What do you need to keep yourself safe online, and how much should you be spending on it? On this page, we’re taking a look at the antivirus software from Kaspersky as well as its other digital security products, focusing on cost. We discovered a ton of information, and we’re happy to share it with you today.
Kaspersky Antivirus Pros
We’re not going to tell you absolutely everything about our experience testing out Kaspersky’s antivirus software; that’s what the review is for, of course! But we are going to tell you why we think it’s worth its prices.
Detected 100 Percent of Viruses
When we tested out Kaspersky against five different viruses, it detected all of them, which was a rarity versus the other software we tested.
Detected 99.9 to 100 Percent of Malware
In lab tests from AV Labs, Kaspersky detected 99.9 percent latest malware for Androids, and of the past four weeks, which included all of May 2020, they detected 100 percent of the widespread malware. Again, when it comes to their actual digital security scanning, Kaspersky is at the top of the heap.
Free Antivirus Software
Not to spoil anything for you, but you don’t have to pay anything for Kaspersky on an iOS, Windows or Android device, as they have free antivirus apps for these platforms.
Highly-Rated iOS and Android Apps
On the Google Play store, the Kaspersky Mobile Antivirus: AppLock & Web Security app has a 4.8, while the Kaspersky Security Cloud & VPN has a 4.7 on the Apple store.
Discounts for Two or Three Year Contracts
Commitment pays! We unlocked lower prices when we signed up for long periods of time.
After a considerable amount of poking around on their website and various apps, we found that Kaspersky does have a free antivirus app for Windows, Android and iOS devices. If you’re okay with just having protection against viruses and not malware, phishing, ransomware and the like, then these apps will work for you on an unpaid level. However, if you want more protection, read on.
Note: Kaspersky’s free antivirus app does not work on macOS devices. Rather, you’ll need to choose either an Internet Security or a Total Security plan to cover your Macbook.
Kaspersky bundles its antivirus service with other digital protections like VPNs, firewalls, payment protection, and more. They also offer a number of add-on products for personal use, which we’ll cover below, as well as antivirus for business, which we won’t get into. First, let’s start with those package options.
Antivirus vs. Internet Security vs. Total Security
Essentially, Kaspersky has four plans to choose from that include antivirus software plus a bunch of other services. Total Security provides the most protection, but there’s nothing wrong with signing up for their free service to test it out before diving in fully. You can protect anywhere from one to five devices for one, two or three years, with more savings as the term length increases.
|Product||Antivirus Free||Antivirus Premium||Internet Security||Total Security|
|Compatibility||Windows, Android, iOS||Windows||Windows, macOS, Android||Windows, macOS, Android, iOS|
|Defends against network attacks||X||✓||✓||✓|
|Block unauthorized access to smart cameras||X||X||✓||✓|
|1 device, 1 year||$0.00||n/a||11.99 (Android only)||n/a|
|1 device, 2 years||$0.00||n/a||23.99 (Android only)||n/a|
|2 devices, 1 year||$0.00||n/a||15.59 (Android only)||n/a|
|2 devices, 2 years||$0.00||n/a||31.19 (Android only)||n/a|
|3 devices, 1 year price||$0.00||$29.99||$39.99||$49.99|
|3 devices, 2 years price||$0.00||$59.99||$79.99||$99.99|
|3 devices, 3 year price||$0.00||$89.99||$119.99||$149.99|
|5 devices, 1 year price||$0.00||$39.99||$44.99||$74.99|
|5 devices, 2 years price||$0.00||$79.99||$89.99||$149.99|
|5 devices, 3 year price||$0.00||$119.99||$134.99||$224.99|
Want to know what we thought of Kaspersky antivirus? Read our Kaspersky antivirus review to see what we discovered in our testing process.
Kaspersky has what they call a Security Cloud which combines all of their apps into one package. That includes:
- Data leak monitoring
- Wi-Fi network monitoring
- Device optimization
- VPN with a daily data limit of 500 MB
- Encrypted browser
- Hard drive health monitor
- GPS tracking and alerts for kids
- Monitoring of Facebook
- Website filters
- Screen time and application usage control
|Security Cloud Personal||Security Cloud Family|
|Compatibility||Windows, macOS, Android, iOS||Windows, macOS, Android, iOS|
|Number of users||1||10|
|3 devices, 1 year price||$53.99||n/a|
|3 devices, 2 years price||$107.98||n/a|
|3 devices, 3 year price||$161.98||n/a|
|5 devices, 1 year price||$59.99||n/a|
|5 devices, 2 years price||$119.98||n/a|
|5 devices, 3 year price||$179.98||n/a|
|10 devices, 1 year||n/a||$89.99|
|10 devices, 2 years||n/a||$179.98|
|10 devices, 3 years||n/a||$269.98|
There’s no doubt that the Security Cloud offers the most protection of any packages on this list, making it one of the best digital security products for families.
|Number of Devices||Time Period||Cost|
If you want to buy a VPN separately, that’s also an option, although Kaspersky’s VPN only covers five devices maximum. Many VPNs cover unlimited devices, so this deal won’t be for everybody, especially considering that the average adult in America has more than 10 IoT devices in their own homes.1
FYI: We haven’t reviewed Kaspersky’s VPN Secure, but we have reviewed a different VPN called VPNSecure; don’t get the two mixed up!
There are a ton of risks for kids online, from child identity theft to general inappropriate content. We love that Kaspersky has a free app that lets parents control what online content their kids are seeing, and we think that this is sufficient, as many of the features in Premium, like child locator and Youtube search history, can be obtained in other ways for free, like through their phones’ GPS or in your browser’s search history.
|Safe Kids Free||Safe Kids Premium|
|Filter for online content||✓||✓|
|Youtube safe search||✓||✓|
|Control of app usage by time, age or category||✓||✓|
|Screen time management||✓||✓|
|Screen time scheduling||X||✓|
|Social network monitoring||X||✓|
|Youtube search history||X||✓|
Kaspersky also has a password manager, available for 15 usernames and passwords for free and an unlimited number of usernames and passwords for $14.99 a year. This is a pretty reasonable price, considering the fact that popular password managers like Dashlane charge $59.88 for a year of the exact same service. If you’re one of the 45 percent of Americans who use passwords of eight characters or less, as we found out in our password habit research, password managers can generate more complicated passwords for you, making your accounts more secure.
|Maximum number of items||15||Unlimited|
|Compatibility||Android, iOS, macOS, Windows||Android, iOS, macOS, Windows|
|Maximum number of users||1||1|
Student Discounts: How To Save
Want an extra 10 percent off of anything on Kaspersky’s website, and we do mean anything? Just verify that you’re a student with UNiDAYS2 to unlock that discount. Unfortunately, that was the only discount that we could find from Kaspersky, but we’ll keep our eyes peeled for more.
|Plans, number of devices covered and contract lengths||Price With 10% Student Discount|
|Premium Antivirus (3 devices, 1 year)||$26.99|
|Premium Antivirus (3 devices, 2 years)||$53.99|
|Premium Antivirus (3 devices, 3 years)||$80.99|
|Premium Antivirus (5 devices, 1 year)||$35.99|
|Premium Antivirus (5 devices, 2 years)||$71.99|
|Premium Antivirus (5 devices, 3 years)||$107.99|
|Internet Security (3 devices, 1 year)||$35.99|
|Internet Security (3 devices, 2 years)||$71.99|
|Internet Security (3 devices, 3 years)||$107.99|
|Internet Security (5 devices, 1 year)||$40.49|
|Internet Security (5 devices, 2 years)||$80.99|
|Internet Security (5 devices, 3 years)||$121.49|
|Total Security (3 devices, 1 year)||$44.99|
|Total Security (3 devices, 2 years)||$89.99|
|Total Security (3 devices, 3 years)||$134.99|
|Total Security (5 devices, 1 year)||$67.49|
|Total Security (5 devices, 2 years)||$134.99|
|Total Security (5 devices, 3 years)||$202.49|
Ways to Pay
To pay for Kaspersky’s products, you can use Visa, Mastercard or PayPal. Sadly, they don’t take American Express or Discover, but if you only have those cards, we recommend making a PayPal account. PayPal has another distinct advantage in that your bank won’t be able to see what you purchased, if you want to keep it a secret for whatever reason.
From the day you click purchase, you have 30 days to return any Kaspersky product for a full refund; simply look up your order3 and request a refund, and you’ll get reimbursed within five to seven business days. After that 30 days, you won’t be able to get reimbursed, though.
Want to learn more about the company behind the software? Kaspersky was founded in 1997 and now has more than 400 million users as well as 270,000 business clients. Clearly, they’re a very recognizable name in the cyber security industry, but the company is not without its hardships.
For example, in 2019, a German journalist found a security flaw in their antivirus software that would have allowed hackers to spy on users online.4 Since, the company has issued a patch, but this is more than a little disheartening for a company whose aim is to protect users against hackers, not expose them more. However, these sorts of vulnerabilities are incredibly common, so we can’t knock Kaspersky for something that literally all major tech companies have experienced.
The other biggest media story surrounding Kaspersky is its rumored ties to the Russian government, being a company founded in Russia. In fact, government computers are banned from using Kaspersky on their computers since 2017,5 but if you’re not concerned about Russian hacking, or you aren’t dealing with sensitive national security data, it shouldn’t be too big of a concern.
That does it for Kaspersky’s pricing! Overall, we think their rates are reasonable, and they offer comprehensive coverage for all of your digital security needs. We recommend buying packages rather than individual products to save money, and going with the longer term-length, if possible; but, if you don’t want to spend a dime, Kaspersky has a decent amount of free apps to offer, as well. Our advice? Spend as much or as little as you want with Kaspersky, or, for that matter, nothing at all!
Kaspersky Antivirus FAQs
We’re absolutely out of breath from telling you everything about Kaspersky’s pricing, but we’ll answer the questions we get the most for the cheap seats in the back.
Is Kaspersky a good antivirus?
Kaspersky is a good antivirus software that detected 99.9 percent of malware and, in our own testing, 100 percent of all viruses.
Why is Kaspersky banned from government computers?
Kaspersky is banned from government computers because President Donald Trump and his administration believed it was vulnerable to Russian influence and would risk the United States’ national security, according to Reuters. However, Kaspersky denies these claims.
Is Kaspersky antivirus free?
Kaspersky does have a free antivirus app for iOS, Windows and Android devices.
Which antivirus is better, McAfee or Kaspersky?
McAfee and Kaspersky are pretty neck and neck, but we prefer McAfee slightly due to its better history when it comes to vulnerabilities as well as its expanded compatibility. While Kaspersky only works for iOS, Windows, and Android devices, McAfee adds compatibility for macOS devices as well as browser extensions for Internet Explorer, Edge, Chrome and Firefox.
Statista. (2020). Average number of connected devices residents have access to in U.S. households in 2020, by device. statista.com/statistics/1107206/average-number-of-connected-devices-us-house/
UNiDAYS. (2020). Students save with UNiDAYS.
Forbes. (2019). Warning: A Security Flaw In Kaspersky AntiVirus Lets Hackers Spy Users Online, Millions At Risk.
Reuters. (2017). Trump signs into law U.S. government ban on Kaspersky Lab software. reuters.com/article/us-usa-cyber-kaspersky/trump-signs-into-law-u-s-government-ban-on-kaspersky-lab-software-idUSKBN1E62V4