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After years of putting up with Norton and McAfee antivirus software, this package came as a breath of fresh air. Simple to install and reasonably priced, I don't really know what's not to like about this programme.
I was able to set this up on my computer within literally 5 minutes and, after its initial update, I had immediate protection. This programme is happy to run in the background as you work and I've found that, unlike other anti virus software I've used in the past, this programme doesn't slow your computer down considerably.
It also comes with a firewall and anti-spam facilities. These spam filters are the source of my only complaint about the software. They're annoying to set up and I ended up disabling them. Deleting spam was a lot less hassle than filtering it out!
Also, if you ever spend time on your computer somewhere where you don't have access to the web, prepare for Kapersky to have something to say about it. I returned from a 5 day holiday to find flashing red lights all over my homepage and my computer refusing to do anything until I updated the databases. I know regular updates are important but this response seemed excessive to me.
This review is for the 3 user Internet Security 2010 box that I bought a few months ago in PC World.
This product is a comprehensive internet package including a firewall, anti virus and anti spyware. It also provides you with protection if you accidently (or purposely) click on sites that put malware on your computer. The software will last (be updated) from a year after you first update it online. After that the software will still work, but the definitions will be out of date.
For those that don't realise, the term 3 user means that the software can be installed on 3 seperate computers. Legally these computers should belong to you, although others might want to be creative in their purchase of this product. Whilst on the subject of 'creativity', this product can downloaded on the internet free of charge, but these are illegal copies. There are risks with these copies ie of downloading a virus by mistake, or of having to put up with annoying reminder messages, or having to type in product key number codes. I don't condemn or condone such activity, but most people will probably not want the hassle of doing it this way.
In the box you get the installation DVD and some basic instructions on how to set up. Installation of the software is very easy, as simple as putting in the disk, clicking on the buttons it tells you to, then restarting the computer. There is also a pdf file manual to help get past problems in setting up.
Once up and running the Kaspersky interface is extensive, if a little overloaded. A novice might be a little confused, not knowing where to click first, particualrly if you click on the settings tab or varioius submenus! But in truth there isn't really much a novice will need to do with Kaspersky apart from run the occasional scan.
For more demanding users you have special security items such as personal keyboard loggers which provides additional protection for your passwords if you are infected by viruses etc. On the same security tab you have parental control with a number of useful options for parents who want to limit access their children have to the internet. There are many other features, but frankly, you'd be here all day reading about them if I listed / explained them.
When a virus is detected happily Kaspersky doesn't go crazy with sirens and flashing red lights to give you the heebie jeebies. In fact if it happens on default settings, you won't even notice and thats great because Kaspersky deals with it with the minimum of fuss. I don't see the point in software making you paranoid by flashing messages telling you that somebody is trying to crack into your computer. You can review that data by clicking on threats detected on the bottom right side of the interface if you feel the inclination.
There are a couple of minor issues with Kaspersky, as with most anti virus software it takes up system resouces. This means if you have an old computer, or a newer one with a slower processor, that your computer will slow in performace. The same is true for when Kaspersky update kicks in some computers might freeze for a few seconds as new anti virus definitions are being downloaded.
For the more geekish among you there are plenty of in depth reviews out there comparing every aspect of internet security software. From what I have read and my own experience of using a number of different brands I can say that Kaspersky is up there in the top three. The point is that it can run without you even thinking about viruses, and is regularly updated with the latest definitions. What more does the average user need?
I bought the software for £24.99, but it can be purchased cheaper online in the link above.
In summary I highly recommend this product and the only thing stopping me from giving it 5 stars are the complicated submenus.
I use to use mcafee and was very pleased with it. I decided to get this and give it a try. It loaded on very quickly and I was able to start doing a scan on my laptop within 5 minutes. It doesn't give me annoying popups about having to connect to the internet or do any updates, it just scanned in the background and will continue like that unless you choose to do any scan. It has a very simple interface and is a joy to use; Best of all, it will work on 3 computers!
I dont know much about internet security and virus protection so this review is writen from the point of view of someone who doesnt really understand how it all works. With my online banking from my Barclays bank account I get it for free for 12 months.
There was a link from my online banking website to follow and a reasonably simple sign up process. Then the download starts, which I dont think took very long at all- a few minutes from memory and then the install was again quite simple. The program doesnt seem to cause much of a problem to my system performance and I would never know it was there apart from the icon, and the odd pop up or e-mail I sometimes get, reminding me to renew my subsciption, as I have had it for nearly a year, which I will do as its still free with my bank account.
I have so far had no viruses or any problems, which considering the amount of e-mails I get and downloads I do is outstanding, no program has managed it for a year before so I can only attribute this to Kaspersky. I think considering this product was free with my account it is a fantastic deal. In fact I recommend getting a Barclays account for the anti-virus software free with thier online banking, im not sure what the RRP is for this but I would guess between £20-30 so I think a good saving.
From Kaspersky comes Internet Security 2010, software developed and designed to automatically protect your computer from all manners of threats. From viruses, and malware, to spyware, identity theft, and spam, Kaspersky claims to protect you from it all. The question is how well does it work, and does it do enough to separate it from the competition.
This latest version of Kaspersky Internet Security includes a number of new and improved features in its heroic attempt to ensure that you have a safer online experience. New features included the colour coding of links to unsafe websites, the ability to run untrusted applications and websites in a 'safe mode', and to turn on Game Mode' which temporary stops scanning and updates. Also improved from previous versions is the protection from identity theft, anti-phishing in emails, the blocking of suspicious programs, and the ability to burn a Rescue CD to return your system in the event of a catastrophic infection. The software also includes the award winning Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2010.
The ability to run untrusted applications and websites in 'Safe Mode' is a welcome feature, one that has already proved useful for myself. I personally like the virtual keyboard as it offers and additional safe guard from keyloggers.
During the installation Kaspersky did recommend that I uninstall my AVG security toolbar before continuing, which to tell you the truth I had been planning on doing for some time anyway. It is replaced by Kaspersky's own colour coding of links to unsafe websites. Otherwise installation was simple and pretty straightforward.
Thankfully another benefit of Kaspersky is its minimum impact on your systems resources. It runs perfectly happily in the background without much user input required.
Thanks to an optimised and well laid out user interface, and easy to use features I found Kaspersky to be a very user friendly in terms of using the software. It's easy to understand the various components and personalise them to your own preferences.
With everything on offer, Kaspersky seems to offer very comprehensive protection covering all aspects imaginable. At your disposal is nothing less than an entire arsenal of security tools that covers all the bases and beefs up your security on all sides. Taking into account the new and improved features of Kaspersky as well as the excellent price (currently £20.56 on Amazon.co.uk) this software is excellent value for money and worthy of serious consideration.
(The version being reviewed comes with a 3 user 1 year license.)
(I'm a reviewer on Amazon, and some my reviews are copied from there to dooyoo. Please feel free to check out my Amazon profile under my real name of Mr Andrew M Kerr.)