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Review: Avira Free Antivirus

The latest update to Avira Antivirus adds Online Essentials, Avira's Web dashboard, a more approachable, more modern, and more encompassing way to manage security across your devices. While Avira Free Antivirus looks and runs the same as prior versions, the integration of Online Essentials redefines how you scan and protect your computers.

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Basic UI: The old tweaks and settings are still there, but you probably messed with them just once a year, and then by accident. Now, Avira directs all management functions to the Online Essentials Web dashboard, greatly simplifying the primary user flow of running scans and … Read more

Avira Online Essentials gets it right

Avira Online Essentials attempts to give users a more approachable, more modern, more encompassing way to manage security across devices. Online Essentials has been in the works for a long time, as have many other security apps tackling multidevice management, but so far none stands above the rest.

So what exactly is Avira Online Essentials? It's not a piece of downloadable software but a polished security dashboard and download portal. Avira wanted to streamline the security experience by making an online dashboard that lets you download and monitor any Avira software for any device you own, whether it be … Read more

Help yourself to a special serving of Avira AV Suite this Thanksgiving

Avira's business is keeping people out of yours. Block online spies, snoops, trackers, and Trojans with its powerful Tracking Blockers and AntiSpyware platforms.

With the holidays approaching, many people are turning to the Internet to do their gift shopping. Catching online deals can be just as fun and much more convenient than driving yourself to the mall. But just as we exercise caution in the real world, it is also important to remain vigilant on the Web. Shop with confidence and protect yourself against viruses and malicious software this holiday season with Avira Antivirus Suite.

Download Avira Antivirus Suite … Read more

Antivirus homepages temporarily hacked by Palestinian activists

On Tuesday morning, popular antivirus vendors AVG and Avira, as well as instant messenger service WhatsApp, all had their respective homepages hijacked by a group of activist hackers. This group later revealed themselves to be the KDMS Team.

The KDMS Team posted the following message, along with a YouTube embed:

MISSION COMPLETED HACKED KDMS TEAM PLAESTINIAN HACKERS Hello World

We Are Here To Deliver Tow Messages

First one:

we want to tell you that there is a land called Palestine on the earth this land has been stolen by Zionist

do you know it ?

Palestinian people has the right to … Read more

Review: Avira Free Android Security 2.0

Avira Android Security is a protection app for Android devices with several security features and preventative tools to better manage your phone, whether you have it on hand or not.

To get the most out of Avira's mobile security app, as well as many others, Android Security requests that you register for an account. As security programs gear more toward the remote device management territory, it's become more or less a standard process now. Don't be surprised to see desktop apps opting for the same.

When you first log in and open Avira, you'll notice that … Read more

Review: Avira Free Mac Security provides real-time virus and malware protection

With its options for heuristic scans and security settings that are certainly thorough, Avira Free Mac Security for Mac protects your Mac in real-time against threats. On the whole, this is a competent free program that does what it's meant to do but with a rather slow performance.

Installation of the program on OS X Mountain Lion was quite cumbersome. We were compelled to force quit installer a few times before we finally managed to have Avira Free Mac Security for Mac installed correctly. After installation, the application still needed to download almost 30 additional minutes worth of updates. … Read more

Protect your Android device from theft with Avira Free Android Security

A mobile device can contain a significant amount of personal data such as contacts, banking information, photos, videos, important documents, and more. With Android devices becoming more prevalent, the need for security software is even greater. Avira Free Android Security is a feature-filled application that assists users in securing their devices. While this is not an antivirus or malware protection application, it does a great job protecting devices against theft.

The download and installation of Avira Free Android Security go quickly and easily. Some advanced settings are required for most of the features, but the application does a good job … Read more

Avira 2013 expands features to cover social networking, tracker blocking, and Web site verification

Review: Avira returns to the security field with a second major revamp in as many years of its flagship free antivirus and paid upgrades. Whereas last year's overhaul focused on a breezy new installation and modernizing its interface, the 2013 version is all about offering competitive and forward-thinking security features.

All that sounds well and good, and Avira has even killed off its obnoxious, interrupting pop-up in the free version. However, some aggressive components of those features gave us pause when using the suite.

Installation Last year's improved, zippy install has been changed slightly, and that may cause … Read more

Avira kills its pop-up for 2013, sort of

The competition for the best free Windows security suite just got a lot more intense, as Avira returns to the field with its second major revamp in as many years of its flagship free antivirus and paid upgrades.

Available exclusively from Download.com today, Avira Free Antivirus 2013, along with the paid upgrades Avira Antivirus Premium 2013 and Avira Internet Security 2013, greatly expand the kinds of protection that Avira offers.

Avira wouldn't reveal a precise number of people who use the suite, but Opswat puts them at around 12.1 percent of the worldwide Windows market. Travis Witteveen, … Read more

Avira update blocked Windows applications

Antivirus firm Avira said it has fixed a problem that led several of its products to mistakenly block legitimate Windows applications during an Avira software update.

"This issue has been resolved. Your Avira products should now be functioning normally," the German company said in a note on its Web site. "We deeply regret any difficulties this has caused you. Thank you for your patience and understanding."

Shortly after the company began releasing Service Pack 0 for Avira Version 2012 yesterday, customers began complaining about problems running Windows, Office and Works, as well as a host of … Read more