your needs. If you’ve got young children then you should go for Kaspersky Internet Security ($80 per year) because it has parental controls. If you need backup software or a password manager, then Kaspersky Total Security ($100 per year) could be the right choice. If you only want to protect a single computer, then the right choice could be Kaspersky Anti-Virus ($60 per year), but you can get more features and the same price from Bitdefender Antivirus Plus.
What’s Covered and What it Costs
The starting price for Kaspersky Anti Virus is $40 annually to protect one PC. This goes up to $60 per year to protect three PCs. As is the case with a lot of antivirus products, there are often big discounts to be found through online retailers, and even through Kaspersky themselves.
Kaspersky Internet Security is offered at $80 a year to protect three devices; which includes Windows Pcs, Macs, and Android devices. There is a free Kaspersky app for Windows phones and iOS devices but it doesn’t include malware scanning. Kaspersky only stock the three-device license package, but other online retailers – such as softcouponcode.com – sell licenses for up to five devices.
Kaspersky Total Security costs $100 per year and protects up to five devices. There isn’t a three-device license on the Kaspersky website, but one can be found through our Kaspersky copupon codes page. You can also find the latest valid coupon codes and discounts for Kaspersky protection products there.
All three Kaspersky products are compatible with Windows between Windows XP and Windows 10. The premium Android app that comes with Total Security and Internet Security is compatible with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and up. The Mac version of Kaspersky is compatible with OS X 10.9 Mavericks and later, and offers the same features as Kaspersky Internet Security.
All three versions of Kaspersky find malware through the same scanning engine. The engine performs a combination of the traditional signature-matching of known malware and continuously monitoring the system on a heuristic level to check for suspicious code or behaviour that could be a sign of infection. If your software detects a new form of malware, then it will upload it to Kaspersky’s research lab where it can be analysed, and the signature is sent out to the rest of the 400 million people using Kaspersky. This collection process is completely anonymous, and there is an option to opt-out whenever you want.
It takes just two clicks from the home screen to set up a scan with every version of Kaspersky. There is a Full Scan option that inspects the entire hard drive for infections, while the Quick Scan option speeds up the process by only scanning the files most susceptible to infection. It’s also possible to scan individual files by dragging them into the Selective-Scan window, or just right-clicking on the file and choosing the option to scan it. Kaspersky also offers to scan any SD cards or USB drivers inserted into the computer.
The scanning engine in Kaspersky for Windows is very effective. It caught almost every piece of malware and rarely raised a false positive. German independent testing lab AV-TEST put Kaspersky through its paces using Windows 10 in March and April of 2016. The software caught all of the zero-day pieces of malware through heuristic monitoring, and it also caught every widespread piece of malware through signature matching.
AV-TEST tried Kaspersky on Windows 7 and found that it detected 99.0 and 100% of zero-day exploits when it was tested in January and February of 2016 respectively. During both months it was also able to stop 100% of the widespread malware in the test computers, generating 0 false positives.
The software was also tested by a different lab; AV-Comparatives in Austria. This testing lab saw similar results across five evaluations between February and June in 2016 using Windows 7. Kaspersky Internet Security was able to stop 99.7 of the “real-world” malware – gained through malicious websites. The only programs that did better were Bitdefender (99.9%) and F-Secure and Trend Micro, which recorded perfect scores. There were only two false positives in these five months; both of which occurred in March.
Security and Privacy Features
Kaspersky Anti-Virus, Total Security, and Internet Security all feature the same anti-phishing protection, website screening, and the capabilities to create bootable Rescue Disks on optical disks or thumb drives when a system is overrun with malware. Anti-Virus has just the bare minimum necessary to keep systems running safely. There are a lot more useful features included in Internet Security. Total Security – as the name implies – offers everything included with Internet Security, as well as a few more exclusive features not directly related to the security of the system.
Kaspersky Anti-Virus gets started with Safe Search web protection, as well as a gaming mode that temporarily disables background activities to improve performance, and a System Watcher feature that protects users from ransomware. If any is spotted, then System Watcher will back up a clean copy of the target of attacks. This feature is a little limited however, as it only works with files less than 10MB.
Internet Security includes the Trusted Application Mode feature that whitelists apps and blocks potentially harmful and unwanted programs. This mode also disables banner ads and gets rid of spam-filled emails. There is an Updater feature that scans for outdated drivers and apps, but it does work with Office. Also included is a two-way firewall that screens incoming and outgoing traffic on the network.
There is a Safe Money browser extension that is compatible with Chrome, Firefox, and Internet Explorer. The extension is designed to keep your financial details safe by scanning the reputation of a website, preventing the activity of other browser extensions, and keeping the memory and storage separate from everything else on the computer.
Another feature of Internet Security is the proprietary webcam protection Kaspersky offers, which has been upgraded to protect microphones as well. If you get worried about keyloggers then Kaspersky includes a virtual keyboard to keep your key presses hidden from keyloggers looking find out sensitive information such as your passwords.
Kaspersky introduced Virtual Private Network (VPN) capabilities for 2017 in Kaspersky Total Security and Internet Security. It gives you a daily limit of 200MB for free, along with a $25 per year unlimited data plan. The VPN can connect to 20 different locations around the world, from the Czech Republic to Canada.
Total Security comes with some exclusives such as encrypting files, storing passwords, backup software that can integrate with Dropbox, and a system optimiser. It also comes with a dependable file shredder that can completely erase files, and the latest premium version of Safe Kids.
Safe Kids is a freemium product available to everyone, with Kaspersky users able to download it manually from the My Kaspersky site. The free version can be used to manage and monitor kids’ activity on the internet and their device and app usage. The premium version of the product – which costs $15 per year – is free for Total Security users and is able to monitor their Facebook activity and text messages, as well as show you where you child is (or at least where their phone is) on a map.
Performance and System Impact
All Kaspersky products record a similar amount of impact on performance, causing a moderate impact to the test system we use; an ASUS X555LA notebook running Windows 10, powered by 6GB of RAM and a 2-GHz Intel Core i3 processor, with 36GB of data stored on a 500GB hard drive.
We test system impact by comparing how long it takes OpenOffice to match 20,000 names and addresses in a spreadsheet across four different scenarios; with no antivirus software at all; after installing Kaspersky Total Security; during a full scan; and during a quick scan.
It took 6 minutes and 56 seconds for the OpenOffice test to be completed without any antivirus software other than Windows Defender. It took the same amount of time after Kaspersky was installed, showing that there is zero passive impact on the system.
It took 9 minutes and 26 seconds to finish the test during a full scan, which was 36% slower than the baseline. It took 7 minutes and 19 seconds for the test to complete in a quick scan; or a slowdown of 5.5%. These are about the average for antivirus impact as far as Windows antivirus products are concerned.
It took 3 minutes and 5 seconds to run a full scan that examined 203,365 files which is impressively fast. Other systems can take up to an hour to complete the task. It’s also incredible just how quick a quick scan is, as it was completed in just 1 minute and 51 seconds; analysing 2,579 key files.
Kaspersky have kept the 2017 version of their interface fairly similar to interfaces from previous years. Users will recognise the tried and true white, grey, and green interface. The all-clear is indicated by a green checkmark, while things go yellow when the program has something that needs your attention, and red when something has gone wrong. The Reports section (found to the lower left of the main screen) includes reports on all infections from the past month.
The main screen of Total Security includes links to running scans and updating the program, as well as links to features like Password Manager, Safe Money, Backup, Privacy Protection for devices, and Parental Controls. These features are missing from Anti-Virus, which just greys them out. Internet Security has some of these options, but lacks Password Manager and Backup. The downside is that there is almost too much offered with Total Security and it makes the interface seem crowded.
There is a “More Tools” button that takes you to the other major features, which are likely going to be greyed out in Anti-Virus and Internet Security. There are also graphs of the processor use, network speed, and a list of recent attacks. It can be a little confusing to get used to the interface as there are back arrows on some pages and “X”s on others. It would have been nice if there was more consistency.
All three of the Kaspersky products come with a link to the Kaspersky Support website, which includes a forum and an FAQ to provide a rich knowledge base for support. All three products also have access to direct support between 5AM and 11PM EST, seven days a week. The support personnel can be reached through online chat, email, or a phone call.
Setup and Installation
All three products follow the same setup routine, but it can take longer to install and download the programs if you get a better quality product. The installer contains the entire program but you may find you need to run an update after installation completes.
The installer starts working when you agree to the Kaspersky license, showing you just how far along the installation is. After entering your license code and creating your My Kaspersky online account, you’ll have to look through the box for the Kaspersky Privacy Statement and choose whether you’ll allow the company to share your contact information or note. I spent about 6 and a half minutes in all installing Total Security.
Kaspersky offers fast and thorough antivirus protection that forms quite an effective barrier around the computers used by our family, and there aren’t many other brands that can compete with them as far as protection goes. When it comes to choosing which version you should buy, we recommend looking at the extra features and deciding which ones you do and don’t need.
Kaspersky Total Security certainly lives up to the name “Total Security”; offering a range of protective features and services from basic virus scans to password managers, and backup software. This version is also commonly on sale at online outlets.
Then there is Kaspersky Anti-Virus, which comes with only a few extra features compared to similar products offered by other brands like Bitdefender Anti-Virus. Kaspersky Internet Security could be the ideal middle ground; it comes with some great protective features like the firewall and VPN client, along with parental controls; all for a moderate price tag.