Avira AntiVir Personal - Free Antivirus

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Works well when it works which is *not* often"

    October 18, 2010  |   By TencU

    Pros

    I put version 10.0.0.567 on two machines. Avira's scanner blows thru machine one in about 7 minutes and that includes two external drives, one 256 GB + 1TB + flash drives. Pretty good. Here the good news ends!! See performance on other machine below

    Cons

    Prior to this I had NOD-32 from Eset which worked without crashing my machine.

    Keep in mind "worked" is a relative term, and apparently some reviewers feel Avira is more effective at ferreting out malware. BUT,See my comments "Bottom line Summary"

    Summary

    Scanning speed gives Avira a checkered flag on one of two machines. The other machine with the same external drives (above) attached is still scanning after 32 hours!!! On line support said, "oh that's because it's a Pentium machine compared to the first machine (seven minutes) being a dual core. 7-minutes versus over 32 hours???? I don't think so.

    Meanwhile, scanning on the first machine now results in the machine crashing into a blue screen of death.

    On line support said problem is a file they named in sys32 (but it's not there) and they congratulated themselves on solving the problem. Huh? So I asked about it again. On line support's attitude is "well, what's the problem NOW?". I said, but no response. I truly hope Avira is able to successfully solve their software's issues....not to say it doesn't run well for many people. Just not me.

    I KNOW the software is free. Hey I appreciate those guys for doing a bang up job and making it available for nothing, AND would have jumped up to the paid version just to say 'thanks'. Anti virus software is complicated, dynamic, and requires constant hands-on maintenance from the software makers to keep it flying. I admire anyone who does that, Avira included. That's something!!! Accolades to them, BUT it doesn't work on either of two machines. So you guessed it....I'm moving on.

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