Avira AntiVir Personal - Free Antivirus

Avira AntiVir Personal - Free Antivirus

Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
4.0
out of 4177 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
9.0.0.394
File Size:
3.86MB
Date Added:
April 29, 2009
Price:
Free
Operating Systems:
Windows 2000/XP/Vista 64-bit/Vista 32-bit
Total Downloads:
145,796,441
Downloads Last Week:
18,420
Product ranking:
Additional Requirements:
Not available

Editors' review

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

    out of 4177 votes

    • 5 star: 1972
    • 4 star: 1163
    • 3 star: 390
    • 2 star: 218
    • 1 star: 434
  • Current Version:

    4.0

    out of 176 votes

    • 5 star: 80
    • 4 star: 56
    • 3 star: 11
    • 2 star: 15
    • 1 star: 14
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    Results 1-10 of 17

  • 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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  • 5 stars

    "fantastic program!!!"

    May 06, 2014   |   By ChoiceVoice

    Version: Avira Free Antivirus 14.0.3.350

    Pros

    -excellent scores on independent labs (all labs). actually scores higher than some paid products.
    -respectable company
    -full featured.

    Cons

    -used to require uninstallation of other products (ex. malwarebytes, webroot), but upon my last test of this product, it no longer did this. good to see this corrected.

    Summary

    detections, in labs, a tad higher than avg or avast. but is a little heavier on the system (at least on my system compared to those two).

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  • 3 stars

    "slow antivirus"

    April 30, 2014   |   By salesalex

    Version: Avira Free Antivirus 14.0.3.350

    Pros

    slooooooow.

    Cons

    slow again

    Summary

    not bad - but too slow AV.

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