Avira AntiVir Personal - Free Antivirus

Avira AntiVir Personal - Free Antivirus

Download Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
4.0
out of 4190 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    8
  • Total Downloads:
    146,099,089
  • Date Added:
    Apr. 14, 2008
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    144.6MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    21,126
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:

Editors' Review

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For a free antimalware and antivirus app that also runs in your system's background, AntiVir works surprisingly well. Its scans are flexible, allowing the user to fully scan all hard drives, choose a preloaded scan--for rootkits, for example--or customize a scan. Combining the antimalware with the antivirus is a luxury in a free scanner. After testing on several machines no viruses turned up, although several malicious hidden files did rear their heads. The heuristic scan can be turned on or off completely or partially, with three different intensity levels.

The quarantine is extensively thorough, too. The spreadsheet layout displays all relevant information about the quarantined file, and gives you options to scan it again, restore, delete, and more. The scheduler is fully customizable. Definition files are available at Avira's Web site if needed, and the help features are excellent, as well, with a description box relaying mouse-over information on each feature. Version 8.0 has introduced a faster engine and a faster definition file update, both of which are instantly noticeable improvements and yet still a bit slow.

Initial concerns about the real-time Guard protection hamstringing system performance proved groundless. Although we could shut off AntiVir and its Guard, there was no way to remove the icon from the system tray or stop the occasional ad placement by Avira. The Complete Scan is no longer numbingly slow, but it will pauses midscan to let you know when it's found a threat. That's good for killing nasties, but it also means that the scans needs baby-sitting.

Despite these hang-ups and the nag screen that follows updates, we found AntiVir to offer such effective protection with such a well-rounded set of features that as long as the definitions file updates keep coming, this app is our first line of defense.

 
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User Reviews
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  • Current Version

    4.1

    out of 333 votes

    • 5 star 172
    • 4 star 90
    • 3 star 32
    • 2 star 13
    • 1 star 26
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    4.0

    out of 4190 votes

    • 5 star 1976
    • 4 star 1165
    • 3 star 391
    • 2 star 219
    • 1 star 439
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3 stars

"Good, but slow updater is a security risk!"

October 29, 2008  |  By Magnus101

 |  Version: Avira AntiVir Personal - Free Antivirus 8

Pros

Easy on system resources. Easy to use.

Cons

The updater is extremely slow and can time out. That is a risk in itself. And you have to manually attend it, which you don't have to with avg, for example.
Then there's the annoying popup windows that frequently advertise their commercial verison.

Summary

Easy on the system resources, but not safe due to problems with updater. When I was away for a week(leaving the PC off), I had to hit the updater a couple of times manually, because it timed out several times.
The selling popups are covering a big screen estate, but I could live with them if the updater worked better.
I'm going to look for another free alternative, but not sure of which. I had been using avg for ages until they updated to AVG 8, which was really bad, in my opionion. For my Vista 64, this seems to be the least bad alternative of the free offerings.

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4 stars

"easy to use"

September 06, 2008  |  By anep muzar

 |  Version: Avira AntiVir Personal - Free Antivirus 8

Pros

excellent.

Cons

it cant detect a strong virus.

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5 stars

"Great protection"

August 12, 2008  |  By ThomasPic

 |  Version: Avira AntiVir Personal - Free Antivirus 8

Pros

Amazing software. Very easy to use and understand. Includes heuristic scanning. It uses very few resources and does not slow down your computer at all. I did not see a difference in my computers boot time. Also, very quick scans and great protection.

Cons

Scan stops when detection is made so you must stay and watch the entire scan or at least check back every few minutes.

Summary

I use Avira on all three of my home computers and have installed it on many other computers for friends. Bottom-line, download this. You wont be disapointed.

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5 stars

"GET IT !!!"

July 24, 2008  |  By Lance01080

 |  Version: Avira AntiVir Personal - Free Antivirus 8

Pros

I have a new Gateway but I needed one of the best. I researched as much as I could and got this and C.O.M.O.D.O. for my new machine! Both are perfect!! I even got the Premium Avira. It toke awhile for both of us to learn but it was worth it!!

Cons

NONE that I have found in two weeks.

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5 stars

"Great"

July 23, 2008  |  By KingOfKings1

 |  Version: Avira AntiVir Personal - Free Antivirus 8

Pros

Everything, Better then AVG

Cons

Updating Time

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1 stars

"Too many notices for the same file"

July 23, 2008  |  By petes1000

 |  Version: Avira AntiVir Personal - Free Antivirus 8

Cons

It would keep identifying the same file as a potential/actual problem even though I had told the software to ignore it.

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5 stars

"The Best Free AntiVirus"

July 23, 2008  |  By Mike98

 |  Version: Avira AntiVir Personal - Free Antivirus 8

Pros

Easy to install and easy to uninstall. No error(s) or other problem(s). Often updates more than twice a day. Fast scanning, about 28 minutes with Pentium 3 GHz. Very high detection grade and 100% on polymorphic viruses. With AntiRootkit and if you have Windows Vista AntiVir Personal is all you need to add next to Windows Firewall and Windows Defender.

Cons

Sometimes when there is a big update it is slow in updating. No e-mailscanner, fast updates, AntiSpyware and Anti Drive-By against harmful websites in Avira AntiVir Personal, for these features you have to buy Avira AntiVir Premium at €19,95.

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5 stars

"Great, just great."

July 23, 2008  |  By Mitza 003

 |  Version: Avira AntiVir Personal - Free Antivirus 8

Pros

It detects very well, i like the proactive defense.

Cons

The consumption of ram memory is quite big.

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5 stars

"Verygood and helpfull"

July 21, 2008  |  By kedimose

 |  Version: Avira AntiVir Personal - Free Antivirus 8

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4 stars

"Awesome"

July 21, 2008  |  By danikadash

 |  Version: Avira AntiVir Personal - Free Antivirus 8

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 8
Version 8.0 adds an enhanced interface, a modularized AV-search engine for improved scan performance, an integrated failsafe security system, and SMTP support forAntiVir MailGuard.

General
Publisher Avira
Publisher web site http://www.avira.com
Release Date April 14, 2008
Date Added April 14, 2008
Version 8
Category
Category Security Software
Subcategory Antivirus Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows XP, Windows, Windows Vista, Windows 2000
Additional Requirements Windows 2000/XP/Vista
Download Information
File Size 144.6MB
File Name avira_free_antivirus_en.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 146,099,089
Downloads Last Week 21,126
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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