Avira AntiVir Personal - Free Antivirus

Avira AntiVir Personal - Free Antivirus

Download Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
4.0
out of 4181 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    9.0.0.415
  • Total Downloads:
    145,999,656
  • Date Added:
    November 24, 2009
  • File Size:
    4.37MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    14,230
  • 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

    3.9

    out of 279 votes

    • 5 star 107
    • 4 star 96
    • 3 star 33
    • 2 star 17
    • 1 star 26
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    4.0

    out of 4181 votes

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    • 4 star 1163
    • 3 star 391
    • 2 star 219
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1 stars

"doesn't work"

October 07, 2014  |  By tricknologyinc

 |  Version: Avira Free Antivirus 14.0.6.570

Pros

None. You can't say it's free if it costs this much time and aggravation and gives you no options to remedy issues.

Cons

Just installed, and it's telling me the antivirus needs to be updated... but gives absolutely no option to do anything about it!

Summary

These people are obviously not even trying! Do NOT waste your time!

Updated on Oct 7, 2014

CNET completely discredits itself by recommending this crap.

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5 stars

"good antivirus program"

October 06, 2014  |  By rafaeladamos

 |  Version: Avira Free Antivirus 14.0.6.570

Pros

It protects well and does not recognize mistakes

Cons

Updates slow, sometimes unsuccessfully, perhaps to ensure that updates

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 9.0.0.415
Version 9.0.0.415 is a maintenance release.
General
Publisher Avira
Publisher web site http://www.avira.com
Release Date November 24, 2009
Date Added November 24, 2009
Version 9.0.0.415
Category
Category Security Software
Subcategory Antivirus Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows Vista 64-bit, Windows Vista 32-bit, Windows, Windows 2000, Windows XP
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 4.37MB
File Name avira_en_av___ws.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 145,999,656
Downloads Last Week 14,230
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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