War in Ukraine – Kaspersky Anti-Virus is no longer welcome – News

Due to the situation in Ukraine, the French authorities are warning about possible computer attacks and warning about the use of security software from the Russian publisher Kaspersky. We have decided to remove them from our comparisons.

A war on earth could have repercussions in cyberspace. The National Directorate for Security and Information Systems Protection (Anssi) claims to have already heard of several cyberattacks since February 23, 2022, the day before the start of the Russian military operation in Ukraine. They have taken various forms: denial-of-service attacks, website hijackings, phishing attempts, data theft, distribution of malicious code, etc. At present, these cyber-attacks seem to have limited impact and are mainly aimed at Ukrainian, Russian and Belarusian institutions and companies. However, nothing suggests that they could not touch France in the more or less near future. Moreover, a few days ago our colleagues from Figaro verified that a cyberattack on the ViaSat satellite network resulted in a network outage for approximately 10,000 French customers of satellite Internet service provider Nordnet.

Annecy therefore recommends that everyone exercise maximum vigilance. Currently, the measures to be taken are more focused on institutions and businesses. Anssi is asking them to strengthen their security systems, keep their sensitive data offline, identify their strategic digital services, and establish a protocol to follow in the event of a cyberattack. But people also need to be vigilant.

In addition, Anssi warns about the software of the Russian publisher Kaspersky. The security agency believes that due to its ties to the Russian government and the risks associated with updating its products, its services may be disrupted. If she admits it“At this stage, no objective element justifies a change in the assessment of the level of quality of the products and services provided”, she suggests thinking about changing the security system in the medium term. Below are tips for switching to a different antivirus.

For our part, we have decided to remove all Kaspersky Lab software from our comparators. Security Cloud Free Antivirus, Kaspersky Internet Security Suite, Kaspersky Password Manager, and Kaspersky Antivirus for Smartphones will no longer appear in our tables until further notice.

How to change antivirus

If, like 80% of the French, you have Windows installed on your computer, follow these steps:

  • click on the “Start” button in the lower left corner of the screen;
  • click “Settings”, indicated by a cogwheel;
  • click “Applications”, then find your Kaspersky antivirus in the list;
  • click delete, then let yourself be guided.

Then you need to install a new antivirus. To help you make your choice, feel free to consult our antivirus test. Keep in mind that, even if they don’t offer the same services as the paid packages, free antiviruses are powerful and it’s fine to be satisfied with the pre-installed Microsoft Defender Antivirus. You can check if it’s enabled by clicking Start > Settings > Update & Security > Windows Security > Virus & Threat Protection > Manage Settings.

Update March 17, 2022

In Germany, the Federal Office for Information Technology Security (BSI) also discourages the use of software from the Russian publisher Kaspersky. The BSI points out, as does Anssi in France, that“A Russian computer manufacturer can conduct offensive operations itself, be forced against its will to attack target systems, or itself become the victim of a cyberattack without its knowledge, espionage or use as a tool to carry out attacks against its own customers.”.

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