Avira AntiVir Personal Free Antivirus

Avira AntiVir Personal Free Antivirus

Download Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
4.0
out of 4186 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    9.0.0.403
  • Total Downloads:
    146,029,977
  • Date Added:
    June 19, 2009
  • File Size:
    144.6MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    14,830
  • 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

    3.7

    out of 107 votes

    • 5 star 41
    • 4 star 31
    • 3 star 14
    • 2 star 5
    • 1 star 16
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    out of 4186 votes

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    • 4 star 1164
    • 3 star 391
    • 2 star 219
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5 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 stars

"working great"

August 04, 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 stars

"rather useful!"

August 04, 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 stars

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

August 04, 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 stars

"Annoying and overwhelming!"

August 03, 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 stars

"Useful but..."

August 03, 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 stars

"catches threats quickly, easy directions for alerts"

August 02, 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 stars

"Excellent tool. Better than the expensive ones"

August 02, 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 stars

"not so effective"

August 01, 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 stars

"Very good AV"

August 01, 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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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 9.0.0.403

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 June 19, 2009
Date Added June 19, 2009
Version 9.0.0.403
Category
Category Security Software
Subcategory Antivirus Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows, Windows Vista 64-bit, Windows 2000, Windows Vista 32-bit, Windows XP
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 144.6MB
File Name avira_free_antivirus_en.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 146,029,977
Downloads Last Week 14,830
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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