Kaspersky Free Antivirus/ Kaspersky Security Cloud


Kaspersky Free Antivirus/ Kaspersky Security Cloud

The paid security giant forays into free category and outsmarts its rivals


Our rating: 

License: Free (Limited features)
Website: Kaspersky
Review & Alternatives: Best Free Antivirus Software
Categories: Antivirus Software

Pros & Cons:

  • Similar signatures & cloud features as its paid counterparts
  • Performance impact is decent on higher end systems
  • Strong behavioral blocker
  • Attractive GUI with no ads
  • Top-notch detection and always up-to-date
  • Thorough malware removal and disinfection process
  • Privacy policy (complies with GDPR)
  • Default settings cover most users
  • Bundles with Kaspersky VPN (can be uninstalled)
  • Fairly good web protection
  • Powerful exclusion settings (even for specific modules)
  • Extensive scan logs
  • Protection settings are locked with presets in Kaspersky Free Antivirus (KFA) [is available in Kaspersky Security Cloud]
  • Long but thorough system scans
  • Performance hit becomes worse on lower end systems
  • Slow update installation

Publisher Description:

Available in 2 versions

Kaspersky Free Antivirus (cannot change protection settings, no registration reqd, no ads)

Kaspersky Security Cloud (all features of KFA + protection settings can be tweaked, registration reqd, some ads)

Kaspersky Free Antivirus/ Kaspersky Security Cloud was reviewed by on based on version 2019.


Have tried with two different laptops to install - and failed.
It baulked when I tried to input the 'code' which clearly designed to be anti bot and anti human! :-(
Several attempts made, non satisfactory, and looped back again.
I eventually gave up.

This software has recently started nagging me to upgrade. Had weeks of it over the New Year, and now it's at it again. During a pandemic. Grrr!