Kaspersky launches its free antivirus software worldwide (Engadget)

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Kaspersky has finally launched its free antivirus software after a
year-and-a-half of testing it in select regions. While the software was
only available in Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, China and in Nordic countries
during its trial run, Kaspersky is releasing it worldwide. The free
antivirus doesn’t have VPN, Parental Controls and Online Payment
Protection its paid counterpart offers, but it has all the essential
features you need to protect your PC. It can scan files and emails,
protect your PC while you use the web and quarantine malware that infects
your system.

The company says the software isn’t riddled with advertisements like
other free antivirus offerings. Instead of trying to make ad money off
your patronage, Kaspersky will use the data you contribute to improve
machine learning across its products. The free antivirus will be
available in the US, Canada and most Asia-Pacific countries over the next
couple of days, if it isn’t yet. After this initial release, the company
will roll it out in other regions from September to November. …