Kaspersky System Checker – A Short Review


kaspersky-logoThe Kaspersky System Checker (KSC) is a free and portable utility. Free and Portable are two of my favorite words, especially when used in the same sentence.

I downloaded this little beauty, tried it out, and would like to share my experience with you.

Downloading Kaspersky System Checker

Admittedly, I had a bit of a problem finding KSC on the Kaspersky Site. It’s probably obvious to anyone else, but it is buried under the link at the top of their Home Page labeled Free Security Tools. Scroll down a bit and you’ll see it prominently displayed.

They don’t call me “Lightning” for nothin’. A friend of mine was kind enough to point out one day that they don’t call me “Sunny”, either. When he saw the confused look on my face he told me it meant I wasn’t that bright. I have since forgotten his name.

Let’s move on, shall we? Put the KSC launcher in a folder of your choice and run it. When I first ran KSC a window popped up saying there was an update, so I let it update. It didn’t take long and we were off to the races.


Note: KSC creates a sub-folder with a little over 70MB of stuff in it. I thought I should let you know beforehand.

Running Kaspersky System Checker

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The first run of KSC took three, maybe four, minutes. (I have run several scans since and, as would be expected, they were considerably faster.) The above image shows what you can expect to see while the diagnostic scan is running. You will note there is a link at the bottom of the window labeled, “View results during the scan”. If you click that, you will be shown a window with the results as they are processed. Having done so, you will not have the option to return to this window.

Update: According to one of our eagle-eyed readers, Larry, I missed a Big Green Arrow allowing you to return to the original window. Thanks for the correction! (See comments below.)

It’s no big deal either way, really. Your Boredom Threshold will determine which window you prefer.

Scan Results

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  • The above image shows the results of a first scan on my computer. Three items were notable due to the frightening red exclamation mark. As noted in the screen shot, I fixed the driver problem by using the convenient link to the Device Manager.
  • The DNS server warning may be useful to notify you of the change in case it wasn’t you who made it. I always change DNS servers; we want the fastest ones, don’t we?
  • Harumph– I don’t recommend disabling User Account Control (UAC). It is a great security feature provided in Windows versions since Vista and is there to protect you from yourself. ‘Nuf said. I have nothing more to say on the matter. If you ask me, I will deny any knowledge of the subject. I will use the tried and true politician’s response, “I don’t recall.”

You’ll notice two more Tabs across the top labeled “System Info” and “Additional Info”. You may explore those at your leisure.


Final Thoughts

Kaspersky System Checker is a great tool. It will point out possible “wrongs” in your system setup, but will provide limited information on correcting any problems you may encounter. You are basically on your own to find a proper solution. Be prepared to open up your favorite search engine– a lot. I don’t see that as a problem for two reasons:

  1. It forces you to learn something along the way, and…
  2. It helps to keep you apprised of on-going problems you may not otherwise be aware of (my driver issue is a case in point, which I knew nothing about until KSC came along)

In the “hamburger” menu in the lower-left corner of the main window there is a Help option. It will open a PDF which is basically no help at all since it is like a four-page “About” screen. It may prove informative to some so I won’t entirely disrespect it. Besides, there isn’t much help to be had when all you have to do is hit a Scan button and read the results. A Cave Person could do it. (During these sensitive times one must be careful about offending someone, mustn’t one… politically correct and all that.)

thumbs-up-smileyI will give this utility a Thumbs-Up if you are prepared to do the necessary leg-work to correct the problems it may discover. In that vein, it is a worthwhile addition to any IT “Tool Box”.

I like it a lot better than the many so-called “One-Click Tweak Tools” (I never recommend those) which are ubiquitous on the Internet. At least this one doesn’t lay false claims about fixing anything. It is simply a notifier– very nice and safe.

If you have any comments or suggestions, please share,

Richard

About the Author

Richard Pedersen

Richard received his first computer, a C-64, in 1982 as a gift and began dabbling in BASIC. He was hooked! His love for computing has led him from the old “XT” boxes to the more modern fare and from clunky 10MB hard drives to smooth and fast modern day SSD drives. He has run BBS services, Fido mail, and even operated his own computer repair business.

10 Comments

  1. Guess folks must still be on holidays Richard. As a Kaspersky user, I was unaware they had free tools. Was not impressed since this tool found no faults on my computers, Mindblower! 🙂

    • Howdy Mindblower!

      Finding nothing is your goal. It sounds like your security measures are working for you.

      That’s a good thing, 🙂
      Richard

  2. Been reading DCT for a couple years. When I ran KSC, and hit the “View Results During The Scan” link, I got a BIG GREEN left arrow at the top of the screen. Taking me back to the previous screen. Did you miss the BIG GREEN arrow?

    • Hi Larry,

      Well, I must have been blind that day, for sure! I just ran it and sure enough, there is a Big Green Arrow, just as you said. :-/
      I have updated this post with the correction.

      I’m getting new glasses in February; maybe that will help,
      Richard

  3. I used your link to reach the Kaspersky web site, clicked on the link in Security Tools to download the System Checker – and the screen went to an error screen – blank white screen other than the Error 404 – site not found notice. Tried it twice with the same result each time.

  4. Hi Dave
    Love your newsletter.
    Whenever I try to download Kaspersky System Checker, I just get a page 404.
    Have Kaspersky withdrawn their System Checker?

    • Thanks Robin,

      This giveaway has expired and the link may now be gone as well. More contests coming soon to DCT, so keep an eye out for them.

      See Jim Woods’ comment above for a possible alternate download choice,
      Richard

  5. Hi Richard
    Thanks for the reply but I don’t quite understand. How can a free tool have expired as this is normally under Kaspersky free tools. However, from a comment earlier by Jim Woods, I have been able to download from Major Geeks. Have not tried it yet and hope it still works.
    regards

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