[FREEBIE] Kaspersky AntiVirus is Now Free
Kaspersky Lab has always charged a fee for its popular and powerful security suite. That’s changed as of July 25, 2017, with the release of a free anti-virus package similar to other vendors’ basic protections offered free of charge for non-commercial use. Read on for the details and download link...
Kaspersky Has a Free Version
Don't dismiss this freebie from Kaspersky, just because it's free. This free security program is based on what is arguably the best anti-virus engine in the business. Kaspersky’s technology has long dominated independent test labs’ rankings, so much so that in 2016 AV-Comparatives created a new "Outstanding Products" category just for it and Bitdefender. So Kaspersky Free is definitely worth a look.
Kaspersky Free provides real-time protection against malicious downloads, rogue websites, and apps. It monitors email and Web activity to block suspected phishing sites before you visit them. It quarantines suspicious apps and files, and updates itself automatically. "In short, Kaspersky Free does the indispensable basics that no one on the planet should do without," CEO Eugene Kaspersky wrote.
Kaspersky Free lacks’ the paid version’s extras, such as protections for financial transactions, identity protection, VPN, parental controls, cross-platform compatibility with mobile, Mac and PC, and technical support. To get those things, you’ll need to buy Kaspersky Internet Security starting at $59.95 for one device license.
The free version will help improve Kaspersky’s cloud-based threat intelligence system by providing more points of data collection. Every time the Kaspersky software detects a new threat, data about it is uploaded to the mothership for analysis and inclusion in future updates.
Scanning options include a full scan of the entire computer, a quick scan of memory and common places where malware likes to hide, selective scan of specified folders and/or files, and scanning of external devices such as USB flash drives, DVDs, etc. Kaspersky is not the fastest at full-disk scans, but it is very thorough and flags few false positives.
But What About...?
Kaspersky Free’s release is partly motivated by recent negative publicity. In Congressional hearings, U. S. intelligence officials unanimously stated that they would not allow Kaspersky in their agencies for fear the company is too close to Russia’s state security service, the FSB.
Founder Eugene Kaspersky vehemently denies any collusion with the Russian government, but the Trump administration is eliminating Kaspersky from all government agencies. There's no hard evidence that Kaspersky has any ties to the Russian government. Whether it's a political statement, or an abundance of caution, it seems unfair to me.
Kaspersky claims over 400 million users worldwide, and has been in the security business for 20 years. Releasing a free version of Kaspersky anti-virus will, hopefully, result in many more end-users trying it, and liking it. The free version of Kaspersky's antivirus software is rolling out across the globe from July through November 2017. It's available for download now in many countries (US, Canada, Russia, China, Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, and others) so if the link above doesn't work for you, try again periodically.
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This article was posted by Bob Rankin on 27 Jul 2017
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