Germans choose Kaspersky over McAfee and Symantec

More than 35 thousand readers of the German magazine PC Praxis have named Kaspersky Internet Security “Product of the Year” under the category of “IT security”. This year is the first time Kaspersky Lab’s Internet Security product has bypassed its main competitors on the German market, Symantec and McAfee solutions. Kaspersky Internet Security 7.0 protects PCs from viruses and other types of malicious programs, hacker attacks and spam. PC Praxis is an authoritative German weekly magazine for advanced users and IT professionals that has a circulation of about 150 thousand. Although Kaspersky’s security products have trouble grabbing market share from competitors Symantec and McAfee, the company’s solutions often receive top results in terms of detection rates and various other security tests.

For us the awards following the results of the readers’ voting is the best response from the users. In that way we learn that the users are really satisfied with our products. Of course we are striving for leadership on consumer market and it is only possible if the clients highly appreciate Kaspersky Lab products,” says Andreas Lamm, Managing Director of Kaspersky Lab in Germany.

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I'm not sure who the Author is of this article but they do need to review their inputs. I know, I live in Germany. PC Praxis is a Monthly Magazine (In German)! A Second bi-weekly magazine also in German "Computer Bild" does promote Kaspersky Suite V (Vista Compatable) version 7. By purchasing the magazine with either a CD or DVD, you are able to obtain a free comercial version in German upon registration. As per the Ratings, Kaspersky has the shortest reation time of updates for new viruses/trojans, etc. If you don't believe me, Read both magazines as I do.

I have nothing against Kaspersky (other than it can be a bit of a resource hog). At the present moment I am experimenting with Avira AntiVir and having some pretty good results (good detection, low resource usage).

The best Anti-Virus is the user. I didn't have ANY antivirus installed for the past year. Last week I installed NOD32, Symantec Antivirus, and Microsoft OneCare. I installed them. Scanned the WHOLE computer. Uninstalled. 0 Viruses. And trust me, I download a LOT of stuff.

Kaboose- you must have missed the part about having only KIS running all the time. I disabled every service and program that goes along with Avast or AVG or Spyware Doctor so that they are on an as-needed basis. The only time they are active is if I right click on a file and choose one (and yes I do manual updates from time to time). They would conflict if they all ran at the same time, but the way I have done it works pretty well, and allows me to have the most number of "opinions" with the least amount of overall stress on my system!

drdrew said,
Kaboose- you must have missed the part about having only KIS running all the time. I disabled every service and program that goes along with Avast or AVG or Spyware Doctor so that they are on an as-needed basis. The only time they are active is if I right click on a file and choose one...
Why even use those two programs for their shell extensions? KIS has it's own shell extension that will let you right click and scan a file, folder, or even archive. I use it all the time on my computer. Also, sometimes just installing software can cause a conflict. I remember once hearing people mention AV programs recognizing others as viruses... not sure how true that is, but still. Also, KIS likes to protect itself as a Windows protected service, so it usually keeps running in the background even after you close the main program. What is the difference between having AVG running alongside KIS and having AVG scanning while KIS is running?

Second opinions are good, but I've had AVG report serious viruses in programs that don't have them (according to KIS, Webroot SpySweeper, NAV).

I've been a loyal Kaspersky user for some time now, and I complement that with Avast Home, but I was shocked to find I had some dormant virii (never run on current PC) after a recent AVG 7.5 scan. Now I guess some of its findings could be false positives (a program like Produkey trips it up), but it seems like ever since I gave up hope on AVG (and switched over to Avast), it has found a way to catch up.

It is true that I would rather have something detect TOO MUCH than not enough. There has been no mention of AVG, so I thought I would throw that into the ring. I cannot knock NOD32 because I have been known to use that on my laptop, but if you haven't scanned with AVG in awhile, it cannot hurt to try. So many people scan with Norton or Mcafee and find NO virii, so they think they have clean computers, but just like in the real health world, it is ALWAYS wise to have a second opinion!

(Btw I run KIS for its AV and Firewall all the time and I use Avast and AVG for their shell extension features on a file-per-file basis. Then for Spyware I scan once a month with Spyware Doctor, but fortunately I usually only get a month's worth of cookies - not peanut butter unfortunately! I really wish KIS was better at finding spyware!)

macstorm said,
why you all ppl are surprised on this news?

Kaspersky is the BEST. Period.

I'm surprised because NOD32 is the BEST. Period.

webeagle12 said,

Is this is why you have pains in your butt?


Nope, lol.

it was the nod thing what gave me pains

holy nodCRAP! x)

Kaspersky is good, but doesn't find everything.

NOD32 is the best, it finds allmost everything, sometimes it does think something is a virus when it isn't, but what do you prefer? A notification or a virus?

How did a thread about a German magazine choosing Kapersky over McAfee and Symantec become a vile pit of trolling? Remember folks, the best way to kill a troll is not to feed it

kaspersky is a nice program and is always great to hear that people are getting the idea that other security companies exists besides Symantec and McAfee

I think there's not a shadow of doubt on what a CRAP norton is. McAfee is in the same league, but for some reason I can stand that one better than the other.

NOD32 and Kaspersky are obviously MUCH better choices.

I use NOD32 at home. We just ditched Symantec and started selling Sophos for business customers. It's alot easier to use and seem's to be less of a resource hog.

Arrrrrrgh!!!!! NOD Flippin' 32! I dare you, nay, I DOUBLE dare you, say NOD32 one more time!

It's simple: How MANY times does Kaspersky have to come out on top in ACTUAL tests and reviews with its DETECTION RATES before people stop banging on about NOD32? SERIOUSLY? It's like the zeal of the Mac community is now also directed to AV software.

alsheron said,
Arrrrrrgh!!!!! NOD Flippin' 32! I dare you, nay, I DOUBLE dare you, say NOD32 one more time!

It's simple: How MANY times does Kaspersky have to come out on top in ACTUAL tests and reviews with its DETECTION RATES before people stop banging on about NOD32? SERIOUSLY? It's like the zeal of the Mac community is now also directed to AV software.

Because NOD32 won the last time.

I tried many antivirus:

Symantec average good the corporate version but bloated the "home" version.
Mcaffe poor detection.
nod32 a joke, bad detection of newest viruses.
Karpesky good but still unable to detect all new viruses, also start to eat resource at random.
Antivir pretty good, good detection rate but (at least the freeware version) start burdening with annoying screen nags.

kaspersky is light on resources when its properly configured :D
and its detection ratings are amazing...keep up the good work developers !

Kaspersky is great. But a few times a week it will start using up 80-90% of my cpu and 300-400MB of memory. Nothing works to stop it. I can let it go like that for an hour or 2 or shut down my pc. Even turning the antivirus off and waiting 10 minutes and turning it back on doesnt work it ramps right back up the same level. I can do nothing on the pc while its doing it. Even a webpage loading takes up to a minute. It makes itself the #1 program and you cant do anything about it. Ive written email after email to them and they tell me its not the antivirus. Even on a fresh format and install making sure there were no boot sector viris present and installing nothing extra it does it then after about a week. It does it when Im on the computer or it starts up on its own when nobody is around just using all the resources of the pc. GG kaspersky.... GG. That will teach me to buy a program instead of downloading it off of BT for free. Especially teach me about buying a 2 year subscription. Companies here is a note. Make good software thats not buggy and maybe people wont steal it they will pay for quality.

The new KAV is supposed to have fixed it's bloat, resource hog issues (which were MASSIVE), but I see no reason to switch from NOD32.

Got burned by both McAfee and Symantec, went over to Avira Antivir and Kaspersky and have never looked back. I don't consider them to be the be-all and end-all, but they've been more than adequate. ;^)

The code bloat, slowness to update and the fact that Symantec holds you over a barrel and only allows your antivirus definitions to automatically update once a week if you don't buy the latest version lost me as a customer.

altermind said,
I use kaspersky myself.. quite happy with it :)

Agreed.... I switched form Trend, been very happy with K thus far...

altermind said,
I use kaspersky myself.. quite happy with it :)
I agree. I've tried Norton's AV program and their System Works program before (used it since the pre-98SE days) but found it wasn't what I needed anymore. Went online and found out about KAV and NOD32. I choose KAV, and with a little bit of configuring, I've never looked back.

My only concern is that I know people who still want Norton, and I know people who've called McAfee the "best" and will get mad if I try to say otherwise, even if I have proof.

I've never tried NOD32, but a friend of mine used it and was able to clean his PC from every virus his free copy of AVG missed, and I was surprised to hear just how many viruses it caught on his PC.

What a no brainer!!


Probably about the only AV I've never tried is NOD32. Is it REALLY that light and as good as I KNOW Kaspersky is? Actually, I did try it once a long time ago. Didn't care for it then and been using Kaspersky ever since.

Probably one of the hottest debates between any product is these two.

Well in light of stone age computing (PCs), Kaspersky has a very good detection rate but NOD32 version 3 has surpassed it in both better heuristics detection and light system resource usage.

Dude bro, bro dude..... do you always have to slip some **** like "stone age computing" into EVERY SINGLE GOD DAMN ****ING POST? Please stop.

Norton and McAfee just suck.

I use nod32 small footprint on my system. Kaspersky was a pain in the arse with Firefox, and is a resource hog.

IT "competent" people don't run Windows - hence you won't need an AV or if they do, they have an external scanner rather than a workstation one slowing down critical processes.

daPhoenix said,
IT "competent" people don't run Windows - hence you won't need an AV or if they do, they have an external scanner rather than a workstation one slowing down critical processes.


Only poor IT folks don't run Windows. If you're in IT, and you can't support Windows, then you're doing a **** poor job, skippy.

Maybe the IT folks you're talking about are the ones in their moms basement, supporting a couple of linux installs - booyah!

daPhoenix said,
IT "competent" people don't run Windows.

Your ignorance is showing. 99% of the world's pro IT people (re: clearly not you) are supporting Windows in one flavor or another.

Where's the mention of the BEST AV, Eset's NOD32? Or was this "poll" paid for by KAV and thus didn't measure themselves against their only REAL competition?

Jugalator said,
Kaspersky quite often ranks above NOD32 in antivirus tests, at least as for accuracy.

Source?

Neo-Lenin said,
surprising since Kaspersky failed the latest VB100 test while McAfee and Norton passed

Assuming you don't mind having your computer slow down, crash and have reliability issues.

kaiwai said,

Assuming you don't mind having your computer slow down, crash and have reliability issues.

Ive had McAfee for years... not a single problem with it, and uses less that 13mb of RAM. Also no viruses... I know this cause sometimes I do a full scan using Kaspersky and OneCare online scanners just to make sure and they ALWAYS found NOTHING.. therefore McAfee is great.

Neo-Lenin said,
surprising since Kaspersky failed the latest VB100 test while McAfee and Norton passed

Yeah - test performed on an obsolete operating system.

Dumb trolls are funny....

Neo-Lenin said,
therefore McAfee is great.

No, it means you have been LUCKY. Every time a Norton or McAfee crapware installation fails, I send another new customer to NOD32 by Eset.

excalpius said,

No, it means you have been LUCKY. Every time a Norton or McAfee crapware installation fails, I send another new customer to NOD32 by Eset. ;)

I worked at an ISP - everytime the customer had internet problems it was squarely an issue with Norton or McAfee. Got them Kaspersky - and they were happy.

Davebo said,

Yeah - test performed on an obsolete operating system.

Dumb trolls are funny....

Hehe... XP is an obsolete operating.. finally someone who knows when to upgrade, and yeah, dumb trolls are funny!