Updated 16 Mar 2018

Kaspersky

Free Antivirus

Snapshot: Kaspersky Free Antivirus for Windows has an anti-phishing feature. How well does it protect your computer?

Free Antivirus
Consumer score
SCORE
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Test results

Overall score
63
Protection
?/10
Ease of use
?/10
System impact
?/10

Good points

  • OK protection.
  • OK ease of use.
  • Good system impact.
  • Has anti-phishing protection.
  • Has ransomware protection.
  • Windows 8 comaptible.
  • Doesn't include "bloatware".

But

  • No anti-spam protection.
  • No backup feature.
  • No banking protection feature.
  • Uses the operating system firewall.

How we test

Overall score is comprised of:

Protection (65%) . This includes:

On-access scan: incorporates a web test assessing the software’s ability to prevent an infection coming from the internet and a USB scenario (performed both online and offline) evaluating the ability of the software to prevent an infection coming from an external drive. It also assesses how well the software detects and blocks phishing and ransomware attacks. Our macOS security software test differs from our Windows test as we couldn’t find an instance of a website infected with malware targeting Macs. For this reason, our live web test and ransomware test aren’t run on the Mac security software.

On-demand scan: evaluates the detection of malware from an on-demand (scheduled or user-initiated) scan with a large collection of different types of malware while offline, on connected cloud storage, and as malware is running. We also look at how well the software detects malware targeting different operating systems including Windows, Mac and Android.

Ease of use (25%): assesses installation, configuration and normal day-to-day use of the software, as well as clarity/simplicity of the user interface. We also look at the available user help, such as guidance, help menu and options, and updating the software.

System impact (10%): assesses the software’s use of disk space and memory, plus its effect on boot time and common tasks such as program launch and use, file use, copying and conversion.

Key data

Model

Avg price
$0

Program

Number of PCs on licence
n/a
Licence period
n/a
Operating system
Windows
Version tested
18.0.0.405

Features

Anti-phishing
Yes
Anti-spam
No
Backup
No
Ransomware protection
Yes
Proprietary firewall
No
Parental controls
No
Password manager
No
"Bloatware" included
No
Banking protection feature
No
E-mail scanner
No
Offline help
No
Download of a bootable CD / DVD
No
Download of a bootable USB key
No
Can create a bootable CD / DVD
No
Can create a bootable USB key
No
Minimum requirements - Processor
1GHz or higher
Minimum requirements - RAM
1GB 32bit or 2GB 64bit
Minimum requirements - Hard disk
800MB
Recommended requirements - Processor
1GHz or higher
Recommended requirements - RAM
1GB 32bit or 2GB 64bit
Recommended requirements - Hard disk
800MB