Kaspersky lab, a Russian security firm, is offering up free anti-virus protection globally after a year-and-a-half of testing it in select regions. The free antivirus doesn’t have VPN, Parental Controls and Online Payment Protection its paid counterpart offers, but it has all the essential features you need to protect your PC.
It can scan files and emails, protect your PC while you use the web and quarantine malware that infects your system. In return, Kaspersky lab will use data users contribute to improve machine learning across its products.
In a blog post authored by the security firm’s chief, Eugene Kaspersky explains that an increase in the number of installations of Kaspersky Free is expected to positively affect the quality of protection of all users, since the “big-data-bases will have more numbers to work with to better hone the machine learning”.
The company says the software isn’t riddled with advertisements like other free antivirus offerings. Instead of trying to make ad money off your patronage, Kaspersky will use the data you contribute to improve machine learning across its products.
The free antivirus will be available in the US, Canada and most Asia-Pacific countries over the next couple of days, if it isn’t yet. After this initial release, the company will roll it out in other regions from September to November.