Avira AntiVir Personal - Free Antivirus

Avira AntiVir Personal - Free Antivirus

Download Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
4.0
out of 4186 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    8.2.0.334
  • Total Downloads:
    146,079,786
  • Date Added:
    October 31, 2008
  • File Size:
    144.6MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    19,501
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows 2000/XP/Vista

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 188 votes

    • 5 star 82
    • 4 star 73
    • 3 star 18
    • 2 star 3
    • 1 star 12
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    out of 4186 votes

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    • 2 star 219
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5 stars

"so good version"

May 07, 2009  |  By shamsoo

 |  Version: Avira AntiVir Personal - Free Antivirus 8.2.0.334

Pros

my pc is so safe

Cons

thanks avira

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5 stars

"good never had any problems"

March 10, 2009  |  By eferguson11

 |  Version: Avira AntiVir Personal - Free Antivirus 8.2.0.334

Pros

good never ahd any problems

Cons

good never had any problems

Summary

good never had any problems

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3 stars

"good software"

February 20, 2009  |  By sivaboom

 |  Version: Avira AntiVir Personal - Free Antivirus 8.2.0.334

Pros

good software

Cons

In This software Update timing Is Very High

Summary

-

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4 stars

"Acceptable antivirus"

February 17, 2009  |  By Hanbanee

 |  Version: Avira AntiVir Personal - Free Antivirus 8.2.0.334

Pros

I installed this after my old antivirus went kaput (meaning expired). So far, I haven't been getting virus alerts. The first time I installed this though, it alerted me with numerous virus alerts- but they were really viruses.

Cons

Made my computer slow. :(

Summary

Good antivirus if you want a free one.

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4 stars

"Great Freeware, but lacks polish and is slow."

February 15, 2009  |  By pugboy75

 |  Version: Avira AntiVir Personal - Free Antivirus 8.2.0.334

Pros

True real-time scanning for free! Rootkit detection. Easy installation. Can't beat the price.

Cons

SLOW as heck for scheduled scans. Seems to be a bit system hungry, but acceptable. Annoying advertisements from time to time. It seems they are all geared to get you to buy the paid version of Avira AV. The interface is a bit ugly.

Summary

The ad's are annoying, but this is a well-made product with no Spyware that is totally free for personal use. That's a fair trade off to me. I would say, at this point, the best "free" anti-virus products are AVG, Avira, and Avast - in no particular order. It really is a toss up, but I would probably go with AVG as it has a few more anti-Spyware features for free. Still. you will be absolutely satisfied with Avira.

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5 stars

"Software performed like specOps,/destroyed 20+ virus"

February 15, 2009  |  By rolix77

 |  Version: Avira AntiVir Personal - Free Antivirus 8.2.0.334

Pros

After learning about "behaviour" of various software, I had a lot of respect for the "special Ops" performance of Avira. Enough to make me come to pay respect
by sharing my experience and offer my thanks - I rescued an otherwise dead PC

Cons

No Complaints from me

Summary

The experience I went through having to choose which antivirus to download and deploy was gratifying. ot only did I make a good choice, with a PC so badly infected
that it was almost dead I had to cheer it on as it searched and eliminated or at least deactivated the bad malware and slowly CURED my pc. I plan to make a blog entry
as soon as I find time about ny experience as my way of thanking Avira, and those
that developed it. For a free product to perform as it did, I just wish I was able to write down the infections it attacked. I'm very happy with Avira I'm putting it on my laptop.

Updated on Feb 15, 2009

I wanted to correct or edit my summary: "not only did I make a good choice , my PC is now running well, lost some files but recovered my OS I can't help to be emotional about it

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4 stars

"Scan takes forever!"

February 15, 2009  |  By morninglory

 |  Version: Avira AntiVir Personal - Free Antivirus 8.2.0.334

Pros

First use found four viruses. Has since let me know about two more while browsing. I switched to Avira when Avast! did not seem to be doing it's job.

Cons

Takes a long time to scan. Does not have a "quick scan" (or I can't find one). Guard must be enabled each time I boot my computer.

Summary

I am pretty satisfied with this anti-virus program but if something better comes along I will probably try t.

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5 stars

"Finds Virus's that all other don't."

February 12, 2009  |  By mmccrea

 |  Version: Avira AntiVir Personal - Free Antivirus 8.2.0.334

Pros

It works good

Cons

i love every thing about this software

Summary

it just plain does what it has to...

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4 stars

"no problem faced while using for personal use till date"

February 12, 2009  |  By rajan37

 |  Version: Avira AntiVir Personal - Free Antivirus 8.2.0.334

Pros

quite fast.

Cons

sometimes it blocks even the trusted sites.

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4 stars

"very efficient protection even with the FREE version"

February 11, 2009  |  By haddock1937

 |  Version: Avira AntiVir Personal - Free Antivirus 8.2.0.334

Pros

Protection, updates, easy to install

Cons

none so far

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 8.2.0.334
Version 8.2.0.334 includes new Virus Engine update.
General
Publisher Avira
Publisher web site http://www.avira.com
Release Date October 31, 2008
Date Added October 31, 2008
Version 8.2.0.334
Category
Category Security Software
Subcategory Antivirus Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 2000, Windows, Windows Vista, Windows XP
Additional Requirements Windows 2000/XP/Vista
Download Information
File Size 144.6MB
File Name avira_free_antivirus_en.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 146,079,786
Downloads Last Week 19,501
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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