Quick, Effective And Easy To Use; Kaspersky Antivirus 2012 Is Definitely One To Consider


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On June 17, 2011
Last modified:June 2, 2012


A great, low resource usage antivirus program that is effective at dealing with malware. Seems to divide user opinion somewhat though so you may be advised to read plenty of other independent reviews before deciding if this is the right antivirus program for you.

My Review Of Kaspersky Antivirus 2012

Today I am beginning my series of reviews on the new antivirus programs for 2012. First in this new list is Kaspersky Antivirus 2012.
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Key Benefits:
  • Quick to install – get up and running in just a couple of minutes
  • Quick to run – a full scan of your computer won’t take very long at all
  • Effective detection of threats – keeps you and your computer secure

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What does Kaspersky Antivirus 2012 look like and is it easy to install?

Installation of the files needed to run Kaspersky Antivirus 2012 was just as quick as it was with their internet security program that I looked at last week. Likewise, at the beginning of the installation process the program looked for any conflicting security programs that were already on my system but didn’t find any this time :). Once installed I simply activated the product and it was good to go.

The first thing I did was to update the database. This was a download of around 80 MB which came through an awful lot quicker than the 100 MB one I needed for Kasperksy Internet Security 2012 so that was a pleasant surprise.

Kaspersky Antivirus 2012 interface

Kaspersky Antivirus 2012 looks very much like their internet security program, just with less features accessible so, needless to say, I am equally impressed with the layout and the ease with which I could find all the features that this program has to offer.

Take a closer look at the program and interface in the video below:

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What features does Kaspersky Antivirus 2012 include?

It goes without saying that an antivirus program is not as feature packed as an internet security package but Kaspersky Antivirus 2012 still contains a good number of features as evidenced by the list below –

  • antivirus protection – for files, mail, instant messaging and the web
  • network port monitoring
  • quick response to new threats – via the cloud protection
  • privacy cleaner
  • gaming profile
  • virtual keyboard – a great defense against keyloggers (use for entering online banking details for example)

Kaspersky Antivirus 2012 settings

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Will Kaspersky Antivirus 2012 run ok on my computer?

Kaspersky Antivirus 2012 has the following system requirements –

  • Windows XP Service Pack 2 /Vista /7 (both 32 bit and 64 bit)
  • a minimum of 480 MB free hard drive space
  • an internet connection
  • a processor rated at 800Mhz or better for Windows XP / 1Ghz or above for Vista and 7
  • 512 MB RAM for Windows XP users / I GB RAM for 32 bit Vista and 7 / 2 GB RAM for 64 bit Vista and 7 users

Additionally, the program will run on the majority of current line netbooks assuming they can match or exceed the following specs –

  • Intel Atom processor 1.6 Ghz
  • I GB or more RAM
  • 160 GB Hard disk
  • Windows XP home edition
  • 10.1″ + screen size
  • an Intel GMA950 video adaptor

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How effective is this program at keeping me, my files and my computer secure?

As per the internet security program I looked at last week, I tested Kaspersky Antivirus 2012 against some dodgy links found on malwaredomainlist.com. The program performed admirably, detecting the 20 or so links I tested it against, identifying each of them as a threat.

A small test such as that isn’t going to be conclusive of course but it does seem to indicate that Kaspersky Antivirus 2012 is certainly an effective security program.

Kaspersky Antivirus 2012 quick to update

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+ Plus Points

Kaspersky Antivirus 2012 is a great program. It installed quickly and the first update to the database was exceptionally quick too. It is very easy to set up and get to grips with and users of all skill levels should be able to have it configured to their needs in no time. In fact, the default settings will serve the majority of people’s needs so it can (almost) be completely forgotten about once set up.

During testing I tried running other tasks on my laptop to see how it performed. I don’t know about you but I cannot stand security software that renders my computer unusable whilst it is running. This latest antivirus program from Kaspersky doesn’t cause any such issues though. The only time I noticed performance issues was during the initial database update, the rest of the time I was able to multitask without realising the program was running.

In terms of effectiveness this antivirus program does the job based upon the testing I did and that, at the end of the day, is the most important task that you will want the program to perform.
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– Minus Points

Kaspersky Antivirus 2012 has one setting in it, much like it’s bigger brother does, which I think should be changed. That is the battery saving option which is set up to disable scheduled scanning if your laptop/netbook is running on battery power – personally I’d prefer a performance hit whilst working than missing an update, especially as the time of the scheduled scan can easily be changed anyway.

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My overall impression of Kaspersky Antivirus 2012

Kaspersky Antivirus 2012 is a great program and I really like it. It looks good, works well and has many features that add immensely to it’s usefulness. At around $40 for one years protection for one PC I think it offers great value to anyone looking at a standalone antivirus solution.

Having said that, I would actually recommend that you look at Kaspersky Internet Security 2012 though. If you can stretch to an extra $20 then the additional features found in that program represent a better value in my opinion. Have a read of my review though as you may decide differently depending upon how you use your computer.

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A great, low resource usage antivirus program that is effective at dealing with malware. Seems to divide user opinion somewhat though so you may be advised to read plenty of other independent reviews before deciding if this is the right antivirus program for you.
About Lee Munson

Lee's non-technical background allows him to write about internet security in a clear way that is understandable to both IT professionals and people just like you who need simple answers to your security questions.


  1. I agree with those negative feedback. It slows down my pc. When your browsing internet it eats a lot of resources up to 1gig. Sometimes mess up malware. And the so annoying out of date message. I understand why slow my pc but i better turn it off kaspersky.

  2. hi,
    my kaspresky antivirous does not work i mean it update is not be complete what should i do

  3. I read your review but have not had good experience with the product.

    I bought a new Toshiba laptop on 12-10-2011. I installed the Kaspersky Anti Virus 2012 software that I bought with the laptop, with an expiration date of 12-09-2012.
    On January 1, 2012 the software told me it expired on Jun 01, 2011 (neat trick).

    I uninstalled it and installed AVG.
    In February, I called Kaspersky and they helped me reinstall it and told me it was good until 12-09-2012.
    On 4-09-2012 the software tolde me it had expired and the database was out of date and unsafe, that I needed to renew my subscription..
    I called Kaspersky and was routed to their tech support, who remoted me and said my new laptop was extremely slow and files were missing, they ran prefetch and showed me a page of warnings that they said needed to be resolved.
    They kept me on the phone for over 45 minutes, all the while trying to sell me a service plan, ranging from $199.99-$399.99, depending on whether I wanted 1,2, or 3 years of service.
    They never did offer to get it working again, without paying $99.
    I told them I would use my desktop for the mean time and thank you.
    The next morning, it still said out of date and expired.
    I opened Windows Explorer to search for a file and notice that Kaspersky had changed to an up to date status.
    I don’t feel that I can trust it, any more.

    I understand this is supposed to be the best but it sure isn’t working well, for me.

    • “They kept me on the phone for over 45 minutes, all the while trying to sell me a service plan, ranging from $199.99-$399.99, depending on whether I wanted 1,2, or 3 years of service.”

      Where did you get the Kaspersky phone number you called them on???

  4. when i try to activate it asks me to update but i dont get run update option instead it shows setting option and its not getting updated unless i update it wont get activated and there is no other option to run update… pls help

  5. Kaspersky Anti Virus is the WORST Protection I has EVER seen it slowed down my laptop and caused problems and It always kept saying data base is out of date and I would uninstall it and reinstall it and it still did it going to Norton Screw this crap!!!!

  6. good

  7. Kaspersky is the worst Antivirus solution I have used. The worst thing is that a virus was allowed on my work laptop. Every time I recieve an email from anyone running Kaspersky, I also receive spam from computers known to be running Kaspersky. Kaspersky is the worst anti virus solution I have seen and for the reasons above I would never use it again. Go with Norton360 because it detects all of the crap that people using Kaspersky send to you.

  8. hello

    I have Pc with Win 7 ultimate, AMD sempron 3000+ working on 1.83ghz and 1.5 Gb ddr 2 RAM memoria, Can i install Kaspersky Antu Virus 2012? What you suggest me to do? I am fan of Kaspesrsky, but i have old Pc and want to can KAV 2012 normally work???


    Sincerely speaking am using your Antivirus software since last year but up to this period there No any Virus attack in my system, and am going to stay with Kaspersky for ever.

  10. Great review, but it failed to detect some of the links found in malwaredomainlist.com and I was able to download some ‘cfg’ files. Kaspersky didn’t even warn me about those links or files. How does the web anti-virus feature work?

    • Hi Daniel, in simple terms the web antivirus ‘intercepts’ any web page that you open and uses a variety of techniques to deduce whether anything there could be a threat. If something malicious is detected, then the program will block access to that page, thereby ensuring you don’t get infected.

    • Cfg files means config files, and like text files, are clean


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