How Safe is Kaspersky Antivirus?

10-17-2017 3-51-36 PM
The U.S. government has removed Kaspersky from their infrastructure.  Is your system safe by comparison?
Kaspersky Antivirus has long been one of the go-to antivirus products on the market.  Recently, the software has come under scrutiny due to its possible Russian connections.
In the wake of sophisticated cyber-security attacks and ransomware, the U.S. government made the decision to remove Kaspersky from its infrastructure and to order its agencies to stop using the program.
Hardware resellers are also looking at removing Kaspersky Antivirus from their shelves.  For, instance Best Buy has recently made the decision to remove Kaspersky from its product lineup.
For more information on Kaspersky’s decline in the U.S. government and retail sectors, click here

So, What’s Wrong with Kaspersky?

While the U.S. government’s main concern results from Kaspersky’s Russian roots, there are other reasons why it might not be considered the best antivirus software on the market.
For instance, Kaspersky is a definition-based antivirus program.  What this means is the program requires certain files in its database in order to recognize and remove virus threats.
For example, say Virus ABC infected a user’s desktop computer.  Kaspersky would need to have a specific definition file downloaded on its system pertaining to the specifications of Virus ABC in order for the system to identify, quarantine, and remove the virus.
Without this definition file, Virus ABC would be free to infect the system.
Another point of note is Kaspersky is an antivirus only platform.  This means it is only capable of removing virus threats on a system. Other types of infections and malware such as an infected applications or computer files might not get flagged by Kaspersky as being virulent.

What Should I Choose to Replace Kaspersky?

When choosing a replacement for Kaspersky, it’s important to take into account the strength and level of protection that the software can provide.  Simply replacing Kaspersky with a platform that does exactly the same thing doesn’t solve the underlining issue of adding increased protection for your firm.
In the long run, it is better to replace your antivirus solution with an antimalware solution. The difference being that an antimalware solution is able to scan for all types of malware and virus threats on your system.
Platforms like Kaspersky are only able to scan for virus infections, which is a form of malware.  Antimalware solutions are able to scan for other forms of malware such as encrypted files and documents in addition to virus infections.
Webroot, is an antimalware solution that provide robust security and antimalware protection for your servers and desktops.  Acting as a 1MB agent on your computer, it works to proactively scan and quarantine any suspicious activity on your servers and computers.
With its Cloud-based heuristics, it keeps a consistent database of the most current threats in the digital landscape, thus allowing for easy identification and removal.  It also works without the need of definition files.
For more information on the benefits of Webroot, click here.
With the U.S government looking to put Kaspersky out to pasture, it might not be long before other organizations start to do the same.  Whether you’re a small startup or a large organization, ensure that your firm’s antivirus/antimalware protection is up-to-date and that you are taking advantage of the best technology on the market.
Remember, that it only takes one breach or cyber-attack to undo months if not years of work!
Triella offers products and information related to antivirus and data protection.  For more information on Webroot and our associated products.  Please give us a call at 647-426-1004.
Courtney Rosebush is a Marketing and Sales Coordinator at Triella, a technology consulting firm specializing in providing technology audits, planning advice, project management and other CIO-related services to small and medium sized firms. Courtney can be reached at 647.426.1004 x 227. For additional articles, go to is a VMware Professional Partner, Microsoft Certified Partner, Citrix Solution Advisor – Silver, Dell Preferred Partner, Authorized Worldox Reseller and a Webroot Reseller.
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Rosenberg, M. (2017, September 13).  Kaspersky Lab Antivirus Software is Ordered Off U.S. Government Computers.  The New York Times.  Retrieved from

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