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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 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:

    4.3 stars

    out of 68 votes

    • 5 star: 44
    • 4 star: 14
    • 3 star: 4
    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 6
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  • 5.0 stars

    "awesome free antivirus and easy to use"

    March 25, 2011  |   By mauryaamit145

    Version: Avira AntiVir Personal - Free Antivirus 10.0.0.611

    Pros

    easy update n scan feature.

    Cons

    each n evry virus ca't be caught by avira.

    Summary

    but it is an efficient antivirus for all.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "High detection"

    March 24, 2011  |   By thyc

    Version: Avira AntiVir Personal - Free Antivirus 10.0.0.611

    Pros

    There is nobody who says he does not like Avira Antivir antivirus because he misses the threats.

    Cons

    No 64 bit version.

    Summary

    Avira Antivir is always on top or near the top in all aspects of analysis in:
    av-comparatives.org

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  • 4.0 stars

    "A Great free Antivirus Program"

    March 23, 2011  |   By chifan7

    Version: Avira AntiVir Personal - Free Antivirus 10.0.0.611

    Pros

    Clean, Easy to use. Updates on it's own.

    Cons

    Doesn't get in the way of normal day to day surfing.

    Summary

    Excellent download. Recommend this program.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "I'm sorry Avira I'm back..."

    March 17, 2011  |   By 1234hug

    Version: Avira AntiVir Personal - Free Antivirus 10.0.0.611

    Pros

    Light.powerful,quick and unnoticeable...

    Cons

    Nothing;nil =_=

    Summary

    I left Avira to try other anti virus software,but the others weren't to great.The only one that got a honorable mention was Microsoft security essentials 2...I also have super anti spyware and malwarebyte for back up...does wonders...=_=

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  • 5.0 stars

    "this is great antivirus!!!!"

    March 16, 2011  |   By visualbuffs

    Version: Avira AntiVir Personal - Free Antivirus 10.0.0.611

    Pros

    i recommend this one to my family to my friend.. cause its free and safe to use.. virus detection and blocking is amazing!

    Cons

    antivir personal does not have an option on GUARD SCANNER for auto action like automatic quarantine/delete the file without user intervension .. only premium have the option to automatically delete the file without intervension

    Summary

    this is great for one user not for different user.. because of guard scanner.. but it still the best! RECOMMENDED ! 5star can be better if the automation protection is upgrade to free antivir..

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Seems to be working very well."

    March 14, 2011  |   By MaryBeth Chruden

    Version: Avira AntiVir Personal - Free Antivirus 10.0.0.611

    Pros

    It was easy to download and configure. It found some bad files right away and I quarantined them. It's free!

    Cons

    It takes a long time to run a scan and there does not seem to be a short scan like my Trend Micro had. It found some bad files right away, which made me think those files came with the down load, like the program was infected. No prob since.

    Summary

    I'm happy with it so far. Just installed on a second computer and within a short period it found some different bad files (viruses or other stuff, I forget what). So either it's really good because Trend Micro never came up with these sorts of things, or I got them along with the download. Which doesn't make sense. I have my fingers crossed that I will do ok with this program.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "So far so good"

    March 14, 2011  |   By GERRY RAINS

    Version: Avira AntiVir Personal - Free Antivirus 10.0.0.611

    Pros

    It seems to work.

    Cons

    None as of yet, but why do you ask before users have a chance to make a fairly full investigation.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "not free, junk"

    March 14, 2011  |   By emamonx

    Version: Avira AntiVir Personal - Free Antivirus 10.0.0.611

    Pros

    fix 100 errors

    Cons

    have to pay to finish

    Summary

    when you say its free and it is not that makes it as bad as a virus. no worst

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Good As A Free Software"

    March 14, 2011  |   By hosseinnadjm

    Version: Avira AntiVir Personal - Free Antivirus 10.0.0.611

    Pros

    Easy to Use, Free, Light

    Cons

    Can not Scan Email on TLS or SSL Secured Ports, Update Function Not Always Working, Can Not Control On Application Port Usage to Access Internet,

    Summary

    Not Bad Even On Premium Security Suite Version

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  • 4.0 stars

    "It work really well"

    March 13, 2011  |   By etjtk

    Version: Avira AntiVir Personal - Free Antivirus 10.0.0.611

    Pros

    I like it.

    Cons

    None that i can think of.

    Summary

    Does what it meant to and it is free. What more do you want

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