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This review is from: Kaspersky Total Security 2017 - 5 PCs (Key Card)
Pros: It is effective in blocking intrusions by spammers, viruses and phishing but at such a high price in computer resources to make it as bad as the infections it works to inhibit.
Cons: I subscribed to Kaspersky Pure 3.0, the predecessor of this version and absolutely adored it. It had Norton and McAfee beat by miles. However, as soon as I loaded Kaspersky Total Security my computer began running slower. Lag was both noticeable and frustrating. Simple typing as for this review could delay as much as 30 seconds between typing and the letters appearing on my screen. This software takes over so many functions in the name of securing one's computer that it can turn a computer into a lagging, dragging paperweight.
Other Thoughts: There's an old joke that asks, How do you make really good software stop working?" The answer is, "Add features." Kaspersky has done this in spades. They have taken the superb Pure 3.0, added feature after feature and turned it into a computer-killing monster.
For example, Kaspersky has long had a feature called "Safe Money" which creates a secure browsing window for banking and commercial transactions. It's a great feature! In this version, however, they have added a "Secure Keyboard" which, until one first encounters it, remains hidden. Try to log into a site like, for example, New Egg, and you suddenly find that you can pound your computer keyboard from now until doomsday without a single character appearing on the screen. You will have to use the "Secure Keyboard" on screen.
Thoughtfully, Kaspersky has provided On/Off switches for many of its features. Unfortunately, in my experience, those switches only work partially. If Kaspersky, in its infinite wisdom, has decided that the user doesn't actually know what he or she is doing when turning off some annoying feature, it will continue to pop up regardless of the switch setting.
Perhaps the worst feature was the Download Manager. The principle sounds great: interpose Kaspersky between the Internet and the user's desire to download programs or modifications to existing software that might contain some malicious attack. Nice idea as i've said but I had Windows Updates that legitimately were from Microsoft that Total Security prevented from loading for weeks until I Uninstalled Total Security. In the meantime Total Security interrupted the programs I was running to inform me of an update to Open Office 9+ times (I didn't begin counting until I'd seen it several times so I don't have an actual count) but that update was always the same update repetitiously offered time and time again by the Download Manager. And as if that were not frustrating enough, on at least 3 of those occasions I got messages fro Kaspersky Total Security telling me that the download had failed for lack of an Internet connection. That message appeared while I was connected to the Internet and browsing away as fast as the lag that Total Security induced would allow.
Finally, one might reasonably wonder whether I am simply attributing to Kaspersky Total Security faults of my own system. Well, my answer to that objection is that I had none of those problems before downloading Total Security and every one of them disappeared as soon as I Uninstalled Total Security completely. I would suggest that is good empirical evidence that the fault lay with Kaspersky's software rather than my system.
I cannot emphasize enough how annoying and pernicious this product is. In my experience Kaspersky Total Security does what we used to say happened to villages during the Vietnam War: sure, it protects your computer but by destroying it.
Pros: A very big advance on my old video card. I see detail that I have not been able to see before
Cons: The fans on the card are designed to come on only when it reaches a relatively high operating temperature. On rare occasions - and I want to emphasize the rarity of this occurrence - the card will shut down briefly because the fans haven't started cooling the card. In a moth of operation this has happened exactly once. A long card it simply won't fit in most Micro cube cases.
Other Thoughts: I play World of Warcraft exclusively. I ordered this card as a necessary up-grade preparatory to the coming Legion expansion. I am getting greater detail at longer viewing distances than I've ever seen. In a game whose artwork has always been of a very high order, this card is an exceptional benefit. Except as noted it works beautifully and reliably. An excellent choice for price and quality.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Thermaltake Toughpower TPD-0750M - SLI / CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Gold Certification and Semi Modular Cables Black Active PFC Power Supply Intel Haswell Ready (PS-TPD-0750MPCGUS-1)
Pros: Simple installation. Works unfailingly. Provides plenty of power.
Other Thoughts: I bought a new video card (NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950) and discovered that the power supply I had, though nominally providing sufficient power, didn't have the correct connectors. The adapter provided with the video card wasn't allowing the video card to work correctly. To be specific, the fans on the video card were not kicking on at all. Obviously I needed a new power supply. Because I expect to be adding some up-grades in the foreseeable future I decided on an bit of power overkill and a couple of extra SATA connectors, hence this power supply. It's been working smoothly for two weeks now and has given no trouble at all.READ FULL REVIEW