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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 4,167 votes

    • 5 star: 1972
    • 4 star: 1160
    • 3 star: 387
    • 2 star: 218
    • 1 star: 429
  • Current version:

    3.7 stars

    out of 315 votes

    • 5 star: 127
    • 4 star: 92
    • 3 star: 30
    • 2 star: 19
    • 1 star: 47
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  • 5.0 stars

    "4859485959438"

    January 18, 2010  |   By 291039

    Version: Avira AntiVir Personal - Free Antivirus 9.0.0.407

    Pros

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    Cons

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  • 3.0 stars

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    November 23, 2009  |   By story_love9409

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Great Antivirus at ANY Price"

    November 22, 2009  |   By Josh045

    Version: Avira AntiVir Personal - Free Antivirus 9.0.0.407

    Pros

    It's free, easy to use and understand, runs (mostly) quietly in the background, and does a great job. It has stopped countless files, sites, etc. from harming my computer.

    Cons

    Occasionally the "nag" screens that pop up after the software auto-updates will interrupt what you're doing, but this is infrequent and a small price to pay for top notch (and free) protection.

    Summary

    This is absolutely a great program. I've used all the Nortons and McAfees and everything else out there, and AntiVir provides the same (if not better) protection, all while working quietly in the background (except for the occasional "nag" screens after it auto-updates). It has protected my last 3 computers without fail, and I've always done a lot of surfing, downloading, and P2P software using. The fact that this software is free is amazing, as it would be a bargain at whatever price the "big boys" are charging.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Cleared my systems (domestic) where others failed."

    November 20, 2009  |   By rockape69

    Version: Avira AntiVir Personal - Free Antivirus 9.0.0.407

    Pros

    Ease of use and inobtrusive.

    Cons

    A little slow down of one system but no way near as bad as others.

    Summary

    Give it a try. If there's one thing you can lose, its bugs in your system... how bad can that be?

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  • 1.0 stars

    "nag screen 7 diffcult to update"

    November 19, 2009  |   By mileschap

    Version: Avira AntiVir Personal - Free Antivirus 9.0.0.407

    Pros

    off-hand, don't know of any

    Cons

    On boot have a nagscreen to switch to paid version.

    Wouldn't update. In their forum found others had same difficulty and was provided with a fix that worked.

    Summary

    The nag screen disappeared for a few days and restarted a couple of days ago. And no method to eliminate it from their setup info provided. Needless to say will switch to another program, probably this weekend, probably AVG 9 free.

    It's now updating automatically. The average person would not have my patience or simply wouldn't be aware that they weren't being updated, hence a huge risk.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Super product"

    November 19, 2009  |   By sdrgreen16

    Version: Avira AntiVir Personal - Free Antivirus 9.0.0.407

    Pros

    Everything works like it should

    Cons

    none whatsoever

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  • 3.0 stars

    "better than the previous version"

    November 19, 2009  |   By bigfreddo

    Version: Avira AntiVir Personal - Free Antivirus 9.0.0.407

    Pros

    it's worth it and very good

    Cons

    it slow my system down.wish the free version could contain more functions

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  • 5.0 stars

    "great tool!"

    November 18, 2009  |   By Chrome2050

    Version: Avira AntiVir Personal - Free Antivirus 9.0.0.407

    Pros

    many options!

    Cons

    tried it and it slowed down my browser

    Summary

    It's worth it!

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  • 1.0 stars

    "I downloaded Avira instead of a removal tool."

    November 17, 2009  |  

    Version: Avira AntiVir Personal - Free Antivirus 9.0.0.407

    Pros

    Did not need this.

    Cons

    It does not allow you to pick and choose how to treat various files separately. (repair,quarantine, ect.) You have to choose one treatment for all of the files in question, as a whole.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "The best free anti-virus program!"

    November 17, 2009  |   By bernadette101

    Version: Avira AntiVir Personal - Free Antivirus 9.0.0.407

    Pros

    Does not slow down my computer at all, very user-friendly and easy to understand, let's you know exactly what is happening (in events and reports), automatic updates and scans.

    Cons

    Cons? None.

    Summary

    I have used some of the other popular free anti-virus programs (like AVG and Avast) and they do not even come close to this, in my opinion. They are either too complicated to understand or slow down your computer, dramatically. Avira is the opposite. Skip the rest, Avira is the best! Highly recommended.

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