Kaspersky rolls out free antivirus—should you install it?

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Vulnerability is the biggest issue these days when talking about the internet. Millions are daily faced with all sorts of threats to their data, and none can really boast of having a top-notch security system. Being one of the security companies known globally for its ability to provide some kind of protection for users, some don’t really fancy Kaspersky for not having a free version of its software. Not anymore because the Russian security company now has a free version of its famous Kaspersky software for download.

Though, the free version is still being rolled out phase-by-phase according to the company, you won’t have to wait beyond the summer before you can install it. However, should you trust the security of your system to the free version of the software?

First, Kaspersky itself confirms that the product doesn’t have the same ability as the paid version, which costs $50. This, of course, is obvious; you don’t expect to get the same top quality features of a paid version when installing a free version. Features like parental control, VPN for private browsing, payment protection, and many more won’t be available when using the free version.

Here is how the company puts it, so you can decide for yourself:

There are a lot of users who don’t have the ~$50 to spend on premium protection; therefore, they install traditional freebies (which have more holes than Swiss cheese for malware to slip through).”

Kaspersky is right in its submission because most free antivirus programs don’t have the ability to provide security at the same level as the premium ones. It’s an obvious statement, and one that offers no guarantee on the quality of protection you get when you download the free version.

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Should you install Kaspersky Free antivirus software? Yes, and no! yes if you are less bothered about the security of your system. No, if top notch protection of your system and data is a priority.

However, small home users won’t have much of a problem using the free version because it still offers some form of protection.

The free version made its debut in the Russia-Ukraine-Belarus region last year, and the result was highly successful. Tests conducted in China, Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Finland were also very successful—and this has further convinced the company that a global rollout has become necessary.

Kaspersky’s brief description of the new product:

“It’s a version with all the bare essentials: file, email and web antivirus; automatic updates, self-defense; quarantine; and so on. This arsenal ensures convenient and safe web surfing (is it still surfing? Sounds a bit 90s to me), working with USB sticks and other portable storage media, and protection against both phishing and infected files being run. In short, the indispensable basics that no one on the planet should do without.”

My take: go for Kaspersky Free antivirus if ONLY you can’t afford the premium version. However, the best protection for your system and data comes from those extra precautionary measures you make to prevent intruders.


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Author: Ola Ric

Ola Ric is a professional tech writer. He has written and provided tons of published articles for professionals and private individuals. He is also a social commentator and analyst, with relevant experience in the use of social media services.

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