Kaspersky Anti-Virus has enjoyed two decades of robust competition in the cybersecurity space. It might be quite user-friendly, and it might be quite popular. However, the reputation and the security ties of the company are much more important than bells and whistles of an antivirus app. Let’s not beat around the bush here – Kaspersky is in bad company.
The Russian-owned company has been reported to be in communication with Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) and is responsible for providing them with real-time intelligence and identifying data of customers’ computers. Plus, the domain of the Russian Ministry of Defense is hosted in Kaspersky’s infrastructure, and Eugene Kaspersky, the owner of the company, has recently refused to condemn the Russian army’s cruel and unlawful military actions in Ukraine.
With that in mind, many users might have a serious problem using any products with such a connection – let alone a personal cybersecurity product.
So is Kaspersky safe to use? Is it worth overlooking the scandals and the cruelty – especially when there are much more trustworthy antivirus providers, such as Bitdefender, available?
Kaspersky antivirus pros and cons
- Database regularly updated with the latest threats and viruses
- Little impact on memory and system performance
- System optimization available
- TDSKILLER looks for bootkits and rootkits
- 24/7 phone, chat, and email support
- On the higher end of the pricing scale
- Unremarkable features in higher-priced plans
- Lowest-priced plan is for Windows only
- Low brand trust due to 2017 scandal
- Connections with Russia’s secret service
Kaspersky security features
While Kaspersky’s reputation and ties with Russian secret services can give a lot of doubt about the company, the product itself claims to be seriously good. Of course, as with any paid service, the actual set of available features will heavily depend on the pricing plan you’ll pick up. This means that it could range from basic virus and malware protection to an extensive suite with many additional tools.
Let’s take a look at some of the features Kaspersky provides.
Kaspersky’s malware scanner has been tested as recently as fall of 2020 by major testing labs. It performed extremely well, capturing 100% of zero-day malware and 100% of widespread malware, with fewer false positives than a close competitor Norton.