Kaspersky Antivirus 2012
A powerful security solution
Looking for security software that can offer protection against pesky intruders such as viruses and all the other common online fiends? Look no further, because the Russian company Kaspersky is bringing you its Anti-Virus 2012 edition at the price of $79.99. Reading here and there information about this suite before writing a review on it, we found that it is considered as one of the best security software that does its job without feasting on all the power on your laptop’s or PC’s processor. Other impressions you’ll find after reading what our tests told us.
Easy to setup
The Kaspersky Antivirus 2012 solution is our favorite where setup is concerned. The time it took to free download and then install this security solution was under 5 minutes. Only the activation code of the software was needed after downloading ended. For a comparison: the Symantec Norton Internet Security, recently reviewed, required the same amount of time. After installation, the suite detected and rated the most used applications to show us the ones who could be the most dangerous.
As far as the user interface was concerned, the latest Kaspersky changed things around, but not so much as to make it unrecognizable or hard to use. The circle that indicated protection status and the list of categories on the left side of the page are no more; in their place is a computer screen icon that’s large and it is there to display the system’s risk level based on the usage of a system that’s color-coded with green for “good” and red for “bad”. We also discovered a banner that let us know when our laptop was under attack and when it wasn’t. Immediately under this banner we could read data on the state of the definition database, the components that were given protection, the kind of major threat our laptop received and the number of days left till we needed to buy a new license. The home screen features, on its bottom, a network monitor, options for scanning, parental controls, a software update and many different tools.
Fast scanning speed
The desktop widget offered immediate access to updates for the software, Internet Security software options and system reports. Customizing the Kaspersky Antivirus 2012 is no issue. Simplicity is a possibility: by opting for a full scan, the user won’t be bothered by the program which will mind its own business in the background.
A full scanning of the system – which was devoid of any slowing down – ended in 20 minutes; to scan a dedicated root kit, the software required 7 minutes. Choosing the rescan option made us wait for approximately 10 minutes. In the meantime, the processor used between 10% and 30% power. The same as with the Bitdefender software.
Good detection effectiveness
Don’t worry, we weren’t rudely interrupted by the suite when playing games: the gaming profile feature took care of that after we activated it. The Cloud Protection feature of KAV 2012 was able to give a complete report on security threats it noticed on our laptop and then send it to Kaspersky’s labs. A tool named Network Monitor completed a list containing active network connections for the laptop we used to test the software with.
The rate of detecting malware was of a 99.5% value, a tad lower than Bitdefender’s Total Security 2012, which managed 99.54%. Malware attacks coming from the direction of Internet pages and e-mails were registered by 94.6%. Parental controls on the Kaspersky AntiVirus 2012 are every parent’s dream.
Online data backup
The feature that reads online data backup didn’t find its way on this suite and neither did a file shredder and data encryption. Taking the former’s place is a Kaspersky Rescue Disk creator that can manufacture a CD or USB drive that can be booted and a set of tools for the detection and afterwards elimination of problems. A Privacy Cleaner Wizard option erases traces of recent commands and accessed files as well as cookies, caches, logs, and other data.
Kaspersky Antivirus 2012 will make you cough up quite a lot of money, but it’s worth every penny.