Avira AntiVir Personal - Free Antivirus

Avira AntiVir Personal - Free Antivirus

Download Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
4.0
out of 4181 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    9.0.0.386
  • Total Downloads:
    145,965,120
  • Date Added:
    March 17, 2009
  • File Size:
    4.5MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    13,722
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows 2000/XP/Vista 64-bit/Vista 32-bit

Editors' Review

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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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User Reviews
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  • Current Version

    3.9

    out of 166 votes

    • 5 star 85
    • 4 star 32
    • 3 star 17
    • 2 star 12
    • 1 star 20
  • All Versions

    4.0

    out of 4181 votes

    • 5 star 1973
    • 4 star 1163
    • 3 star 391
    • 2 star 219
    • 1 star 435
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  • 1 stars

    "doesn't work"

    October 07, 2014   |   By tricknologyinc

    Version: Avira Free Antivirus 14.0.6.570

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Summary

    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 14.0.6.570

    Pros

    It protects well and does not recognize mistakes

    Cons

    Updates slow, sometimes unsuccessfully, perhaps to ensure that updates

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    What's new in version 9.0.0.386

    Version 9 introduces a quick-removal button for eliminating viruses with a single click, enhanced anti-spyware and anti-adware engines, and support for low resolution netbook screens.

    General
    Publisher Avira
    Publisher web site http://www.avira.com
    Release Date March 17, 2009
    Date Added March 17, 2009
    Version 9.0.0.386
    Category
    Category Security Software
    Subcategory Antivirus Software
    Operating Systems
    Operating Systems Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Vista 32-bit, Windows Vista 64-bit, Windows
    Additional Requirements Windows 2000/XP/Vista
    Download Information
    File Size 4.5MB
    File Name avira_en_av___dlc.exe
    Popularity
    Total Downloads 145,965,120
    Downloads Last Week 13,722
    Pricing
    License Model Free
    Limitations Not available
    Price Free

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