Kaspersky and Avast antivirus laboratories are among the oldest and most reputable companies in this business. Years of experience, millions of users, multiple market propositions and reliability guarantees help them stay on top of anti-malware solutions. Let’s try to find out which one is really better: Kaspersky or Avast.
Kaspersky Antivirus: Simple Reliable Pack
Since the very beginning of their history, Kaspersky labs have been remaining a light app not requiring the user’s PC to wait for too long until the software gets set up and prepared for the further usage. The deep scanning process does not prevent you from working with your computer and does not cause significant performance drops. Here we can say that Kaspersky Antivirus solution is an app equipped with a basic set of safety instruments.
Nevertheless, the use of advanced premium versions of this application like Kaspersky Internet Security or Kaspersky Total Security that include additional functions, does not cause the PC performance reduction. Of course, Kaspersky solutions are perfect to find and eliminate virus threats, they suit even the needs of serious businesses in data protection.
Main advantages of Kaspersky solutions are:
- Minimum system resource consumption, no performance drops
- Safe surfing
- Virtual keyboard protecting from keyboard spyware when entering passwords
Kaspersky has following disadvantages:
- The lack of advanced instruments
- High price for premium and corporate solutions
Avast: Flexible Options
As for the freeware version, Avast Free Antivirus has many functions allowing the user to deal with all possible kinds of malware without any troubles. In the test we conducted Avast stopped 97% of all threats. The app had some problems with blocking several phishing systems, but all rootkits, Trojans and ransomware agents didn’t sneak into the system. Avast Free Antivirus stops threats directly during the download and before they have a chance to infect the user’s device. If the user tries to access the dangerous website (including most phishing schemes), Avast will immediately warn him or her about that with a pop-up notification.
An impressive quality of this free app is the number of additional instruments delivered as a package. It includes the VPN service and the password manager. That’s pretty impressive as for a freeware antivirus proposition, isn’t it?
A deep system scanner able to find all vulnerabilities of the user’s PC (such as browser lacks, outdated drivers or software versions) is especially great. Outdated programs are weaknesses of any system, and hackers always try to use them to get access to your data. Avast Free Antivirus impressed us with its instrument kit protecting the user from those issues.
The app doesn’t have the complete firewall, but the Wi-Fi monitoring instrument constantly tracks potential attempts of hijackers to steal or use your online connection sneakily.
The free version of Avast antivirus means that the user will face frequent ads convincing them to buy the premium subscription. Other providers usually make such notifications not too annoying, but those of Avast do irritate.
The paid version gives you access to the personal firewall, data destroyer and webcam monitoring functions.
- Strong free antivirus package
- Wi-Fi monitoring
- Password manager
- Passive real-time protection
- A lot of irritating popup ads and annoying messages
- Slight decrease of PC performance
- Firewall available only in paid version
Both Avast and Kaspersky are worth your attention as reliable antivirus apps. Those who prefer a light app providing guaranteed basic protection level can choose Kaspersky. Users who need additional instruments and flexibility will be more satisfied with Avast.