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Kaspersky releases free lightweight antivirus

26 July 2017, Chris Wiles

KasperskyKaspersky isn’t happy with Microsoft. After launching three antitrust claims against the company, citing that it disables third-party security software within Windows 10, confusing users and defaulting them to Windows Defender, Kaspersky has announced and launched a free security tool which it will be rolling out worldwide this year.

Kaspersky Free Antivirus is a fairly impressive cut-down version of their regular security suite, designed to offer users protection against the essential daily threats.

Originally launched in Summer 2016, in Sweden and other countries, the Free Antivirus has been launched in the United States, initially, then will roll out across other countries over the next few months. As an example, the European rollout won’t happen until October, so UK users will have to download the US English version if they are keen to test the new tool.

Kaspersky Free Antivirus

Kaspersky Free Antivirus includes basic protection against the most common threats

What’s included in Free? Effectively all the basic protection against malicious software, threats from social media, anti-phishing tools and even an on-screen keyboard to stop key loggers from recording your input when you login to your online bank account.

What’s missing? Quite a bit. There’s no firewall (but do you really need another firewall?), no parental controls, no network monitoring, no software cleansing module, no privacy protection and no safe money module. You’d receive all of these features in the commercial Kaspersky Internet Security which is available as an upgrade from within Free Antivirus.

We found Kaspersky Free Antivirus to be relatively lightweight on resources, but that’s mostly due to the many missing modules.

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