Don’t pay for Kaspersky Antivirus software, unless you have to – here’s why

Kaspersky free antivirus

There are lots of antivirus software out there, but Kaspersky has found its place among the best of the best in the business.

Unlike many other reputable names in the business such as Avast that come with a free download version, Kaspersky has always been available on a paid-for basis. Over the past one year and a half, the Russian-based company has been working on releasing a free version of the antivirus software and behold, this version is now with us.

After periods of testing in select markets, Kaspersky free antivirus download is now ready for a global release. As you would expect from a free version of paid-for software, this version of Kaspersky lacks a number of features that are found on the paid product. Nonetheless, you still get all the basic essentials you’d need from an antivirus software, among them scanning of files, email and general web traffic, firewalls for filtering network activities, monitoring of installed apps as well as quarantining any discovered malware on your devices.

The reason many people don’t fancy most free antivirus software is that they are usually filled with ads and some will expire after a month of use. With Kaspersky free antivirus download, you get something totally different. Rather than bombard free users with lots of ads, the company will be collecting data from free users and use it to improve machine learning across the entire list of security products it offers.

Even though Kaspersky free antivirus is now available, there’s a catch. Apparently, the company says that the software will be rolled out in phases. Where phase 1, which kicked off last week, will see guys in North America, APAC, Belarus, Kazakhstan and the Caribbean get the free download, those in Latin America, Middle East, Africa, Brazil, India, Hong Kong and Turkey will get it in the second wave, which will kick off in September.

Kaspersky free antivirus

As for the rest of Europe, South Korea and Japan, the download will be available in October. Those in Vietnam and Thailand will join the party starting November this year. As at the time of this writing, the company’s home country of Russia and the neighboring Ukraine, China, Denmark, Sweden and Norway have already received the go-ahead to download the free Kaspersky antivirus software.

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