Avira AntiVir versus the competition: Free Avira antivirus review

Avira AntiVir versus the competition: Free Avira antivirus review

Posted 07.13.2012 in News by Christopher

Keeping your computer safe from viruses, spyware, and other malware has become very important as more and more dangerous downloads find their way onto the Internet. There are a handful of antivirus programs that has managed to standout amongst a flooded market, and Avira AntiVir has worked hard to be included in that select group.

Anvira AntiVirus comes from a German security specialist, reportedly having over 100 million users worldwide. Avira’s mission is to offer security solutions for both personal and professional use, and their software has received many aware and accolades for the security it provides. Avira is used all over the world, and has locations in Germany, France, Malaysia, the Netherlands, Austria, and Romania.

Avira Free Antivirus is a Windows product, with a Linux version available, that has a System Scanner to keep PCs free of Trojans, worms, and viruses, with technology AHeAD software that blocks suspicious looking code. The Premium version, available for $29.99 a year, has Web Protection to warn you of malicious websites and Live Support, allowing an Avira support to log into your machine directly. Avira Free Antivirus has AntiVirus, AntiDialer, AntiRootkit, AntiSpyware + AntiAdware, and AntiDrive-by.

Avira has received a lot of awards throughout the years, and has been certified by AV-TEST, praised for the thoroughness in cleaning the PC after a malware attack. Virus Bulletin has given it a “Solid” rating, and Avira achieved a 99.15% reactive/proactive detection rate. AV-Comparatives gave an Advanced+ rating; the Premium version of the software received the top spot for its single-engine detection, working on 99.4% of the malware samples. PC Games Hardware, a German magazine, gave Avira the #1 security software provider award.

Avira has also created a Mac and Android version of their software, called “Avira Free Mac Security” and “Avira Free Android Security.”

Reviewers have praised Avira for the solid, basic job it does in providing protection against malware. Some have noted that it runs silently, without taking up a lot of CPU usage or memory. The application is noted for its ease of use.

One downside is that the free version has shown in testing to slow down the computer considerably more than the premium version. Furthermore, the free version comes with a daily popup asking the user to buy the paid version, a feature which can be quite annoying for some users; the silent mode is only available for premium users.

But for basic security and most users, however, Avira does do a good job of what it says it will do—providing security. It has high detection rates and in recent years has lowered its false positives to provide an antivirus software that will get the job done without much fuss.

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