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Re: Kaspersky releases its free version to the world.
« Reply #1 on: July 25, 2017, 11:47:10 PM »
Reading the article makes it pretty clear that it doesn't offer the same protection currently offered by the Free version of Avast.
Thanks for the information but I'll stick with what's worked for me since 2003. :)
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Re: Kaspersky releases its free version to the world.
« Reply #2 on: July 26, 2017, 12:01:37 AM »
Hi bob3160,

The whole evolving situation around ongoing cyberthreats, malicious hacktools and services, ongoing astroturfing destabilizing attacks, snooping operations, etc. makes that  we have to question using specific AV.

Want an example from such a state driven attack, called operation Wilted Tulp, see here: hxtp://www.clearskysec.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/yara-apt_wilted_tulip.txt  (i have broken the link for those not into malcode researching),
others can read here: https://www.infosecurity-magazine.com/news/copykittens-a-new-report-details/

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Re: Kaspersky releases its free version to the world.
« Reply #3 on: July 26, 2017, 12:09:07 AM »
@ Damien,
How is that related to this topic ???
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Re: Kaspersky releases its free version to the world.
« Reply #4 on: July 26, 2017, 12:22:37 AM »
Hi bob3160,

Well as the USA government does not want to use Kaspersky's, because they do not trust Kaspersky's loyalty towards the Russian authorities, and we have a theater where we do not only have to reckon with the usual malware as we have known so far, but are in the midst of an ongoing "cold" cyberwar, you should be reluctant to use some software from certain vendors.

That is the point I make and that is how my post is related to this AV release. Maybe Kaspersky will not alarm 'coppykittens' and the attack is passed unnoticed through your network. Just a scenario, could not be, but again you cannot take any risks.

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Re: Kaspersky releases its free version to the world.
« Reply #5 on: July 26, 2017, 12:59:43 AM »
Oh yes, the Russian thing. Nicely put to the top of the list by those who needed something to talk about.
McAfee doesn't think it was actually Russia. Who knows. Right now it all depends on what you believe or, who has persuaded
you as to what they would like you to believe.
There are always three sides to every story but our main street news will not share all three sides of that story.
For me, it doesn't matter, Kaspersky isn't anything I'm interested in Free or paid. :)
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Re: Kaspersky releases its free version to the world.
« Reply #6 on: July 26, 2017, 01:20:21 AM »
Reading the article makes it pretty clear that it doesn't offer the same protection currently offered by the Free version of Avast.
Thanks for the information but I'll stick with what's worked for me since 2003. :)

The protection of Kaspersky free is very basic indeed.

And the free version does not even have behavior blocker that is effective against ransomware.

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Re: Kaspersky releases its free version to the world.
« Reply #7 on: July 26, 2017, 08:18:46 AM »
Another contender for Free AV market.This will really be a very strong competitor for Avast, Avira and all the other big free ones.
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Re: Kaspersky releases its free version to the world.
« Reply #8 on: July 26, 2017, 11:02:55 AM »
Yes, Kaspersky Free lacks their behavior blocker (SystemWatcher). It still connects to KSN (Kaspersky cloud) which means you indirectly receive protection for as long as paid users encounter same malware and analyze it with SystemWatcher before you do. avast!'s Behavior Shield and CommunityIQ working a similar way actually, so even if you don't use Behavior Shield, you're indirectly receiving same protection. There is a timing gap of course, but still. It'll certainly be an interesting contender on the Free AV segment...
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Re: Kaspersky releases its free version to the world.
« Reply #9 on: July 26, 2017, 01:06:06 PM »
This is very good news. However, does Kaspersky Free Antivirus cointain any bloatware or unwanted features?

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Re: Kaspersky releases its free version to the world.
« Reply #10 on: July 26, 2017, 01:51:14 PM »
This is very good news. However, does Kaspersky Free Antivirus cointain any bloatware or unwanted features?
Those who bother to click link and read the info will find out


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 At the same time Kaspersky Free doesn’t come cut with all the usual nonsense like advertising-oriented user-habit tracking and confidentiality infringements – which free AV normally suffers badly from in order to make it financially worthwhile to its manufacturers.
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Re: Kaspersky releases its free version to the world.
« Reply #11 on: July 26, 2017, 01:56:58 PM »
L.S.

Just re-entering the discussion here. I am not interested in what the "man in the street" thinks, what mass media holds or what hypercorrectness or con-sensus sort of orders me to do, I am only interested in the "real technical facts, that what I see technically analyzed and can grasp as being malcode".  And researchers from clearskysec for instance for me at least are authorities among the best you can have in the field. And it does not interest me one bit who the malceants are, whether they are white hat, grey hat, script kiddy, cybercriminal, cyber-army spooks or whatever, whether they from earth or even another planet.... ;D

I am only interested in an AV that stops them all, the vendor driven scam and ad-crap, the state-driven astroturf fraud, the so-called Bundestrojan (wherever it stems from, in whatsoever country it was developed or put together). I want an AV that, that as best as it can, protects me against all digital threats period, and not let something pass "under the AV radar".

I have reason to believe Kaspersky free AV is not doing that, or I am not being told it does so, so I stick to avast, together with the routines of updating, patching and making back-ups (not in the cloud, as some non-public-clouds I do not trust fully security-wise as well).

So I know we live in very difficult and dangerous times to find ourselves protected in the malware-landscape. Agree that complicating factors here are fake news, desinformation and a "waning" trust problem.

Keep vigilant folks, keep vigilant ye all, keep vigilant avast team!

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Re: Kaspersky releases its free version to the world.
« Reply #12 on: July 26, 2017, 04:54:59 PM »
Been running/testing the new free version for 24 hours and is quite nice, very light on the system and combined with MBAM Premium and Adguard Pro it makes a pretty formidable defence package.

Has no advertising tricks sucking in the not so wise to click click click  ;)