Avira AntiVir Personal - Free Antivirus

Avira AntiVir Personal - Free Antivirus

Download Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
4.0
out of 4190 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    9.0.0.386
  • Total Downloads:
    146,099,089
  • Date Added:
    Mar. 17, 2009
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    144.6MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    21,126
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:

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 4190 votes

    • 5 star 1976
    • 4 star 1165
    • 3 star 391
    • 2 star 219
    • 1 star 439
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5 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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Full Specifications

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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 XP, Windows 2000, Windows Vista 32-bit, Windows Vista 64-bit, Windows
Additional Requirements Windows 2000/XP/Vista
Download Information
File Size 144.6MB
File Name avira_free_antivirus_en.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 146,099,089
Downloads Last Week 21,126
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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