Kaspersky is launching a free version of its award-winning antivirus software worldwide. Kaspersky Free offers the most basic protection for free for everyone who wants it. And all without bombarding you with ads. Which is a generous offer from the Russian security vendor.
Called Kaspersky Free, the software provides the core essentials, including email and desktop antivirus protection, the ability to quarantine infected files, as well as automated updates.
Some of you may have noticed a downturn in the number of security issues you personally have encountered in recent years. This is mainly because hackers and cybercriminals have moved onto newer, more targeted means of making money. Such as ransomware and identity theft.
However, despite this change in strategy, you still need good security software and a modicum of common sense to stay safe online. Kaspersky cannot help you with the common sense part, but the Russian security company is offering to cover the other part of the equation. And all for free.
Kaspersky Now Offers a Free Antivirus
Kaspersky Free, which has been in development for 18 months, is now available in selected countries. In the words of Eugene Kaspersky himself it offers “the bare essentials: file, email and web antivirus; automatic updates, self-defense; quarantine; and so on.” Which are essentially “the indispensable basics that no one on the planet should do without.”
This free offering will exist alongside Kaspersky’s premium offerings. The latter offering extra features such as parental control, online payment protection, and a VPN. However, Kaspersky reasons that offering everyone basic protection will help it hone its machine-learning, therefore keeping everybody safer in the longterm.
This is being seen as a PR move, as Kaspersky has taken some flak of late. Being a Russian company means American users will already be dubious about its motives, and Bloomberg recently accused Kaspersky of working with Russian intelligence agencies such as the FSB.
Eugene Kaspersky has completely denied these claims. He even referenced it in his blog post announcing Kaspersky Free, stating, “We detect any cyberthreat regardless of its origin or intention – even if certain folks don’t like it”. Still, those claims are out there.
It also works with USB sticks and other portable storage media, and provides protection against both phishing and infected files being run.
The paid version comes with even more features, including Parental Control, Online Payment Protection, and Secure Connection, but it’s undoubtedly a welcome development to see a free version arriving.
And it seems the new version will have a net benefit for all users, as Kaspersky is planning on using the data from the free version to increase the information available in its protection databases to bolster all its antivirus protection.
As the post explains: “An increase in the number of installations of Kaspersky Free will positively affect the quality of protection of all users, since the big-data-bases will have more numbers to work with to better hone the machine learning.”
In terms of performance, the company is promising that Kaspersky Free is lighter on system resources than the more fully-featured version, and that it will run quicker.
On top of that, you can expect an ad-free experience, unlike with most free software packages, with Kaspersky promising a lack of “advertising-oriented user-habit tracking and confidentiality infringements.”
When it becomes available in your region you can download it directly from the Kaspersky website. All you need is a Windows-based system running anything from Windows XP up to Windows 10.
Offering a Basic Level of Protection
Do you use Kaspersky security software? If so, are you pleased with its performance? How do you feel about Kaspersky Free? Are you likely to install it on your Windows PC? Or will you carry on using Windows Defender or another alternative? The comments are open below…