Kaspersky products are famous for being expensive and NOT GIVING any discounts even on seasonal period such as Thanksgiving day and Christmas. All these cons have a reason and the reason is Kaspersky is really worth to pay.
In this AV test, 5 antivirus were used which are Kaspersky Internet Security 2012, AVG Antivirus Free Edition 2012, Avast Antivirus 6.0 Free Edition, Avira Free Antivirus 2012 and Microsoft Security Essentials. During the test, 4 test were made to test the capabilities of those antivirus which are Blocked Malware Attacks, Blocked Direct Downloads, Blocked Drive-By-Downloads and False Positive Detections.
Blocked Malware Attacks
Out of 100 samples, Kaspersky topped the test with 99 of them blocked leaving only one of them partially blocked. Avast was behind Kaspersky with 95 samples blocked but remaining 5 were not even partially blocked. Microsoft and Avira scored the lowest with only 86 samples blocked.
Blocked Direct Dowloads
In this test, Kaspersky again scored the highest by completely block 49 out of 50 samples with one partially blocked. Avast again behind Kaspersky with 48 samples blocked but remaining 2 are not even partially blocked. Microsoft again scored the lowest by having 7 samples leaked out with their protection. From my current point of view, I begin to feel that the MSE is not really a reliable antivirus.
Although Kaspersky topped this test again with a perfect score out of 50 samples, but the one behind them is no longer Avast where it is replaced by AVG with a slightly better result. Although Microsoft did not finish last this time with Avira replacing them, but they were nowhere better with 7 samples missed in their protection.
False Positive Detections
In the false detection test, all the antivirus score with flying colors where no false detection were found except for Avast and AVG. Avast failed with only one false detection but AVG had a very poor result with 8 false detection found.
So now, are you still using a free antivirus? I would conclude that Avast performed okay with the given price which is free but not the remaining especially the Microsoft Security Essentials where it is over-rated by lots of users. I still believe in investing for a good AV and thus Kaspersky is one of the best option around. You are free to check out my Kaspersky Internet Security 2012 review if you have the intention to get one. Also, you can always grab the full version of this test report.