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Avira AntiVir Personal - Free Antivirus

CNET Editors' review

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 User Reviews
  • 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:

    4.0 stars

    out of 76 votes

    • 5 star: 41
    • 4 star: 19
    • 3 star: 4
    • 2 star: 2
    • 1 star: 10
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  • 5.0 stars

    "Next to perfect"

    December 12, 2010  |   By du7c

    Version: Avira AntiVir Personal - Free Antivirus 10.0.0.592

    Pros

    excellent in detections,easy to understand, highly recommend it.

    Cons

    maybe there is, but detections is my top priority.

    Summary

    i am highly recommended to everyone, i m sharing Avira and Avast with all me and my friends computers. if you get your free security combo stuff right it will work smoothly and free.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Efficient, fast and smart"

    December 12, 2010  |   By oldschoolguy

    Version: Avira AntiVir Personal - Free Antivirus 10.0.0.592

    Pros

    Reliable and efficient

    Cons

    Nothing to dislike

    Summary

    Current and prior versions, have not had one virus get through. Very reliable regardless of the risks in cyberspace.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Used to be good but the detection is getting worse now"

    December 12, 2010  |   By FahyedGr8

    Version: Avira AntiVir Personal - Free Antivirus 10.0.0.592

    Pros

    Pretty good in detecting new viruses

    Cons

    Rogue AV seems to be a problem recently, too many misses

    Summary

    I used to trust Avira above all AV products but it is now going a bit down, looking at the results from AV-Test or AV-Comparatives. AVG seems to be picking up as well as Norton

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  • 5.0 stars

    "A good product"

    December 10, 2010  |   By barrymaurer

    Version: Avira AntiVir Personal - Free Antivirus 10.0.0.592

    Pros

    Keeps the computer safe

    Cons

    can not think of anything

    Summary

    Best product for virus protection try it

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Would not install"

    December 9, 2010  |   By e-Mojo

    Version: Avira AntiVir Personal - Free Antivirus 10.0.0.592

    Pros

    none none none none

    Cons

    couldn't install

    Summary

    I don't have hours and days to mess around with software that won't install properly. One strike and you're out. "Free" or not, I expect quality.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "a total mystery"

    December 9, 2010  |   By hurtinunit

    Version: Avira AntiVir Personal - Free Antivirus 10.0.0.592

    Pros

    Product symbol is the eye of Isis symbol cleverly disguised as an umbrella.

    Cons

    1. Immediate virus infection upon download (multiple infections).

    2. The program didn't self install...5 or 6 .exe files you had to find yourself.

    3. Virus scanner did not open, nor did the scheduled scan start.

    4. Very short "free" trial period.

    Summary

    Not worth the hassle. Surprised by the editors good review. Tried to use this instead of AVG free due to AVG crashing but this is not a good alternative.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Amazing detection rate & performance"

    December 9, 2010  |   By aaron_timothy

    Version: Avira AntiVir Personal - Free Antivirus 10.0.0.592

    Pros

    I used to use Avast! Free Anti virus but questionable detection rates led me into testing Avira. Told it to scan my external and found viruses that Avast failed to detect. Avira is light on system resources and doest bother you. 9/10

    Cons

    I can't think of any at the moment

    Summary

    *Amazing detection rate
    * Fast Scanning
    * Free
    * Light on system resources

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  • 5.0 stars

    "?????????? ??????"

    December 8, 2010  |   By eosketer

    Version: Avira AntiVir Personal - Free Antivirus 10.0.0.592

    Pros

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    Cons

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    Summary

    ????????????? ?? Free ??? ??? ????? ??? ???? 2 ?????? ??? ???????? ?? Avira Premium Security Suite ??? ??????. ??? ???? ????, ????? ??? ???? ?? ???? (avira) ???????? ??? ?????. ????? ?? format.
    ?????? Avira Premium Security Suite......

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  • 5.0 stars

    "The Best anti virus free edition"

    December 7, 2010  |   By anurangalakmal

    Version: Avira AntiVir Personal - Free Antivirus 10.0.0.592

    Pros

    The virus detection rate of the avira is excellent. even it is free edition avira is first among the best free editions

    Cons

    it do not possess any feature for online threats but it dosen't matter

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Fast and free."

    December 6, 2010  |   By TigerRaptorFX

    Version: Avira AntiVir Personal - Free Antivirus 10.0.0.592

    Pros

    Great free anti virus and works well on older computers. Even works well with Comodo firewall.

    Cons

    You will get some pathetic fan-boy with no life giving your review a thumbs down.

    Summary

    i have had the free version of Avira on my laptop. While my desktop was using A/V program at the time. I won't mention the name since I have no intention of making it look bad.

    But over time I liked the free version so much. I went out a purchased the Premium version for my desktop. The previous A/V program was also great. But a little pricey.

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