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Kaspersky Antivirus 2010 VERSION:  Windows 7 / Vista / XP, Single User

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Note: This is the old version of Kaspersky. Read our Kaspersky Antivirus 2015 Review here.

Other Kaspersky Software:  Kaspersky Internet Security 2015

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Information Below:  Review, Screenshots, System Requirements

Review of Kaspersky AntiVirus 2010:

  Video Review

KasperskyVery GoodKaspersky AntiVirus has long been a favourite antivirus solution amongst "techies". But Kaspersky's performance has started to fall over the last few years. Will Kaspersky 2010 reverse these trends and retake the throne as the best antivirus program? Read on...

1) Installation:  

Kaspersky AntiVirus 2010 is one of the slowest installing programs that we've tested - requiring 2 minutes and 47 seconds to install - which really isn't all that slow! It does install slightly faster than last years version, and it also doesn't require any reboots this year unlike the 2009 version. Overall, it's a fairly straight-forward installation process that shouldn't cause any problems. (See Installation Time Comparison Graph)

2) Features & Ease of Use:  

Kaspersky AntiVirus 2010 has one of the cleaner, better laid-out user-interfaces in the market. Everything is intuitively accessible from the main program screen, as well as very prominent warnings if anything needs to be addressed. Features like Kaspersky Security Network gives users the benefit of the millions of Kaspersky users around the globe - allowing Kaspersky to quickly identify emerging threats. While Kaspersky Whitelisting determines the threat posed by each application and sets their security privileges accordingly.

Like last year, our main concern is with Kaspersky's lack of system messages. For example, when a computer scan is finished there isn't any confirmation screen showing the scan report. Yes, this may be less obtrusive to not show these reports, however, if a user initiates a scan then they probably want to see the results of that scan, not to mention knowing when it is completed. Despite this, Kaspersky offers one of the more comprehensive feature sets in the industry and has an easy to use interface.

New Features:

    • Kaspersky URL Advisor - warns of dangerous websites.

    • Game Mode - suspends scans, updates and alerts while you play.

Features Checklist:


Bot Protection
Email Scanning

IM Protection

Trojan Protection
Worm Protection


3) Virus Scanner:  

Kaspersky has 4 scanning options: Quick Scan, Full Scan, Vulnerability Scan (scans your computer and software for system vulnerabilities), and Objects Scan (ie. Custom Scan). Our testing found Kaspersky 2010's Virus Scanner quickly scanned at a pace of 19.3 MB/s, which translates into scanning 50GB of used hard-drive space in just over 44 minutes. These test results make Kaspersky 2010 one of the fastest virus scanners on the market - just behind Norton Antivirus and Avast. Also, Kaspersky's Quick Scan feature scanned our test computer in only 48 seconds - great for when you want to quickly check to make sure your computer is ok after visiting a suspicious website. (See Scan Time Comparison Graph)

Kaspersky claims to deliver "hourly" updates, however, our testing shows that it only updates 10 times per day (or once every 2.4 hours). Last year Kaspersky did provide hourly updates (see our 2009 Updates Testing), so perhaps this is a temporary issue.
(See Updates Per Day Comparison Graph)

4) Performance Testing:  

Memory Use: Kaspersky 2010 uses 18.4 MB of memory. #5 rated of the 10 Antivirus programs tested.

Reboot Time: Kaspersky added only 9.5 seconds to our test computer's reboot time. #5 rated of the 10 Antivirus programs tested.

Installation Size: Kaspersky Antivirus 2010 takes 227 MB of hard-drive space for installation. #6 rated of the 10 Antivirus programs tested.

Application Launch Time: Kaspersky added 0.178s on average to launch a web browser. This was the #6 rated program tested.

File Conversion Time: Kaspersky added only 0.57s on average to convert a MP3 file to four other file types. #3 rated of the 10 Antivirus programs tested, and Kaspersky's best performance test this year (a great improvement over the 1.23s it took last year).

System Impact Score: The "System Impact Score" is a comparative score tallied from the above 5 Antivirus tests. Kaspersky 2010 scored a total of 30 out of 50 points when compared to the other Antivirus programs. This placed Kaspersky 5th overall - right in the middle. Last year, Kaspersky 2009 also finished 5th overall in our 2009 Antivirus Performance testing, so even though Kaspersky did improve in several tests, its overall performance was marginally better.

View graphs of the above Antivirus Performance Tests.

5) Effectiveness: (Virus/Malware Detection)


6) Help & Support:  

Kaspersky offers one of the top support networks in the industry. They have an extensive online Knowledgebase, a Support Forum with over 1 million posts and nearly 200,000 members, useful in-program Help Files, Live Chat, Email Support, and Phone Support (not 1-800 toll free though). Whatever your preferred support method may be, Kaspersky will not disappoint.


Kaspersky 2010 is very similar to last year's version, with only a slightly updated user-interface distinguishing the two versions apart. Kaspersky continues to be one of the best antivirus programs on the market, but if it's going to once again take top place it'll have to work on its Performance - for 2 consecutive years now Kaspersky has only been in the middle of the pack in our Antivirus Performance Testing. Nevertheless, users can be assured they are getting top-tier protection with Kaspersky 2010.

Overall Rating: Very Good

Misc Info:

    • Version Tested:
    • Release Date:
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    • Previous Version:
Kaspersky AntiVirus 2009
    • Other Kaspersky Software:
Kaspersky Internet Security 2010
    • Software Description:
Kaspersky 2010 Description

Useful Articles:

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    • Differences between Viruses, Trojans, Worms & Spyware

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Kaspersky Antivirus 2010 Screenshots

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*See Screenshots of Kaspersky AntiVirus 2015

Kaspersky Antivirus 2010 System Requirements:

Supported Operating Systems:

    • Windows 7: Home Premium / Professional / Ultimate (32-bit & 64-bit versions)
    • Windows Vista: Home Basic / Home Premium / Business / Ultimate / Enterprise Editions (32 bit & 64 bit)
    • Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition (Service Pack 2 or higher)

Minimum Requirements:

    • Windows 7: 1 GHz or better processor, 1 GB RAM (32-bit) or 2 GB RAM (64-bit)
    • Windows Vista: 800 MHz or better processor, 512 MB of RAM memory
    • Windows XP: 300 MHz or better processor, 256 MB of RAM memory
    • 375 MB available hard-drive space
    • CD-ROM or DVD drive (if not installing via Download)
    • Microsoft Internet Explorer 6 or higher (for updates)

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