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Kaspersky Pure 3.0 Total Security

Kaspersky Pure 3.0 Total Security
Developed by: Kaspersky labs
Ranked: 3rd
Overall rating:
Best price: $64.95
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Stephen
Qualtrough

Reviewer

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Review summary

Good points Kaspersky Pure 3.0 Total Security review good points

• Great selection of system-security tools

• Good protection from various forms of malware

• Fully featured parental controls

Bad points Kaspersky Pure 3.0 Total Security review bad points

• Not the easiest security suite to use

• Tuneup features are slightly lacking

• Poor protection from phishing websites

Our verdict

Kaspersky PURE 3.0 is an exceptional security suite that truly shines in several areas of system protection. In a few other areas, however, this software needs a bit of improvement. All things considered, users interested in a comprehensive system-security suite will not be disappointed with this product.

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Full review

Recently, Kaspersky PURE was released to compete with other products in the total-security market. In very little time, it earned a reputation as one of the best system-security suites available; we were eager to find out if Kaspersky PURE could live up to its reputation.

Setup

To run Kaspersky PURE, systems with Windows XP will need a 300MHz processor and at least 256MB of ram. Systems with Vista or Windows 7 will need a 1GHz processor and at least 1GB of memory to run Kaspersky PURE well. On our system, which runs Windows 7, Kaspersky PURE installed without any issues, but it did take awhile to complete. From the EULA agreement to the initial update, Kaspersky PURE required slightly under 20 minutes to completely install.

Security

Anti-virus – .

Firewall – Kaspersky PURE's firewall offers more protection than most firewalls that we have tested. It works by placing applications into four different categories: untrusted, high restricted, low restricted, and trusted. While trusted applications are granted complete network access, applications in the untrusted category are blocked. Applications that fall into one of the other two categories are granted varying levels of network access. We found that this system worked quite well, and we had no problems adjusting program restrictions when necessary.

Parental controls – Unlike the majority of system-security suites, Kaspersky PURE did not skimp on the features included in its parental-control component. In fact, this component's feature set rivals those of many standalone parental-control products. In addition to comprehensive web-filtering capabilities, Kaspersky PURE's parental controls offer reports that provide detailed information concerning various types of computer usage, including web browsing and instant messaging.

Effectiveness

Lab test Score
Viruses 89%
Spyware, worms, Trojans & rootkits 94%
Spam 98%
Phishing 92%
Scareware 94%
False positives 90%

In independent tests designed to rate the effectiveness of virus detection and removal, Kaspersky PURE's scores are usually near the top. However, due to an excessive amount of false positives, Kaspersky PURE occasionally scores lower than expected. In our tests, we were pleased to find that Kaspersky PURE managed to detect and remove most threats without much trouble.

Performance

Backup

Kaspersky PURE is excellent for backing up files and folders to local, removable, and network drives. The backup wizard guides users through the backup process, and it even automatically backs up files from commonly used folders, such as the My Documents folder. Specifying which files and folders need to be backed up manually is quite easy, and backups can also be set to occur regularly. Unfortunately, Kaspersky does not currently provide customers with online storage for backups, an option that many people expect from modern system-backup services.

Identity theft

Password vault – Kaspersky PURE features the ability to conveniently store users' passwords in a secure, encrypted vault. To access the information contained in this vault, users only need to remember one master password.

Phishing protection – While Kaspersky PURE does offer protection from phishing websites, the level of protection provided is pretty poor. In most instances, our browser was able to easily access phishing URLs. Effective phishing-protection software should hide and block most of these URLs; this is something that Kaspersky PURE did not do well.

File shredding – Kaspersky PURE has the ability to securely delete files. When a user deletes a file through Kaspersky PURE's file shredder, it overwrites the file's data to ensure that it can never be recovered. This is a handy feature that most users will need at some point.

PC Tuneup

Kaspersky PURE does offer a few PC-tuneup utilities, but they are clearly not the focus of this security suite. The utilities included perform standard system-tuneup tasks, such as registry cleanups. Kaspersky PURE also has the ability to clear cookies, caches, and web-browsing histories.

Features

Intelligent scanning – Kaspersky PURE monitors PC usage to ensure that malware scans do not have a noticeable impact on performance. This means that users can enjoy their systems thoroughly without compromising their systems' security.

Gamer mode – This useful feature makes it possible to easily disable certain security features to ensure that games and movies can be enjoyed without interruption. While gamer mode is enabled, Kaspersky PURE will reduce its resource usage and disable security-related notifications.

Ease of use

While Kaspersky PURE is fairly easy to use, users who have little system-security experience may find a few of its menus and notifications puzzling. However, with the default settings in place and a little patience, most users will not have much trouble learning how to get the most out of Kaspersky PURE.

Help & support

Kaspersky PURE customers located in North America receive complimentary technical support. This comprehensive support includes complimentary help with technical issues via phone, e-mail, and online chat. Customers are also granted access to a large FAQ database that provides information concerning several common technical issues.

Overall

For home users who need comprehensive system protection, Kaspersky PURE 3.0 is a great option. The system-security areas that Kaspersky PURE focuses on, such as anti-virus and parental control, are among the best in the industry. Other areas, such as system tuneup, could use a little work. Overall, this security suite provides everything needed to keep systems and their users safe.

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Ratings breakdown

Overall
 received a rating of 5 for Overall
Setup
 received a rating of 5 for Setup
Protection
 received a rating of 5 for Protection
Effectiveness
 received a rating of 5 for Effectiveness
Performance
 received a rating of 4 for Performance
Backup
 received a rating of 4 for Backup
Identity theft
 received a rating of 4 for Identity theft
PC Tune-up
 received a rating of 5 for PC Tune-up
Features
 received a rating of 5 for Features
Ease of use
 received a rating of 5 for Ease of use
Help & support
 received a rating of 5 for Help & support