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With one small exception, the core antivirus protection in this product is precisely the same as that of Kaspersky Free.

For an all-details rundown of those shared features, read my review of the free product. I follow five independent antivirus testing labs from around the world, and all five of them include Kaspersky in their testing.

Or, rather, they show, but attempting to use them gets you a notice advising an upgrade.

Kaspersky's nod to spyware protection is a handy on-screen keyboard, but before you can use this feature you must activate it and reboot the system. Now you can type passwords without touching the physical keyboard, thereby foiling keyloggers, be they implemented in software or hardware. All products in the Kaspersky line install Kaspersky Secure Connection VPN along with the antivirus or suite.

However, even in the top-of-the-line Kaspersky Total Security, what you get is the equivalent of a free installation, with a 200MB per day bandwidth limit.

You can get very good antivirus protection for free, but the best commercial antivirus utilities outperform the free ones.

Kaspersky Anti-Virus has a new competitor this year, in the form of Kaspersky Free, the company's no-charge offering.

Webroot Secure Anywhere Anti Virus managed a perfect 10 points, but earned that score against my previous collection of malware samples.

I next challenged Kaspersky by launching a collection of very recent malware-hosting URLs.

Kaspersky's aggregate score is 9.8 points, an honor it shares with Bitdefender Antivirus Plus.

The only other products tested by all five labs are Avast, AVG, and ESET NOD32 Antivirus.

Four big buttons let you scan for malware, update the antivirus database, view security reports, and call up the on-screen keyboard.

Clicking the fifth button, More Tools, brings up a menu of additional security components that I'll discuss below.

Note, though, that record-holder Bitdefender actual beat Norton by 12 percentage points.

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