Kaspersky Mac Antivirus Review – Kaspersky for Mac OS X

by admin on February 16, 2010

kaspersky mac reviewThe Russian-based company Kaspersky is a relative newcomer in the world of antivirus software, but it has quickly gained a strong reputation for its rock-solid products for Windows, which are backed by fastidious updates and exceptional tech support.

Kaspersky now offers antivirus software for Mac, which is a good thing now that the issue of viruses and malware can no longer be safely ignored by Mac users. How does Kaspersky Antivirus for Mac compare to its longer-established competitors?

The Basics

Kaspersky Anti-Virus for Mac runs on Mac OS X 10.4.11 and up.  It requires 512 MB of RAM and 80 MB of hard disk space, making it one of the leaner antivirus programs in terms of hard disk requirements.  Kaspersky will run on Intel-based Macs only.  It’s available as a digital download for $39.95 US.

Kaspersky promises the benefits of constant antivirus research, with upwards of three updates per day, and protection against Mac, Windows and Linux-based viruses and malware.

The Pros

The basic measure of any antivirus program’s usefulness is how it fares in terms of effective yet unobtrusive, user and resource-friendly performance.  In this respect, Kaspersky Anti-Virus for Mac is just about as good as it gets.  Kaspersky uses very little in terms of CPU resources, which means that you can go about your usual computing activities as normal while Kaspersky is scanning or otherwise operating in the background.  Also, its small disk space footprint is more beneficial than it might initially seem, as Macs rely heavily on Virtual Memory, so the smaller a program is, the less it contributes to the potential degradation in performance that comes with low disk space.  All of this means that Kaspersky is maybe the very best Mac antivirus program in terms of performance.

Kaspersky’s frequent updates and protection against threats for all three major platforms make it a good choice for users who operate in a mixed network environment, especially if you use shared folders; with Kaspersky, you can reliably scan any shared folder on your network, no matter what kind of files are on it, and be sure of the validity of the results.

It also protects you against as wide a variety of threats as some of the other Mac antivirus programs.

The Cons

The Kaspersky interface is very user-friendly and clean-looking, but in some cases basic features aren’t as clear as they ought to be.  Manual updating, for example, can be hard to get a handle on initially.

The variety of search options offered by Kaspersky can also actually be somewhat overwhelming and confusing to inexperienced users, but you will get it eventually.  If you’re not sure as to what exactly you’d like to do, it can take a while to sift through all of the options that Kaspersky gives you when you decide you’d like to do a scan.

The Verdict

Kaspersky Anti-Virus for Mac – in terms of capability, value-for money and performance – is perhaps the best choice for Mac users at present.  In terms of pure antivirus and anti-malware protection, you really can’t go wrong. Highly Recommended.

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