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Kaspersky Internet Security 2014

CNET Editors' review

Kaspersky Internet Security 2014 returns as a top-notch security suite with improved overall performance, a slight interface refresh, and new countermeasures against zero-day attacks.

Since last year's release, Kaspersky 2014's design comes with minimal changes to its interface. The mobile-style drawer also makes a return, which reveals extra tools like parental controls, network monitoring, and application controls.

The extraneous arrows and flap-like carousel buttons have all been consolidated into a single-drawer button, following Windows 8-like behaviors. The main interface has been stripped down even more for a much cleaner, uncluttered look.

Menus and settings have also gotten a much more approachable overhaul, as well; the Protection Center, for example, now looks less archaic thanks to having its older radio buttons and checkboxes replaced with a more modern toggle setting for each security function.

New in 2014 is the Application Control Center, a hybrid between a system monitor and task manager. From here, you can monitor and control what applications and process run, to reduce load on your CPU and memory usage. At first glance, it looks like a rebranded task manager, but Kaspersky incorporates a Popularity cue that indicates a level of reliability, presumably from other Kaspersky users.

Under the hood, Kaspersky also announced incorporation of an in-house built protection technology called ZETA Shield (ZETA = Zero-day Exploit and Targeted Attack). Originally unveiled last year in Kaspersky Labs, the latest version indicates its eventual trickling into the consumer versions of the company's flagship security suite.

Kaspersky is known for taking its sweet time when it comes to system scans but this year's version definitely marks a huge speed boost. Initial full scan took about 18 minutes and 43 seconds, vs. the 1 hour and 32 minutes from last year. Rootkit scans also completed at a respectable three minutes flat, vs. the eight minutes and 32 seconds scan time from version 2013.

Boot up times averaged out to be 45.43 seconds, which is slightly faster than our initial testing setup. Shut down times took a hit, averaging at 11.48 seconds vs. the normal 7.8 seconds. Cinebench scores were minimally impacted at 17147. All numbers are improvements across the board vs. last year's Internet Security edition, meaning that Kaspersky 2014 is just about in every way faster, smarter, and cleaner than its former self. That's saying something.

As of yet, both AV-Test and AV-comparatives.org have yet to post results for 2014. Kaspersky Internet Security 2013 has consistently maintained high marks in AV-Tests.org's evaluations, with perfect 6/6 scores in Protection and Usability, and a commendable 4.5/6 in Performance. However, we'd expect these numbers to go up once AV-Test releases their own evaluations of version 2014.

Kaspersky Internet Security maintains its price at $79.95, which seemed steep last year, but this year's scores indicate a well-rounded update that continues to highlight corporate level security in the hands of consumers, as marked by ZETA Shield's making its way into this year's products. Last year's excellent Safe Money features are also still present, giving you some peace of mind when logging into your financial accounts via the sandbox browser. Both Anti-Virus and Internet Security should provide ample protection for your PC and minor footprints.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Kaspersky Internet Security 2014 not loading again"

    April 3, 2014  |   By eakerr

    Version: Kaspersky Internet Security 2014 14.0.0.4651

    Pros

    It's a good product after it loads

    Cons

    Forever waiting to finish loading. I too think KIS 2014 is a waste of money. It behaving like an tourist scam. KIS was okay until 2012, then started going downhill. We all need a reliable internet security program but where can we get one nowadays?

    Summary



    Updated on Apr 3, 2014

    Forever waiting to finish loading. I too think KIS 2014 is a waste of money. It is behaving like an tourist scam. KIS was okay until 2012, then started going downhill. We all need a reliable internet security program but where can we get one nowadays?

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  • 1.0 stars

    "WASTE OF MONEY! SLOWS DOWN MACHINE!!!"

    March 5, 2014  |   By MeekaMeanz

    Version: Kaspersky Internet Security 2014 14.0.0.4651

    Pros

    It's cheap.

    Cons

    It sucks.BAD.

    Summary

    WASTE OF MONEY! SLOWS DOWN MACHINE!!!

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Brought my machine to a crawl"

    January 24, 2014  |   By cwallenpoole

    Version: Kaspersky Internet Security 2014 14.0.0.4651

    Pros

    Makes people feel better about themselves.

    Cons

    Slowed my computer down by at least a factor of 10.

    Summary

    I received a work machine with Kaspersky pre-loaded on it. The laptop was the latest generation of Macbook. I was surprised at the performance: 10 seconds to open a folder is bizarre and unacceptable, a USB monitor would crash with the slightest provocation, and applications were significantly less stable than my Macbook from 2011.

    I disabled Kaspersky and suddenly all of those problems go away...

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Great Product!"

    January 7, 2014  |   By RoyalKai

    Version: Kaspersky Internet Security 2014 14.0.0.4651

    Pros

    Nice interface
    Great protection
    Light
    Great support and good price

    Cons

    Scanning could be faster

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Nope....not for me anymore... either!"

    January 3, 2014  |   By dewul

    Version: Kaspersky Internet Security 2014 14.0.0.4651

    Pros

    Undoubtedly a good virus scanner.

    Cons

    Very bad user-interface
    Very slow in some parts of the settings
    Spent many, many hour (days in fact) on vainly trying to solve some technical issues.
    Tech support never responds

    Summary

    I have been Kaspersky-fan for a little over 7 years now and encountered a number of technical issues.
    It would be a way too long a story here(and too technical).

    The problems I had could not be solved (forum)

    In the end and after spending too much time on the issue(s) it gets down to Tech Support, right?

    Well, I have experienced that submitting tickets is totally useless: they never, never respond.
    Reminders, even if they are'escalated', remain unreplied.
    After weeks the tickets are simply closed and I am being requested to fill out a questionare rating their support.
    Likely these questionares are being auto-forwarded to a recycle-bin though.
    My questions were valid ones, technical ones, but also ones like costs for upgrading from a 3pc to a 5pc license.

    Kaspersky more or less _made_ me switch to Norton Internet Security.

    I have now installed Norton Internet Security 2014 and you know, my problems are gone! Really.
    What did not work or were blocked or whatever whilst using Kaspersky, works fine with Norton.
    (No, I am not a shareholder, but a happy NIS-user now!)

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Great product, a few cons"

    December 31, 2013  |   By CupcakesWillRule

    Version: Kaspersky Internet Security 2014 14.0.0.4651

    Pros

    -Attractive user interface
    -Lot's of great features
    -Simple and easy to use
    -Solid protection

    Cons

    -No custom install option when installing
    -High RAM usage

    Summary

    Great product just could use a custom install option and lower RAM usage.

    Updated on Jan 4, 2014

    Super high RAM usage, over 100 MB.

    Updated on Jan 8, 2014

    When the computer sleeps, it will stop scanning. Avast! can keep the computer from sleeping so why not Kaspersky?

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Nope....not for me anymore..."

    December 12, 2013  |   By speedfool

    Version: Kaspersky Internet Security 2014 14.0.0.4651

    Pros

    Since I uninstalled it, I do not know for certain, but it may still be a very good malware product.

    Cons

    Interface sucks now, the entire program has been dumbed down for the general user market, it really slowed down the Windows 8 PC I put it on.

    Summary

    I used Kaspersky for a number or years. I first got it when I learned it was a great product for enthusiasts and advanced PC users. It had loads of features, did not bog down my systems, and seemed like an iron fortress for my PC against malware. After spending a year away from it using Norton (because my desktop was down and I used my laptop which had Norton on it), I installed Kaspersky the other day and I was shocked! The interface had been slowly getting uglier and uglier, but now....it is just awful....plain ad uninspiring. Since everyone else is doing the same thing with their software, going to the plain flat looking interfaces, I guess I should have expected. I was going to live with that until I got to see how much the new KIS slowed down the system, especially on start up or reboot. And Kaspersky support....well, I have never had a good experience with them. So, bush bye Kaspersky, at least until you go back to being more of an expert user product.

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