Good / Kaspersky is an incredibly lightweight and affordable Antivirus software solution that can give you good core security, password management, financial online security, and file encryption.
Bad / It doesn’t contain every feature that some other competitors include.
Verdict / Kaspersky has a lower price point and a simplicity that makes it stand out from the rest. Pick Kaspersky if you don’t care about system optimizer add-ons and all you want is a lower price point and less system resource use than other competitors.
Small summary history of Program
Kaspersky was founded in 1997, and in 2006 it was one of the fastest online security softwares. Since then it’s maintained good status as an antivirus software and doesn’t particularly stand out in any news gossip or garner bad reputations.
Many people have good feelings about Kaspersky as an Antivirus software, but does it deserve the praise and accolades? Or are these feelings just a result of bias?
Read our Kaspersky Antivirus review to find out if Kaspersky is the right product for you.
Kaspersky like many other Antivirus providers, has three different packages with varying features. The core program and offering is “Essential PC Protection”, while the secondary plan is “Premium PC Protection” and the third plan is “Ultimate PC Protection”.
Essential Protection starts out at $34.99 which is very cheap. Premium is a bit more at $39.99, while Ultimate is $49.99. Essential gives you basic threat protection and optimized performance while the Premium plan gives you access to financial security features, identity protection, and parental control. The ultimate plan ads on with digital asset protection, multi-device protection, and password encryption + management.
The main package should suit most uses, but the ultimate package includes what we’re used to has a full antivirus package (these usually include password manager and multi device support).
Overall, Kaspersky is one of the cheapest Antivirus programs we’ve reviewed. However, does that mean it has less to offer?
Keep reading to find out!
Interface / usability
Kaspersky didn’t wow us like Bitdefender, or mildly disgust us like McAfee did. It’s similar to Norton except with a mild green color scheme and more of a focus on the main panel. In some ways, it’s nice to have all of the features on one main interface, instead of spread out through tabs and the like. You can choose from Scan, Update, Safe Money, Online Management, Password Manager, Data Encryption, Backup and Restore, and Parental Control.
It’s very easy to navigate between feature sets and you’ll find yourself scanning your computer in no time. Scanning gives you a few options like Full Scan, Quick Scan, Selective Scan, and External devices scan. Quick Scan is very fast, and our Full Scan was actually quite fast as well (more on this in the performance section). External Device scan can be useful if your scanning an external drive, and selective scan can be useful if you need specifics.
Moving onto other features–we have Safe Money. Safe Money is supposed to protect your money online and keep your investments safe. All you have to do is add websites to the feature and then make sure it’s toggled in the protection settings from the main interface. Once you do this, Safe Money products Clipboard data interception and prevents unauthorized screenshot capture. This feature is quite neat–as it’s something we haven’t seen before in some of the other Antivirus competitors.
Besides making some of your banking experiences more secure, you can also manage your other devices from the app with online management. This is pretty self explanatory as the interface shows you which devices you have, info about your licenses and also gives you access to the store.
Password manager is also very standard and we didn’t experience any issues using it. You simply set up a master password, and install a plugin and then you can add sites and information as well as import information into it. It’s also available for Android, iOS, and Mac.
The last defining feature is the data encryption feature which acts as a sort of file vault. Here you can create a vault and put files in it with 256-AES encryption protection.
Kaspersky has plenty of features to keep you busy–however, I did notice some features missing. Other Antivirus programs have things that can clean your computer’s junk, registry files, or even disk defragmenters, as well as interfaces that can help you speed up startup times by delaying or ending startup processes through an optimization interface.
Despite missing some of these features, everything here is quite good and easy to use. While it might not have the flashy interface of Bitdefender, or the copious graphs of Norton–or the expanded feature sets of both–Kaspersky is also a bit cheaper and lightweight than these other robust alternatives. You won’t be annoyed by constant popups to install things at all.
Performance & System Impact
Kaspersky performs quite quickly against competitors. Some other Antivirus competitors slow down computer performance quite heavily using upwards of %20 CPU and 250 MB ram. Kaspersky however, only uses %8.0 CPU and 150 MB ram with the full system scan taking only around 1 hour and 20 minutes (about the standard time for a full scan–although quicker than some). The quick scan took a bit more resources to complete with %16 CPU usage and an average of 160 MB ram used.
Installing Kaspersky was quite easy, and we didn’t encounter any login errors / authentication bugs while using the program.
Overall, Kaspersky impressed us with how quick scans were as well as how little resources they used to complete them. I also enjoyed the scan stats which display how long they take.
Kaspersky Review Conclusion
Kaspersky is one of the lightest and cheapest antivirus softwares we’ve looked at. It has all of the necessary components and extras you could want, as well as killer antivirus protection.