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Old 26. Jul 2017, 04:04 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Great news for free antivirus!

Kaspersky are releasing a free version of their antivirus!

The free antivirus will not contain some features, which are there in the full commercial version, but, essential and basic features like file protection, web protection, email protection, etc will be there.

It will be slowly rolled out to different countries over the coming days and months.

Announcement from Kaspersky here:

https://eugene.kaspersky.com/2017/07...world-will-be/

The free antivirus and other free Kaspersky tools are here:

http://free.kaspersky.com/

The antivirus is under the heading of Kaspersky free on the above page.

The free version download will require to register an account with Kaspersky, according to this Ghacks article here:

https://www.ghacks.net/2017/07/26/ka...ll-out-begins/

Please refer to the above article for more details.

I am quite excited about this. Users now have an excellent free option for antivirus.
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Old 26. Jul 2017, 09:29 PM   #2 (permalink)
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First BitDefender now Kaspersky....And both are adware free.

Pretty interesting

A quick look at the product, it just looks like the paid version with certain components disabled, unlike BitDefender Free which is a totally different product and pretty lightweight.

Sadly the resource usage might be the same, the web shield consuming the most RAM. There is no Behavioural Blocker (BB) component of the paid version which is the System Watcher.

All this said, it's still a very good freebie and definitely better than Avira & Windows Defender at the moment. If you'd want more features, then stick with Avast or Qihoo 360 for now. Or install a good firewall or an Anti-exe to accompany KAF and you're rock solid.
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Old 14. Sep 2017, 12:58 PM   #3 (permalink)
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with the news that the US Gov't has now banned the use of the Kaspersky. product,
& which is a political move, anyway,
there will be some renewed interest in just how good this product actually is.

so, although most companies do target the bigger US market,
the Russian company may actually get a promotion bonus from this US move.
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Old 14. Sep 2017, 03:21 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Sorry, but this is one person who won't be using Kaspersky anytime soon. I had a very bad experience with the software and the company a couple of years back. It totally wrecked one of my PC's. In addition, if there are concerns by our federal government about this software/company, why would I even want to chance it when there are so many other options out there?!
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Old 14. Sep 2017, 07:28 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I'm with Kendall. I had a bad experience with them 5 or 6 years back and they were quite rude and dismissive to me when one big (I forget which) new virus came out. Effectively told me I was talking rubbish and there was no such virus - even though it had been widely reported. A couple of days later they advertised that they now protected against this non-existent virus. I know things change but bad experiences like that tend to put you (or me anyway) off.
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I do have to say that in all of my years of computing, theirs has been the only product that has caused multiple systems to crash with a bad install.
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In the context of this thread and the site rules relating to the discussion of commercial products, historical references to Kaspersky are irrelevant as the free version is a new product.
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In addition, if there are concerns by our federal government about this software/company, why would I even want to chance it when there are so many other options out there?!
Very well said, Kendall. Totally agree.

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Old 16. Sep 2017, 08:29 PM   #9 (permalink)
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I have this running on my daughters low powered computer without any problem, and as far as worrying about where this software comes from, most of the best anti viruses are products from a foreign company. Avast, Bitdefender, Avira just to name a few.
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historical references to Kaspersky are irrelevant as the free version is a new product.
So, historical references to say IOBIT or Puran or Iolo would be irrelevant if they came up with a new free product?

This is the "debating chamber" after all. Isn't this thread/sub-forum here for debating?
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