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Kaspersky Launches a Free Antivirus for Your PC

Dave Parrack 26-07-2017

Kaspersky is launching a free version of its award-winning antivirus software The 10 Best Free Antivirus Software No matter what computer you're using, you need antivirus protection. Here are the best free antivirus tools you can use. Read More worldwide. Kaspersky Free offers the most basic protection for free for everyone who wants it. And all without bombarding you with ads. Which is a generous offer from the Russian security vendor.


Some of you may have noticed a downturn in the number of security issues you personally have encountered in recent years. This is mainly because hackers and cybercriminals have moved onto newer, more targeted means of making money. Such as ransomware and identity theft.

However, despite this change in strategy, you still need good security software and a modicum of common sense to stay safe online. Kaspersky cannot help you with the common sense part, but the Russian security company is offering to cover the other part of the equation. And all for free.

Kaspersky Now Offers a Free Antivirus

Kaspersky Free, which has been in development for 18 months, is now available in selected countries. In the words of Eugene Kaspersky himself it offers “the bare essentials: file, email and web antivirus; automatic updates, self-defense; quarantine; and so on.” Which are essentially “the indispensable basics that no one on the planet should do without.”

This free offering will exist alongside Kaspersky’s premium offerings. The latter offering extra features such as parental control, online payment protection, and a VPN. However, Kaspersky reasons that offering everyone basic protection will help it hone its machine-learning, therefore keeping everybody safer in the longterm.

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This is being seen as a PR move, as Kaspersky has taken some flak of late. Being a Russian company means American users will already be dubious about its motives, and Bloomberg recently accused Kaspersky of working with Russian intelligence agencies such as the FSB.

Eugene Kaspersky has completely denied these claims. He even referenced it in his blog post announcing Kaspersky Free, stating, “We detect any cyberthreat regardless of its origin or intention – even if certain folks don’t like it”. Still, those claims are out there.

Kaspersky Free is being rolled out around the world in stages, starting with the U.S., Canada, and several Asia Pacific countries. When it becomes available in your region you can download it directly from the Kaspersky website. All you need is a Windows-based system running anything from Windows XP up to Windows 10.

Offering a Basic Level of Protection

Kaspersky Free looks to be a really solid security option for anyone who just wants the basic level of protection. Kaspersky’s antivirus protection has always performed well in independent testing Compare Your Anti-Virus' Performance with These 5 Top Sites Which anti-virus software should use? Which is the "best"? Here we take a look at five of the best online resources for checking anti-virus performance, to help you make an informed decision. Read More , so Kaspersky Free should keep you safe. That is assuming you don’t believe Bloomberg.

Do you use Kaspersky security software? If so, are you pleased with its performance? How do you feel about Kaspersky Free? Are you likely to install it on your Windows PC? Or will you carry on using Windows Defender or another alternative? The comments are open below…

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  1. AHM3d
    August 10, 2017 at 6:30 am

    Why 365 LICence Days left ?

  2. AHM3d
    August 10, 2017 at 6:28 am

    bit confused Why does you screen shot say 365 day LICENCE ?
    Many Thanks

  3. Richard
    August 1, 2017 at 6:19 pm

    I would never run a free antivirus program. They are slow enough as as it as it is without all the added bloatware of a free version.

    • Matt Perkins
      August 3, 2017 at 4:42 am

      Kaspersky Free AntiVirus is basically the same as the paid one except without extra features. Unless you're sold on "safe money browser", "Wi-Fi protection", "Parental Controls" or can't handle having different emails for each computer you install AntiVirus on then there is no real difference between the free AntiVirus and the paid AntiVirus. As for speed, the speed of Kaspersky free is about the same as the paid version, I should know as I have a paid subscription to Kaspersky Total Security. As for bloatware, Kaspersky free takes up less than 100 MB installed. Only thing extra it installs is the "Wi-Fi protection" which is offered in the paid version too.

  4. Doc
    July 26, 2017 at 8:34 pm

    "Which are essentially 'the indispensable basics that no one on the planet should do without.'"
    Tell this to the smug idiots that refuse to run antivirus "because I'm not stupid enough to click untrusted links"—then get infected because that's now the *least* popular way to infect a PC. Thanks, moron, you're the one(s) keeping cybercriminals in business!

    • Dave Parrack
      July 27, 2017 at 3:51 pm

      Everyone should use some form of antivirus, even if it's just Windows Defender!

  5. JustMe
    July 26, 2017 at 5:22 pm

    Just go to

    You really trust other agencies?

  6. Ron Payne
    July 26, 2017 at 4:22 pm

    Would have preferred a DIRECT link to download what is being referred to in the article instead of having to go to the website and look for it. Hard to find link and then you are not sure if it is the same as one discussed here as it is a different name.

    Decided to pass on trying it and will stick with the free ones I am using. Nag screens and all. Too bad you can't get a Windows 10 app that would always close these nag screens automatically. :D

    • Dave Parrack
      July 26, 2017 at 4:46 pm

      There is a direct link in the article, but you may be getting redirected because of our affiliate agreements. We're looking into it.

  7. Alex Zub
    July 26, 2017 at 2:50 pm

    Nice try, FSB-KGB, but no, thanks. I don't need this Putin's sh*t on my PC.

    • Doc
      July 26, 2017 at 8:34 pm

      Eugene Kaspersky's been a trusted antivirus vendor for decades. He has NO known ties to Putin or the KGB.

      • Karen Aroutiounian
        July 26, 2017 at 10:48 pm

        You are tragically misinformed about ties between Kaspersky Labs and FSB (KGB in your interpretation).

      • Alex Zub
        July 27, 2017 at 7:20 am

        "Kaspersky was born in 1965 in Novorossiysk, Russia. He graduated from The Technical Faculty of the KGB Higher School in 1987 with a degree in mathematical engineering and computer technology. "


        You are welcome.

    • Rodrigo
      July 26, 2017 at 8:52 pm

      Nobody with half a brain would believe this story.

      • Alex Zub
        August 3, 2017 at 7:53 am

        We'll see.