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Kaspersky Internet Security 2013

*Est. $25 for 3 PCs
Reviewed
March 2013
by ConsumerSearch
Kaspersky Internet Security 2013

Pros
  • Easy to set up and use
  • Daily updated anti-phishing engine
  • Safe Money banking tool
Cons
  • Not the fastest scans
  • Takes up a lot of memory
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Bottom Line

Kaspersky Internet Security 2013 (*Est. $25 for 3 PCs) is a comprehensive Internet security suite that is continually rated as among the best in the industry. It has strong protection features, particularly the parental controls and the tools for financial data protection, and presents these features in an easy-to-use interface in basic language that even a beginner can fully understand. It's a bit slower than its competitors, but reviewers agree that the extremely high level of protection it offers more than makes up for this.

Ease of Use

Straightforward. Reviewers agree that, despite its set of advanced features, the Kaspersky Internet Security 2013 interface is easy to understand and navigate. The lack of jargon ensures that even beginners can easily find their way around the software. The installation is quick and painless, requiring users to click through just four screens and register the product by entering their email address.

The installer removes any security programs you already have that may conflict with Kaspersky and immediately removes any malware it detects already hiding in your computer. Kaspersky provides a variety of help and support avenues, including online forums, chat and articles, though the hours for chat and telephone options are limited to Monday through Friday.

Features

Extensive parental controls. Kaspersky Internet Security 2013 comes loaded with features, many of them advanced tools. In addition to the regular tools for scanning and detecting malware and repairing your computer, this software offers extensive parental controls, which are better than most suites. Reviewers report that you can set up different user profiles for each child, and you can control how long each child plays games and when and for how long each can access the Internet.

A useful feature for those who conduct financial transactions online is Safe Money, which provides special protection and additional security for online transactions, guaranteeing that the user goes to the real banking site and not an imposter website. The virtual keyboard protects from keyloggers by encrypting keystrokes when you enter a password or enter other valuable information. Other notable features include an ad-blocking option, anti-spam and anti-phishing tools, and a geo-filter to block content from particular locations.

Performance

Accurate, but a little slow. Kaspersky Internet Security 2013 consistently ranks in the top three in comparisons of Internet security software suites, and its dependably strong performance is a large part of its success. The software's ability to block malware attacks varies in tests, from 94.4 percent at PCWorld to 100 percent at Expert Reviews. At AV-Test.org, the go-to antivirus testing facility, Kaspersky Internet Security wins a rating of Excellent in protection, repair and usability, for scoring between 90 and 100 percent in all the tests.

Seth Rosenblatt of CNET remarks that "Kaspersky historically doesn't focus on speedy scans as much as its competitors," and this is borne out by the effect of Kaspersky Internet Security 2013 on computer speed. Several reviews report considerable lag time when running the software, though it is faster than average when running manual scans.

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1. CNET

Review Credibility: Excellent Receiving 4.5 out of 5 stars from CNET, Kaspersky Internet Security 2013 has "some of the most advanced security technology currently available," along with a "short, fast, and painless" installation process, says editor Seth Rosenblatt. Admitting that Kaspersky Internet Security 2013 scans aren't the fastest, he continues that this software will definitely protect you.

Review: Kaspersky Internet Security, Seth Rosenblatt, Aug. 24, 2012

2. AV-Test.org

Review Credibility: Excellent In thorough tests conducted over two months, the testers at AV-Test.org found that Kaspersky Internet Security 2013 caught between 98 and 100 percent of the malware infections they subjected it to. However, the software did slow down the computers more than the industry average.

Review: Kaspersky: Internet Security, Editors of AV-Test.org, August 2012

3. PC World

Review Credibility: Very Good Sarah Jacobsson Purewal praises Kaspersky Internet Security 2013 for its advanced features. In terms of system lag, though, this software falls below most of its competitors. In further tests, Kaspersky Internet Security 2013 allowed over 5 percent of malware attacks to infect the PC.

Review: Review: Kaspersky Internet Security 2013: Good Protection, Advanced Settings (Minus the Jargon), Sarah Jacobsson Purewal, Jan. 28, 2013

4. PCMag.com

Review Credibility: Very Good Kaspersky Internet Security 2013 is "a competent security suite that delivers everything you need for protection," says reviewer Neil Rubenking. In tests conducted by PCMag.com, Kaspersky Internet Security 2013 earned high anti-malware scores, even though malware cleanup can take a long time. The anti-phishing spam filter is accurate, blocking only invalid emails.

Review: Kaspersky Internet Security (2013), Neil J. Rubenking, Aug. 30, 2012

5. Expert Reviews

Review Credibility: Good Kaspersky Internet Security 2013 (*Est. $25 for 3 PCs) is the favorite web security software of reviewer Kat Orphanides, protecting the test computer from 100 percent of the attacks it was subjected to. The extensive parental control feature also receives high praise, as does the virtual keyboard.

Review: Kaspersky Internet Security 2013 Review, Kat Orphanides, Nov. 7, 2012

6. PC Advisor

Review Credibility: Good Calling the Kaspersky Internet Security 2013 "pretty all-embracing for an Internet Security suite," Williams award this software an impressive 4.5 out of 5 stars. He rates Kaspersky Internet Security 2013 highly for its core protection and repair features and places the capabilities of this software in between Kaspersky Anti-Virus and Kaspersky One, the company's most comprehensive software suite.

Review: Kaspersky Internet Security 2013 Review, Simon Williams, Sept. 4, 2012

7. Amazon.com

Review Credibility: Good In nearly 400 user reviews at Amazon.com, Kaspersky Internet Security 2013 earns an average of 4.1 out of 5 stars. While praising the extensive security features of this software, users say that one downside is that Kaspersky Internet Security 2013 doesn't automatically scan USB drives.

Review: Kaspersky Internet Security -- 3 Users, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of March 2013

8. PC Pro

Review Credibility: Fair In this British review, Kaspersky Internet Security 2013 receives full marks for performance and features and design. In contrast to other reviewers, Darien Graham-Smith does not like the interface, calling it a "confusing set of arrows, links and buttons." Even though its scans are quite fast, Kaspersky Internet Security 2013 takes up over 400 MB of disk storage space, more than some other web security software suites.

Review: Kaspersky Internet Security 2013 Review, Darien Graham-Smith, Feb. 14, 2013

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