Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2012 - 3 Users
- Real-time protection against viruses, spyware, Trojans, rootkits, and more.
- Vulnerability Detection to seek out and repair compromised programs.
- Website and email scanning to detect malicious software.
- Rapid reaction to new and emerging threats.
- Hybrid Protection, combining the power of the cloud and your PC.
- Platform: Windows 7 / Vista / XP
- Media: Software
- Item Quantity: 1
Core Protection with the Latest Kaspersky Lab Technologies - Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2012 is the backbone of your PC's security system, packed with the latest Kaspersky Lab technologies from our team of over 850 world-class security experts and engineers. It works behind-the-scenes, delivering essential protection that won't slow you down. A New Hybrid Approach to Protection - Our innovative Hybrid Protection combines the speed and volume of security data of the cloud with PC-based protections that: detect and analyze suspicious behavior on your PC; capture malware that may be passed to you while you're offline; and block, treat, or rollback harmful activity. The result of this hybrid combination: unmatched PC security. Vulnerability Detection - Kaspersky Anti-Virus ?finds vulnerable programs on your PC that haven't been updated with the latest ?fixes. We then assist in patching those holes in your protection before they can be exploited by viruses, spyware, and identity thieves. Fast & Efficient - Fully enjoy the Internet without being dragged down by your security software. Small, smart updates and intelligent scanning operate behind-the-scenes while delivering maximum PC performance. Plus, our special Gamer Mode ensures an uninterrupted gaming experience, while still keeping you secure. Rapid, Real-Time Reaction to New Threats - New Internet threats emerge with lightning speed, and the latest Kaspersky technologies are there to protect you with real-time data from the cloud. Plus, you're linked to the Kaspersky Security Network, which leverages threat data gathered from millions of participating users' systems around the world. Proactive Detection of Unknown Malware - The latest Kaspersky technologies proactively seek out suspicious activity on your system-without draining performance. Potential threats are monitored and analyzed, and dangerous actions are completely blocked before they can cause any harm.
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There's your qualification and sobriety check. Now, here's my measured opinion. I'm a long time Norton user that first came across Kaspersky a few years back when Norton products were getting worse every year. Norton saved themselves with a fabulous 2010 release (and a 2011 to rival it), but Kaspersky who was once a dark horse antivirus no one had heard of has stuck around and made a name for itself. It's a good product and I don't hesitate to recommend it. I often recommend Kaspersky in business environments, but this is more due to the superiority of their Server Administration Kit than their AV Engine itself. Still, their AV consistently ranks among the best, and no I don't care where they happen to fall out of the top 10 in a given year. Try not to get caught up in the horse race there, as there simply is no good objective way to quantifiably say one AV is better at protecting you than another. I've found their protection to be solid and reliable and among the best out there, but you can drive the world's safest car and still get killed in an accident. Kaspersky 2012 is easy to install and configure and doesn't seem to have as many potentially perplexing options as Norton does deep in its bowels. 2012 is not especially efficient (Norton 2011 and Eset's Nod32 seem to have much smaller footprints), but Kaspersky does have a nice Gamer mode that can be flipped on when you want to play games. I've found Kaspersky has difficulty installing on systems previously inhabited (I would say infected, but then my own biases would show) by AVG or Macafee, but that is as much the fault of those products as it is their fault, and its a common problem for one AV to interfere with the installation of another, even after it's "uninstalled". I find that Kaspersky is one of the quietest AV products I've used and doesn't nag you the way many products tend to do.
All in all, there are lots of decent AV products out there, some of them free, but there's only 3 I would wholeheartedly endorse with my personal and professional reputation on the line and Kaspersky is one of them.
Prior to installation I removed the antivirus software I was currently running as recommended in the quick start instruction guide. After removal I put the Kaspersky DVD in the computer and it popped up a user friendly interface and I began the installation.
The first thing I did after installation was complete was to click on the 'Update' button which downloaded the current antivirus database. The software will do this automatically in the future. The default settings are optimal for most users and can be left as is. More experienced or adventurous users may want to go into the settings section and tweak the configurations for better performance. Don't worry, there is a 'restore' button which will return settings to factory configuration if it gets messed up.
I wanted to test the software to see if it was working and would detect a virus. I am hesitent to inject a live virus into my system so instead I ran the EICAR virus test and Kaspersky generated a warning and deleted the file immediately. I didn't even have to run a scan, it just picked it up. (EICAR is a fake virus and is safe to put on your computer. To run the EICAR test do a google search and follow the instructions on one of the many sites it will direct you to).
The program comes with a set of tools including:
- Rescue disk wizard.
- Microsoft Windows Troubleshooting. Searches for damaged and irregular settings caused by malware, system failure, or incorrectly functioning system utilities.
- Privacy cleaner.
- Browser configuration. Analyzes internet explorer settings for security issues.
A few other features which I have not yet tested are instant messenger scanning, a virtual keyboard and game mode. Online and technical support is available.
I've tried many different antivirus programs and this is one I would recommend. It doesn't use up a lot of memory or suffer from the bloatware issues I've experienced with the two biggest sellers. The price compares favorably with other brands and this is a 3-user license. There are free antivirus alternatives, however they provide only antivirus scanning, none of the extras and no support. Kaspersky provides a complete, feature-rich package.
"Granted, they do have a help/support site that gives you alternate methods of intallation (command prompt, etc.) but the instructions are so confusing and convoluted that it would try the patience of any beany-wearing computer geek to muster. I'm not a novice with PCs and have worked in Tech Support for more than 25 years as well as doing some freelance work, but this product has done more to try my patience than any other I've encountered."
Thank you, M Glod.
I AM a NON-techie who spent over 2 hours trying to install this software AND trying to find answers and/or ANYONE on the site that I could contact. The whole frustrating process put me in tears.
I could not get past the "remove incompatible apps" process. I am on a new computer and had Norton and McAfee that came with the system. I uninstalled both. Still wouldn't install. It was locking up my computer and forcing an abnormal shutdown.
I read the online list of unacceptable apps which was pages long. I don't know if any of that stuff was on my computer but are they expecting you to compare item by item?
I went online looking for a contact number. Was directed to the Forum. Tried to register and constantly got an error msg. I've used this forum style many times so am familiar with how it works. Bottom line - I could not get registered, let alone have the opportunity to ask for help.
Finally found another page that allowed me to submit an email. Filled out this fairly lengthy form and hit the "submit email" link. Sorry, not a link. Just plain text. What the )*(&* are these people thinking? Why do you go to the trouble of setting up this page and then can't test to see if you have a workable "submit" button?
One more time...........
"...that gives you alternate methods of intallation (command prompt, etc.) but the instructions are so confusing and convoluted that it would try the patience of any beany-wearing computer geek to muster."
They are severely confusing and convoluted to this very upset customer and this product has been wrapped and labeled for return.
Amazon's excellent return system is the best in the world. They are the only bright spot in this purchase.
I've now downloaded AVG with no hassle, no hangups, no confusion, no convolution and no time wasted. Must have taken all of 5 minutes and it automatically prompted me to do a scan. I did.
Buy ANYthing other than this piece of junk.
I really have mixed feelings about this release. The software is fairly unobtrusive and appears to be shielding us from and alerting us to any threats. The big issue for me is that the software slows the system to a complete crawl whenever it performs an automatic update routine. This particular quirk is annoying to say the least. I finally just disabled the auto-update function and have chosen to manually run the updates when it's convenient for me. It also takes a long time for the software to download new virus definitions, so that's another good reason to go with the manual download. We have a high-speed internet connection, and the downloads typically take 15-20 minutes to complete. During this time, your computer will be virtually useless.
Chances are that I won't continue using the Anti-Virus much longer. The Internet Security suite had a similar issue with the update function, but it wasn't as crippling.
Overall I'm not particularly impressed. Not recommended.