Finally, kaspersky has joined the league of free antivirus providers. I’m pretty sure we are all familiar with kaspersky, they’ve been around for awhile, but until recently their antivirus only came in paid versions. Now we have a kaspersky free antivirus
However, you certainly won’t get the same value you would get in a paid version. The free version is like a pared down version of the paid version. It comes with protection for files, emails and web. In addition to that, you get automatic updates, and a quarantine for flagged files. And yes, you can also use it to scan your portable drives and USB.
So, why is kaspersky releasing a free version now? Well, in the company’s blog post, they wrote
“There are a lot of users who don’t have the ~$50 to spend on premium protection; therefore, they install traditional freebies (which have more holes than Swiss cheese for malware to slip through) or they even rely on Windows Defender (ye gods!).”
Traditional freebies…well, no pun intended, but i guess they just joined the league of traditional freebies too.
Kaspersky will also be looking to use the data gathered from the free version to better improve on their overall antivirus protection…same way all antivirus companies do. In their own words
“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.”
The free version will be lighter than the premium version, will definitely run quicker and use up less system resources. The company also promises an ad free experience