Should you uninstall Kaspersky software?

The US Government has banned Kaspersky security software from Federal agencies – should you do the same?

Homeland Security has moved against Kaspersky software due to concerns of links with the Russian government.  Here’s the operational directive:

“concerned about the ties between certain Kaspersky officials and Russian intelligence and other government agencies, and requirements under Russian law that allow Russian intelligence agencies to request or compel assistance from Kaspersky and to intercept communications transiting Russian networks,”

The US chain Best Buy has stopped selling Kaspersky products.

Kaspersky has denied the accusations.

Microsoft Office is a major target for hackers. Office software and VBA is often being used to infiltrate your computer.

Uninstall Kaspersky?

For many years we’ve been wary of additional anti-virus and security software.  These products are sold as giving you’re an extra layer of protection for your computer.  That may be the case, but this additional software can often make more trouble than it saves you.

Windows 8 and Windows 10 are very good anti-virus and firewall systems that are ‘baked in’ to what you’ve bought from Microsoft.  In a way, their fault is that they’re too discreet.  Both get updated and work in the background with little obvious sign of the good work they’re doing.  Go to the Defender Security Center to see the current status.

Security software usually is NOT necessary, whether it’s from Kasperksy or any other company.

If your current security software and it’s cost is fine for you, by all means keep it.

Save your money and simplify your system by uninstalling the extra security software.  Windows features plus your own caution about incoming files and web sites should be enough.

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