The internet these days is full of all kinds of malicious content. There are viruses, spyware, adware, and some content out there isn’t the highest of quality. Sites can get hacked with malicious content. There are tons of different anti virus software packages out there.
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In this Kaspersky Total Security 2018 Review I’ll dive into everything the package has to offer and see what’s good and what’s not.
While not all virus protection software is the same, you can expect that if a company’s primary product is computer security it will provide adequate protection from everything the internet has to offer. What you are really looking for in anti-virus software is what’s different from the competitor.
I’ll go into a few of the features included with the Total Security suite below, but the ones related to a computer scan I’ll include here.
The first feature that jumped out at me was the software updater. While this program is looking at every file installed on your computer it is able to determine if you have the most up to date software. It isn’t a requirement to update software when you can, but most of the time the updates will remove bugs and security issues (occasionally updates add features). It’s not always easy to know when an update is available. It’s nice to have something to tell you when something is out-of-date.
The next one in the list was the Software Cleaner. This looks at all the software you have installed on your computer and will give you the option to uninstall anything that hasn’t been used recently. I’m not sure how well this feature works. I have some games installed that haven’t been used in months and it didn’t flag any of them.
The final scan that I was able to find in the software was a Vulnerability Scan. It looks at vulnerabilities in your system. At first, I thought this would be an awesome feature, but after seeing the kind of items it brings up I think it may have limited use. As you can see below, there are items that show up in the list that make me wonder what the point is.
This security suite comes with access to Kaspersky’s Password Manager. This is also available as a standalone option. This really just facilitates us being a little bit lazier. Part of the reason I use Chrome as much as I do is because it can store pretty much anything, and I don’t like to type.
The Password Manager does the same thing. It’ll store all of your credit cards, passwords, and address. Don’t worry it keeps everything encrypted and you need to remember one master password to access everything it has stored. The problem I have with this software is that I use the same 2 or 3 passwords on everything.
There is a free version of the Password Manager. It allows 15 entries. There is nothing here that Google Chrome doesn’t do. Chrome even lets you have an unlimited number of entries for free. I don’t know how secure Chrome is but with all the data breaches you here about Google must be doing something to keep from being one of the breaches.
As a parent I can understand the need to keep our children safe from the dangers of the internet. Besides the risk of predators and cyber bullying, we also have to worry about how much time our children spend on the internet and electronic devices.
I realize that as they get older, there is going to be more that they need to use the computer for. This is perfectly fine. It’s even expected. As a parent we can’t afford to keep our kids under a shelter for so long that when they get a small portion of freedom that they go crazy on us.
It’s our job to help them to become responsible adults…and it isn’t easy. I am happy to report that Kaspersky Total Security has parental controls built into it. It will limit computer use, block games based on rating (or category), Restrict internet access (including downloading of certain file types), and control the usage of keywords in messages and forms.
The setup is super easy. Each user account on the computer can have their own parental controls setup. They have even made profiles based on age so you don’t have to go through it all yourself, but there is one question that remains. Can the controls be by passed in some way.
I set the parental controls all the way and tried playing Middle-earth Shadow of Mordor, as well as access a few sites I had set it to block. The game I tried was on steam. The site I tried to access was categorized as hacking.
I tried to access a proxy site to bypass the security. Proxy sites aren’t the safest to use but would make every website that Kaspersky sees appear to be safe. I didn’t try all proxy sites. These things are coming and going all the time. The one I went to was blocked, but the software does keep track of how long every application or site was used. If one site is used for extensive amounts of time, then check it out.
If you don’t require a password to close out of the software than it is very easy to by-pass. With the password require to exit Kaspersky it’s really hard. I tried ending the task from the task manager, but nothing happened.
I also looked to see if I could disable it from starting up in the first place. The only option that I could find for the program itself was in the options of itself. This means it is behind the parental control password. I looked in the task scheduler, but it only contains the updater. Not even the registry is hackable. They’ve designed the software to protect itself.
There are a plethora of features included. I was astonished (or maybe overwhelmed) by the quantity of features included with the software. That doesn’t mean they are all good or even useful.
A number of items are things that you would expect any anti-virus would have, such as Cloud Protection, and Quarantine. There are even things that are included with Windows, like the On-Screen Keyboard.
The only things that are really noteworthy, are the Trusted Application mode, Safe Money, and the file shredder. Even these have limited usability. When was the last time you deleted something off of your personal computer and didn’t want anyone to ever be able to recover it? I can understand the desire to wipe an old drive before getting rid of a computer, but DBAN is much more effective than this.
The Trusted Application mode isn’t something that experienced computer users will ever use. But if you are worried about Grandma downloading and installing something crazy, then this might be able to help you feel better. I never activated this feature, I didn’t want to have too big of a headache get everything restored back to normal.
I honestly can’t see what the Safe Money actually does. It’s suppose to make your connection a little bit more secure, but I don’t know if it’s necessary. Most websites are already secure. If you look up at the web address in the top of your browser, the “s” in “https” stands for secure.
I’ve really gone back and forth on this software while I was trying it out. There are definitely some things that I liked and some things that I didn’t.
- Easy to navitage
- It gives a strong sense of security (you’ll at least feel good about your purchase)
- It has parental controls
- I’ll agree with their claim that it is unhackable (if you do hack it, let me know. You deserve a raise)
- There is a free trial
- There is even a free version of just the virus protection
- You don’t have to get everything. Individual parts are available separately
- It looks at more than just virus
- doubling the number of devices doesn’t double the cost
- The browser extension blocked my website from me (by far my biggest upset in the experience)
- The price is determined by the number of devices
- You can’t pick which hard drive it installs on
Overall Rating: 7.5/10
Overall the software does a superb job of providing a complete protection package. I think it is worth looking at. Even the features that I don’t think are a benefit might be of use to you, and they don’t cause any perceivable slow down on my computer. The best feature (besides the anti-virus) is the parental controls. You can pick up a copy of Kaspersky Total Security 2018 from their site.
My experience is based on the computer and network I have. Always try the free option before purchasing so you can form your own opinion. If you have questions or feel like I missed something, leave a comment below. Remember sharing is caring.