After performing testing in certain regions, Kaspersky has finally decided to launch its antivirus for free all over the world. However, we cannot tell how welcome the software will be in the US, given its Russian origins. It has even been under close government supervision, as they believed it put the security of the country in danger.
For a year and a half, Kaspersky tested its free antivirus in countries like China, Belarus, Ukraine, Russia, and the Nordic countries. As the testing was over, they decided to launch it worldwide. Don’t expect something major, as most of the features present in the paid version are no longer available.
What does the free Kaspersky antivirus offer?
The free version of the antivirus won’t have Parental Control, VPN, or Online Payment Protection. It only has the basics which assure you your PC stays safe while browsing. For instance, you can scan emails or other files coming from the internet or from external drives, and you can make sure you’ll have a safe browsing experience. Also, if it detects any malware, it enters quarantine, so your system won’t get infected.
Many free antivirus systems use ads as a way to get money, but Kaspersky said it won’t use the same method. Instead, it said it will collect the data you provide and use it for the improvement of its machine learning algorithms. However, it didn’t specify what kind of data it will be interested in and what it will collect.
The company might have a tough time of promoting its services in the US
Over the next few days, the free antivirus will be rolled out in America as well. However, Kaspersky has faced some difficulties in promoting its products here. Some sources accused the company for collaborating with the Russian government and acting as a spy.
The owner of the company, Eugene Kaspersky, answered to these accusations and offered to provide a source code piece to prove they were not involved with the Russians. Even so, the government still removed them from the list of companies with an approval to offer IT services.
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