Kaspersky Lab has released a version of free Kaspersky antivirus called Kaspersky Free.
These are definitely some fantastic news especially since there are a lot of users who cannot afford the premium version.
Our options have been limited to just a few good free antiviruses but Kaspersky has come to our rescue in the best way possible.
The U.S. is the first beneficiary but plans for a global roll out are underway.
The global roll out began on July 25th but it may be some time before it reaches Kenya. The earliest time we can expect it in Kenya in early September.
With recent malware attacks, the free Kaspersky antivirus could not come at a much better time. We can only hope that it will not be vulnerable like most freebies.
Kaspersky promises that an installation of Kaspersky Free will positively improve the protection of all users.
About the Free Kaspersky Antivirus
Kaspersky Free has been released following one-and-a-half years of testing in select regions.
Even though the freebie lacks many features that come with the paid version, it includes core features that are necessary for protection.
The free antivirus software comes with bare essentials such as a file, email and web protection, automatic updates, self-defense, and ability to quarantine infected files.
This means you will be protected against malicious software in portable storage media such as memory cards.
You will also be protected against phishing.
To cut the long story short, the free antivirus version comes with indispensable basics that everyone should have.
The premium version costs $50 annually per device and it comes with extra features such as parental controls, virtual private networks, and extra protection for online transactions.
Kaspersky has explained that the free version is not intended to replace the paid antivirus software especially since the freebie only comes with bare essentials.
The company also says that the free Kaspersky antivirus version is light on ads. This may be the case but freebies always come with a compromise. It would not be shocking if the Kaspersky Free is planning on using your data for other purposes. Just saying.
Kaspersky Lab a Snitch?
Kaspersky Lab was founded in 1997 and grew rapidly through the 2000s. Today, it is one of the leading anti-virus software in the world.
In recent years, the company has found itself in the middle of the U.S.-Russia feud as it has been accused of having close ties with Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB).
Russia has been accused of hacking the 2016 U.S. presidential elections which ended in a Donald Trump victory over rival Hillary Clinton.
The launch of the free Kaspersky antivirus comes at a time when the United States strongly feels that the Moscow-based cyber security firm has been feeding the Russian government.
It gets worse because there is a bill in Congress that seeks to prohibit the Department of Defense from using any Kaspersky products.
The company has stated its U.S. revenue has dropped from $164 million in 2014 to $156 in 2016.
Away from the U.S.-Russia beef (which is none of our business anyway), the free Kaspersky antivirus software is welcome. Hopefully, it will not have holes like some freebies in the market (names withheld).