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Kasper­sky’s lat­est an­tivirus tool Min re­quire­ments: Win­dows 7/8+/ 10 File size: 146.6MB

Kasper­sky has pro­duced lots of paid-for an­tivirus programs over the years, but al­though it also of­fers a se­lec­tion of free tools, in­clud­ing a se­cu­rity scan­ner, soft­ware up­dater and sys­tem cleaner, it has never pro­vided an en­tirely free anti-mal­ware so­lu­tion. Un­til now.

Kasper­sky Free is a fairly ba­sic an­tivirus tool, per­haps be­cause the com­pany doesn’t want to de­tract from its com­mer­cial prod­ucts. It can pro­tect you from mal­ware, network at­tacks and phish­ing scams, and in­cludes a bun­dled on­screen key­board to thwart key­log­gers, but it has none of the ad­vanced fea­tures you’ll find in ri­val free se­cu­rity soft­ware such as Avast. The up­side to this sim­plic­ity is that the pro­gram won’t tax your PC’S re­sources, which means it could be ideal for safe­guard­ing older com­put­ers.

Kasper­sky Free has one other handy bonus fea­ture, how­ever, which is the Kasper­sky Se­cure Con­nec­tion VPN. Pow­ered by Hotspot Shield, this VPN se­cures your in­ter­net con­nec­tion and makes it ap­pear as if you’re brows­ing from some­where else. It’s a wel­come enough ex­tra but it suf­fers from one sig­nif­i­cant draw­back, which is that it lim­its you to a measly 200MB of traf­fic a day. That means it’s fine for a brief spot of gen­eral brows­ing, but you won’t be able to down­load any files. You can’t man­u­ally change the lo­ca­tion of the servers it routes your con­nec­tion through, ei­ther.

Should you re­quire a more gen­er­ous traf­fic al­lowance, you can pay $4.99 (£3.83) a month or more for a sub­scrip­tion. If you want some of Kasper­sky’s more ad­vanced se­cu­rity fea­tures, you’ll have to up­grade to the com­pany’s full an­tivirus prod­ucts. Trial ver­sions are avail­able if you want to try be­fore you buy.

Kasper­sky Free isn’t of­fi­cially avail­able in the UK yet, so we’ve pro­vided a link to the pro­gram on Down­load­crew. Make sure you don’t click an ad­vert on the page by mis­take.

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