With better UI and advanced disinfection at install time, Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2014 (KAV) gives computer-protection a new meaning. Cloud-assisted protection, Instant Safety Checks, Support for Windows 8.1, excellent rating from Independent labs are the killer features of this new drone. Customer ratings are good. With a 24/7 support from its help-desk, removing viruses, Trojans, worms, rootkits, spyware is as easy like fishing in a bowl.
The simple hardware and software requirements make KAV-2014 installation a breezy task for the common user. One of the noted things is that it still works on Windows XP. But you need to have Service Pack 3 or higher for the 32 bit edition and SP2 or higher for the 64-bit version.
You can make it work with even your Pentium-IV computer, as only 800 Mhz Processor is required with 512 MB RAM as minimum. If you are sandwiched between Windows 7 and XP with the Vista OS and you are asking Microsoft support whether KAV-2014 is supported? Yes it works for you, as well!!! The only difference in requirement is that you need a 1GHz or higher processor with minimum of 1 GB available RAM for 32 bit system or 2 GB RAM for 64 bit system.
If you have ventured into the most popular OS (Windows 7) of Redmond, then there is no stopping in the system requirements. It works on the Windows 7 Starter, Home Basic, Home Premium, Professional and Ultimate. But some features only work on the 32-bit operating system.
The KAV-2014 also supports the Windows 8 and 8.1 OS. It works both on the Pro and Enterprise versions. The hardware requirements are the same, just like the Windows 7 OS. You also need 480 MB free hard-disk space which is mainly required for storing anti-virus database.
The hardware requirements for the good-old Netbooks are little different. The Kaspersky home page gives more clear specifications on this requirement.
- CPU: Intel Atom 1.6 GHz
- RAM: 1 GB DDR2
- Hard Disk: 160 GB
- Video Card: Intel GMA950
- Screen: 10.1 inch, 1024×600 widescreen
- Operating System: Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
The latest product version of KAV-2014 is 188.8.131.5251abc. (as on 5th Jan, 2014).
Pros and Cons
One of the needy features present in KAV-2014 is its ability to handle active malware. It has accurate phishing protection. Bonus tools are an added advantage. It has improved features like faster GUI speed, low resource consumption, refreshed GUI, easier installation and activation. A new feature in the form of anti-blocker functionality is also introduced.
According to the AV-test, Kaspersky has the power to detect threats at a 100% success rate. This is only second to Bitdefender AntiVirus plus which scores more points than KAV-2014. It scores 100% on the protection and usability scores for Windows 7 performance on AV-test conducted by toptenreviews.com.
The help and support from Kaspersky team is good. It has Live-chat, Email and Phone support which is essential in case of troubleshooting a problematic PC.
Though its full of advantages KAV-2014 isn’t without any drawbacks. Sometimes its difficult to install KAV-2014 on malware-infested systems. On the hands-on test conducted by PCMag, it did not produce great results on the malware blocking test. A user complained that it had some performance and installation difficulties on Windows 8.1. The loading time on start-up was long and gave a false-positive security-risk during installation. The other AV like BitDefender and Free Panda are much quicker than KAV-2014.
It has all the important features of the best 10 anti-virus in 2014, which some of them are missing. These include:
- Email scans
- Bootable Rescue CD
- Auto-clean infected files
- Scan compressed files
- Infected File Quarantine
- Instant Messaging Protection
- Registry Startup Protection
- Gamer Mode
- Auto USB Detect
Price of KAV-2014
The price of KAV-2014 in the Indian Market is around Rs 300. It costs $40 (approx) for 1PC – 1 Year Protection. The added advantage with Kaspersky just like some others, is that you can upgrade to the latest version next year with much less price than the original market price. If it’s in the UK, the price is £29.99 from the manufacturer himself. The price is the same in Australia, just like their US counter-parts. There is also 30% off if you renew your Kaspersky AV license. A FREE trial offer for 30 days should be sufficient to test this product.
So if you can find a good online shop in your country like eBay, Amazon etc, there will be discounts and the offer price will be much less.
This video tests different web-links with Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2014 software. The power of web-protection and its ability to block malware can be seen in this video.
Rating for Kaspersky AV -2014 from various websites
There are many websites when I searched on Google that have given a good rating for KAV-2014. PCMag reviewer Neil J. Rubenking gave a rating of 4/5. On the US site of Kaspersky, it got a rating of 4.5/5 among 904 votes till date. On CNET, it got 3.5/5 out of 534 reviews.
But as a bottom-line, it is recommended by many review websites to buy it. The reason is its cheap price compared to the costly BitDefender AV and protects your computer well from latest and common malware attacks.