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A Comparison of Avast vs Kaspersky by the Spyshakers.com Team Editors

A custom antivirus comparison of Avast vs Kaspersky by the
Spyshakers.com Team Editors (accurate as of September 3, 2015).


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Versions:

Avast! 2015 Free - There is a limited free version of Avast available for download at the Avast website. It has basic antivirus and spyware detection functionality.

Avast! Pro Antivirus 2015 - Pro Antivirus adds functionality like the SafeZone which is an enhanced security environment for shopping and banking. The key feature is the sandbox which you get in the Pro version.

Avast! Internet Security 2015 - The Internet Security version includes the sandbox like the Pro version but it also includes a sophisticated firewall, a spam filter and advanced phishing prevention methods.

Avast! Endpoint Protection - Avast Endpoint Protection is a separate business product with more than five PCs. With Avast! Endpoint Protection you will find antivirus for systems such as file servers, email servers, and sharepoint servers.
Versions:

Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2015 - Includes standard antivirus and spyware detection of known threats along with proprietary technology for discovering new threats before they are well known. Antivirus 2015 also provides advanced protection like anti-phishing, anti-rootkit, a URL advisor (to prevent clicking on links that are harmful) and more.

Kaspersky Internet Security 2015 - The Internet Security version improves on the Anti-Virus 2015 version by providing parental control options, a two way firewall, anti-spam, and an enhanced security environment for shopping and banking transactions. There is a multi-device version of Internet Security if you need to protect your PC, Mac, Android and tablets.

Kaspersky Total Security - Total Security improves on the Internet Security version by adding a secure password manager environment. Total Security includes all of the things found in Internet Security Multi-Device 2015.
Strengths:

The Avast! 2015 sandbox is the real deal. With a single click of the mouse you can completely isolate the browser from the rest of the system. That means even if you download a virus in the sandbox your system stays clean.
FileRep lets you know whether a file is safe before you open it. The safety is determined by how many people already downloaded the file and how new the file is.
It runs extremely fast and does not slow down your machine. In fact Avast! ranks 2nd out of 21 different antivirus suites in an independent speed test study at AV Comparatives.
Strengths:

Tremendous proactive protection. Kaspersky has an outstanding record of identifying new forms of malware before they are known and recognized. Recently Kaspersky ranked #1 out of 17 different antivirus competitors at detecting unknown spyware via an independent study by AV Comparatives.
Kaspersky provides a keylogger defense mechanism called Safe Keyboard that launches when you interact with banks or payment websites to protect passwords when interacting with banks and online payments.
The System Watcher feature monitors your PC to detect dangerous behavior and allow you to undo or rollback most malicious actions.
Virtual Sandbox:

Yes. Avast! Pro Antivirus has a lot of sandbox options. It has a virtual sandbox for opening suspicious files. It also has a AutoSandbox for files Avast! detects as suspicious.
Virtual Sandbox:

Kaspersky offers several features to handle the sandbox environment. These include System Watcher, Safe Surf, Applications Control and Trusted Applications Mode. All these features are built for preventing malicious programs from executing.
PC Optimization:

No. We don't see anything in Avast! Pro Antivirus that is built to optimize PC performance specifically.
PC Optimization:

The Antivirus line does not contain a lot of PC optimization features. This would be one of the weaknesses of the Kaspersky line in our opinion.
Backups / Online Storage:

No. We don't see any kind of backup functionality.
Backups / Online Storage:

Yes. Kaspersky offers very nice local backup features, including backing up to a local drive, an external drive, or even FTP for online backup functionality. You can even restore to a computer where Kaspersky is not installed.
Parental Control:

No. Avast! is not the software you need if you are looking for parental controls.
Parental Control:

Yes. There are options to control access to access to the computer itself, the internet, programs, games, and individual websites. They even have remote management of parental controls!
Chat / IM Protection:

Yes. Avast! Pro Antivirus has an Instant Message Shield.
Chat / IM Protection:

There is chat / IM protection in the Internet Security version.
Customer Support:

You can contact Avast! via phone or online form if you have an issue.
Customer Support:

Customer support is provided by via telephone, email, and online chat.
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