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Editors' Review


Update, July 11, 2017: With Moscow-based security firm Kaspersky Lab under increasing political and technical scrutiny due to allegations of working closely with Russian intelligence, now might be the time to spy alternative antivirus software for your Windows or Android device. It's important to note that Kaspersky Lab strongly denies these claims. But if you have Kaspersky software installed on one of your devices and want to remove it, click here for our instructions.

Original review follows.

Kaspersky Total Security is a popular antimalware security suite intended to compete with Norton and McAfee's antivirus products. In addition to the usual malware protection, the 2017 version can also monitor software installation for suspicious behavior, check for and download updates for other apps, and uninstall apps -- possibly more comprehensively than the tools provided by Windows.


Approachable behavior customization: Out of the box, Kaspersky operates quietly and efficiently. If you want to change how it works, click the gear icon in the lower left to see two levels of settings. Click sliders to toggle things like webcam protection or the software firewall. Or access advanced settings to, for example, tell the Quick Scan tool to ignore compressed files larger than 100MB or to tell the Full Scan tool not to scan compressed files at all.

This layering of options keeps the interface clean for less technical users. Click the question mark icon in the upper right to go to Kaspersky's website for a context-sensitive explanation of the part of the interface you're looking at.

Sensibly integrated personal-data protection tools: Malware security suites often get knocked for throwing in every relevant feature they can think of to increase perceived value, but natural selection is finally starting to separate the valuable tools from the clutter. Kaspersky features a password manager, data backup, banking website verification, and a tracking blocker. Kitchen-sink utilities like file shredders and junk-file deleters require some digging to discover.


Data-protection tools are not quite as good as dedicated apps: Ghostery, for example, does a better job of letting you itemize specific things you want to block, and LastPass (Download: Windows, Mac, Android, iOS) has two-factor authentication and is free. Kaspersky's password manager costs $15 per year if you subscribe to it separately, and neither Total Security nor the website appear to explain what would happen to your password library if you don't renew.

Though standalone apps are better than Kaspersky's bundled tools, you may find it helpful to have everything in one place. Security measures like data backup and strong passwords are too important to do without.

Bottom Line

The 2017 version of Kaspersky Total Security gives you a fine degree of control over its behavior without requiring advanced technical knowledge. And the company is clearly making an effort to provide high-quality data-protection tools, rather than cramming in junk to make a longer list of selling points. We recommend the LastPass password manager over Kaspersky's (it's hard to beat free), but Total Security is a very respectable security suite overall.

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Full Specifications

What's new in version 17
Optimized for Windows 10.
Publisher Kaspersky Lab
Publisher web site
Release Date July 27, 2016
Date Added August 01, 2016
Version 17
Category Security Software
Subcategory Antivirus Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows XP/Vista/7/8/10
Additional Requirements None
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File Size 2.2MB
File Name kts17.0.0.611en_10766.exe
Total Downloads 137,170
Downloads Last Week 494
License Model Free to try
Limitations 30-day trial
Price $99.95

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