Kaspersky Internet Security 2015 review
OS Support: Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, Minimum CPU: Dependent on OS, Minimum GPU: N/A , Minimum RAM: Dependent on OS, Hard disk space: 480MB
Kaspersky Internet Security 2015 has quite the reputation to live up to, with previous versions winning more awards than any other security product. Fortunately, things are off to a good start, with the software defending well against threats.
It achieved a protection rating of 287 out of 300, successfully defending our test PC against all but five of the threats we sent its way. A further four threats were neutralised after they had started to cause problems, and one piece of malware was able to sneak past Kaspersky and compromise the system. It also excelled when it came to legitimate software. It didn't block the installation of a single piece of downloaded software in our tests, achieving a perfect accuracy score 846.
^ Kaspersky leaves you under no false impressions that your PC is secure
Not only is it a highly accurate and responsive piece of software, it is also intuitively designed to make it easy for even security novices to tweak its settings. The Protection Center settings display a simple list of all of the suite's features, with toggle switches that allow you to enable to disable each one individually. If a particular option isn't sitting well with other software (we found the Anti-Spam add-on for Microsoft Outlook 2010 caused the email application to hang, for example) you can turn it off here.
You can ensure the software doesn't interrupt the everyday usage of your PC. Perhaps most important for gamers is the Gaming Profile, which switches off pop-up notifications while you're running a full-screen application. You can also set Internet Security 2015 to only perform updates and scans while your PC is idle, and give other applications and the operating system priority so scans won't take place until the software believes it won't cause any slowdown. This may be a risky endeavour, though, because underpowered PCs will often be operating at their limits. You'll need to keep an eye on whether Kaspersky Internet Security is ever actually given the opportunity to do its scans.
^ Kaspersky's interface is friendly and easy to use
To keep your financial data safe, you can also enable Safe Money, a dedicated secure browser made specifically to handle financial transactions. In order to use Safe Money, you'll need to tell Kaspersky which websites you'd like to open the specialised browser. When you visit a website you've added to the list, the Kaspersky browser add-on will suggest you open the Safe Money browser.
Kaspersky once again finds itself right at the top of the home anti-virus suites with terrific protection scores and excellent software. However, it's just out-done by Symantec Norton Internet Security 2015, which has a similar excellent range of tools and utilities, and even better protection scores.