Kaspersky Anti-Virus Review

Kaspersky Labs has established themselves in security software, and Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2010 continues to validate their reputation. This antivirus software solution is certainly one of the best on the market.
Like so many of the other antivirus packages, Kaspersky Anti-Virus is a complete antivirus solution with real-time protection.
The software is more equipped for comprehensive security.
Kaspersky also offers a 3-user license option, so it’s actually a very cost-effective way to protect all of your home computers.

Protection: 5 Star
Kaspersky Anti-Virus protects your computer from all angles, guards against viruses, trojans, worms, and spyware. The impressive arsenal also keeps your computer safe from exploits, adware, malicious scripts, and more. Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2010 offers full web protection; the Kaspersky URL Advisor gives you a whole new level of protection while online.
Of course the upgraded Kaspersky Internet Security 2010 covers more ground, however for desktop antivirus software, Kaspersky Anti-Virus is as all-encompassing as they come.

Effectiveness: 5 Stars
Kaspersky has historically been one of the most effective antivirus software around, often the first to detect new viruses on the internet. The software continues to take advantage of the large user-base with their Kaspersky Security Network. This community approach basically lets each user to act as a lookout for all the others within the community. If Kaspersky gathers information from your computer about a new virus, they can find the cure and deliver it to everyone quickly.
Kaspersky Anti-Virus doesn’t just find and remove malware, it also keeps an eye on potential security threats. The integrated scan checks for system and application issues that should be addressed to reduce vulnerabilities.

Installation: 5 Stars
Kaspersky is super easy to install by following the traditional setup wizard platform to perform a suggested or custom install. The software is available as a box copy, or you can download and install the software immediately. Kaspersky protects your computer from the very begining, from a number of threats with antivirus for your files, system, and web. Kaspersky blocks viruses and spyware in real-time and includes advanced white-listing and other application controls for any other applications you open.
In fact, Kaspersky also has a “Gamers” mode that can be deployed for uninterrupted gameplay. Now when you’re in the middle of a full-screen action packed screen play you won’t be frustratingly interrupted with random pop-ups or security alerts.

Use: 5 Stars
Kaspersky Anti-Virus is quite simple to use, with an easy interface and user-friendly navigation. The software is effectively organized for easy use. The features have a simple color-coded graphic so you always know what your security status is.
The dashboard features simple left nav tabs and easy access to the quarantine, reports, and settings (where you’ll find the scheduler). The interface includes useful icons to identify the various components, and is effectively organized.
Kaspersky Anti-Virus has traditionally been geared toward expert users. While the advanced tools and abilities are still there the security software is definitely showing more of a consumer approach. The 2010 version of Kaspersky provides solid security and should work well for both beginners and experts alike.

Features: 5 Stars
One unique feature is the virtual keyboard. While the efficacy is debatable, the virtual keyboard lets you input text by simply clicking on the “keyboard” with your mouse. While it’s no way to type an essay, the Kaspersky virtual keyboard does avoid key loggers and those trying to steal your info with keystroke recognition malware.
Advanced users will love the complete control over the antivirus software that they have. Kaspersky is a software dream, with customizable controls for every component. And while experts can tweak a number of things, the slider controls and toggle buttons should be easy enough for anyone to use if they want to. With the various settings you can customize what Kaspersky scans, how deep it scans, as well as other tweaks for each individual scan.
One new feature that will help ramp up security for everyday web browsing is the Kaspersky URL Advisor. This plug-in runs on your web browser and will help you stay away from malicious websites. If you accidentally stumble on a bad link, Kaspersky alerts you and blocks the access. And the plug-in doesn’t install a new toolbar, so you probably won’t notice much change to your routine online browsing.

Updates: 5 Stars
Frequent updates are essential for effective antivirus and antispyware protection. Kaspersky Anti-Virus delivers updates on a regular basis. These updates can be done every hour, for continual security and to make sure that updates aren’t so big that they take forever to load.
And if your computer completely crashes, you’ll be glad you had the ability to create a rescue boot disk. The rescue disk can easily be burned, and will contain a disk image (ISO file) that can run on boot-up and help you revive a dead PC.