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Windows 7: Announcing Kaspersky Free Anti-Virus

05 Aug 2017   #11
michael diemer

Windows 7 x64 SP1
 
 

Well, I decided to take the plunge into the Volga. I have run paid Kaspersky in the past and liked it. Install was easy, if a bit lengthy. Authorization was quick as my old account was still intact. Just logged in and got authorized. Did a quick scan, nothing found. It wanted to remove MSE during install, which I opted against. I disabled MSE after it was up and running. You get the virtual keyboard, which I used to use now and then. Stops key-loggers. Also, it has Kaspersky Secure Connect, which allows you to connect to the internet anonymously.

As for trusting a company from Russia, well I had no issues with the paid version. And Kaspersky is not the Russian government. That's a whole different animal (a bear, I believe). The Gov. is a dictatorship. Kaspersky is just one of many competing AV providers. In fact, I'd probably trust Kaspersky at least as much as I trust Microsoft. (Actually, considering that Microsoft is a monopoly, I might need to reconsider that).

So far, the only thing I have noticed is that Windows is running better. Firefox is faster. Could be a coincidence, but I'll take it. I'm hardly on Windows anyway, so there's not much risk involved. Spend most of my time these days on Zorin 12 Lite. Fastest OS I have ever used.

Edit: Just started up Windows 7 for the first time since installing Kaspersky Free. Unfortunately. it is running pretty slowly, seems all gunked-up. don't know it's attributable to Kaspersky. I'll have to give it more time. If this is new normal for this machine, I'll uninstall it.

Edit 2: I remembered that I also installed an add-on, Privacy Badger, yesterday, and that could be what is slowing things down. Will have to uninstall to see if that is the case.


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07 Aug 2017   #12
Jody Thornton

Windows 8 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by michael diemer View Post
Edit: Just started up Windows 7 for the first time since installing Kaspersky Free. Unfortunately. it is running pretty slowly, seems all gunked-up. don't know it's attributable to Kaspersky. I'll have to give it more time. If this is new normal for this machine, I'll uninstall it.

Edit 2: I remembered that I also installed an add-on, Privacy Badger, yesterday, and that could be what is slowing things down. Will have to uninstall to see if that is the case.
So what's the update?
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08 Aug 2017   #13
michael diemer

Windows 7 x64 SP1
 
 

Well, Firefox continues to open slowly, took at least a minute. I changed some settings on Kaspersky and will restart to see if problem continues. I should note that I have the Privacy Badger on Zorin, and it does not cause any problems. In general, Zorin is faster than Windows 7 HP. I only go on Windows rarely on this computer, so maybe that too has something to do with it. On my music computer I have W7 Pro, which is very fast. I keep it offline by default and run MSE.

Edit: Forgot to report that yesterday I disabled Kaspersky and enabled MSE. Things were still slow. This of course could be due to any number of things. Often the monthly update solves it. I do the Security Only one. I'll be doing that soon, so hopefully I'll have a better sense of things then.
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08 Aug 2017   #14
michael diemer

Windows 7 x64 SP1
 
 

I just downloaded Slimjet browser, which bills itself as the fastest browser in the world. It opens instantly. so the problem must be with Firefox. IE explorer opens a bit faster than Firefox, but neither is anywhere close to Slimjet. Don't know much about this browser yet, except that it's open sourced and based on chromium. So, Kaspersky may not have been the problem after all.
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08 Aug 2017   #15
jsc145

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 

Amazing what people will do for a free item. The AV is an important software component of your pc. Why skimp on it? Especially with the deals that are available. I've recently purchased a 3 year license for Eset Nod32 for like $20 from an official retailer. This amounts to about $6.66 a year. I just can't imagine using any Russian software after all of the recent issues that have occurred with the election.
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