Pros Easy to get around the interface. Very aggressive on all test. Blows Norton out of the water,, as always..
Cons Well,, Did not pass the PC Flank leak test. But few do.
Summary Cnet advised scheduler was tough to get to. I find if your IQ is above 80 you should have no problem to schedule the multi scans that Kaspersky security suite provides. What is interesting about KIS is I have slammed them on occasions but AWAYS end up back to this suite. I have used Kaspersky since 2005 and have noticed quite a bit of improvement on the Customer/Tech support. Not always answering what I asked, But most of the time surpassing any other company I have dealt with in the recent year. When testing it on PC Flanks test catalog it past all but two leak tests. It was ferocious when it came to Copycat and Breakout simulated virus tests. I was not even offered to download the file before the Kaspersky pig squeal was sounded and the web page blocked. Forget Spycar.org or eicar.org, Kaspersky smelled it a mile away and did not want me near the page. Unlike Norton 2010 there was a long delay and let me start the download before reacting 30 sec later. The only advise I could give is to uncheck select action automatically in protection settings. Also make sure that you dot the Monitor all ports in Network settings. This will set you for a stout protection that KAS offers.
Pros Limited impact upon resources, highly customizable, and good antivirus/internet security package. No reboot required to start the service after it was installed.
Cons Changes network from Private to Publi" (Vista/Win7). If you have any shared resources (printer, folder, etc.) you have to make the change from Public to Private in Kasperky's firewall. This is buried deep within the Settings.
Summary Strongly recommend Kaspersky over Norton or McAfee. I would have given it five (5) stars had it not been for the hidden settings change noted previously, and limited documentation to find the fix.
Pros several updates everyday, advertising blocking works fine
Cons new version now runs some tasks in the background every now and then. these tasks are not mentionned anywhere in the user interface (it's not an analysis or an update), it sucks CPU power and there is no way to interrupt it
Summary It used to be a very good suite: I used it over 3 years; it was efficient and running quietly in the background.
Now it's getting out of hands: every now and then the software now launches some time/power consuming tasks in the background without letting you know what's going on and without any option to suspend the task.
The complete analysis takes about 6 times longer than the previous version one (before less than one hour, now almost 6 hours, on the same machine - running on XP SP3) despite an option for analyzing only new or modified files being on.
It's not possible to come back to the previous version once the new one has been installed.
Firewall requires a diploma if you want to tune it to suit your needs (setting an outgoing port for Vuze has just been impossible).
When a threat is detected, it's very difficult to understand what is involved and what should be answered to the questions the suite asks you.
The interface seems simple but is not, the help is not very helpful (written by techies for techies).
I am now considering buying another suite.
Pros its has great protection and has a very good firewall
Cons it slows down the system whenever it scans and everytime it updates. file transfers are becoming slow and scan speed has decreased phenomenally..
Summary the suite is very good. however it slows down your computer when its scanning and when it updates.. it also slows down file transfer rates especially the larger ones.. download speed is ok.. my computer hanged twice when updating and restarted two times during a scan. i had to shut down all processes for it to finish its scan.. this on a 2gb ram.. imagine lesser ones...
Pros Does a good job of detecting and removing virus, I think. Impossible to tell what it has really done. it seems to be a mystery program with a mind of its own.
Cons Resource Hog. Slows down processor, even with 1,5 Gig Seems to want to control itself
Summary It is consatnly doing SOMETHING, which stops other processes. Come on, tjis should not be a priority program