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Apparently it's the market leader for PC malware protection this year - and the often cheaper old 2012 edition upgrades to 2013
on 31 December 2012
Firstly it may be cheaper to buy the old Kapersky Internet Security 2012 edition, as that will automatically update to this latest 2013 version on installation anyway. Kapersky Internet Security 2013 is highly rated by PC magazines, with PCPro giving 5* (of 6), and Computer Shopper (Expert Reviews) awarding it its 'Best Buy'. This security software combines a firewall, antivirus/malware protection and parental control'. In tests it scored very highly for malware and virus protection. In fact Computer Shopper found it "Protected against 100 per cent of the malware we exposed it to, so Kaspersky Internet Security is the best bit of security software we've tested." Kapersky Internet Security 2013 installed on my Windows 7 64-bit PC OK, and quickly updated itself to the latest version. It also installed a pretty Kapersky widget on the desktop. The front end of Kaspersky has a classy feel, and the main settings interface alone lets you tweak settings across 30 areas of protection and configuration. Although you can limit access to websites via the parental control software, it's the Kapersky firewall I value on the kids netbooks and laptops as they are used on the school and college open networks.
Tweeking Kapersky is a bit technical though, and if that makes your eyes glaze over PCPro say you're better off with their 'A listed' (and cheaper) Trend Micro Titanium Internet Security 2012 or the freebie AVG Anti-virus Free. But for me, Kaspersky's high degree of low-level control delivers enough to be worth the extra cost, and it offers superior protection. I also found that it doesn't seem to have much of a hit on PC speed when gaming, which my teenage son and I do a lot.
As the year licence nears it end buy a new copy well beforehand, as the protection drops dead at expiry, and renewing via Kapersky will probably be expensive. It's generally cheaper per PC to buy the three licence Internet Security boxed version via Amazon (although all three licences count down from the first install). Kaperksy also sell an even cheaper 3-licence 'Kapersky antivirus 2013' but that lacks a firewall and parental controls, and relies on Windows less effective inbuilt firewall. I prefer to buy decent anti-virus/malware/firewall software with teenage kids about; my brother-in-law uses AVG Anti-virus Free and his PC was brought down by a malware attack recently. To quote Computer Shopper: Kapersky Internet Security 2013 offers "Brilliant malware defence, and with it's great interface this makes it our favourite anti-malware program".