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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 4,168 votes

    • 5 star: 1972
    • 4 star: 1160
    • 3 star: 387
    • 2 star: 218
    • 1 star: 430
  • Current version:

    3.7 stars

    out of 108 votes

    • 5 star: 42
    • 4 star: 31
    • 3 star: 14
    • 2 star: 5
    • 1 star: 16
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  • 5.0 stars

    "AVComparatives likes it... so do I"

    October 31, 2009  |   By Dunlavy

    Version: Avira AntiVir Personal Free Antivirus 9.0.0.403

    Pros

    Dependable even at corporate level. Great value for home users, even premium package.

    Cons

    The fact that paid-for antivirus solutions are still more popular in America. Free version has one pop-up per update process.

    Summary

    In short, without the pop-up ad (usually tasteful) that displays when the program updates (once a week, depending on settings), this would be the best AV solution in the world. Fast. Lean. Configurable. Current virus definitions come daily/weekly that really provide coverage against each week's new threats.

    Ironically enough, a lot of negative reviews have been written for this product, citing the spotty AVG as a superior product in terms of being more compact (it's not) and offering better protection (I have proof that it doesn't at ArsTechnica or AVComparatives).

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  • 5.0 stars

    "working great"

    August 4, 2009  |   By welk79

    Version: Avira AntiVir Personal Free Antivirus 9.0.0.403

    Pros

    easy to use

    Cons

    load time of first use

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  • 4.0 stars

    "rather useful!"

    August 4, 2009  |   By newcel

    Version: Avira AntiVir Personal Free Antivirus 9.0.0.403

    Pros

    free to use

    Cons

    the questions are kind of too often

    Summary

    to sum up .nice ..........

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Slowed my Acer Aspire so badly, I couldn't access WWW."

    August 4, 2009  |   By catidakiadam

    Version: Avira AntiVir Personal Free Antivirus 9.0.0.403

    Pros

    It's Free.

    Cons

    1) Asks way too many questions.
    2) Eats up an enormous amount of CPU time
    3) Refuses to remember overrides of its false-positives.

    Summary

    This free product is not ready for 'prime time'..

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Annoying and overwhelming!"

    August 3, 2009  |   By aries_toomany

    Version: Avira AntiVir Personal Free Antivirus 9.0.0.403

    Pros

    Good at protection, reminders, and updates.

    Cons

    Too many notifications to the point you can't exit them out completely.

    Summary

    I had this on my Mom's laptop to see if it would work. Then months later, she complained that these pop-ups are quite annoying. Avira Personal AV is not the choice I'd recommend!

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Useful but..."

    August 3, 2009  |   By keinnerst

    Version: Avira AntiVir Personal Free Antivirus 9.0.0.403

    Pros

    Avira was very useful at the begining. It found some trojans and phishing websites...

    Cons

    However, Avira presents a lot of problems. Never try to run your computer without the firewall. Avira freaks out and it might cause damage on your computer. It becomes really paranoid (even at "medium level") and can slow down your computer.

    Summary

    If you have already tried others programs and you don't want to pay for a respectful program, then install this RISKY program on your computer. It might work well for few weeks only

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  • 4.0 stars

    "catches threats quickly, easy directions for alerts"

    August 2, 2009  |   By mondaysgirl70

    Version: Avira AntiVir Personal Free Antivirus 9.0.0.403

    Pros

    finds serious threats/viruses that other antivirus software did not, - gives informative, clear options on how to deal with issues

    Cons

    menu could be more user friendly and easy to decipher

    Summary

    I have tried avast, regcure, and even spybot and none of them could find a serious trojan in my system. This software detected the problem and made it simple for me to eliminate it.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Excellent tool. Better than the expensive ones"

    August 2, 2009  |   By peymael

    Version: Avira AntiVir Personal Free Antivirus 9.0.0.403

    Pros

    The daily updates keep my pc protected

    Cons

    I Ilike everthing in this product

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  • 2.0 stars

    "not so effective"

    August 1, 2009  |   By acn_amit

    Version: Avira AntiVir Personal Free Antivirus 9.0.0.403

    Pros

    scanning type and update

    Cons

    detection of a virus even after full system syan and that too one by one

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Very good AV"

    August 1, 2009  |   By b-i-k-e-r

    Version: Avira AntiVir Personal Free Antivirus 9.0.0.403

    Pros

    Doesn't slow your system down (like AVG does). Finds things that Avast! missed.

    Cons

    The pop-up ads. But these are easily stopped (on XP at least) by going to Local Security Policy & adding a New Path Rule to avnotify.exe in the Avira program folder,takes 30 secs to do.

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