Kaspersky Internet Security
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Full user review
"For The Experienced/Power User, Kaspersky Is The Best!"
- Provides Total Protection of Your System
- Best In Class Anti-Virus, P2P & Malicious Files/Trojan Scanning
- Protects System Registry and Integrity
- Completely Configurable
- Works With Minimal Resources
- Tops In Customer Support
- NOT FOR THE CASUAL USER!!
- Somewhat Complicated Install & Initial Configuration Process
- Steep Learning Curve
- Complicated Interface
- Can "Feel" Too Intrusive
- Not The Fastest at Scanning Your System
- Very Pricey
First, let's get this out of the way: Kaspersky Labs' products are not the best choices for the "casual" PC user. Having said that, if you're a "power" user and/or know your way around your rig and OS, nothing will protect your machine better than the stuff coming out of Kaspersky Labs. Simply put, Kaspersky Internet Security 7 is the best and most fully-featured security suite I have ever used!
Kaspersky IS 7 comes with a whole host of features. Like other protection suites, you get antivirus, file scanners, internet security with a pop-up blocker, a firewall, P2P security and a mail scanner with anti-spam. Sounds familiar, right? Well, there are two big differences.
The first one is a feature they call Proactive Defense. Basically, this feature helps you keep control of Registry. If you don't know, your Registry is basically your PC's database of settings, instructions and such that tell it how to operate. Your PC makes changes to the Registry every time you install new software, add hardware, change a setting to Windows, etc. However, if your not careful or not aware, many programs, both good and bad, can make changes to Registry that are undesirable. Also, malicious files like Trojans, Worms and other applications change your Registry so that they can run in the background without you even knowing it. Proactive Defense basically locks-down your Registry so that changes will only be made once you confirm them. The feature is completely configurable in terms of on/off and how secure you want it to act. But having used it, I can attest to it's incredible effectiveness. I build all my rigs by hand and like having control over the OS as much as possible. Proactive Defense provides a way to keep this control. This feature will help keep your rig free of "fluff"...extra, un-needed programs and applications that a lot of software comes with that can suck-up valuable resources. Also, should you become infected (highly un-likely considering that Kaspersky Antiviur is still the best), malicious programs will have a incredibly harder time taking control of your PC. Other protection suites offer this...Kaspersky's is just the best I've used.
The second big difference is how "small" Kaspersky is. For a suite that offers so much protection, Kaspersky doesn't hog your rig's memory or take up any processing cycles. In comparison, products from Symmantec, McAfee, etc. can bog down your system just running in the background! Kaspersky actually "throttles" itself as it works. If your using your PC during a scan, update, etc. it minimizes the ammount of resources it needs from your machine in order to keep your doing what you need to do. Whether your burning a CD, compiling video or playing Crysis, Kaspersky IS 7 will taylor itself to you. Other programs promise small "footprints", but Kaspersky really delivers!
Sounds great, right? Well, there are some issues. Like I first said, this IS NOT the best security option for the casual user. Why? The problem lies in how powerful and complete Kaspersky comes out of the box. When you first install it, you are confronted with a a myriad of settings, configuration options and warnings. To the un-initiated, this can be very confusing and downright scary! There is a lot to Kaspersky's initial set-up and it really doesn't hold your hand through it like some other suites. In fact, you have to confirm and acknowledge almost every step of the set-up. For most users, this far too much trouble to go through when all they want is to protect their PC.
Second, Kaspersky, by default, is very secure. Sounds good, right? Well, by very secure, I mean it locks down your machine so well, everyday tasks like surfing the web, opening attachments to e-mail and starting many programs will cause a very noticable warning asking whether it's okay to proceed with your intended action. Initially, Kaspersky can "feel" very intrusive on your machine. One must go into the Kaspersky interface and change a myriad of settings to get things just right. This takes time, patiance and some trial and error. Kaspersky IS 7 is a very powerful and complete product, but getting the most out of it and utilizing all it's features requires a steep learning curve. Fortunately, the program doccumentation and manuals are excellent and Kaspersky Labs customer support is incredible!
So, to sum it all up, it comes down to this: Kaspersky Internet Security 7 is the best security suite you can buy. And while all this power requires significant time in setting it up and configuring it to your tastes, you can rest easy in knowing you have the best tools at your disposal. In the end, how much effort is it worth to you to keep your PC and data this safe and secure?