As our technology evolves, so does the Malware, at an even faster rate than ever. Fortunately, the latest version of antivirus software or AV to some is a step ahead of the Malware and better equipped to fend off new threats.

In recent years, AV technologies have changed greatly. Although you have a purchased an antivirus package that was capable of stopping known viruses and other known malware, but it may prove more difficult for brand-new threats. Therefore, newer products would do better in deterring them.

Even though the primary concern is to stop malware from infecting your PC, there isn’t any antivirus known to be 100% effective against it. However, it is still in your best option that an antivirus is installed in your machine, regardless of whether it is a free or paid version.

You would probably be overwhelmed by the sheer variety of internet security suites in the market which are aimed at both home users and small business owners. This is why we have come up with a comparison of two of the most popular internet security suites, Avast! Internet Security, and Kaspersky Internet Security.


Malware & Spyware Protection

Avast!

  • Antivirus – Scoring excellent scores in various tests, Avast is one of the best in virus protection and detection as confirmed by various sites and labs. However, the downside of Avast is that it would sometimes register some safe and legitimate files as malware, or as known as false positive to some. But hey, better safe than sorry eh. It is always better for your antivirus to register a false positive than to let a threat slip pass your security.
  • Sandbox – Probably one of the best features to be found on any antivirus, the sandbox feature allows you to run a potentially harmful program in a separate virtual space that is safe without infecting your computer.
  • SafeZone – SafeZone is a feature that separates your browser into a safe environment which restricts all cookies and plug-ins in order to ensure maximum security for you to carry out sensitive and banking stuff online.
  • Software Updater – Applications and programs which are not up to date will pose a potential threat, but with the Software Updater feature from Avast!, your browsers, Adobe Flash, Microsoft products and Java will always be stay up-to-date.

Kaspersky

  • Antivirus – Based on several tests conducted by a few labs, Kaspersky has a reputable score as well but slightly lower than Avast!. It was able to detect more than 80% existing threats and around 50% when facing new threats, which is a good result but not as excellent as Avast!.
  • Parental Controls – This feature is widely adjustable, rather than just blocking inappropriate websites, you have the function to limit the amount of time the PC can be used, or restrict access to only pages with a desire ESRB rating.
  • Safe Money – Very similar to Avast!’s Safezone feature, it is especially handy for doing financial transactions online. As a feature in Kaspersky, the separate protected browser will be highlighted with green borders.
  • Private Browsing – Heard of the Incognito Mode browser on Google Chrome, Private Browsing on Firefox and many others that will not save any history when you use them? Although your history will not be saved, but your information will be collected anyway by a majority of websites and online services, which is where this feature helps, by preventing them from so.

Firewall

Avast! Internet Security 2016

In a couple of tests ran, Avast turns out to be on par with the best performers. The ports we expected to be blocked were blocked and it did exceptionally well in blocking other external attempts to attack the browser. The firewall allows you to create settings for public, home and work or if you want it hassle free, you can rely on the automatic mode.

Overall, Avast Premier performed better than expected compared to its predecessors with a good firewall, a nice attention to the UI detail and its software protection which turned out to be one of the best.

Kaspersky Internet Security

Much like the top AV programs out there, Kaspesky includes a quite sturdy firewall, because of its capability for huge configurability and ease of use. Similar to Avast! it is capable of creating individual sets of settings and rules for every single program in your machine.


User Interface

  • Avast! Keeping it simple and yet intuitive, Avast! has a well-laid out user interface if compared to Kaspersky in this case. With all main functions located within tabs on the main window together with other features, you will be able to locate the features in no time. In the main window you can also find the current security status, scans, real-time protection, store, firewall and updates. This simple design is a part of why Avast! is one of the most sought after AV in the market.
Photo source: Avast!
Photo source: Avast!
  • Kaspersky – Different from its previous versions, the 2016 Kaspersky AV got a makeover. Gone are the borders surrounding the buttons of familiar Scan, Update, Safe Money, and Parental Control, replaced with borderless, horizontal line, compared to the huge and unpleasant view of four panels. Generally, there is nothing much to be said apart from the above and the user interface could use a little more designing.

Resource Consumption

  • One of the perks of having Avast! in your system is perhaps its less demanding resource consumption. While utilizing only a few percent of your CPU’s power and RAM, Avast! also demands a relatively low system requirement for it to run. A full system scan was ran and it only utilizes about 20 to 80 percent of resources while it remains constant at 30mb or less for memory usage, and rarely hit 80mb on peak.
  • Kaspersky Internet Security on the other hand, is little more demanding than Avast! if it is put up to test. However, it is pretty much the same, whereby it will rarely slow down your PC by a significant margin. For example, while running a full system scan, you could still perform your daily tasks such as watching Netflix and chill, downloading or browsing the Web. Of course, things will start to heat up when you load Battlefield.

 Avast! Internet Security 2016Kaspersky Internet Security 2016
Windows 10 CompatibleYesYes
Memory Requirement512 MB1 GB
HDD Requirement300 MB480 MB
CPU1 GHz1 GHz
Money-Back Guarantee30 Days14 Days
Antivirus & Malware ProtectionYesYes
FirewallYesYes
Private BrowsingYesYes
Change ControlNoYes
Remote ManagementNoYes
SandboxYesNo
VPN YesNo
Software UpdaterYesNo
Safe Online BankingYesYes

Above all, Avast! Antivirus is still a very respectable AV out there scoring first in the Global Anti-Malware Market Share among 64 brands according from a research conducted by OPSWAT. For more details, visit OPSWAT.

Vendor-Market-Share
Photo source: opswat

Final Take

As the argument comes to an end, Avast! is the winner but not by a large margin. With that being said, there are so many brands out there in the market and competition is at its highest level yet, therefore, all top respectable brands will have their own pros and cons with only a slight margin separating them.

However, Avast! would be the better choice for both home and office users and ultimately, for first time users as well. Although Avast! does register false positives, it is still topping the market share at around 21.6%, as opposed to Kaspersky’s 3.5%.

What is more notable of Avast! is its Free AV version which beats even paid versions of some notable brands which also includes Kaspersky. With a very reliable protection for your PC and Android devices, Avast! has one of the best free antivirus programs. It offers a surprising range of features normally found on paid suites, which includes application and browser app analysis. What’s more is that you get all of the above and more protection when you purchase either the Avast! Internet Security starting from RM 115.54 or the Avast! Premier for RM 147.34 and above.

Avast Internet Security
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Photo source: avast
Photo source: avast

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