Kaspersky Lab has launched a free version of its antivirus software in the U.S. called Kaspersky Free. It plans for a global rollout of the software in the next 4 months.
The software provides the core essentials, including email and desktop antivirus protection, the ability to quarantine infected files, as well as automated updates.
In a blog post, Kaspersky CEO Eugene Kaspersky said “a lot of users … don’t have the ~$50 to spend on premium protection; therefore, they install traditional freebies (which have more holes than Swiss cheese for malware to slip through).”
The free version is based on Kaspersky’s paid product, but is “lighter on system resources” and lacks features such as parental control, online payment protection, and a secure VPN connection.
The free version lacks some of the premium features users can purchase for $50 annually per device, including virtual private network (VPN), parental controls and extra protection for online financial transactions.
However, the Russian software company made headlines as reports renewed suspicion around its potential ties to the Russian government. The company has denied these claims, stating that there is no hard evidence to suggest any ties between the company and Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB).