Avira AntiVir Personal - Free Antivirus

Avira AntiVir Personal - Free Antivirus

Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
4.0
out of 4179 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
8.2.0.334
File Size:
3.86MB
Date Added:
October 31, 2008
Price:
Free
Operating Systems:
Windows 2000/XP/Vista
Total Downloads:
145,796,441
Downloads Last Week:
18,420
Product ranking:
Additional Requirements:
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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  • All Versions:

    4.0

    out of 4179 votes

    • 5 star: 1972
    • 4 star: 1163
    • 3 star: 391
    • 2 star: 219
    • 1 star: 434
  • 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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  • 2 stars

    "100% CPU Usage Bug"

    September 26, 2014

    Version: Avira Free Antivirus 14.0.3.350

    Pros

    - Light on resources (SEE EXCEPTION BELOW!)
    - Fast scanning
    - Simple UI
    - Average Detection Rates

    Cons

    - Windows 8.1 Bug! In product advertisements eat up 100% of CPU usage on every computer running Windows 8.1, indefinitely (until reboot). These are well built, modern systems as well (quad core, 8+ GB RAM...).
    -Avira is slow to resolve bugs (such as the above). It's been almost a month since Avira was made aware of the above bug and still no fix!

    Summary

    I manage around 3000 computers in my IT management company. I allow my customers to select their preferred antivirus and the companies that chose Avira have all been complaining about slow computers. The culprit is Avira's "In-product messaging" service! It's eating up literally 100% of available CPU Power on Windows 8.1 installations. I will be moving all my clients' computers away from Avira as this bug has existed for more than three weeks, despite Avira acknowledging the problem.

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  • 3 stars

    "Not like the paid .."

    September 25, 2014   |   By danakabradpitt

    Version: Avira Free Antivirus 14.0.3.350

    Pros

    HIgh detection rate, very very thorough scans . The engine that scans is one of the most thorough ones out there.

    Cons

    Nothing like the paid version. The paid version has hips that actually work.
    system tray popups are very annoying, bulky and intrusive.
    Seems like all it offers is a scanner and if thats the case there are tons of stand alone utilities that do the same.

    Summary

    Get the paid one if you want avira.

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  • 3 stars

    "some pros, some cons"

    September 22, 2014   |   By Muisje?1e

    Version: Avira Free Antivirus 14.0.3.350

    Pros

    has been doing a good job for as long as it exists, though all the name changes.

    Cons

    - slows pc down during scan. games start lagging etc.
    - says it has virus protection activated, but computer says I don't have any. It does say Avira is active against spyware and unwanted programs. ?!? Now this wouldn't be a problem, except: sometimes, for mysterious reasons, protective software is deactivated. Now I have to check every time if the warning is valid or not. :(
    I did reinstall the program, but with the same result. Anyone else has this problem?

    Summary

    Maybe the cons are starting to outweigh the pros. Thinking about switching.

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  • 3 stars

    "New systray is annoying."

    August 27, 2014   |   By Son_of_Earth

    Version: Avira Free Antivirus 14.0.3.350

    Pros

    Free and one of the best av's around.

    Cons

    New systray is unnecessary.

    Summary

    I don't like the new systray pop-up **** fancy pants deal. So I tried to uninstall the whole application but luckily I only uninstalled the new systray pop-up **** fancy pants deal and kept the av anyway cause I got my old systray right click shortcuts back.

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  • 4 stars

    "Good Software"

    August 02, 2014   |   By mmnnk

    Version: Avira Free Antivirus 14.0.3.350

    Pros

    Simple, free and Fast

    Cons

    Interface in general

    Summary

    I use the software for two years, the overall feeling is good.

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  • 4 stars

    "Pretty good"

    July 22, 2014   |   By Bradbullitt

    Version: Avira Free Antivirus 14.0.3.350

    Pros

    NOT slow! (you must be kidding, guys)
    intuitive user interface
    effective detection

    Cons

    Well, so far so good.

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  • 1 stars

    "Horrible!!!"

    July 04, 2014   |   By slytheringirl

    Version: Avira Free Antivirus 14.0.3.350

    Pros

    Installs at least

    Cons

    Horrible user interface
    Won't register under my Avira Account
    No results details

    Summary

    I had this installed on my Nook HD+ but got rid of it because it was just a basic scanner and would never show me any scan results plus it would lock up during a scan if it hit a file from one of the ereader apps I have installed on the Nook. I attempted to install it on my Vaio, and lo and behold I got the same crappy interface with absolutely no settings or anything! When I attempted to add it the My Devices section on their website, it would tell me to download and install it when I ALREADY had it installed! After several attempts at uninstalling and reinstalling, I just gave up and uninstalled it. Don't waste your time on this piece of crap. The test sites who said this was one of the best out there must have been laughing all the way to the bank!

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  • 5 stars

    "Excellent!!!"

    June 28, 2014   |   By dogesuchwow

    Version: Avira Free Antivirus 14.0.3.350

    Pros

    Great detection.
    User interface.
    PC not slowed down after installed

    Cons

    No Firewall

    Summary

    Great for Free.Recommended.

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  • 1 stars

    "It is a virus cloaked as anti virus."

    June 20, 2014   |   By santamonican

    Version: Avira Free Antivirus 14.0.3.350

    Pros

    None. It slowed my laptop about 500%.

    Cons

    Avira slowed my laptop.Games were being installed without my permission. I am unable to uninstall Avira. I used microsoft uninstall. I tried revo uninstaller. Any advice how to uninstall?

    Summary

    Help!

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  • 4 stars

    "Good antivirus software."

    June 01, 2014   |   By Reshiram

    Version: Avira Free Antivirus 14.0.3.350

    Pros

    Greate detection rate, very few fp(s) and lightweight.

    Cons

    Just needs UI improvement for sure.

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