Between Symantec Norton and Kaspersky Lab, I trust Symantec Norton Security [ Download ] more than Kaspersky, however, due to the fact that Symantec has not made available their latest Norton One in my country, couple with the fact they have stopped selling physical boxes of Norton Internet Security, which is at least 30% cheaper than buying it online.
Therefore I’ve decided to give Kaspersky a go for one year until Norton One is launched in my country or Kaspersky performs miserably on my PC. For those new to Kaspersky Antivirus software, do note that the USA CIA claims Kaspersky Antivirus software comes with a hidden backdoor, maybe it is true, then again, what do you expect the CIA to say? They trust Kaspersky?
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Kaspersky Internet Security 2020 delivers:
- Protects your PC against today’s Internet threats
- Adds extra security for online banking & shopping
- Safeguards your privacy and personal information
- Helps protect your children against online threats
- Combines superior security & optimized performance
I like the scratch card thing, to activate my Kaspersky Internet Security, I’ll have to scratch off the layer to reveal the activation code. Kind of like playing the lottery, only more expensive. As for the promotion code, I have no idea what it is and have absolutely no interest in it.
From what I read, Kaspersky Internet Security is equally good, more affordable and it comes with more features compared to Norton Internet Security. The physical box is way bigger than Norton’s DVD box size, unlike some of Norton’s products, Kaspersky comes with a DVD whereas some of my previous Norton’s products come with an activation code only. Bandwidth is not an issue for me, thus downloading GB of files is not a big problem.
Installation was a breeze, double click on the DVD and it loads automatically. I believe most antiviruses are the same, no more various checkboxes to uncheck. If I am not mistaken, Avast, Avira, AVG, Panda, BitDefender and more all come with a 1 click installation process, it makes perfect sense. However the uninstallation process is a whole different thing, more often than not, you are begged not to uninstall and if you choose so, you will be asked to fill in a form as to why you decided to give up on their product.
An example of the activation code.
The first task to perform in all newly installed antivirus is to update the database. For some unknown reason, it took Kaspersky quite some time, approximately 3 or 5 minutes to download a 20MB database, it could be that the Kaspersky Lab server is located in Russia, thus the slow connection and internet speed. If I am not mistaken, the update process for my Norton, AVG and Avira was pretty quick when it was 100MB.
The user interface is pretty simple. You’ll most likely not see this again due to the fact that antivirus are designed to perform silently behind the scene. Compared with Norton Internet Security, Kaspersky offers 2 additional features – Safe Money and Parental Control.
I’ve never seemed to understand the need to store your credit card information on a software, perhaps the best security is by not storing it digitally. Unless you are into a shopping binge buying stuff online every hour, then Safe Money might save you the hassle of repeatedly typing your credit card info.
As for Parental Control, Microsoft Windows both comes with really good parental control software. Again, I do not see a need for such a feature. Perhaps the best parental control is to properly explain to your kids on surfing the internet responsibly.
As I have mentioned earlier, Kaspersky Internet Security comes with more features than Norton Internet Security. Depending on your needs, I won’t be needing any of these features. I’ve always believed antivirus should run in the background silently, even when it managed to detect viruses.
As for the application control and network monitor, I believe this is redundant again due to the fact that I just upgraded my PC with 16GB Ram and a Quad Core processor. Based on the Windows’ Task Manager history, I barely exceeded 30% memory usage while playing Dota 2 with Photoshop CS and Mozilla Firefox running in the background.
The quick scan was pretty quick. Again, I don’t see a need for any scanning since everything should be automatic.
This is a basic feature is most antivirus and internet security suite. I dare say all, if not most security software are designed from the ground up to consume as little resources as possible while providing ample protection. When I launch a task manager in Windows, more often than not, Kaspersky occupies the 2nd or 3rd spot in terms of memory usage, whereas Norton is way below the list.
As for backing up my files to an external hard disk, the syncing is slower when Kaspersky is active, once disabled, the copying rate went back to normal. I never had this kind of problem with Norton.
All in all, given a choice, I would love to use Norton Internet Security, but the lack of physical boxes and I am forced to purchase an outdated Norton Internet Security is the reason why I choose Kaspersky. After all, at the end of the day, the best security is our own common sense – do not simply visit links via emails, especially emails related to banks, credit cards or PayPal requesting a change of password.
Conclusion – Why Kaspersky Lab’s Internet Security?
In today’s cloud computing environment, the more of your software you have installed onto your customer’s PC, the more data you will be able to collect, therefore the faster you receive the warning, the faster you will be able to come up with a solution and prevention. This is why some antivirus vendors give away their basic antivirus software for free, the agenda is to collect data.
If an antivirus company doesn’t have enough market share, they might not be able to collect the necessary data. Kaspersky has 3.5% market share, which is reasonable, anything that falls under the ‘other’ category will not be a good antivirus company.
The other reason for purchasing Kaspersky is the price, which is cheaper than Norton Internet Security, and last but not least, the detection rate for Kaspersky engine is pretty good. Not the best to my knowledge, but not the worst either, most important of all, it is better than McAfee which comes bundled for free with my Dell XPS 8700 PC. McAfee is possibly the worst antivirus ever, it is slow, sluggish and more often than not, comes with lots of bugs, just Google them and you will know.