It’s a new year and time to start thinking about updating your Anti-Virus and Internet Security software.
Kaspersky Lab is a global security software company that recently won the top honors after being tested by AV-Comparatives.org.
Austrian lab AV-Comparatives.org regularly tests security products to see how well they scan and clean up viruses, and how well they detect new, unknown threats.
They regularly conduct Real-World Protection Tests. They test 22 different anti-virus software providers – on an A-Z list they go from AhnLab to Trend Micro.
Some of the top labs that test Kaspersky and other anti-virus software are AV-Comparatives, AV-Test, Virus Bulletin, ICSA Labs, and West Coast Labs.
The Real-World Protection Test that AV-Comparitives conducted from August to November 2013, found Kaspersky Internet Security 2014 blocked 99.9% of malicious files and websites, topping every other company in the test.
With Kaspersky, there was also ZERO wrongly blocked domains – also known as “false positives”.
You can see Kaspersky Lab at the top of the list in the chart below:
Table courtesy of AV-Comparitives
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A lot of companies make it into the 90% range, but it’s rare for a company to block virtually 100% of viruses in tests.
Kaspersky won the top AV Comparitives rating for all of 2013, and only missed one month in 2012 (2 Stars in October) getting the Top 3 Star Advanced Plus rating.
I’ve used several anti-virus programs, both free and paid (read about my experience with other programs here), and have spent hundreds of dollars in repair bills and lost programs, after using other anti-virus software that failed – including AVG, Norton, McAfee, and Bitdefender.
To be fair, there are several very good anti-virus programs besides Kaspersky. Some brands do rate higher than Kaspersky in some tests.
However, I was using programs that were considered among the best, and still had damage from viruses that cost me a lot of money.
After all my experience losing hundreds of dollars worth of programs (due to corrupted hard drives), and having to pay hundreds more in computer repair bills, I finally starting consulting with computer technicians that test many different anti-virus programs on a year by year basis.
They recommended Kaspersky, which I’ve used for several years now with good results.
If you’re not happy with your current anti-virus software, you should give Kaspersky a try.