I switched to Kaspersky Antivirus, when it was first offered in the UK, where I then lived. I upgraded to the full internet suite when the licence for my existing firewall expired. I now have three machines with Total Security and two with Internet Security and have no qualms about any possible links to government agencies. Eugene has said if the Russian government tried to intervene, he would relocate overseas.
I've met Eugene and some of his team at a couple of security seminars and judge them to be people of high integrity and competence, demonstrated by the fact I have never had any malware getting through to any of my machines since I started using their products. The hourly check for updates is the best in the business, I believe.
Your bank is still happy with Kaspersky products, that would be good enough for me. I'm interested that you asked for a free recommendation, should you decide to jump ship, since Kaspersky is not free (your bank supplies it for free but ultimately, who pays your bank's business expenses?). A review this month, here in Australia of most of the AV suites in one of the major magazines rated Bitdefender and Kaspersky on a par as the best functionality and Avast as the best free alternative, for what it's worth. It looked like a thorough study to me.
Could Kaspersky be hacked? It's software and ANY software can be hacked, given enough resources. I won't go into the circumstances of the US government decision to discontinue using Kaspersky, it is beyond the scope of this discussion, except to say that I believe they are wrong.
My personal opinion, others may differ.
This may not be a suitable subject for debate, but here goes anyway. For a few years now, my bank has supplied me, free, with Kaspersky antivirus, rated by others as being top-notch in the arena of security apps. Now, all of a sudden, Kaspersky has been accused by our current administration that it is linked with Putin and his do-gooders, and the government has put a warning across the use of that antivirus software. There must be others who, like me, use Kaspersky and are wondering if it's still safe to use. Should I be concerned? My bank has not said a word on any possible solution to this problem. What do you think? If it's not safe, what would be a good free alternative to Kaspersky?
--Submitted by Lenny L.
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