Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2017
is one of the top names that will pop up if you start searching around for security software. Affordable and reliable, it is one of the most popular antivirus software of today.
If you are considering buying a new antivirus product, then you’ve either bought a new PC, tablet or mobile, or you need to replace/upgrade your existing software. Either way, there are a number of things that you need to look at to keep your devices safe from malicious software, phishing, and hacking. Everything from the price, to the drawbacks of a security software, are important.
That being said, Kaspersky Anti-Virus is an excellent product with many convenient features. It provides file, software, and website scans, protects your PC against ransomware, and performs vulnerability searches. Its best feature is that it automatically updates and upgrades to the latest version, for free.
So, let’s look at a detailed overview of Kaspersky to see if this is the right antivirus software for you.
Here is a look at all the things you will love about the new Kaspersky anti virus.
4 Types Of Scans
Kaspersky Anti-Virus offers 4 different kinds of scans to detect malicious objects in your computer.
– Full Scan : These scans are performed by default and they deal with system memory, objects loaded on startup, system backup, email databases, hard drives, removable storage media, and network drives.
After Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2017 is first installed, it is advisable to update the antivirus database and run a full scan.
– Quick Scan : These scans are meant for startup objects, system memory, and hard drive boot sectors.
– Selective Scan : As the name suggests, selective scan can be used to scan any object of your choice.
– External Device Scan : This is an especially useful option that scans all objects that are connected to your computer. This prevents malware and viruses in external devices from compromising your PC.
The Self-Defense mechanism offered by Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2017 protects your PC from threats posed by third party interference. The mechanism safeguards your files and application settings against such issues.
However, the Self-Defense mechanism has a few drawbacks. First of all, you will most likely need to disable this feature in order to delete tracing logs (which will help free up your hard drive space). Secondly, once the mechanism is disabled, there will be partial restrictions to Kaspersky Anti-Virus functionality. This in turn lowers the level of overall system protection.
Renewal Activation Code
The software license for Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2017 lasts less than a year. So, once your key expires, the license has to be renewed and the product re-activated. This can be done easily by obtaining a renewal activation code.
You can continue using your Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2017 by activating your renewal activation code on the computer with your previous license data. You also have a time period of 6 months (from the date of expiration of the previous license) in which to activate the code.
Installation On Top Of Older Versions
Even if you already use an older version of Kaspersky Anti-Virus (2009 to 2016) on your PC, you can easily install the 2017 version on top of it without causing any complications. This allows you to retain all your preferences along with information regarding your previous license. This feature helps avoid the hassle of having to remove the previous versions of the software from your computer.
Kaspersky Anti-Virus Free Trial
Kaspersky Anti-Virus is available for a free trial that lasts 30 days. It can be easily downloaded from Kaspersky’s official website.
The free trial is a very effective way of deciding weather the software will be suitable for you. It’ll help you test the compatibility of the software with your OS and hardware, without spending money on it. Furthermore, it will help you root out any clashes it may have with software you already have in your PC.
Once the free trial expires, a full license can be bought at Kaspersky’s online store.
The free trial of Kaspersky Anti-Virus offers the following benefits:
– Protection against viruses, cyber threats, malware, and spyware.
– Enhanced PC performances.
– Simplified security through easy online control.
As with all security software, Kaspersky Anti-Virus requires certain memory, hardware, and software specifications for it to function normally.
Basic Requirements –
– 920 MB of free disk space
– CD/DVD drive (when installing from a CD)
– Internet connection (for activation and updates)
– Computer mouse
– Microsoft Internet Explorer 8.0 or later
– Microsoft Windows Installer 3.0 or later
– Microsoft .Net Framework 4 or later
Netbook Requirements –
– Intel Atom 1.6 GHz and faster
– Intel GMA950 video card (or better) with at least 64 MB of memory (or compatible equivalent)
– Screen resolution of at least 1024×576
Only the following browsers and Operating systems are compatible with Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2017. Therefore, if you do not use these, you’ll have to upgrade to them before you can start using Kaspersky. However, the Anti-Virus does support most of the popular OS and internet browsers, so compatibility shouldn’t be a big problem.
– Microsoft Internet Explorer 8.0 or later
– Microsoft Edge 20.x – 25.x or later
– Mozilla Firefox 40.x – 52.x
– Google Chrome 44.x – 52.x
– Mozilla Firefox ESR 38.5 – 45.2
Compatible Operating Systems
You have it working on every operating system from Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition to more. You just need aruond 512 MB available RAM, which frankly, your machine would have unless you own one from the early 1990’s. However, to run the software at an optimum level you would need around 2 GB available RAM.
When Kaspersky Anti-Virus is being installed, it will scan for incompatible software and notify you. These will need to be removed for the smooth operation of the software. A long list of manually removable and automatically removed incompatible software can be found in the Kaspersky website.
If your PC has an incompatible third party software, it may experience Operating system errors. The presence of an incompatible software with Kaspersky Anti-Virus can, in some cases, even cause a critical failure.
– Good scores from independent antivirus testing labs.
– An year’s purchase of Kaspersky Anti-Virus can cover up to 3 personal computers.
– Purchase, download, and installation can be done in easy steps.
– There is a gaming mode that temporarily suspends background scanning, preventing interuptions and keeping your PC from slowing down.
– The System Watcher feature protects your PC from encrypting ransomware.
– Kaspersky can block website banner ads and filter spam-laden emails.
– Those who have a Kaspersky account holders can manually install “Safe Kids” (a premium product) from the My Kaspersky website.
– Kaspersky Anti-Virus can’t be installed on a FAT32 file system in Windows XP.
– To access My Kaspersky portal, Microsoft Internet Explorer 9.0 or later will have to be used.
– The Kaspersky Protection extension is not supported in Microsoft Edge or Microsoft Internet Explorer 10 and 11 (not in the new Windows user interface style).
– Secure Keyboard Input is not supported in Microsoft Edge.
– Presence of incompatible software may cause errors and system failures.
Most users have found Kaspersky Anti-Virus to be quite a useful software. It’s easy to install, easy to renew, and provides all the basic protection your PC would need for web surfing, performing online transactions, and downloads. In addition to internet safety, Kaspersky also includes features that improve the overall performance of your computer.
However, a number of customers have complained about issues they’ve had with incompatible softwares. Some customers have had difficulty using multiple browsers in their PC. For example, one customer claimed that after installing Kaspersky (from CD) they could access Firefox but could not connect to Yahoo. The problem was solved once Kaspersky Anti-Virus was uninstalled. While problems like these can occur once in a while, tech support can always be contacted to sort out such inconveniences. The trouble is that they will probably charge you for it.
One of the most serious problems that customers have faced is incompatibility with their OS. If you refer back to the “Compatible Operating Systems” and the “CONS”, you will see that Kaspersky is not compatible with certain products even if you’re using an OS that it supports. Like Microsoft Edge or Microsoft Internet Explorer 10, for instance. This has caused inconveniences for customers who were not aware of these problems (and hadn’t done enough research before buying the product). This is true for the Free Trial as well.
There have been cases in which, after installing Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2017 (30-day trials version), customers’ Windows 10 crashed and refused to boot. In one such case, the customer had to uninstall Kaspersky and even reinstall their OS. Even then, the OS faced problems and did not function normally.
Customers have also stated that their PCs slowed down when they used their single purchase for multiple devices (Kaspersky can be used for up to 3 devices).
Other than these inconveniences caused by compatibility errors, once properly installed and synced, Kaspersky provides protection against most viruses, malware, ransomeware, and so on. The scanning facilities available are also good and haven’t received many complaints. The same goes for control over internet traffic.
Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2017 has its fare share of advantages and disadvantages. However, it is an efficient product with high ratings from reliable sources. It also provides a fair number of useful features that make it worth its price (and the price isn’t too high either).
Kaspersky is an efficient software that includes file, software, and website scans, anti-phishing protection, safety against ransomware, control over internet traffic, vulnerability searches, and free automatic updates and upgrades to the latest version. However, before installing it, you will need to ensure that your hardware and Operating System are compatible with it. Furthermore, you will need to remove all incompatible software from your PC as well. Their presence could cause a wide range of troubles, from your computer slowing down to a complete system crash. But the good news is that while you install Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2017, the software will seek out incompatible software and ask you to uninstall it. This will save you the hassle of having to check their list of incompatible software against the ones you have.
Once the issue of incompatibility is overcome, Kaspersky is quite a good investment. It provides all the basic protection you need and also helps keep your computer in optimum health. The option of pairing the same software with 2 more devices is also a winning point. There is also the added advantage of updating the software to it latest version.
In short, once you are sure that Kaspersky is suitable for your PC and the softwares you use, it is a practical security option. Plus, the free trial can be used to root out any unforeseen problem before you buy the actual product.