Kaspersky or no?


#1

I have been using Kaspersky as my antivirus software for a while. Now the New York Times explains that the reason I have been losing a lot at Twilight Struggle lately is that Putin has hacked my computer. Is this alarmism? Real concern that should only concern the gummint? Or a valid reason to switch?


#2

I just use Defender with MBAM Pro.


#3

Ditto.


#4

You should not be using Kaspersky. It is absolutely a tool of the FSB.

Windows defender will do a pretty solid job these days, without a hit to your performance.


#5

That’s an op-ed, not a news story. They aren’t doing widespread surveillance, because they would be discovered nearly instantly. Targeted surveillance is certainly plausible, but why would they target you?

That said, I wouldn’t use Kaspersky, no.


#6

I know - I also don’t think that I am losing at Twilight Struggle because of Putin. I mean, solely because of Putin.

Thanks. And thanks to all the other replies. Looks like I will let my Kaspersky subscription run out in 2 days.


#7

I’m sorry that my skill at Twilight Struggle has cost a sale for our honest, hard-working comrades at Kaspersky.


#8

Lol, you don’t get to leave


#9

Aren’t a lot of people here going with Windows Defender and Malwarebytes anti-exploit (paid or free versions?).

Thanks


#10

I use windows defender plus malwarebytes anti-malware on-demand. For exploit protection I use EMET, but windows defender will include those hardening measures in the next update coming this October, so EMET will be EOL’d.


#11

Yes, the FSB probably doesn’t give a shit about you.

But still, installing what is effectively malware from the FSB still seems like a bad idea to me.


#12

Exactamundo, which is why I wouldn’t use it.


#13

I use Sophos, whose beta currently includes the anti-spyware. This bundling will be called the Premium and will be require a subscription. Sophos Antivirus without it is free.


#14

Just use Defender which works fine. Oh and of course don’t do the usual stupid stuff like clicking on random Pr0n links in emails.


#15

Defender and Chrome with an ad blocker.


#16

Any other good free av packages that people can recommend? I just installed bit defender. I read an article that using windows defender alone was not good because a lot of these virus packages target defender since it is installed on every machine.


#17

Defender plus Malwarebytes paid version here for the past couple of years, and zero problems.


#18

Yeah. I have a sister-in-law who plays a lot of flash-based games, streams tv shows from sketchy websites, and is very non-technical. Just last weekend I told her to pay for Malwarebytes, and I think its a good choice / combination with defender.


#19

I remember Kaspersky from years ago when Blizzard recommended it to prevent keylogging, which was becoming a huge problem at the time and many WoW accounts were being stolen. I seem to recall Kaspersky produced a lot of false-positives, though. I was happy to uninstall it when Blizzard came up with authentication codes.

Defender + MBAM for me. I only use MBAM because I have a lifetime account.


#20

Another Defender/MBAM recommendation from me. I have 3 kids so I got the 3 key lifetime account and haven’t had any issues since moving to using solely Defender and Malwarebytes Pro/Premium.