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Avira AntiVir Personal - Free Antivirus

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Avira's AntiVir has been a player in the security world for some time; however, in 2008 its status boomed because of its remarkably strong detection rates. It still remains near the top of independent antivirus efficacy tests, but while the 2009 version more or less kept pace with the competition, the 2010 edition isn't quite as good as it could be.

Both longtime and new users alike will note the pop-up ad that appears whenever a program update is downloading; it has been the unaddressed focus of critical and user dislike for several years. While the occasional ad that interferes with a user's work flow used to be considered tolerable for effective free security, that's no longer the case. Avira's lack of a silent-running entertainment-gaming mode is also noticeable, since so many free and paid competitors now offer the mode.

Except for the most cosmetic of changes, the app's interface is unchanged from version 8. There are new icons on the program's toolbar, a new static image background, and that's about it. The main window offers a left-side navigation menu with drop-down menus and a central pane to see 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; however, Avira removed the premium upgrade link in this version. The Events screen logs changes to the program and the Reports tab keeps a history of threats--information from both sections can be exported.

New features are a bit thin in the free version of Avira 10, too. A new generic-repair mode really just takes the choice out of how Avira tells you about the threats it has discovered. In version 9, you could be informed about them in the middle of a scan or at the end; however, now only the latter is available. Windows 7 users now have the capability to run a scan as an administrator directly from the interface, which is a smart, but minor improvement. Avira's installation sequence has been revamped, and now only takes users through five windows. Theoretically, this means it's a five-click installation, but new users will have to complete the registration form. However, its installation file unpacking process appears faster, and you no longer have to reboot after the install.

This isn't to say that AntiVir Free 10 isn't stuffed with robust features. The program offers a wide selection of scan customization, letting users fully scan both internal and external hard drives, run a preloaded scan--for rootkits, for example--or customize a scan. On a real-world computer, the full scan took about 1 hour and 12 minutes, which is average. Avira includes 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--baby-sitting was taken out in the last version.

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 scans as necessary. When Avira quarantines a file, its information is on display along with options to scan it again, restore, delete, and e-mail the file to Avira. The apps rebuilt heuristic engine retains the same choices from the previous version had, and it can be turned on or off in part or in full and offers three intensity levels. Not counting the lively user forums, Avira's included help features are good for a free antivirus app, with mouse-over information on each feature. The scheduler, once a major Avira selling point because it was light-years ahead of other free security suites, has now been caught up to by its competitors.

AntiVir 10 doesn't require a special uninstallation tool, unlike many competitors do. In the end, Avira's free suite makes for an excellent backup suite, but its competitors have since caught up with or surpassed what it can do.

This review will be updated with CNET Labs benchmarks and third-party efficacy scores as they become available.

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  • All versions:

    4.0 stars

    out of 4,166 votes

    • 5 star: 1972
    • 4 star: 1160
    • 3 star: 387
    • 2 star: 217
    • 1 star: 429
  • Current version:

    3.9 stars

    out of 245 votes

    • 5 star: 95
    • 4 star: 84
    • 3 star: 29
    • 2 star: 15
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  • 5.0 stars

    "Not too bad."

    October 31, 2010  |   By lovessny

    Version: Avira AntiVir Personal - Free Antivirus 10.0.0.567

    Pros

    I am not a fans of AV. but Avria has given a great protection to my system in the past 1 year.

    Cons

    need more language support for non-english system.

    Summary

    well done!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "No problems=perfect, I would think."

    October 31, 2010  |   By larrywac

    Version: Avira AntiVir Personal - Free Antivirus 10.0.0.567

    Pros

    No problems, frequent updates, non-intrusive

    Cons

    Waiting to find a problem

    Summary

    I am not an advanced user, just a slow learner. My little red umbrella pops up to tell it stopped something and updates occur automatically (I think). Don't get email bugging about buying. So far no problems that I am aware of. Thanks.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "does not work with panda cloud"

    October 30, 2010  |   By bigbiggerben

    Version: Avira AntiVir Personal - Free Antivirus 10.0.0.567

    Pros

    does not work with panda cloud

    Cons

    does not work with panda cloud

    Summary

    does not work with panda cloud

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  • 1.0 stars

    "cannot update definitions -- since late-October 2010"

    October 30, 2010  |   By K-R-S

    Version: Avira AntiVir Personal - Free Antivirus 10.0.0.567

    Pros

    Installed in April 2010; worked fine (until early October 2010).

    Cons

    cannot update definitions -- since late-October 2010 ... this problem cannot be fixed by any user, because of a recent change in the software (see below)...

    Summary

    In late-September, the company sent a message to all product users that it would stop the daily 'reminders'/advertisements to purchase the product ... so, some change was made in the software; but, what they promised was not true ... Instead, since October 2010, every time an update is attempted (manual or automatic), the reminder/advertisement appears ... and in the last week of October, the reminder/advertisement FREEZES the update... now, it is not possible to perform an update ... Now (end-October), their support forum is full of complaints; but the company refuses to acknowledge that the problem is with their recent changes, and their response to complaints is a never-ending list of suggestions of every known possible solution to any problem that was ever found on any computer ... blaming the user's computer for a problem that the company (recently) created ... and, which no user can possibly fix ... the product is now useless ...

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  • 5.0 stars

    "POWERFUL great for deep virus cleaning :P"

    October 24, 2010  |   By fluffy-boiii

    Version: Avira AntiVir Personal - Free Antivirus 10.0.0.567

    Pros

    found MANY more viruses than avg could ever find

    Cons

    pop ups but i only get one like once a day or so

    Summary

    i switched from avg to this as soon as i found out avira tends to clean better than most other anti viruses and it is true! i ran avg and it found nothing, then uninstalled it and installed avira, found 16 more "big" viruses and many more warnings

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Very annoying!"

    October 23, 2010  |   By gchishty

    Version: Avira AntiVir Personal - Free Antivirus 10.0.0.567

    Pros

    1. Free
    2. Good virus definations
    3. Low RAM consumption

    Cons

    1. Too many pop-ups (Virus alerts)
    2. Too many pop-ups (yes! i'm repeating it!)
    3. Pop-ups can't be turned off!
    4. Unsatisfactory "curing" of infected files

    Summary

    Avira AntiVir is a good software, especially when you don't have a lot of RAM, but the problem with the software is that it has too many Virus-Alerts that CANT BE TURNED OFF!

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Perfect AV"

    October 19, 2010  |   By heleani

    Version: Avira AntiVir Personal - Free Antivirus 10.0.0.567

    Pros

    I like it very much. It gives my system the best protection.

    Cons

    I have used it for 1 year, it is great!

    Summary

    It is perfect product, but I have to give 4 star, hope you guy make it always pefect like this. well done!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "gives me a lot of time"

    October 19, 2010  |   By Arthas7

    Version: Avira AntiVir Personal - Free Antivirus 10.0.0.567

    Pros

    It last a perrty long life time and it has a very high detection rate by the stanards of free antivitus and it last more that 30 trial days unlike avast free antvirus which is excellent but only for 30 day!!

    Cons

    Just those annoying popups about upgrading to better and higher protection. but after all who could blame them?

    Summary

    excellent free antivirus should be #2 on the list

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  • 4.0 stars

    "doesn't hijack my PC!"

    October 19, 2010  |   By greenman-23

    Version: Avira AntiVir Personal - Free Antivirus 10.0.0.567

    Pros

    Unlike avast, avg and likely a whole host of other AV programs you can turn Avira off! see my summary as to why you NEED this facility!

    Cons

    doesn't always complete the virus scan and can fail to install updates... both of which can be corrected by starting again so not an overly big issue unless you fail to monitor your software and it's notices

    Summary

    Firstly I don't work in the V/AV industry so as for commenting on it's virus detection rates I don't have the means to give an opinion (as is similarly the case with the vast majority of reviewers) What I can tell you is that having 2 or 3 AV programs installed is a good idea. However in order to do so each of those programs needs an off button!

    AVG and Avast have both removed this option.. which means you cannot adequately run your PC with another virus program installed alongside...If you do then you need to constatly uninstall, reinstall and re-download all the virus definition updates (Avasts only recommendation!) .

    it has to be remembered that no AV program is fool proof and 100% dependable. Similarly some vendors (i.e AVG) use mafia style sales techniques.. all of a sudden your AV reports that it has expired and you need to upgrade .. a process that requires your credit card!

    Avira (as does Comodo) retains the option of terminating the program when not needed (i.e, you are not connected to the internet or not pushing unknown storage devices into your USB's, if you are, I recommend downloading USB disc security, which is a lovely little program that does the obvious; it just looks for the autorun file that a malware uses to install itself.. so no need for constant definition updates!)

    Anyway? why you need the off button?. 3 reasons:

    1) you don?t need real-time virus scanning if you are not using your PC in a threat environment so why waste the resources?
    2) You need to disable one AV to run another
    3) And most important of all? despite what anyone or any AV vender tells you; it is your Personal Computer (clue is in the word personal), you are the boss, you decide what runs and when. Any mistakes etc are yours?you have the right to control your PC and make the choices you want.. good/bad/indifferent and just like learning to ride a bike.. you need to fall off sometimes.. that?s when you reach for back-up discs you made (you did make them didn?t you??)

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  • 5.0 stars

    "I like this antivirus."

    October 18, 2010  |   By yek_49

    Version: Avira AntiVir Personal - Free Antivirus 10.0.0.567

    Pros

    Easy to use, good protection

    Cons

    No problem

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