The 2016 version of Kaspersky's most comprehensive antimalware suite adds protection for your browser settings and helps protect against the installation of unwanted software.
One of the best detection engines around: Kaspersky's virus and malware scanner is fast and extremely accurate, and it doesn't bog your system down.
Browser protection: Kaspersky can help protect your browser from unwanted changes, such as malware attempting to change your start page or cookie settings.
Blocking unwanted software: Some programs may bundle other unwanted apps during installation that can do questionable things in Windows, and now Kaspersky can help filter the bad stuff out.
Lots of explanation available: The app doesn't rely on buzzwords to convince you that it's performing important functions. Total Security's functions are explained in the client and sometimes on a supplementary support page on Kaspersky's website.
Control scan settings: If you like to control how and when your security app scans your computer, you'll find a high degree of customization available in the scanner settings. Or you can just let Total Security do its thing.
Vulnerability scanner needs more info: In a few cases in our tests, clicking the Details button in the vulnerability scanner's results just pointed us to the front page of kaspersky.com or securelist.com (a company-run security news website), rather than leading us to an explanation of the specific issue.
Digital Asset Protection is usually done better elsewhere: The tools specific to the Total Security version of Kaspersky are nice to have, but there are third-party tools that frequently do the job better, and they don't become inaccessible if you let your Kaspersky subscription lapse. For example, LastPass and Dashlane have more functionality than Total Security's password manager. Total Security's online data backup integration is limited to Dropbox, whereas we would recommend something more secure, like SOS Online Backup. And CCleaner is a more informative junk-file deleter.
Kaspersky Total Security is one of the most robust, informative, and configurable antimalware suites on the market. However, most users should be fine with the less expensive Internet Security version, opting to use dedicated third-party products for things like password security and online data backup.
From Kaspersky Lab:
Kaspersky Total Security delivers our ultimate security for computers & mobile devices. It protects your privacy, finances, identity, photos and children against Internet threats - so no aspect of your digital security is left to chance. One product - with one license - safeguards your 'digital life', across your PC, Mac and Android devices. Delivers our ultimate protection - for PC, Mac & Android. Protects your 'digital life' against today's Internet threats. Defends your privacy - against webcam spies & more. Safeguards your money when online banking & shopping. Secures your identity, photos, files & other digital assets. Delivers efficient protection to optimize device performance.
I honestly cannot find any pros about this program.
I paid for it.
The program continually gives false positives.
Exclusions aren't adhered to.
It erroneously locks out the Internet connection requiring a reboot/disabling security/throwing the computer out the dang window. None are effective.
Let me start this off by saying that I was forced into getting an iPhone and hated every single day I had it, but yet managed to get by for the entire term of my contract (24 months) even though 80% of my job required me to use the blasted thing on a daily basis. Now, imagine purchasing an internet security suite for a one year term and not making it through even a quarter of that period before deciding to throw in the towel. Yeah, it's that bad.
I'm no dummy when it comes to internet technology, maybe a bit slow, but definitely not stupid. So when it comes to things like false positives, I'm going to do my research and learn how to tweak the program to prevent this from continuing to occur. Same thing for when I've selected to exclude a file/program I know to be safe so that I am not getting the pop-up windows that remain on top of my work until I deal with them. Yet no matter what I tried, what I tweaked, what I attempted to do to remedy these problems, they kept coming back. It was like talking to someone you meet at the bus stop for awhile only to realize they're blind, deaf, & dumb. But when the program began shutting down my WiFi connection for no reason whatsoever and blocked me from re-establishing a connection, requiring me to reboot the computer, I'd about come to the end of my ropes. Tonight, on a tight deadline, it did it again. Proggie or puter had to go. Your guess as to which went. Hint, I'm still on my computer writing this review.
It works good, I have had it catch a few emails with a virus or trojan and it removes them before it goes in the inbox. I have not been infected at all since I have been using it.
You do have to tweak settings like all AV programs. Safe money does stop working when firefox has one of it's updates. That is the private protected browser that stops until it is updated. Reckon that's expected because firefox disables it. It takes a bit until they fix it in one of the daily updates.
I like it and will renew it I have the full Internet security suite. Which gets updated every yr. I have it for 3 computers for 3 yrs. I did notice when I had to reinstall in Win 7 it was best to use the original install disk and then do the last yr update. It will work using the update download but it's an update file and took it longer to figure out with the license. If you normally use some free program downloads that have adware if you let it clean them they will not install. Just make an exception and don't forget to uncheck those stupid install boxes. Read every screen those toolbars leave folders and some files behind. If you don't make an exception the program will show warnings that they were not disinfected.
I have used Kaspersky for a long time as well, but it is very irritating when my browser (Firefox) automatically disables Kaspersky because their signature has expired and it is therefore an unsigned, unverified app until Kas takes care of this. Every time it happens (i.e., Kaspersky Protection is disabled in my browser) I look to Kaspersky for answers, but although the problem is acknowledged by users in support, there seems never to be any answers or understanding there. Just send in a support ticket. I finally asked questions in Firefox support (duh!) and have come to understand the issue. So therefore my internet browsing, secure keyboard and Safe Money use is, shall I say, compromised (or least I feel it is) until Kaspersky takes care of this. I consider that to be unacceptable.
"It had a great review from Which? magazine in the UK"
October 21, 2015
Version: Kaspersky Total Security 2016
It appears to work well, once some initial niggles were sorted out
I found the support very good and helpful but they haven't been able to sort out my problem with Safe Money, which I have disabled because it is such a pain! More anon.....
Safe Money & IE, it always goes to IE, so apparently isn't compatible with Edge, not that I use it. I use Opera and it isn't compatible with that, nor is it likely to be in the forseeable future.
Safe money and the online keyboard are a total nightmare. Every time I typed a letter, using both the online keyboard & my physical jeyboard, 2 asterisks appeared. I have no idea why, or how to correct it. I spoke to Kaspersky at length & they wanted me to send files to them. I am not prepared to send them files from my computer, or let them have access to my computer. I don't know who I am sending this info to. I have disabled it.
I also bought a physical disc, which was out of date when I bought it, even though it said it was 2016. That was my first call to Kaspersky, they emailed me the up to date version and I had to uninstall the version I had bought in a store.
When this current version expires, I will return to Comodo. I had never had any problems with Comodo & found it to be an excellent program - hassle free!
I have used Kaspersky PURE 3.0 and just transitioned to Kaspersky Total Security. The dashboard interface, settings, and features are more than adequate to provide peace of mind and confidence. My two laptops have been well protected for over 3 years.
There are two issues that bother me most about Kaspersky: (1) Their technical support staff are clueless about giving a detailed response with step-by-step instructions, and instead talk in generalities like "please uninstall both products" without providing guidance on how to accomplish that task, and (2) Their installation packages frequently result in failure, generating errors. What should be a simple, fail safe, and painless installation often results in frustration, loss of productivity, and downtime.
Here's a copy of a recent communication I had with Kaspersky Technical Support which illustrates my dissatisfaction:
"This is a very incomplete and poor reply, not like the technical support that Apple or even Microsoft now provides.
I asked for "exact" guidance on how to remove both Kaspersky Total Security and Pure 3.0. EXACT INSTRUCTIONS. Instead you tell me >> please uninstall both<<.
I first tried removing the partial installation with an older version of kavremover.exe in Windows 8.1 administrative mode, NOT safe mode. When I rebooted, this wiped out three Internet connectivity driver, and for some reason a wireless driver. I lost all connectivity. Fortunately, I have 35 years of computer experience. I was able to restore Windows 8.1 to the previous day's restore point. Then I researched the issue further by myself. I found the latest version of kavremover.exe after much searching and hunting, and then watched several YouTube videos on how to boot Windows 8.1 to Safe Mode, not as easy as simply pressing the F8 key as in previous Windows versions.
Then I ran kavremover.exe 4 times, twice for each Kaspersky AV program, removing all partial traces, rebooted, and successfully installed Total Security 18.104.22.1681. It all added up to about 8 hours of wasted productivity and a night's lost sleep.
The simple fact is that Kaspersky's software developers make a terrible installation package. You can and must do better. Your installation should provide thorough removals of previous programs, all in one step, and verify that all elements have been removed before proceeding with the installation. That's why there are so many complaints about incomplete installations and error messages. While you make a fine AV App, you need to do much better in both (1) technical support, and (2) software installation.
You may close this ticket, and if you were Microsoft, Apple, Amazon, or any 5-star US-based company, you'd also send me a nice gift for all my wasted time."
And here is Kaspersky's respons:
>>Thank you for writing. Please contact us again if you have any further questions.<<
If you have plenty of time to waste and can tolerate such clueless technical support, then this product may suit you better than it did for me. However, I will think carefully before renewing my Kaspersky subscription in the future.
Password Manager is BROKEN! The only reason to get Pure over Kaspersky Internet Security.
Product sucks, get internet security. Password Manager only reason to get pure doesn't work with Chrome, works with IE if on normal display. Firefox work's well with Password manager, but won't work with safe money.
Kaspersky Internet Security is their only product worth buying. You'd think the basic Anti-virus would be worth it, but it's either on or off and you can't configure it's firewall. Now KIS is a good product and one of the best Virus Protection products out there. Just don't buy AV or Pure 3.0.
Stops virus by making your computer unable to access internet, applications, programs. Even just internet explorer, firefox, chrome.
This is on a brand new computer Computer performance went way down. Tried all the functionalities and options still does not let me do things on my computer and everything takes soo much longer to load. only thing that helped was uninstalling the software, closing and pausing didn't help computer performance. Called customer service they couldn't help and they failed to follow up. Regret buying this product for 70$
Program froze computer when I tried to activate it. Technical Support recommended several fixes which only made my HP PC inoperable, it no longer will recognize the PC keyboard. Tech support keeps sending e-mails with ways to fix problem which only make matters worse.
DO NOT BUY - check out reported problems with this product before making the mistake of buying. I had been a happy Kaspersky user for many years - BUT NO MORE. Tell Kaspersky NEVERMORE!!!
-Sluggish -Added way much time to booting -Horrible with gaming -Transmits data back to Russian servers -Kaspersky is owned by a Russian company
Do not use. Use Norton 360 or hech even BitDefender Total Security. Kaspersky did not do its job and the fact that it transmits data back to Russian servers means I do not want it on my computer. It is too easy for the Russian government (since it isn't a REAL democracy) to seize those servers and get all the data from Kaspersky's buyers.