Operating system: Windows only | Maximum devices covered: 5 | Standout features: Highly configurable virus scans, self-protection defense, drive-by cryptomining infection prevention
Kaspersky Anti-Virus is the entry-level package from this well-respected security vendor. It provides coverage for up to five Windows PCs, focusing on the fundamental security essentials, so while it hasn’t got the longest list of features – particularly compared to some of the other products highlighted here – what Kaspersky does, it does very well.
And that includes smart self-protection routines, fast and highly configurable virus scans, not to mention great overall virus protection (we were impressed with its ability to deal with fresh and undiscovered threats). According to our Kaspersky review, its anti-malware capabilities are up there with the best of them.
Weaker points are the aforementioned lack of features and the fact that the extra trimmings which are present with Kaspersky Anti-Virus feel a bit shaky. For example, some of the troubleshooting wizards provided seem of limited value, like the Browser Configuration Wizard which only covers Internet Explorer (hardly the most popular browser these days).
You get more with the higher-tier packages, though, with Kaspersky Internet Security providing an intelligent firewall (which hardly ever hassles you with any queries) and secure browser (to keep your online financial dealings safe). Possibly the biggest benefit here, however, is that it covers not just Windows PCs, but also Mac computers and mobile devices.