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Kaspersky Total Security 2016 Review

by November 1, 2015

Kaspersky Total Security 2016 Review.

There is no need to say that it is very difficult to find a person who has got only one PC and nothing more. As a rule, we own at least two different devices, for example, a smartphone or tablet, notebook or netbook, etc. All these devices need to be protected against viruses and illegal data theft. Now, thanks to Kaspersky Total Security 2016, you have the possibility to protect all your devices, PCs and Mac computers. The program offers total and all-in-one protection for all devices you own; so you do not need to install different applications for each device. Kaspersky will provide you with everything you need for reliable and effective protection of your digital world.

If you want to feel secure about your safety, you should simply visit Kaspersky official website, download the program and try all its great features for 30 days. All you need is to accept the terms of the license agreement and optionally participate in Kaspersky Security Network. After clicking on the Install button, Kaspersky Total Security 2016 will download the latest version and after that install all components of the program.

It is a well-known fact that the interface of any program must be convenient and easy to use and navigate; all components must be easily accessible and configurable.

Kaspersky Total Security 2016 has got a simple and user-friendly interface. All main components of the program are displayed in the main window which is divided into two parts.

The upper part of the program displays the current status of the system. Three different colors allow you to identify its status, i.e. the green color indicates that the computer is protected and all modules work properly; the yellow and red ones that you have got problems. But you can easily solve all these problems simply clicking on the Details button. In the opened window you have the possibility to view all the problems and recommendations for correcting them.

The lower part of the window allows you to take full advantage pf protective components of the program and some additional tools.

Eight different tiles are displayed in this part of the window; they are as follows:

Scan- it contains different scan modes and allows you to schedule the scan process.

Update- this tile provides you with info about virus definitions and allows you to configure their download and installation.

Safe Money- this very useful and needful function of the program lets you protect your online payments by creating a special secure browser mode.

Online Management- with the help of this component you can manage all your devices through My Kaspersky portal.

Password Manager- this function allows you to protect your personal data, for example, passwords, user names, contact details, and so on.

Data Encryption- it is used to protect your sensitive and confidential info from unauthorized access by storing it in a special encrypted vault.

Backup and Restore- this component allows you to back up important data and restore it in the event of the system failure or accidental deletion.

Parental Control- with the help of this function you can control the activity of your children on the Internet, for example, you have the possibility to limit the computer use or block some websites, and so on.

Via the main window you can also access some additional tools and settings of Kaspersky Total Security 2016.

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Protection- Kaspersky Total Security 2016 offers everything that is needed for effective and reliable protection of the computer. It includes the following protection components- Antivirus (it allows you to find, block, disinfect and delete any virus type), Network Attack Blocker (it helps you to protect the computer against network attacks), IM Antivirus (it scans incoming and outgoing messages and blocks malicious and phishing links), Mail Antivirus (it lets you protect your mailbox from viruses and malicious attachments), Web Antivirus (it protects you against web viruses), Anti-Spam (with the help of it you can filter unwanted emails, i.e. spam), and Anti-Banner (it blocks malicious banners in the browser).

Firewall- Kaspersky Total Security 2016 includes a very reliable and powerful firewall which is designed to protect users from Internet attacks and threats. It is very to use and highly configurable. You can configure the basic firewall rules and settings and keep the system free from any online threats. The program allows you to create a firewall rule for any application; just specify its name, the desired action (i.e. allow or block), direction, protocol, ports and addresses.

Scan- computer scan for viruses and vulnerabilities is a very important task because it allows you to be sure that the system is not infected and your personal data cannot be accessed by hackers.

Kaspersky Total Security 2016 offers four different scanning modes, namely:

Full Scan- with the help of this scan mode you can scan the entire computer, i.e. system memory, startup applications and services, storage, hard drives and external devices. The scanning time is very long but it is recommended to run it at least once in a month to keep the system clean from viruses.

After finishing the scan you have the possibility to view detailed reports about detected, neutralized and not fixed viruses on the one hand and databases used for scan, total duration and completion time on the other hand. It is very important that you can export scan results as a text file and then print it.

Quick Scan- this scan mode is very fast and it allows you to scan startup items, system memory and disk boot sectors.

Selective Scan- if you want to scan only individual objects and not the entire computer, you can take full advantage of this scan mode. It allows you to select any object to scan just using drag-and-drop method.

External Devices Scan- this scan lets you scan any external devices which are connected to the computer; all you need is to select the desired device from the drop-down menu.

Scheduled Scan- if you do not want to perform scan manually, you can of course to schedule the scan and run it at specified time. Kaspersky Total Security 2016 allows you to run scan every day, every weekday, every weekend, weekly and monthly and specify time and day.

In the Settings section you can configure some scan parameters, for example, you have the possibility to select the Security level (i.e. low, recommended or high), Action on threat detection (for example, notify, disinfect, delete, etc.).

In addition, Kaspersky Total Security 2016 also allows you to select file types to be scanned (for example, by format or extension), specify scan methods (for example, deep, medium or light) and Scan technologies (i.e. iSwift or iChecker), and some others.

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Update- every antivirus application needs to be updated in order to keep the system free from viruses. Kaspersky Total Security 2016 allows you to configure update settings; you can set up update run mode (for example, automatically, manually, daily, etc.), select update sources (for example, Kaspersky Lab update servers, HTTP, FTP server or network folder) and configure user accounts (i.e. you can specify the user that can run update tasks).

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Safe Money- this very useful utility is specially designed for those who buy different things via online shops or transfer money through banking services. Kaspersky Total Security 2016 allows you to add any website and run it in a special protected browser. By default the program uses Microsoft Internet Explorer, but you can select any default browser installed on the system.

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Online Management- through this service you can effectively manage all your devices using My Kaspersky portal. All you need is to create an account and after that you will be able to manage your products, activations keys, different devices and much more.

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Password Manager- do you want to keep all your passwords, user names and other sensitive info in a safe place? If it is so, this very useful feature of the program is just for you. All you need is to set one master password and remember it. All other passwords will be saved within the application and only you will be able to access them.

With the help of this tool you have the possibility to store your logins and passwords which you use for signing into websites or running any application installed on the computer.

In addition, you can store personal details, for example, name, language, mobile phone, email address, city, zip code, and so on.

Password Manager includes a special utility called Password Generator which allows you to create strong and unbreakable passwords. You can generate from 4 to 99 characters, use capital or small letters, numbers or special diacritic symbols.

In the Settings menu you can select the default browser, specify those websites for which the program will not save the passwords, and so on.

You can synchronize all you passwords across all the devices you own; just install special applications for your Android, iOS and Mac from Google or Apple store.

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Data Encryption- do you have a lot of confidential information on the computer and you do not want others to access it without your permission? This utility will help you reliably protect this sensitive data. All you need is to create a new data vault (i.e. a special place for storing important documents), add files or folders to it, specify the name, location and size of the data vault and enter a strong password. That is all. All your confidential info will be safely stored in this vault and nobody will be able to open it without entering a correct password.

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Backup and Restore- you can protect your computer not only from viruses but also from sudden failure of the hard drive or accidental file deletion, etc. by backing up important files and folders. You have the possibility to create backup copies of specified file types, for example, photos, movies or music on the one hand, or select the desired folders manually on the other hand.

The created backups can be stored in the Dropbox online storage, on the local, removable or network drive and FTP server.

In addition, you can schedule a backup task and run it at specified time, for example, daily, weekly, monthly, etc. and set a password to protect your backups.

Backup copies of your files can be easily restored in the event of any unexpected problems.

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Parental Control- with the help of this tool you can monitor and control actions performed by your children on the computer or Internet. Kaspersky Total Security 2016 allows you to restrict access to the computer at specified hours or days; block games intended for adults, specific applications (for example, download managers, multimedia players, browsers, and so on); file downloading (for example, applications, archives, etc.); social networking websites such as Facebook, Twitter or MySpace.

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Additional Tools

Privacy Protection- Private Browsing- a lot of online services track your online activity. Kaspersky Total Security 2016 allows you to block tracking in social networks (for example, Facebook, Flickr, Google Plus, and so on), Web analytics services (for example, BBC, Bitrix, etc.), Ad agencies (for example, 360Game, etc.) and Web beacons (for example, 33Across, etc.)

In addition, you can create an exclusion list of this services and websites which you do not want to be blocked.

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Webcam Access- webcams are very often used by hackers to view and record your private conversation. This utility allows you to block access to webcam to all installed applications or only to specific ones which you can manage and configure in the settings.

Privacy Cleaner- all of us use browsers and different applications every day. Unfortunately, a lot of private information is left after using them. If you do not want others to view your activity on the computer, you can take full advantage of this tool; it allows you to clear browser history, temporary folder, prefetch cache, browser cookies, recent documents folder, and so on.

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File Shredder- any file or folder deleted from the computer can be easily recovered with the help of special applications. Kaspersky Total Security 2016 includes a special utility which allows you to delete data permanently and without any possibility of their recovery. The program uses the most advanced data deletion methods, for example, Bruce Schneier algorithm, 5250.22-M Standard, and so on.

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Trusted Applications Mode- a lot of different unknown applications exist on the software market; some of them are safe, but some are unsafe. If you want to protect your computer from unknown applications, you can take full advantage of this tool and create a special secure environment on your computer. This utility allows you to run only trusted applications and block all suspicious ones. Everything is very easy; just enable this mode and set up rules for each application.

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Cloud Protection- Kaspersky Total Security 2016 allows you to participate to its security network and get real-time info about each malicious website or virus from the cloud. You can view statistics from every part of the world about found dangerous items.

On-Screen Keyboard- this tool is specially designed to protect the computer from keyloggers, i.e. from those malicious applications which monitor and record your keyboard. With the help of Kaspersky virtual keyboard you can safely type everything; nobody can record it and steal your private information.

Vulnerability Scan- this tool allows you to scan for vulnerabilities in the installed applications and operating system. After scan completion, Kaspersky Total Security 2016 will display a full list of those vulnerabilities which should be fixed in order to protect the system stability and safety.

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Browser configuration- Microsoft Internet Explorer is the most widely used browser in the world; so you need to configure it and eliminate all the problems. This tool allows you to scan this browser settings and fix the found problems.

Kaspersky Rescue Disk- with the help of this utility you can download a special application and create a rescue disk which will help you to load unbootable system in the event of virus attack.

Unused Data Cleaner- this utility lets you clear the system from unnecessary data, for example, temporary folder items, Microsoft Windows files, update logs, and so on.

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Microsoft Windows Troubleshooter- you can take advantage of this utility if your system is not stable. It allows you to search for problems in the Windows operating system caused by malware and will give you recommendations how to fix them.

System requirements

Windows XP- Windows 10

500 MB of free hard disk space

Processor- 1 GHz or higher

RAM- 1 GB for 32-bit and 2GB for 64-bit

Conclusion

Kaspersky Total Security 2016 is a great all-in-one program which offers everything for reliable and effective protection of all devices you own. With the help of the program you can reliably protect your PC, Mac computer and different other devices, for example, smartphones and tablets, etc.

Thanks to a wide variety of different advanced tools, you have the possibility protect the computer from viruses, block unwanted, malicious emails, banners and spam, eliminate web attacks, and much more.

It goes without saying that Kaspersky Total Security 2016 is that program that is needed for everybody who wants the total protection of the digital world.

Pros

1. Top protection for your digital world, second to none.
2. A wide range of tools to protect your system.
3. A lot of different additional utilities

Cons

1. It requires a modern pc (with good cpu and ram) for better performance.

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