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Avira AntiVir Personal - Free Antivirus

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Consistently at or near the top of independent efficacy testers, Avira's AntiVir remains one of the best freeware security solutions around. Its scans are flexible, allowing the user to fully scan both internal and external hard drives, run a preloaded scan--for rootkits, for example--or customize a scan. The latest version introduces antispyware protections, scanning tech that can crack open "locked" files, improved internal security to prevent AntiVir's files from being maliciously altered, and one-click threat removal--no more baby-sitting.

There are few interface changes in version 9, and older users are not likely notice anything different in the interface besides a refreshed banner logo. The main window offers a left side navigation with drop-down menus and a central pane for more detailed information. AntiVir opens to the Status menu, informing you of your last scan, your last definition file update, whether the real-time guard is active, and premium upgrade link. Events logs changes to the program and the Reports tab keeps a history of threats. Both are exportable.

The Local Protection and Administration navigation options reveal the Scanner, Guard, Quarantine, and Scheduler features. Combined with the Configuration button located at the top of the central pane, users can customize their scans as necessary. Quarantined file information is on display, with options to scan it again, restore, delete, and e-mail the file to Avira. The rebuilt heuristic engine retains the same choices from the previous version's, and can be turned on or off in part or in full and offers three intensity levels. The scheduler offers much that other free antivirus programs don't, and the help features are excellent, with mouse-over information on each feature.

Savvy users will notice the removal of the on-demand e-mail scan, and AntiVir is still challenging to fully uninstall. Despite these hang-ups and the nag screen that follows definition file updates, AntiVir offers such effective protection and a well-rounded set of features that as long as the updates keep coming, it'll be our first line of defense.

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All User Reviews
  • All versions:

    4.0 stars

    out of 4,167 votes

    • 5 star: 1972
    • 4 star: 1160
    • 3 star: 387
    • 2 star: 218
    • 1 star: 429
  • Current version:

    3.9 stars

    out of 166 votes

    • 5 star: 85
    • 4 star: 32
    • 3 star: 17
    • 2 star: 12
    • 1 star: 20
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  • 5.0 stars

    "antivir rules..."

    August 14, 2009  |   By mkeitz

    Version: Avira AntiVir Personal - Free Antivirus 9.0.0.386

    Pros

    antivir COMMONLY detects what others dont...uses very little resources (RAM,etc) and is rated in some sites as best amongst PAID AND FREE antivirus choices...per my brother, a first rate consultant in Rochester, NY ...antivir is the best...

    Cons

    if you already wasted your money on paid stuff that works half as good...but at least you can correct your error now...

    Summary

    check http://www.freewaregenius.com/2009/04/07/the-best-free-antivirus-a-comarison

    www.raymond.cc/blog/archives/2008/07/11/which-free-antivirus-is-the-lightest-on-system-memory-usage/

    Updated on Aug 14, 2009

    oops..forgot a "p" in comparison for the link...sorry...
    check http://www.freewaregenius.com/2009/04/07/the-best-free-antivirus-a-comparison

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  • 4.0 stars

    "verry happy"

    April 29, 2009  |   By madmox1

    Version: Avira AntiVir Personal - Free Antivirus 9.0.0.386

    Pros

    allows you to see problem areas

    Cons

    helps you how to solve and repair computer

    Summary

    you keep the others on the ball

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Very nice service for personal computer"

    April 29, 2009  |   By rajaram234r

    Version: Avira AntiVir Personal - Free Antivirus 9.0.0.386

    Pros

    The Avira AntiVir is not taken much space, very fast also

    Cons

    no, i like this product

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  • 5.0 stars

    "it is the best antivirus i have see in my life......"

    April 29, 2009  |   By youcef1989

    Version: Avira AntiVir Personal - Free Antivirus 9.0.0.386

    Pros

    everything.

    Cons

    noting..i love it

    Summary

    i don't know how to explain i just do.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "excellent antivirus"

    April 29, 2009  |   By aftabi102

    Version: Avira AntiVir Personal - Free Antivirus 9.0.0.386

    Pros

    simple and easy

    Cons

    i think no drawbacks

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  • 5.0 stars

    "AWESOME ANTI"

    April 28, 2009  |   By BHUNHY

    Version: Avira AntiVir Personal - Free Antivirus 9.0.0.386

    Pros

    STROUNG ANTI-VIRUS

    Cons

    SLOW VIRUS SEARCHES

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  • 1.0 stars

    "This antivirus itself is a virus."

    April 28, 2009  |   By Gardo88

    Version: Avira AntiVir Personal - Free Antivirus 9.0.0.386

    Pros

    I can't remember any good thing about this software

    Cons

    It drops a lot of Spam to your Screen.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Nice antivirus"

    April 28, 2009  |   By Brifamy

    Version: Avira AntiVir Personal - Free Antivirus 9.0.0.386

    Pros

    Its nice with low memory computers and dont have a laggy UI

    Cons

    Its having VERY MUCH false positives and it doesnt support anti-spyware

    Summary

    I like it because i have only 512 mb memory :)

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Avira's website because it hijacks Internet Explorer"

    April 27, 2009  |   By dlitt12

    Version: Avira AntiVir Personal - Free Antivirus 9.0.0.386

    Pros

    Did not install since just visiting the website made changes to Internet Explorer without my knowledge or consent.

    Cons

    Makes changes to Internet Explorer without warning.

    Summary

    I don't install products that affect my computer settings without knowledge or consent.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Best Antivirus Available"

    April 26, 2009  |   By pdnelson01

    Version: Avira AntiVir Personal - Free Antivirus 9.0.0.386

    Pros

    - One of the best detection rates of any free/nonfree antivirus software
    - Very little memory use
    - Unobtrusive operation
    - User-friendly, minimalistic interface that is easy to use

    Cons

    - Nag screen (can be disabled)
    - Splash screen on start up (can be disabled)

    Summary

    This is the best antivirus available today. I quit using McAfee Enterprise after I realized how much memory and processing power it was sucking down. Avira is light and lean and very fast. Even with a scan in process, the program uses less memory than an open window of Internet Explorer. The user-interface is also fantastic. It is minimalistic: no overdone, useless graphic interface. Settings are simple and updating the product and using the scan are easy. McAfee and others have made a "pretty" interface with a useless product behind it. Avira is great combination of solid antivirus software and a great user interface. Nag screen and splash screen can easily be disabled (do a Google search). I would recommend this product again and again and again. I have installed on all home PCs and recommended it to family members.

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