I’ve used several different anti-virus programs and recommend Kaspersky.
You can buy and download programs direct from the Kaspersky website, but you will have to pay extra to have an actual disk mailed to you.
I think it’s better to buy from Amazon. You’ll probably get a better price, and you’ll receive a box that looks like the one at the left – it has a disk inside.
I think it’s important to have this disk, which you can use to install the program, or use as a backup disk, in case of problems
If you’ve never used Kaspersky before, first uninstall any other anti-virus programs on your computer. Then you can just insert the disk into your CD drive, and the program will load.
Don’t throw away the envelope your disk comes in. It has an “Activation Code” at the bottom, which you will need.
If you don’t have a CD drive, or if there is a problem with the program loading from the CD, you can go to this page to download from the internet. Scroll down to where it says:
Get the Latest Kaspersky Version
If you already own a Kaspersky product you may download the latest version from the lists below.
Find the product you want and click on it – this section will not ask you to “order”, or for credit card information, because it assumes you’ve already paid for the product.
After clicking, it will show a file to download to your computer.
Give the file time to load and then Run it. Near the end of the download process it will ask for the Activation Code mentioned above.
What if you already have Kaspersky and are just updating – renewing your subscription for another year?
Go to the Kaspersky program on your computer and click on the Licensing button at the bottom right of the window.
It will ask for your Activation Code and then add another 365 days to your subscription.
I recommend waiting until you only have a few days left on your subscription before you do this.
Your computer will still look like it has the old version on – for example if you had Kasperky 2012, it will still say “Kaspersky 2012″ when your new subscription starts, but you will have the latest software.
What if you want the look and feel of the latest year?
Let’s say you’ve been simply been renewing your subscription since 2012, but in 2014 you decide you want your computer to show the “2014 version“.
Then you simply uninstall the 2013 version from your computer first, then install the 2014 version.
Go to All Programs >> Kaspersky Anti-Virus >> Remove Kaspersky Anti-Virus
It should say “Save the following data:“, and there should be a box checked that says “License information“.
If you leave this box checked it will save the remaining days for you when you install the new 2014 version of Kaspersky – install using the methods above.
In both of these cases – whether you simply renew a subscription, or uninstall an old version to install a new version (for a new look), you won’t see 365 (days) added to your remaining days.
Let’s say you have 4 days left on your subscription when you get ready to renew. Your “days remaining” counter will count down each day – 4, 3, 2, 1.
On the last day of your subscription it will say “0 days remaining“. At midnight on that day the counter will change – if you look again after midnight, it will say “365 days remaining“.