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5.0 out of 5 stars The best budget AV package on the market, 6 April 2014
This review is from: Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2014, Frustration-Free Packaging (1 PC, 1 Year subcription) (PC) (CD-ROM)
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I have used and reviewed many anti-virus packages for Amazon over the years, but after a while I have always removed them and returned to Kaspersky. That's because I find Kaspersky reliable, un-intrusive, and easy to use. In short, it's my benchmark for AV products. I have used the latest versions of AVG, McAfee and BitDefender so far this year, but none of them can match this one for speed, strength and reliability. (McAfee's "Mobile Security" package is amazing though!)

The 2014 of Kaspersky version offers nothing revolutionary since the last one, but I like that: they've not messed around with something that already works. I've found AV performance depends to some extent on the system on which it is installed. On my Toshiba quad-CPU laptop with Windows 7 64-bit and a suite of business packages installed, the AV scanner works very quickly indeed.

For me, BitDefender was hideously slow (a full scan took all night and half the next day, which was crazy). BitDefender's user interface was also painful (its desktop gadget took an ice-age to launch) and was unintuitive, though its web browser safety add-in worked like a charm. AVG was okay for speed but was a bit too basic to consider seriously. It also crashed sometimes but was easy to use. McAfee was quick and effective, and the only one that I'd really consider if I couldn't have Kaspersky.

I'd suggest installing the Kaspersky desktop gadget, which provides an easier way to access important features. It is also customizable, so you can have the features you want just a click away.

The "frustration-free packaging" is a bit of a nonsense really. There is nothing frustrating about the normal packaging, so it's really just an eco-planet-saving thing. What you get with "frustration-free packaging" is a pretty-looking cardboard folder containing the license code, CD, and a nice photo of the man himself, Eugene Kaspersky. Installation is easy enough from the CD. Thereafter the installed package updates itself at least every day, and usually every hour or so. Its update downloads are tiny compared with those of BitDefender, which is worth knowing if you are on pay-as-you-go wi-fi, as I was for a few months.

This cut-down package doesn't provide all-round protection, and I would say that some of its competitors offer a better range of features for the money. Given the choice though, I would skip them all and use "Kaspersky Internet Security 2014" package, because it covers almost everything you could want, and includes a superb two-way firewall.

As this is the cut-down package, I would suggest Malwarebtyes for extra zero-day protection, plus a decent firewall, and Trusteer Endpoint for web browser protection (it's also free). Even so, it is easy to use, reliable, and doesn't slow down the computer.
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