Kaspersky Lab has announced a free antivirus solution, breaking a long tradition of only offering a paid premium service. This is not technically a new product, having already been released in a pilot programme in several European countries and China.
Kaspersky Free is basically a stripped down version of the Kaspersky Lab antivirus. In this form, it provides basic functions like “file, email and web antivirus; automatic updates, self-defense; quarantine; and so on.” Which is something that other free antivirus options also offer.
According to CEO Eugene Kaspersky, the free version is meant to improve internet security and safety for everyone. Admittedly, having more users will mean more malware samples for the company to examine; which will lead to a more complete protection database.
The company is releasing the free security solution in steps for some reason. Asia Pacific, the US, and Australia are among the first regions to be offered the option, while the rest of the world will see it in stages starting from September onwards.
Kaspersky Lab also reports that it detected some 124,099 malware incidents in Malaysia between April and June 2017. Putting the country at 60th in the world when it comes to internet-borne malware attacks. On a similar note, the company recorded 87,169 incidents where malware hosted in Malaysia in the same time period. Which happens to put the country at 34th place among malware hosting countries world wide.
[Source: Kaspersky Lab]