Kaspersky Antivirus offers a powerful malware-protection application that has an impressive array of features. The exact list of features offered is contingent upon the pricing plan you choose that can range from basic malware and virus protection to a comprehensive security suite.
The user interface for Kaspersky is clean and visually appealing, with most functions displayed as a few tiles on the main screen. You can conduct quick or full scans, and then review the results in an easy and concise manner. You can also check the status of your device (e.g. the green checkmark means you’re protected) and get suggestions for further actions.
The most effective features of Kaspersky include a leak detection system that scans the dark web for personal information that is for sale (e.g., email addresses credit card numbers, social security numbers) and a weak settings scanner which scans for configurations that leave your device vulnerable to attack. Other security tools include an on-screen keyboard which blocks keyloggers from monitoring the physical movements of your keyboard to reveal your login details and the rescue disk for disinfecting the computer that is most vulnerable to attack. A free VPN is included with Kaspersky Internet Security subscriptions, although it’s limited to 300 MB per day.
While the software does a good job in keeping your device secure, some users have concerns about the privacy practices of Kaspersky Lab. The company is owned by Russian security firm Eugene Kaspersky and has been accused by some of working with the government, even during the conflict in Ukraine. The controversy has damaged reputation of the company even when it denies the allegations. Kaspersky’s Global Transparency Initiative was launched to regain trust and prove its commitment to privacy and freedom.