Kaspersky Anti-Virus 7 review
With peerless detection capabilities, this well-conceived package is a joy to use.
Review Date: 20 Jul 2007
Reviewed By: Arien Graham-Smith
Price when reviewed: (£28 inc VAT) per year per computer
When we reviewed Kaspersky's security suite last August (web ID: 88761), we admired its antivirus component but questioned whether it was worth paying for over a free product. This month, we have our answer: freeware champion AntiVir achieved an impressive 92% detection rate, but Kaspersky Anti-Virus 7 managed to find and remove an incredible 98% of the malware in our test. Of 126 malicious executables, Kaspersky Anti-Virus identified and removed all but two, missing only a Legendmir password stealer and a generic backdoor that only three other packages noticed.
The developer credits this performance to a combination of the software's heuristic scanning and uncompromising approach to database updates. While many packages check for new virus signatures on a daily basis, Kaspersky runs to an hourly schedule, improving your PC's chances of being immunised before an infection reaches it.
Not only is Kaspersky effective, it's efficient, too: during the email scan test, total system RAM usage was close to the lowest of the group. It's refreshing to find an antivirus package that's so respectful of resources. As we noted in August, "all email, files and downloaded web content are scanned in real-time, yet the impact upon system resources is negligible thanks to the ability to suspend scanning operations during resource-intensive user operations. This resource throttling ... lifts Kaspersky above most of the competition."
And the software doesn't skimp on features. Few of Kaspersky's capabilities are actually unique, but no other package combines such a range of useful functions. When malware is found, an "apply to all" option makes it effortless to set up default behaviours. When access to a web object is blocked, your browser is redirected to an explanation rather than a plaintive error message - a problem with many other applications. Email folders can be scanned with a single click as easily as file folders. When you disable virus protection, the program offers to automatically restore it after a given period, and laptop users will appreciate the option to disable scheduled scans when running on battery power.
In short, Kaspersky towers over the competition. The annual subscription may rankle when Avira gives you so much protection for free, but for £2 a month you won't find a more deserving winner.
Author: Arien Graham-Smith
- US cybersecurity official: What does ISP mean?
- Europol warns: public Wi-Fi isn't safe
- Hundreds of NHS sites vulnerable to hackers
- Second Bitcoin site closed after £345,000 hack
- Hackers take Meetup.com offline over $300 ransom
- Child-abuse image sellers demand Bitcoin-only payments
- London firm at centre of hack redirecting 300,000 routers
- Briton charged with hacking US Federal Reserve
- Apple quietly pulls support for OS X Snow Leopard
- RSA: NSA exploits position of trust with security firms
- CeBit 2014 diary: Cameron comes to town
- The 5 most interesting UK businesses at SXSW
- Quickest way to upload 1GB? Hop on a train
- Move over Delia: IBM Watson is cooking tonight
- Eric Schmidt on the double-edged smartphone: friend and foe
- Getty joins the race to the bottom
- Hour of Code: five steps to learn how to code
- Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet review: first look
- Sony Xperia Z2 review: first look
- Samsung Galaxy Gear 2 review: first look
- Measuring me: is your body the future of security?
- The top five consumer security threats for 2014
- Windows XP: Microsoft’s ticking time bomb
- The top five SMB security trends for 2014
- Securing the Internet of Things
- My PC is infected: what now?
- When coding becomes a crime
- Mobile web blocking: what it reveals about porn filtering plans
- The men trying to save us from the machines
- Windows 8 picture passwords: are they safe?
- The key to choosing a secure password
- Please stop reposting fake Facebook messages
- Is Facebook safe for business?
- Don't rely on Chrome's password vault
- Facebook Graph Search: don't panic
- Gmail drafts and Pastebin: could they evade the email snoops?
- Applying for a job at GCHQ? Here's your plain-text password
- Google two-step verification: a must for business email
- Yes, I write down my passwords
- How to deal with a ransomware attack