Avira AntiVir Personal - Free Antivirus

Avira AntiVir Personal - Free Antivirus

Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
4.0
out of 4179 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
10.2.0.696
File Size:
3.86MB
Date Added:
July 05, 2011
Price:
Free
Operating Systems:
Windows 7/XP 32-bit/Vista 32-bit/Vista 64-bit/XP 64-bit
Total Downloads:
145,796,441
Downloads Last Week:
18,420
Product ranking:
Additional Requirements:
Not available

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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    • 3 star: 391
    • 2 star: 219
    • 1 star: 434
  • Current Version:

    3.3

    out of 35 votes

    • 5 star: 12
    • 4 star: 8
    • 3 star: 3
    • 2 star: 3
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    Results 1-10 of 19

  • 2 stars

    "100% CPU Usage Bug"

    September 26, 2014

    Version: Avira Free Antivirus 14.0.3.350

    Pros

    - Light on resources (SEE EXCEPTION BELOW!)
    - Fast scanning
    - Simple UI
    - Average Detection Rates

    Cons

    - Windows 8.1 Bug! In product advertisements eat up 100% of CPU usage on every computer running Windows 8.1, indefinitely (until reboot). These are well built, modern systems as well (quad core, 8+ GB RAM...).
    -Avira is slow to resolve bugs (such as the above). It's been almost a month since Avira was made aware of the above bug and still no fix!

    Summary

    I manage around 3000 computers in my IT management company. I allow my customers to select their preferred antivirus and the companies that chose Avira have all been complaining about slow computers. The culprit is Avira's "In-product messaging" service! It's eating up literally 100% of available CPU Power on Windows 8.1 installations. I will be moving all my clients' computers away from Avira as this bug has existed for more than three weeks, despite Avira acknowledging the problem.

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  • 3 stars

    "Not like the paid .."

    September 25, 2014   |   By danakabradpitt

    Version: Avira Free Antivirus 14.0.3.350

    Pros

    HIgh detection rate, very very thorough scans . The engine that scans is one of the most thorough ones out there.

    Cons

    Nothing like the paid version. The paid version has hips that actually work.
    system tray popups are very annoying, bulky and intrusive.
    Seems like all it offers is a scanner and if thats the case there are tons of stand alone utilities that do the same.

    Summary

    Get the paid one if you want avira.

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  • 3 stars

    "some pros, some cons"

    September 22, 2014   |   By Muisje?1e

    Version: Avira Free Antivirus 14.0.3.350

    Pros

    has been doing a good job for as long as it exists, though all the name changes.

    Cons

    - slows pc down during scan. games start lagging etc.
    - says it has virus protection activated, but computer says I don't have any. It does say Avira is active against spyware and unwanted programs. ?!? Now this wouldn't be a problem, except: sometimes, for mysterious reasons, protective software is deactivated. Now I have to check every time if the warning is valid or not. :(
    I did reinstall the program, but with the same result. Anyone else has this problem?

    Summary

    Maybe the cons are starting to outweigh the pros. Thinking about switching.

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  • 3 stars

    "New systray is annoying."

    August 27, 2014   |   By Son_of_Earth

    Version: Avira Free Antivirus 14.0.3.350

    Pros

    Free and one of the best av's around.

    Cons

    New systray is unnecessary.

    Summary

    I don't like the new systray pop-up **** fancy pants deal. So I tried to uninstall the whole application but luckily I only uninstalled the new systray pop-up **** fancy pants deal and kept the av anyway cause I got my old systray right click shortcuts back.

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  • 4 stars

    "Good Software"

    August 02, 2014   |   By mmnnk

    Version: Avira Free Antivirus 14.0.3.350

    Pros

    Simple, free and Fast

    Cons

    Interface in general

    Summary

    I use the software for two years, the overall feeling is good.

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  • 4 stars

    "Pretty good"

    July 22, 2014   |   By Bradbullitt

    Version: Avira Free Antivirus 14.0.3.350

    Pros

    NOT slow! (you must be kidding, guys)
    intuitive user interface
    effective detection

    Cons

    Well, so far so good.

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  • 1 stars

    "Horrible!!!"

    July 04, 2014   |   By slytheringirl

    Version: Avira Free Antivirus 14.0.3.350

    Pros

    Installs at least

    Cons

    Horrible user interface
    Won't register under my Avira Account
    No results details

    Summary

    I had this installed on my Nook HD+ but got rid of it because it was just a basic scanner and would never show me any scan results plus it would lock up during a scan if it hit a file from one of the ereader apps I have installed on the Nook. I attempted to install it on my Vaio, and lo and behold I got the same crappy interface with absolutely no settings or anything! When I attempted to add it the My Devices section on their website, it would tell me to download and install it when I ALREADY had it installed! After several attempts at uninstalling and reinstalling, I just gave up and uninstalled it. Don't waste your time on this piece of crap. The test sites who said this was one of the best out there must have been laughing all the way to the bank!

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  • 5 stars

    "Excellent!!!"

    June 28, 2014   |   By dogesuchwow

    Version: Avira Free Antivirus 14.0.3.350

    Pros

    Great detection.
    User interface.
    PC not slowed down after installed

    Cons

    No Firewall

    Summary

    Great for Free.Recommended.

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  • 1 stars

    "It is a virus cloaked as anti virus."

    June 20, 2014   |   By santamonican

    Version: Avira Free Antivirus 14.0.3.350

    Pros

    None. It slowed my laptop about 500%.

    Cons

    Avira slowed my laptop.Games were being installed without my permission. I am unable to uninstall Avira. I used microsoft uninstall. I tried revo uninstaller. Any advice how to uninstall?

    Summary

    Help!

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  • 4 stars

    "Good antivirus software."

    June 01, 2014   |   By Reshiram

    Version: Avira Free Antivirus 14.0.3.350

    Pros

    Greate detection rate, very few fp(s) and lightweight.

    Cons

    Just needs UI improvement for sure.

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