Offering terrific protection against all types of malware, Kaspersky Anti-Virus (2015) rockets to the top of the chart for this year. Independent labs give it top marks across the board for usability and minimal impact on system resources, though a few reviewers aren't sure about that last part. Set up and use are relatively pain free, too.
Just install it and go. Feedback indicates that setting up Kaspersky Anti-Virus (2015) is about as simple as it can be with any antivirus software. Tom's Guide does note that if you choose to download it from Kaspersky's site, expect that the file transfer will be a little on the long side, about 10 minutes. PCMag.com says that you can install the software without needing to worry about changing default settings. It also works without bothering you excessively. Much like the Autopilot mode in BitDefender Antivirus Plus (2015) (Est. $60 per year for 3 PCs), it will dispose of malware in the background without incessant pop ups, etc., PCMag.com's Neil J. Rubenking says. He adds that, by default, the software also juggles events to minimize system slowdowns. "It will refrain from interrupting when you're playing a full-screen game, and it defaults to limiting resources used during startup, so your boot time isn't slowed," Rubenking notes. The independent testing labs are also highly complimentary regarding the software's minimal impact on system resources, though Tom's Guide's Jill Scharr casts a dissenting vote. Testing on an admittedly low-end machine so that such issues became obvious, she notes performance impacts that were the second worst among five tested antivirus products. The interface is clean and straightforward, though Scharr says that some useful tools -- such as the Rescue Disk creation tool -- are a little hard to find.
Sticks mostly to the basics. Kaspersky Anti-Virus (2015) doesn't stray very far from the basics that solid antivirus protection needs to have. If you want extras like parental controls, a firewall, credit-monitoring and the like, you'll need to step up to an Internet security software suite, and those are covered in their own report. That said, there are a few nice-to-have tools available. One is the ability to create a Rescue Disk that can be used as a last resort to restore a computer to a useful state should it become hopelessly infected. A virtual keyboard is also available for entering sensitive information without worrying that your keystrokes are being tracked. Scans search your system and/or browser settings to look for and flag possible security holes. Privacy Cleaner wipes clean cookies and the like.
Kills bugs dead. Protection ratings from major antivirus testing labs for Kaspersky Anti-Virus (2015) could not be higher. It's one of two products to earn Advanced+ certification in every aspect tested by AV-Comparatives.com in 2014. AV-Test.org gives it a perfect 18 out of 18 rating, with 6-star scores for protection, overall usability (including freedom from false positives) and minimal impact on system resources. It earns the highest AAA eating from Dennis Technology Labs. It is an Editors' Choice selection at PCMag.com, and user feedback at Amazon.com is impressive, especially for a commercial (paid) product.
Kaspersky Anti-Virus Reviews
Kaspersky Anti-Virus (2015) wins an Editors' Choice award from PCMag.com. Ease of installation and use ae key pluses. Neil J. Rubenking sees some mixed results in his own, admittedly limited hands-on tests of protection, but finds that the overwhelmingly positive independent lab test results are too impressive to ignore.
Review: Kaspersky Anti-Virus (2015), Neil J. Rubenking, July 16, 2014
Tom's Guide gives Kaspersky Anti-Virus (2015) a good but not great score, just 3.5 stars, largely over the higher system impact than seen in tests elsewhere. Still, Jill Scharr says that "Kaspersky is a solid antivirus program with strong malware-detection scores and some good extra features."
Review: Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2015 Review, Jill Scharr, Dec. 23, 2014
AV-Test.org rates antivirus software on its protection prowess against zero-day (new) and widespread viruses, its impact on system performance, and its freedom from false positives. In testing on the Windows 8.1 platform, Kaspersky garners perfect scores across the board.
Review: Kaspersky Lab Internet Security, Editors of AV-Test.org, October 2014
Kaspersky comes up aces in testing at AV-Comparatives.org as well. In every test run in 2014, covering virus detection, virus removal, the ability to spot new viruses, and impacts to system performance, the software earns the highest Advanced+ rating.
Review: List of Awards by Vendor -- Kaspersky, Editors of AV-Comparatives.org, As of January 2015
5. Virus Bulletin
Kaspersky does generally well in testing at Virus Bulletin, earning VB100 certification in 10 of the last 11 tests it has entered. Its one miss, on Windows Server 2012, has since been passed. You can read the full results of older tests, but the two most recent trials require a subscription.
Review: VB100 Results Overview: Kaspersky, Editors of Virus Bulletin, As of January 2015
6. Dennis Technology Labs
Kaspersky earns the highest AAA rating in the latest tests at Dennis Technology Labs. This research organization attempts to replicate real-world conditions, testing against currently active viruses. However, it tests fewer antivirus products than other independent labs.
Review: Home Anti-Virus Protection, Editors of Dennis Technology Labs, Oct-Dec 2014
Feedback for Kaspersky Antivirus is relatively plentiful at Amazon.com, and relatively positive. In total, more than 125 users have left reviews, and it earns a 4.3-star rating. Most are clearly pleased. A few aren't happy with renewal notifications pop-ups as their license nears its expiration date, others have installation issues.
Review: Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2015 (3 PCs), Contributors to Amazon.com, As of January 2015