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:
    8.1.0.326
  • Total Downloads:
    146,099,089
  • Date Added:
    Jul. 24, 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

    3.9

    out of 176 votes

    • 5 star 86
    • 4 star 40
    • 3 star 21
    • 2 star 12
    • 1 star 17
  • All Versions

    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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5 stars

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October 26, 2008  |  By wein9

 |  Version: Avira AntiVir Personal - Free Antivirus 8.1.0.326

Pros

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3 stars

"inscrit en"

October 20, 2008  |  By Angelo ronkali

 |  Version: Avira AntiVir Personal - Free Antivirus 8.1.0.326

Pros

Peu decevant

Cons

Il faut avoir la clé. Le chemin est peu connu

Summary

Dépuis bientôt 3 ans

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3 stars

"Poor installation, easy to use"

October 19, 2008  |  By evwool

 |  Version: Avira AntiVir Personal - Free Antivirus 8.1.0.326

Pros

Doesn't hog resources, seems stable so far

Cons

Have to be online (unprotected) to register and install

Summary

I can't believe that any responsible antivirus program would demand that the user installs and registers online. The chances of becoming infected in this time are high and some viruses would find it possible to disable the antivirus altogether or worse still, make it appear as if it is working when it isn't.

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4 stars

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October 13, 2008  |  By gille68

 |  Version: Avira AntiVir Personal - Free Antivirus 8.1.0.326

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5 stars

"very helpful to my cp"

September 21, 2008  |  By nelia-bisares

 |  Version: Avira AntiVir Personal - Free Antivirus 8.1.0.326

Pros

i have nothing to add,but it helps more to my cp,makes me alwaays alert

Cons

i have no comment

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5 stars

"Great free antivirus"

September 16, 2008  |  By sambak

 |  Version: Avira AntiVir Personal - Free Antivirus 8.1.0.326

Pros

Works well without slowing the system down

Cons

needs automatic updates

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5 stars

"Worth downloading!"

September 08, 2008  |  By Earl777

 |  Version: Avira AntiVir Personal - Free Antivirus 8.1.0.326

Pros

Beneficial to those who are careful with their computers!

Cons

The website is quite confusing...

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4 stars

"Best antivirus program without taking up alot of memory"

September 01, 2008  |  By blast437

 |  Version: Avira AntiVir Personal - Free Antivirus 8.1.0.326

Pros

The scans are pretty fast and thorough. It catches most viruses on a computer and leaves it clean. Automatic updates are a pretty nice feature too

Cons

Too many nag screens....

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5 stars

"it is very well!"

August 28, 2008  |  By huangyingqi

 |  Version: Avira AntiVir Personal - Free Antivirus 8.1.0.326

Pros

it is easy to use it!

Cons

it needs too much resours!

Summary

the most important things are it is very well , usefull and free to use!

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3 stars

"A good free anti virus"

August 27, 2008  |  By bestfreesoft

 |  Version: Avira AntiVir Personal - Free Antivirus 8.1.0.326

Pros

It's free and a good anti virus software

Cons

display of ads during updation

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 8.1.0.326
Version 8.1.0.326 features new fast Activation Tool (FACT), which enables the licensing of products on-line during installation.
General
Publisher Avira
Publisher web site http://www.avira.com
Release Date July 24, 2008
Date Added July 24, 2008
Version 8.1.0.326
Category
Category Security Software
Subcategory Antivirus Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows Vista, Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows
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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