Kaspersky Free Antivirus offers strong anti-malware protection for Windows

Kaspersky Free Antivirus has been released, and it will now be available for free to all Windows users. The rollout of the free antivirus software is being phased and users from some countries like Russia, Finland, Norway, Denmark, etc. will be able to download it right away. Users from countries like USA, Canada, etc. will be able to download it in the month of July whereas India will have to wait until September. The global rollout will be completed by November 2017.

Kaspersky Free Antivirus for Windows PC

Kaspersky Free Antivirus offers basic anti-malware protection for Windows users like file, email and web antivirus, automatic updates, self-defense, quarantine, etc; and will not include advanced security features like Privacy Protection, Parental Control, Safe Money, Online Payment Protection, Secure VPN Connection, etc., which paid products like Kaspersky Internet Security have to offer. As a result, it is expected to be lighter and quicker.

Said Eugene Kaspersky,

There are a lot of users who don’t have the ~$50 to spend on premium protection; therefore, they install traditional freebies (which have more holes than Swiss cheese for malware to slip through) or they even rely on Windows Defender (ye gods!). An increase in the number of installations of Kaspersky Free will positively affect the quality of protection of all users, since the big-data-bases will have more numbers to work with to better hone the machine learning.

Once you download the installer and run it, you will be welcomed with the following screen. Click on Continue to proceed with the installation.

Once Kaspersky Free Antivirus is installed, reboot your computer and open it. The UI is easy to understand and operate.

Kaspersky Free Antivirus Windows

You basically have two buttons that will work for you. The Scan button and the Database Update button – if you need to manually perform these operations.

Clicking on the small wheel in the bottom left corner will open its Settings.

Kaspersky Free Antivirus

You can configure the settings for File Anti-Virus, Web AntiVirus, IM Anti-Virus and Mail Anti-Virus. Click on the thumbnails to see the settings for these functions.

You can go here to download the setup file for Kaspersky Free Antivirus.

Incidentally, they have another free AV offering – Kaspersky Security Cloud Free. It gives you remote control and management options that Kaspersky Free Antivirus does not support. That is the main difference between the two.

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of TheWindowsClub.com, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.


  1. Alan Jeffries

    Hi it looks like this will not be free here in the uk

  2. It will be … likely to be rolled out in October.

  3. Alan Jeffries


  4. guilamu

    Error 27300: Error Installing Driver Klim6_sys

  5. Juan Figueroa

    This is wonderful news, i was eager to test it since i read the latest test results in AV TEST ORG, but encountered at that time that they didn’t have a free version. I am using Bitdefender now, but will surely test Kapersky because i need lighter antiviruses in performance hit impact. I was also a Panda user, but the negative impact when opening apps or documents was very noticeable.

  6. George

    This is a very good antivirus and has been in the top 5 ever since. But there is one little catch… Look at the main window on the bottom right… See it ??? License: 365 days remaining. Now, what could that mean ??? I assume that after the “free limited trail” you would have to spend a few $$$ to get the paid version. Maybe I’m right or maybe I’m wrong but we’ll soon find out… Anyways, Kasperskey offers reliable and sound protection that we can trust.

  7. Maxwell

    Anyone care to explain why Kaspersky Total Security opens thousands of network connections with most going to Russia?

    I didn’t notice this anomaly until I upgraded my networking hardware to have better monitoring capabilities. I know it’s Kaspersky doing this because if I disable it the connections drop but as soon as Kaspaskey restarts those thousands of connections open again. This “experiment” has been tested on multiples PCs and it’s always Kaspersky opening thousands of connections.

    I have since removed Kaspersky and the replacement security software does not exhibit this anomalous and highly suspicious behavior.

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