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TopTenREVIEWS - Silver Award - Awarded for excellence in design, usability and feature set

[Editor's note: Kaspersky is currently shipping the 2015 version of this product, with improved features such as webcam protection and Wi-Fi security notifications. We look forward to reviewing the new version when next we refresh this review site.]

Before exposing your PC to the shape-shifting dangers of the internet, arm yourself with Kaspersky Internet Security. Kaspersky blocks aggressive zero-day and known threats. This internet security product is comprehensive and effective and winner of the TopTenREVIEWS Silver Award. With Kaspersky security, you can relax and enjoy the internet. This security suite has strong parental controls, identify theft protection, a two-way firewall, safe surfing, Facebook tools, a geo filter and an online banking mode. The parental controls are powerful. You can configure it to block your children from sharing personal information online. Kaspersky scans programs to detect any behavior that might betray vulnerabilities in legitimate software. For example, hackers often do things to Java and Adobe Reader in order to breach computer defenses. Kaspersky is on the lookout for these hacks. Kaspersky also protects against ransomware that blocks computers while demanding payment for unlocking.

Eugene Kaspersky wrote his first virus detection utility in 1989 and in 1991 developed the AVP antivirus project, which became the prototype for Kaspersky Antivirus. Kaspersky Labs, founded in 1997, has grown rapidly since 2007 to become one of the top IT security vendors in the world. Every week, 150,000 new users choose Kaspersky. We have installed, tested and reviewed a variety of their products and they have performed consistently superior to most competitors.

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Performance
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9.5/10
Bitdefender Internet Security
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9.7
9.5
9.5
8.9
8.9
8.3
8.3
8.1
8.1
7.8

The Kaspersky Internet Security suite defends all malware ports of entry. It can block malware from email, websites, phishing campaigns, P2P file sharing, USB drives, discs, social networking sites, network traffic, chat conversations and network-attached devices. It utilizes cloud-based security balanced with software-based security to fight all types of known and emergent viruses, Trojans, browser hijackers, adware, spyware, worms, bots and keyloggers.

AV-Test labs put Kaspersky through its paces and found it to be excellent at protection, repair and usability.

Features
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10/10
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10
10
10
8.8
9
9.5
9.5
9.3
9.5
9

Kaspersky Internet Security includes all security features needed to provide full spectrum protection. It includes powerful parental control tools, identity theft protection, geo filtering, a game mode, a safe browser, a virtual keyboard, social networking protection, an online banking mode and a bootable rescue disc. It can run low-profile scans, smart updates, rollbacks, one-click security checks and vulnerability detectors.

The parental control module maintains multiple user profiles with custom filters and settings. It also creates custom reports so you can see how often your children are online and what websites they visited. You even monitor their message logs and block them from sharing contact information and card numbers. This module also controls how much time your child spends using applications such as games and when and for how long they can use the computer or internet. The geo filter blocks content from specified counties if you are worried about your children compromising your system by downloading content from foreign servers.

To protect you while online, in addition to its antimalware abilities, it also supports an online banking mode, a site advisor and a virtual keyboard. A safe run mode runs suspicious sites in a virtual environment separate from your computer. The safe run tool is a safe desktop that mimics your actual desktop and it can safely run websites and unknown applications, files and emails. The online banking mode is also a separate environment so you can visit your financial websites securely. The site advisor advises you of the danger level of URLs before you click on them and warns of suspicious sites. The virtual keyboard is a tool that blocks your username, logins and card numbers from keyloggers.

Help & Support
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10/10
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10
10
9.6
7.5
5
10
8.3
10
7.5
9.4

Kaspersky provides readily available global support. The website is localized in over 30 languages and spans all continents. Kaspersky provides direct support for North America via telephone, email and chat. Through the years, we have found Kaspersky to provide responsive and knowledgeable assistance. Online support for this suite includes FAQs, free tools and utilities, how-to videos, downloads and upgrades, installation help and virus removal assistance. You can also follow Kaspersky on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. We follow them on Twitter and find that they post interesting and timely security news articles as well as frequent product update information.

Kaspersky Internet Security Summary:
9.6/10

Kaspersky Internet Security is reliable and dynamic and can protect all avenues of potential malware entry. This software is effective against viruses and other malware. It has passed all of the difficult independent malware tests. Among the competition for internet security products, Kaspersky is excellent.

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Kaspersky Internet Security 2014

Pros
Kaspersky includes all the tools you need to protect your PC and your personal identity.

Cons
Be sure to remove all traces of other security software before installing this internet security suite.

The Verdict
: 9.57/10

Kaspersky Internet Security is a complete security software product.