"System crashed."on by ryork272
Pros Didn't use is long enough to know.
Cons Blue screen of death.
Summary This may very well be a good piece of software. However, my experience was not positive. After installing, my computer completely crashed and I received the 'blue screen of death'. I rebooted and uninstalled. Perhaps there was a conflict with other hardware or software on my machine (I'm running Win XP SP2). But it should not have happened.
Pros Updates fast Scans relatively fast and efficently.
Cons It slows down my internet alittle since I have it updating once an hour
Summary I have had Kasp[ersky, Mcafee, and Norton bbut Kaspersky destroys all of them You can have it check for upgrades every hour, so you always have the newist antivirus definitions possible. Its relatively easy all you have to do is hit the scan button and It picks up more than Mcafee and Norton combined. I have it with Zonealarm Pro and It runs great
Pros Detection rate is superior, reasonably fast
Cons Support is mediocre at best
Summary For anyone looking at which antivirus to get, let me start by saying that Kaspersky is a very good choice. (if not the best) Although it lacks good support, (due to company being based in Russia) it's detection and active protection features are first rate. I would also recommend those who look through these reviews to be careful which ones they consider credible, as it seems to me that some of these users are misguided and simply don't understand enough about the nature of security applications. (Not to say all the bad reviews fall under this category - it's just my opinion that some seem to be) I suspect that most of the system crashes or other malfunctions reported are due to one of the issues discussed below. While I have no doubt that Kaspersky isn't perfect, and could cause some systems to crash, I find it hard to believe that it does any more so than other applications. (Norton is definitely a much worse offender - Also I personally have Kaspersky
running on at least 15 systems, all with different hardware/software configurations, without trouble - that doesn't prove that no one will have trouble, just saying I have a good amount of experience with this product)
For starters, installing a security application on a system that is already infected is bound to cause problems - and even if it doesn't, you can't trust that the application will be able to magically clean out all infections when it is being installed on a compromised system. If you have an system that's already infected, you need to boot from a non-compromised OS and clean the infection. (like a boot CD with a AV app - Or even better, in these days of viruses packaged with rootkits to hide their activities, format and reinstall!) You can't blame a newly introducted AV product for problems on a compromised machine.
Furthermore, only savvy users should ever install multiple antivirus/antispyware programs that are set run in the background. (This is key! Programs like Ad-aware (free version) and Spybot that don't run in the background are OK to mix!) Mixing background-running security apps is a
recipe for disaster. This is because these applications are usually set to control access to the same resources on the system. (i.e. Registry, Hosts file, startup apps, IE security settings, etc.) Security apps are not designed to play nice with other security apps, they're designed under the
assumption that they are the primary means of security. (Exceptions include products from the same company, which are likely designed to work with the other) If you don't understand these functions well enough to configure security apps to not conflict, then make sure only one brand of security products is running in the background, or just buy one security suite to handle everything.
If you're reading this review, don't assume this is a bad product just because of a few misguided reviews. Many are blaming a quality product like Kaspersky for problems that are likely not its fault. There are multiple quality AV apps out there, including Kaspersky. Choose what you believe to be best, and don't dismiss Kaspersky solely based on the bad reviews here.
"Too much trouble"on by TerryMcA
Pros Easy interface, lots of updates
Cons Conflicts requiring complex fixes
Summary This has a conflict with Microsoft's automatic updates for Windows and Office. The fixes are out there, but pretty complex and not worth the effort. Kaspersky needs to shift some resources from the incredible number of definition updates to fixing compatibility bugs.
Pros Best detection rate in the industry. Light on system resources. Excellent detection of spyware and trojans.
Cons What are you kidding me? Kaspersky and cons don't go together anymore. They got a divorce in version 6
Summary I've spoken extensively about the superior protection of Kaspersky in several forums and websites like digg. I've had many other anti-virus programs but none has delivered the satisfaction or almost flawless detection rate of Kaspersky including NOD32. I could go on and on but suffice it to say, you need only visit virus.gr to see the superiority of Kaspersky over other anti-virus products.