Kaspersky has now announced a free version of their antivirus product for Windows users. Kaspersky hopes that this move will increase the number of installations and will positively affect the quality of protection of all users, since they will have more numbers to work with for machine learning.
Kaspersky Free Antivirus will offer file, email and web antivirus, automatic updates, self-defense, quarantine and more. However, this free version will lack many extra features like Parental Control, Online Payment Protection, and Secure Connection (VPN) that are available in their paid version. Since many features are removed, Kaspersky Free is lighter on system resources and quicker than paid version. Kaspersky also highlighted that this free version doesn’t come with advertising-oriented user-habit tracking and confidentiality infringements.
The roll-out is going to be done over four months in waves as per different regions. The first wave will be the U.S.A., Canada, and many of the Asia Pacific countries. September: India, Hong Kong, Middle East, Africa, Turkey and Latin America. October: Europe, Japan and South Korea. November: Vietnam and Thailand.
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