Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2013

Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2013

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4.5
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Quick Specs

  • Version:
    2013
  • Total Downloads:
    5,474,388
  • Date Added:
    Aug. 23, 2012
  • Price:
    Free to try; annual subscription (30-day trial); $59.95 to buy (Buy it now)
  • File Size:
    160.95MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    9,421
  • Platform:
    Windows
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Editors' Review

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The 2013 updates to the Kaspersky protection suites bring to consumers some of the most advanced security technology currently available. It involves introducing an exploit prevention engine as part of the security suite, but also a Safe Money banking protection tool that you can interact directly with. The suite's scans aren't the fastest, but it definitely will protect you.

Installation
Installing Kaspersky has been dramatically simplified over the past two years. Following on 2012's fuss-free install, the installer for 2013 will remove conflicting security programs and any detected malware automatically.

You're still on the hook for a reboot, but not when running only the trial. The install procedure was only three screens long, and it took under 2 minutes to complete. You can also register and purchase a license key from the program itself, no need to jump to your browser. Overall, this is one of the best installation processes for a security suite, if by best you mean, "short, fast, and painless."

Interface
Kaspersky's followed up last year's overhauled interface with only minor tweaks this year to accommodate new features. The number of windows you must go through to initiate a scan, or to solve a problem warning, has been reduced.

Based on a mobile app-drawer design, the interface presents your security status at the top and stashes the four major security features of scanning, updating, the new Safe Money, and parental controls, at the bottom. The app drawer layout puts key security status information up front, and keeps your tools organized yet easily accessible below. You can slide the features sideways to see more options, or click the arrow at the bottom to pull up, drawer-style, the full list of options. Settings and Reports live in the upper right corner, and both use terminology repeated throughout the interface. This creates a solid level of consistency, and ought to appeal to basic security consumers and power users alike.

A Cloud Protection button at the top of the interface opens a screen that explains Kaspersky's cloud technology that debuted in the 2012 version. Like its competitors that have already incorporated cloud-based detection, you can opt out of anonymously contributing your data without making yourself less safe.

Kaspersky's opt-out is a bit tricky to get to, though. Hit Settings, the annoyingly unlabeled Advanced Settings tab (hint: it's the cardboard box), Feedback, and then uncheck the box to opt out.

Unlike some competitors, which allow you to reorder the tool buttons so you can have the ones you use most often at the ready, Kaspersky's tool layout is locked down. This is one of the few drawbacks to the design. Another is that in the Settings window, the tabs on the left are unlabeled and their icons are not necessarily as obvious to understand as possible. In order, they are Protection Center, Scan, Update, and Advanced Settings.

Labeling aside, the settings themselves were remarkably easy to navigate and comprehend -- even the advanced ones. Meanwhile, jumping from feature to feature was a zippy experience, and we encountered absolutely no lag when skipping between screens.

Features and support
Kaspersky 2013's newest and best features come in the form of some very forward-thinking security improvements.

The most important of them is the exploit blocking engine called Automatic Exploit Prevention. It's a response to the increase in the number of phishing attacks and includes an antiphishing engine -- similar to the antivirus and anti-malware engines -- that updates daily.

It's hard to overstate how critical stopping exploits can be to stopping large-quantity cash thefts from online banks. Experts have estimated recent successful banking breaches at scoring from $3 million to more than $220 million, and Kaspersky says that the exploit prevention engine stops the vast majority of exploit kits.

A major component of the exploit prevention engine is Address Space Layout Randomization, or ASLR. It's a proven security technology, used in Apple OS X and iOS, in Google's Android, and by Microsoft in Windows 8. It's not foolproof, but it is one of the more effective security technologies currently available. The inclusion of ASLR in Kaspersky means that the technology will be available to Windows 7 and earlier versions, making Kaspersky unique in the security realm for that reason.

The suite now blocks Duqu and other malware specifically designed to surreptitiously install on your computer before the antivirus program loads during boot.

Safe Money revamps the Safe Run feature from previous years and is only in Kaspersky Internet Security 2013, not Kaspersky Anti-Virus. It basically streamlines the process of accessing banking sites securely. Simply go to your banking site, and as long as you have Kaspersky's browser add-ons installed, it will ask you if you want to open the site in a sandboxed mode, isolated from other browser and PC processes. You can also manually add other sites to Safe Money in Kaspersky's interface, but it's no longer a requirement because of Safe Money's new auto-detection. You can tell it's running because of a thin green line around your browser window.

We were skeptical about Safe Money working as advertised, but it really does detect banking Web sites as you visit them and reopen them in sandboxed browsers. It detected both major banks like Chase, and our own local credit union's site without fail.

Other changes have been made, as well. The secure keyboard for protecting personal data when entered by a physical keyboard works with more sites than before; there is expanded browser compatibility so it now works with Firefox, Chrome, Internet Explorer, and Opera; and better battery management has been implemented for laptops. (We did not test the battery life, however, due to time constraints.)

There are older features worth calling out, too. One is the File Advisor, which is a Windows Explorer context menu option for checking out a file's reputation without having to go through the main Kaspersky program itself. It creates a pipeline from the Kaspersky Security Network, the Kaspersky cloud protection, to the files on your desktop. We found it to pull down reputation data quickly, although its speed also depends on your Internet connection.

The Roll Back feature can easily undo damage caused by any malware that does slip through, and the Network Monitor feature shows you real-time traffic to and from your computer. Among the better ancillary tools are an Internet Explorer security analyzer, which is a good idea if you're stuck on Windows XP with IE8 or earlier -- but it's weird that it doesn't support any other browsers.

The virtual keyboard, different from the physical keyboard protection, has been improved so that it's more responsive than previously. It's mostly an older feature to use if you're worried about keyloggers that Kaspersky keeps around for bragging rights. It's highly unlikely that you'd have Kaspersky running and be infected by a keylogger.

Unchanged from last year, online support is decent, with the standard offerings of forums, live chat, knowledge base articles, and telephone support. Live chat isn't as robust as with some competitors, only available from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Eastern time, Monday through Friday. The telephone support is similarly restricted from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., Eastern time, Monday through Friday. The tech-support number is buried fairly deep on the Kaspersky site, probably to discourage calls. They can be reached at 781-503-1820 or 1-866-525-9094.

Performance
Kaspersky Internet Security 2013 (KIS) shares the same detection engine as its less feature-laden sibling, Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2013 (KAV), so both are discussed here.

After publishing this review, CNET Labs discovered a hardware error on our test computer that affected our published system benchmarks. CNET Labs' revised system benchmarks found the 2013 Kaspersky suites to be as uneven as we had previously determined. Security efficacy is high, but system impact could be greatly improved.

Kaspersky historically doesn't focus on speedy scans as much as its competitors. For most of the scan's duration on a real-world computer, it promised to complete in less than 3 minutes, when in reality it took an average of 8 minutes, 10 seconds to complete over three runs. Meanwhile, the Full scan tightened up and completed scanning in 1 hour, 32 minutes -- that's about average for Full scans. The Rootkit scan took an average of 8 minutes, 32 seconds.

CNET Labs' benchmarks bear out these findings. The in-lab scan time for KIS and KAV are among the two slowest scans we've seen this year.

While KAV's impact on boot time was just a tick below average, KIS struggled. Shutdown impact was much better, with KAV and KIS adding only 3 and 4 seconds to shutdown, respectively.

On MS Office, iTunes decoding, media multitasking tests, and Cinebench, the two suites were slower than average in every respect expect KIS on Cinebench. All that being said, Kaspersky feels light when in use, and it transitioned smoothly among its different features and when jumping to other programs.

We did notice some rare, temporary browser hangs, most likely because of the multiple Kaspersky add-ons.

Security program Boot time Shutdown time Wake from sleep Scan time MS Office performance iTunes decoding Media multitasking Cinebench
Unprotected system 47.5 7.8 11.5 n/a 412 124 344 17,116
Average of all tested systems (to date) 57.9 11.2 12.5 900 414 125 344 17,133
Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2013 59.3 10.7 8 1,195 430 124 348 16,909
Kaspersky Internet Security 2013 75.6 11.7 22 1,394 433 125 345 17,286

Note: All tests measured in seconds, except for Cinebench. On the Cinebench test, higher numbers are better.

As far as threat detection and removal go, there are no numbers available yet for Kaspersky 2013. But the most recent tests with Kaspersky 2012 show that the Russians know a thing or two about keeping your computer safe. Independent testing agency AV-Test.org has marked consistently high scores for Kaspersky Internet Security 2012 during the first two quarters of 2012.

On a Windows 7 computer, Kaspersky scored 5.5 out of 6 on Protection, 6 out of 6 on Repair, and 5 out of 6 on Usability, for an overall score of 16.5 out of 18, clearing the minimum of 11 for an AV-Test.org certificate. This is a marked improvement from a total score of 14 last year at this time.

Note that AV-Test.org defines its categories as follows: "The 'Protection' covers static and dynamic malware detection, including real-world zero-day attack testing. In case of 'Repair,' we check the system disinfection and rootkit removal in detail. The 'Usability' testing includes the system slowdown caused by the tools and the number of false positives."

The most recent AV-Comparatives.org Whole Product test, which looks at on-demand scanning, retroactive tests, and "real-world" guards including cloud-based protections, puts Kaspersky Internet Security 2012 in the top three suites tested from January to May, 2012, and in the top five suites of May 2012.

The May 2012 test found that it blocked 99.1 percent of attacks and threats thrown at it, an improvement from 98.3 percent last year at this time. Meanwhile, looking at Whole Product test results cumulatively from January 2012 to May 2012 found that Kaspersky 2012 blocking 99.3 percent of threats, and could be 0.1 percent safer depending on user adjustments.

It's fair to conclude that according to third-party tests, Kaspersky has been highly effective over the past year since two out of the three tests we looked at gave it solid marks. Kaspersky has definitely improved its protection rates over the past year, but it still could do better when it comes to its impact on your system.

Conclusions
Kaspersky's 2013 suites pack a lot in, but aside from the way they will cause some performance lags on your computer, there's one other drawback to them. These are not cheap pieces of software. Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2013 will set you back $59.95, and Internet Security 2013 retails for $79.95. Those are steep prices to demand, especially when the free suites offer similar protection. Kaspersky's hard sell comes from the smooth-functioning advanced security it offers, even at the Anti-Virus, fewer-featured level. Offering the exploit protection in the entry-level suite shows that Kaspersky places your safety above the upsell -- otherwise it'd only be in the Internet Security suite. Both will protect you, but unless you want the parental controls or the Safe Money features, we lean toward Kaspersky Anti-Virus.

 
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  • Current Version

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5 stars

"It was and it is the best antivirus, of course!"

July 31, 2013  |  By JhonOrion

 |  Version: Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2013 2013

Pros

I see that competitors of Kaspersky do all sorts of bad reviews. That says a lot about the competition and how pathetic are :)

Cons

I'm using this antivirus since I was a teenager

Summary

I see that competitors of Kaspersky do all sorts of bad reviews. That says a lot about the competition and how pathetic are :)

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1 stars

"This maybe pure spyware / ransom ware..."

July 12, 2013  |  By Joshua_Friend

 |  Version: Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2013 2013

Pros

A product like this would never sell unless they push the user into installing it form scared blackmailed users..

Kaspersky maybe creates 90% of all undetectable viruses, creating a market for his virus killer.

Cons

Fake paid reviews and fancy boxes and people scared into buying after installing with a bunch of later installed nastiest if no pay is forthcoming.

Sounds like KGB agent Kaspersky knows how to get his information and make money at the same time.

Read this before installing :

http://www.kavkazcenter.com/eng/content/2012/08/19/16577.shtml

Summary

Not going to risk installing and loosing all my trade secrets and have having viruses download to my computer and installed, in which only Kaspersky virus killer can remove if payment is not made each year..

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1 stars

"Wish there was a ZERO"

June 26, 2013  |  By bigc-1

 |  Version: Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2013 2013

Pros

None you will learn to clear you computer yourself. Loaded Microsoft FREE Security Essentials and it is working great for free!!!!

Cons

Everything about this program and the offshore assistance!! You are buying malware and for an additional $149 they will make your problems go away!!

Summary

I'm reporting them to the BBB but it won't mean anything. The response from the computer builder must also be an offshore Kaspersky employee!!

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1 stars

"DANGER!! KASPERSKY IS A VIRUS, NOT SECURITY SOFTWARE!!"

May 24, 2013  |  By TwistedTwerp

 |  Version: Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2013 2013

Pros

None, it is truly pathetic

Cons

Unless you are an experienced software engineer you will NOT be able to remove Kaspersky from your computer. If you use Windows to Uninstall, Kaspersky lays eggs that upon rebooting hatch and reinstall the software all by itself. That folks IS the definition of MalWare/Viruses.

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5 stars

"Consistent High Detection Rate and Always Reliable"

May 19, 2013  |  By internetworld7

 |  Version: Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2013 2013

Pros

Just check out the testing results at top rated antivirus labs such as AV-Test.org and AV-Comparatives.org and it says it all. Kaspersky often leads the way with the best detection rate.

I've kept a close eye on the performance of the leading antivirus programs through the years and Kaspersky has been very consistent and reliable.

If free antivirus was just as good these guys would be out of business but the company is the fastest growing antivirus company in the world for a reason!

I had avast! on an older PC and it was compromised with some really destructive malware and viruses. I got rid of it and the old PC! Now Kaspersky is on the new PC and two others that are in the house. In my humble opinion Kaspersky is the best.

Cons

So far none!

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1 stars

"Crashed windows 8"

May 13, 2013  |  By James_Raynor

 |  Version: Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2013 2013

Pros

Used to work in older versions.

Cons

Crashed the computer, therefore having to use windows recovery.

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1 stars

"Do not waist Money on this Terrible Kaspersky Product !"

April 25, 2013  |  By bluewaters2

 |  Version: Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2013 2013

Pros

We were very happy with the previous version and used it for a year.
Sorry to say "Do not buy this Kaspersky Product" Bluewaters2u

Cons

Had to take out the old version & it wiped out another Kaspersky product.also had conflict with 2 other programs that had me uninstall them to get Kaspersky to work to which it never did.caused the Blue screen several times..The worst here is we had this on all our computers at work and at home with the extra paid lic for them.The Kaspersky technical steps I followed, NONE of them worked. And being very Tech minded this was very disappointing. I did not post this on an angry whim,I have spent an inordinate amount of time with this problem. My final solution is to uninstall Kaspersky & install Avast. Do Not Buy Kaspersky. Version 2.0 and 3.0..The worse Security Program out there today by far.We paid $59.00 USD for this product with no refund in site from amazon.seeing I had to rate this product with something, I gave it a half of a star..Should be minus 5 stars at least. Nothing good to say about the new version and the service they have to fix it only makes things worse on your system.

Summary

We took out your product on all our computers at Home and in the Office.Was very happy with what I bought last year in early Jan...But this new product is terrible..reloaded and used the tools you sent to try an fix them all but with no success..We will never use your products again and have spent countless hours fixing all the computer that your product screwed up.we have a Law firm,Online Website building Business and family that stays online for many hours a day..we rely on a great protection for our computers and Internet surfing research and enjoyment...your product certainly gave us a very hard time here and we totally took out your product..the sad thing is we have shared your Kaspersky products with many friends to buy and we now have pulled our positive review of those products..Its such a shame to have a seemingly great company go into the crapper like Norton did a few years back,as now your company joins their ranks...I started a review Blog on my 150k plus members site and will be starting one on my Biz site and Facebook as I have already started..Sorry to say you guys will not get a very good review..I am also posting a review on the Cnet.com concerning your products under Kaspersky product lines...this is just how angry we are with our past experience with you product and service..not a happy camper here to say the least...Bluewaters2u

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1 stars

"Abysmal - buggy interface,CPU hog even when on battery"

April 22, 2013  |  By hkhamish

 |  Version: Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2013 2013

Pros

I was happy with the previous version and used it for a year.
Nothing good to say about the new version

Cons

Terrible experience:
The new software didn't allow me to enter my new key - still no word back from the two tech support tickets open for over a week.
Continuously screen popped messages to tell me that it had updated it's self even when all notifications turned off
Final straw was being a CPU hog. ran at 100% for days on end even when on battery killing by batt life to 30 minutes as well as cooking my Mac.

Even though I paid for it - it's now uninstalled

Summary

don't waste your money or your time or your CPU on this product - hope they get it right next year but will be hard for me to return to Kaspersky

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1 stars

"Kaspersky 2.0 and 3.0worked for 120 days"

March 24, 2013  |  By jibbertyjibberty

 |  Version: Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2013 2013

Pros

It worked good for 120 days of the 365 days.

Cons

I would not buy this program. There is NO tech support, the support they have is canned. There program is expensive and refunds are not an option. When it comes to file transfers with Kaspersky 100% of the time is does NOT work.

Summary

I first noticed a problem when I was updating RealPlayer. ~defence0 file reference, the program never recovered after that. I could go into a large number of license problems and solutions I tried, there is not enough character space for that. The Kaspersky technical steps I followed, NONE of them worked. I did not post this on an angry whim, I have spent an inordinate amount of time with this problem. My final solution is to uninstall Kaspersky and install Avast. Do Not Buy Kaspersky. Version 2.0 and 3.0

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1 stars

"Creates problems with access to websites"

March 24, 2013  |  By Redbeard52

 |  Version: Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2013 2013

Pros

Reasonable price and selection of utilities in Kaspersky Pure 2.0/ 3.0 - if it only worked correctly!

Cons

Software prevented me from accessing pdf's of bank and credit card statements, insurance policies, etc, from secure financial company websites. Kaspersky support was slow and did not solve the problem after several weeks. I finally had to remove the software from my PC to access my financial incormation online. I then had problems getting the software off my computer and needed additional support to "clean" my computer.

Summary

I will trash this software and buy alternate antivirus software. Amazon.com will not refund the purchase price since the software was "open", so I've given a rating consistent with the value I have received.

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What's new in version 2013

System Watcher

  • Even if an unknown piece of malware manages to get onto your PC, Kaspersky's unique
  • System Watcher will detect dangerous behavior and allow you to undo or rollback most malicious actions.

Improved Features:
1. Improved performance and more efficient operation
2. Improved quality of protection
3. Improved protection from spam and phishing websites
4. Compatibility with the latest versions of web browsers
5. Quick launch of Virtual Keyboard
6. Automatic removal of incompatible programs and treatment of active infection during installation
7. Automatic activation of the downloaded product without the need to enter the activation code
8. Optimized antivirus databases
9. Improved usability

General
Publisher Kaspersky Lab
Publisher web site http://www.kaspersky.com/
Release Date August 23, 2012
Date Added August 23, 2012
Version 2013
Category
Category Security Software
Subcategory Antivirus Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 160.95MB
File Name kav15.0.0.463EN_6172.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 5,474,388
Downloads Last Week 9,421
Pricing
License Model Free to try
Limitations 30-day trial
Price $59.95

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