Avira AntiVir Personal - Free Antivirus

Avira AntiVir Personal - Free Antivirus

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  • Date Added:
    October 31, 2008
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  • Operating Systems:
    Windows 2000/XP/Vista

Editors' Review


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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  • 1 stars

    "doesn't work"

    October 07, 2014   |   By tricknologyinc

    Version: Avira Free Antivirus


    None. You can't say it's free if it costs this much time and aggravation and gives you no options to remedy issues.


    Just installed, and it's telling me the antivirus needs to be updated... but gives absolutely no option to do anything about it!


    These people are obviously not even trying! Do NOT waste your time!

    Updated on Oct 7, 2014

    CNET completely discredits itself by recommending this crap.

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  • 5 stars

    "good antivirus program"

    October 06, 2014   |   By rafaeladamos

    Version: Avira Free Antivirus


    It protects well and does not recognize mistakes


    Updates slow, sometimes unsuccessfully, perhaps to ensure that updates

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    Full Specifications

    What's new in version
    Version includes new Virus Engine update.
    Publisher Avira
    Publisher web site http://www.avira.com
    Release Date October 31, 2008
    Date Added October 31, 2008
    Category Security Software
    Subcategory Antivirus Software
    Operating Systems
    Operating Systems Windows XP, Windows 2000, Windows, Windows Vista
    Additional Requirements Windows 2000/XP/Vista
    Download Information
    File Size 4.5MB
    File Name avira_en_av___dlc.exe
    Total Downloads 145,965,120
    Downloads Last Week 13,722
    License Model Free
    Limitations Not available
    Price Free

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