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Difference Between Kaspersky and Avast

The advancements in technology have been beneficial to humankind. It has, however, left the users vulnerable to malicious ware and internet security breaches such as viruses and fraud. Solutions have, however, been created, to establish measures and rules to use against internet-based attacks. For the protection of data and enhancement of privacy, solutions such as password managers, security and anti-viruses have been developed. Some anti-virus software commonly used include Kaspersky and Avast. 


What is Kaspersky?

Kaspersky was developed by Kaspersky Lab, which is a cyber-security developer, in 1997 by Eugene Kaspersky and Natalya Kaspersky. It has its headquarters in Moscow, Russia, and is currently known for being the most authentic source of cyber-security solutions worldwide with over 400 million users. Among the products provided by Cyber-security lab include security products for Android, Mac, and Windows, as well as enterprise solutions. 

It has a rating of 100% based on effectiveness when dealing with malware and prevalent threats and does not slow down devices. Kaspersky offers three security packages, specifically for home users, namely; 

  • Kaspersky Anti-Virus- This provides quick scanning speeds and comes in a package of a one year license for one PC, and is recommended as the basic security solution for Windows PC. 
  • Kaspersky Internet Security- This provides internet-based security threats, and offers many features. 
  • Kaspersky Total Security- This is a multi-device internet security platform. 


What is Avast?

Developed in 1988 by Eduard Kucera and Pavel Baudis in the Czech Republic, Avast is anti-malware software used in the prevention, detection, and removal of malware and has gained popularity among users. As a marketing strategy, Avast has in the past equipped with anti-malware software for free. It, however, has a rating of 99% based on effectiveness while dealing with malware. 

It has there internet based security solution, namely; 

  • Avast Pro Antivirus- This offers a basic and standard level of protection against sandboxing features and online threats. 
  • Avast Internet security- This offers the dedicated package for online-security threats such as DNS Hijacking and email spam protection. 
  • Avast Premier- This protects from both online and offline threats and is the highest package from Avast, with additional features such as Avast account, data shredder, and software updater.  


Similarities between Kaspersky and Avast

  • Both are used in the prevention, detection, and removal of malware 
  • Both have three major solutions against malware 


Differences between Kaspersky and Avast

  1. Founders

Kaspersky was founded by Eugene Kaspersky and Natalya Kaspersky while Avast was founded by Eduard Kucera and Pavel Baudis. 

  1. Date founded

While Kaspersky was founded on in 1997. Avast was founded in 1988. 

  1. Headquarters

Kaspersky has its headquarters at Moscow, Russia. On the other hand, Avast has its headquarters in the Czech Republic. 

  1. Effectiveness

Kaspersky has higher effectiveness based on prevention and removal of malware and other threats. On the other hand, Avast has lower effectiveness based on prevention and removal of malware. 

  1. Pricing

Kaspersky is pricier in comparison to Avast, though with a small margin. 

Kaspersky vs. Avast: Comparison Table


Summary of Kaspersky vs. Avast

Both Kaspersky and Avast have proved their effectiveness in the protection from malware and other threats. With the increase in hackers, fraud cases and even malware, using either Kaspersky or Avast can prevent these threats. 


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