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Kaspersky Internet Security Review

How Good is Kaspersky Antivirus Software?

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by Stephan Kubrik
digitalwelt Lead Columnist for IT Security

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Updated: September 2020

Kaspersky is one of the oldest antivirus manufacturers in the world. With 400 million users worldwide, it is the most used antivirus software. With almost one billion dollars in funds raised and more than 3,500 employees, Kaspersky is currently investing most of its revenues into research and development. Long story short: The company has declared war on computer viruses like no other company in the world.

Pros
  • Best antivirus lab scores out of any competitor
  • Dominated malware protection tests, destroying all malware
  • Protects against key loggers
  • Webcam protection
  • Amazing firewall
  • Excellent antiphising score
  • Great live support

Cons

  • Password management is only available in the Total Security software
  • May slow computer performance slightly
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Kaspersky’s antivirus software is no longer a product of a small software company — its is one of the strongest Internet security products that has gone through a thorough product development process over the last 30 years.

PC Magazine, and many other reputable magazines and organizations, rated Kaspersky Internet Security as one of the best antivirus tools on the market in their latest 2020 reviews.

Top Antivirus Tools 2020

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1 SYMANTEC Norton Security Antivirus
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Norton Antivirus is one of our review winners in 2020. No other antivirus software offers such impressive virus protection in the market right now. This may change in the future as the market is constantly changing.
2 AVG Internet Security
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In 2020 AVG began offering unlimited install features for their antivirus software. For everyone, but especially families, this is one of the best bargains of the year. The interface couldn’t be any easier to use, and the malware protection is solid.
3 Avast Pro Antivirus
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One of the advantages of Avast 2020 is not just it’s reliability and broad antivirus protection but also the price. At only $55.99, it’s one of the most affordable deals you can find among reputable antivirus tools.

 

Kaspersky Internet Security 2020 is also our undisputed winner in 2020, and has superseded our other rivals such as Norton Antivirus 2020, Avast Pro Antivirus 2020, AVG Internet Security 2020, and Avira Antivirus Pro 2020. Although all these reviewed and tested  antivirus software are highly recommended, Kaspersky’s lead in virus detection, speed, reliability and usability is unmatched. However, before we dive into reviewing the software, here is a quick note on expired software—if you have an expired license and are trying to acquire a new Kaspersky license, read this first:

 

Kaspersky Internet Security Download — Be Careful When Buying

Many users who have ordered the Kaspersky software through Amazon reported invalid or expired activation codes. Therefore, we recommend downloading the software directly from the manufacturer’s website:

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It seems like the online stores such Amazon have old expired codes in stock—this may be due to the fact that the software stays in storage for too long before it gets sold. Some users reported that they purchased licenses that were already activated and/or expired weeks ago. Below is the direct link to the Kaspersky website:

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Kaspersky Free Antivirus — Beware of Free Versions

Most negative reviews about Kaspersky found on the web are related to the license costs. It’s true that Kaspersky is not the cheapest alternative and it’s not free either. However, we already pointed out in our article, “The myth of free virus protection“, that the time of free antivirus programs are long over and all antivirus manufacturers nowadays put more effort into developing high-quality antivirus software in the licensed versions. The remaining free antivirus manufacturers usually consist of unreliable virus detection methods. And even worst, most of these free antivirus programs offer their software under the pretense of being an antivirus tool, but in fact provide a virus contaminated software known as adware (advertising software). Talking about free antivirus tools, Windows 10 created a built-in free virus protection program called AV-TEST, but it couldn’t protect the computer from viruses efficiently. Therefore, we can only advise you to buy from reputable antivirus manufacturers and abstain from free antivirus programs.

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Kaspersky Internet Security Virus Coverage

Kaspersky Internet Security had to undergo immense antivirus testing from AV-TEST.  According to AV-TEST’s new ratings, Kaspersky antivirus software placed itself as the number 1 antivirus program in terms of virus coverage. AV-TEST has attacked Kaspersky’s software with unknown and malicious viruses to test its effects.

The Germany-based company AV-TEST is one of the most well-known security software auditors independently checking all antivirus programs on the market for their virus coverage and promised security. The company has the largest collection of viruses in the world and has established self-developed testing methods that can detect the weaknesses of any anti-virus programs within minutes. It is also known that AV-TEST uses self-developed and insidious viruses to check whether antivirus manufacturers can even handle viruses unknown in the market.

AV-TEST’s testing methods have been a thorn on the side of antivirus companies for a long time. Just a few years ago Kaspersky’s CEO criticized AV-TEST’s processes—at a time when Kaspersky was still struggling with significant issues in the market, and had to submit to giants like Norton and Avira. However, times have changed. Years later in 2020, after immense development and research, Kaspersky successfully met the extremely demanding requirements of the AV-TEST. In the current AV-TEST report, Kaspersky was rated particularly well. Thus, Kaspersky 2020 may be the virus killer with the strongest virus coverage in the market as of 2020.

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Kaspersky Internet Security Conclusion

In the 80s and 90s, Kaspersky was one of the antivirus manufacturers ahead of its time and had made a name for itself, even in the hacker scene using innovative methods.

Between 2011 and 2019, the company was struggling with major organizational and technical challenges. The reviews were mostly mediocre and for a while it looked like Kaspersky would not survive the competitive antivirus market. However, instead of selling the company, Kaspersky put all their eggs in one basket and redeveloped their software into one of the strongest virus killers in the world. The old hacker culture and 30 years of antivirus knowledge flowed into the new product line called Kaspersky Internet Security for the first time in years.

The new product, Kaspersky Internet Security 2020, has managed to establish itself as the undisputed market leader with hard work and years of investment. On a positive note, the company has not deviated from its course and has focused on a single product. The result is Kaspersky Internet Security 2020, which is currently superior in every way. Let’s hope it stays that way next year in 2021.

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Stefan

by Stephan Kubrik
digitalwelt Lead Columnist for IT Security

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Stephan Kubrik is a Computer Scientist and expert on VPNs and computer viruses. Stephan has been researching for the Fraunhofer Society and has been developing software for the autonomous discovery of computer viruses and trojans using artificial intelligence.

He was previously a Research Associate at the Technical University of Cologne, studied Computer Engineering, and regularly publishes in IT magazines and journals, including the PC Magazine and digitalwelt.


Top Antivirus Tools 2020

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1 SYMANTEC Norton Security Antivirus
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Norton Antivirus is one of our review winners in 2020. No other antivirus software offers such impressive virus protection in the market right now. This may change in the future as the market is constantly changing.
2 AVG Internet Security
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In 2020 AVG began offering unlimited install features for their antivirus software. For everyone, but especially families, this is one of the best bargains of the year. The interface couldn't be any easier to use, and the malware protection is solid.
3 Avast Pro Antivirus
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One of the advantages of Avast 2020 is not just it's reliability and broad antivirus protection but also the price. At only $55.99, it's one of the most affordable deals you can find among reputable antivirus tools.
4 Bullguard Antivirus
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Bullguard may not be as famous as the big market players, but it’s unequivocally one of the best antivirus software in the world. It was developed by hackers and computer enthusiasts from a small UK company. As the price suggests, they are driven by passion, not for as much profit as other bigger competitors.
5 Panda Security
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Panda is not only the cheapest, but is actually one of a kind: They invented the first artificial intelligent virus protection in the world that recognizes unknown viruses. It works so well that they became extremely popular in Europe, and are being praised by hackers.
6 Kaspersky Antivirus
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With over 400 million users, over 20 years of experience, and 270,000 corporate clients, Kaspersky Lab technologies is a strong cybersecurity company. This company offers an array of powerful products such as Kaspersky Total Security, Kaspersky Anti-Virus, Kaspersky Internet Security and more.
7 McAfee Antivirus
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McAfee has been around for more than 30 years, making them one of the oldest virus protection companies on the market. Due to restructuring of the company over the last years, the company has successfully created a new product fit to satisfy customers in 2020.
8 Avira Antivirus Pro
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