Kaspersky PURE 3.0 Total Security - Performance and Verdict

By Simon Williams

Reviewed:

Summary

Our Score:

8

Kaspersky PURE 3.0 Total Security - Performance

When we scanned 30GB of test files, Kaspersky PURE 3.0 Total Security checked 200,862 files in 56 minutes, giving a transfer rate of 60 files/s. This is a little lower than average for recent AV suites.

Rerunning the scan took just six seconds to check 5,258 files, showing an exceptional rate of fingerprinting. Just as well, as running a scan has a noticeable resource hit on other tasks.

AV-Test (www.av-test.org) scored the suite at 16.0/18.0, close to the highest score it has given. As well as being an excellent score overall, it breaks down well over the three categories the organisation measures.

The Protection score was 5.5/6.0, with a full 100 percent detection of established malware and very high scores on recent and zero-day threats, too.

Kaspersky PURE 3.0 Total Security

The suite also scored 5.5/6.0 for Repair, which measures how well the software copes with sorting out the mess malware can wreak on a system. Kaspersky PURE 3.0 Total Security has a specific tool for this, Post-Infection Microsoft Windows Troubleshooting, though you have to dig in Additional Tools to find it.

The Usability score was 5.0/6.0, which indicates a reasonable resource hit, though subjectively we would have put it higher.

Kaspersky PURE 3.0 Total Security - Safe Money

Should I buy Kaspersky PURE 3.0 Total Security?

The scope of Kaspersky PURE 3.0 Total Security is roughly that of Norton 360 and at similar cost is a good alternative to this and other well-known names. It has all the key elements and though it could do with a more thorough PC tune up facility, that's a secondary function for an IS suite.

There are suites which work in a slightly more obvious way, such as Bullguard Premium Protection, though this one doesn’t score quite as highly as Kaspersky in AV-Test’s tests.

Verdict

Despite a couple of minor niggles, such as the relative importance given to text on the main control screen and the apparent inability to combine backup categories, it scores well with AV-Test and does its job in a sensible and robust way.

Overall Score

8

Scores In Detail

  • Design 7
  • Features 8
  • Usability 7
  • Value 8

mad 1

September 15, 2013, 9:56 pm

Kaspersky seems to get good scores from an antivirus point of view but from a user perspective its terrible. I you want to do something like network to pcs it will stop you and it is not intuitive how to allow them to network. So if you just want to let it sit there and while you brows then fine but if you do anything more like networking forget it this wont let you.

tmik

April 22, 2014, 10:41 pm

Their support is also TERRIBLE with an average wait of at least a WEEK or more for a response and the most times its a stock response that has nothing to do with the actual problem submitted.

Nige Bruce

September 9, 2014, 6:34 am

Kaspersky lets you network just fine, it will offer a prompt on new actions and all you have to do is allow it. Forget the scaremongering below, have been using this for the last 12 months in a fully networked environment with no problems, including having Kaspersky mobile on Android tablets and phones.

Support took about 8 hours for the one issue I had in that period and not the WEEK mentioned below.

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