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Kaspersky Free Upgrade

This new option implies that you will no longer need to download the installer and manually upgrade to the newest version; instead, your antivirus will do it automatically for you. The advantages of an automatic upgrade are clear: your computer will always be protected by antivirus software featuring the latest technologies and the newest functionalities.

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Do you have a recent ROG motherboard (list below)? In need of some anti-virus software or are you running last year's version? Well then lucky you, because you can also get the latest version of Kaspersky Anti-Virus for free! Click here to view the new features and to download Kaspersky Anti-Virus.

There is a week-long free trial of the premium Kaspersky VPN app, as well as a free version with limits on some features like server access, Netflix access, a kill switch and data. However, after the trial period is over for premium service, Kaspersky costs either $4.99 a month or $29.99 a year.

When you consider Kaspersky's unbeatable malware-detection engine, opting for Kaspersky Security Cloud Free over other free antivirus packages, even the built-in Windows Defender, is a no-brainer. It's our unqualified choice for the best free antivirus software.

Kaspersky Security Cloud Free uses the same malware-scanning engine as the company's paid products. The free program not only blocks online attacks but includes limited access to the company's Secure Connection VPN.

Kaspersky Security Cloud Free takes a different tack by protecting computers from above. Its free protection covers PCs, Androids and iOS devices by combining virus shields with a password manager and limited VPN access. The free service includes up to 15 password entries and 300MB a day of VPN communications.

The program detected 100% of all malware in every monthly test run by German lab AV-Test (opens in new tab) in 2018 and 2019, a feat matched only by Norton, which doesn't offer free antivirus software. The same winning streak continued in AV-Test's January-February 2020 round.

Kaspersky Security Cloud Free comes with a Kaspersky Secure Connection client to tap into Hotspot Shield's VPN infrastructure. There are connection points in 18 countries, but it includes only 300MB per day of free data. If you want more, the unlimited Premium subscription for five users costs $30 a year, making it the least expensive paid VPN service we've seen.

Kaspersky Security Cloud Free has one big thing other free antivirus programs lack: an on-screen keyboard to foil keylogging malware. But to get Kaspersky's Safe Money secure browser, you need to upgrade to the paid version of Kaspersky Security Cloud.

That impact is much lighter than any other free software we tested. Bitdefender Antivirus Free Edition and Avast Free Antivirus each caused 29% slowdowns from the pre-installation baseline during full scans, and even Windows Defender created a 20% slowdown from its own background load.

Avast's quick scan slowed the system by a whopping 53% from the baseline, AVG AntiVirus Free's slowed it by 26%, while Windows Defender slowed the system by 13% from the background. (Bitdefender's free edition has no quick scan.)

The main page has eight rectangles for its tasks, but the free version allows the use only of Scan, Database Update and Password Manager, which is a separate download and limits you to 15 items unless you upgrade to the paid Kaspersky Security Cloud.

The Mobile Protection category simply links to the mobile-app downloads, and Secure Connection opens the separate VPN client. The Safe Money, Privacy Protection and PC Cleaner are grayed out unless you pay to upgrade.

In the lower left, clicking an icon of a support-technician wearing a headset logo is a tease because the free version doesn't include human tech support. Instead, you get links to online FAQs, community forums and configuration tips.

The Scan category's Low, Recommended and High security levels are good, but we preferred the more granular scan-sensitivity slider on Avast and AVG free products. On the upside, Kaspersky has activated the customization elements of the Protection section for free users, so you can turn off web, file or email scanning should you want to.

Kaspersky Security Cloud Free lets you schedule scans, unlike some other free antivirus programs, and scheduling a scan takes just a minute. The frequency can be every night, week or month. It's flexible enough to allow full, quick or focused scans of memory, boot sector or external drives.

As is the case with most free-AV software packages, you get only the most basic support with Kaspersky Security Cloud Free. Forget about emailing or calling support technicians; you're limited to online resources and the company's forums to figure out how to fix things or use the program.

You'll get a few more extra features with Avast Free Antivirus, but in our opinion, they're not worth the drop-off in protection. The bare-bones Bitdefender Antivirus Free Edition is a good choice for people who don't want to bother with antivirus software, but for everyone else, Kaspersky Security Cloud Free is the free antivirus program to get.

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Kaspersky's free option is now part of its Security Cloud line, which brings new features beyond pure antivirus software. It also includes VPN data, a password manager, the ability to scan for weak settings, and monitoring for your online accounts. For most people, this is a great level of protection to keep browsing safe and machines clean of infection.

The Security Cloud upgrade has quite a few nice features and for some users, these features will be totally worth the entry price. For most users, the basic package provides more than enough protection especially since it comes with full system scan abilities, an up-to-date database of threats, and even a feature to check your online accounts. The additional privacy protection and home network monitoring will be great for someone concerned about spying and tracking. Still, most people won't find these extras worth the price.

Most people already keep their important files and information behind a layer of security with cloud storage and secure connections. It's also feasible that this information is encrypted by a VPN connection. While not perfect, this level is enough for many users. Some computers and networks are responsible for much more information and every precaution should be taken. If you need to make sure your entire PC is safe, the upgrade to a Personal account may very well be worth it. The additional webcam and home network security can be great if someone may suspect attempted intrusion.

Like any good antivirus software, all of the essentials are in the free version of the software. For some people though, the peace of mind knowing that their applications are secure and their home network is free from any unauthorized device might be worth the upgrade price.

Kaspersky includes a lot of great features in the free version of the software and all of these features are also included in the paid version, as one might expect. The full range of system scanning is included with quick scans, full scans, and custom scans that can be run on individual folders or external storage devices.

If you upgrade your account, the biggest feature you gain is additional privacy protection. Now, you can hide your browsing as well as block webcam access. You will also get improved tracking blocking. You also get a feature called Safe Money, which can provide additional security for online banking and shopping.

If you look around Kaspersky's website you'll quickly notice its other antivirus packages. Anti-Virus (opens in new tab), for example, has most of the same features as the free cloud option with a few bonuses. More importantly, you don't need to participate in Kaspersky's cloud services. You can also bump up to the Internet Security (opens in new tab) package, which adds extra privacy options. The Total Security (opens in new tab) package adds in file protection to back up important files and a password manager that can sync across multiple devices.

For most people, the feature set of the free version offers more than enough to keep them safe. Unless someone needs an extra level of security or just wants to be absolutely sure, the Kaspersky Security Cloud - Free is the best choice for most people.


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