Avira AntiVir PersonalEdition Classic

Avira AntiVir PersonalEdition Classic

Download Editors' Rating:
4
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Average User Rating:
4.0
out of 4190 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    7.06.00.268
  • Total Downloads:
    146,099,089
  • Date Added:
    Sep. 26, 2007
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    144.6MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    21,126
  • Platform:
    Windows
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Editors' Review

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For a free antimalware and antivirus app that also runs in your system's background, AntiVir works surprisingly well.

AntiVir's scans are flexible, allowing the user to fully scan all hard drives, choose a preloaded scan--for rootkits, for example--or customize a scan. Combining the antimalware with the antivirus is a luxury in a free scanner. After testing on several machines no viruses turned up, although several malicious hidden files did rear their heads. The heuristic scan can be turned on or off completely or partially, with three different intensity levels.

The quarantine is extensively thorough, too. The spreadsheet layout displays all relevant information about the quarantined file, and gives you options to scan it again, restore, delete, and more. The scheduler is fully customizable. However, the updater slowly chugs along, but thankfully updated definitions files are available at Avira's Web site. The help features in AntiVir were excellent, as well, with a description box relaying mouse-over information on each feature.

Initial concerns about the real-time Guard protection hamstringing system performance proved groundless. Although we could shut off AntiVir and its Guard, there was no way to remove the icon from the system tray or stop the occasional ad placement by Avira. The Complete Scan is numbingly slow, but it will stop midscan and let you know when it's found a threat. That's good for killing nasties, but it also means that you have to baby-sit it.

AntiVir's volume of features might take a while to get used to, but as long as the definitions file updates keep coming, this app's a keeper.

 
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User Reviews
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  • Current Version

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3 stars

"Craped out 1st time went to use it."

October 21, 2009  |  By gamatthews

 |  Version: Avira AntiVir PersonalEdition Classic 7.06.00.268

Pros

craped out 1st time used

Cons

Came up with the following, couldn't determine what to do next.
ERROR 537 - WININET LIBRARY
CAN'T OPEN WINDOWS FILES TO CHECK
C:\pagefile.sys
C:\hiberfil.sys

Now what do I do?

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4 stars

"Nice free virus protection"

February 13, 2008  |  By TaerinX

 |  Version: Avira AntiVir PersonalEdition Classic 7.06.00.268

Pros

It is very fast, has a low false/neglegible detection rate and is updated regularly. I feel safe using this as my virus protection enough to not even think about ever paying for such a program. The last thing I love about it is how little system resources it takes up, even with the guard on, it uses less than any instant messenger.

Cons

I hate how when it finds a virus it stops everything and waits for you to decide what to do about every single higher risk one instead of giving the quarentine all option. There are very limited settings, you can't select for it to not start up with windows and the guard comes back on every reboot even if it was disabled before...

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5 stars

"It works great, and it's free !!"

February 12, 2008  |  By krnkrthn

 |  Version: Avira AntiVir PersonalEdition Classic 7.06.00.268

Pros

This is the best free antivirus I have seen in a long time. I was a long time user of Symantec, and it kept getting more and more expensive. While looking around for something cheaper, I came across this. Consistently rates within top 5 in tests run by AV Comparatives, and I haven't had a single issue for more than a year.

Cons

Free version doesn't include anti-spam or firewall or anti-spyware. I use PC Doctor (comes free with Google Pack) for anti-spyware, and Zonelabs firewall (free) for comprehensive protection.

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5 stars

"Happy. So so Happy."

February 12, 2008  |  By jbaking

 |  Version: Avira AntiVir PersonalEdition Classic 7.06.00.268

Pros

Can match-up with the latest Enterprise/Corporate/Professional editions of other much popular Anti-Virus software.

Would choose rather than those "Most Downloaded" Anti-virus Freewares.

Cons

I am not so sure if this feature is already available in the PRO edition of Avira, or maybe I just can't find it:

Customizable, Automatic Actions for virus detections (No user intervention.).

(Ex.: Set it to "Quarantine and then Delete" for every time it detects a virus.)

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4 stars

"GOOD"

February 11, 2008  |  By tedmaghiar1

 |  Version: Avira AntiVir PersonalEdition Classic 7.06.00.268

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4 stars

"amazing"

February 11, 2008  |  By khutjink

 |  Version: Avira AntiVir PersonalEdition Classic 7.06.00.268

Pros

this software was success to protect my PC&laptop from trojan

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5 stars

"super antivir"

February 10, 2008  |  By velicaria

 |  Version: Avira AntiVir PersonalEdition Classic 7.06.00.268

Pros

i like the ware

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5 stars

"terrific"

February 10, 2008  |  By budelmjt

 |  Version: Avira AntiVir PersonalEdition Classic 7.06.00.268

Pros

It keeps the virus's out of my system.

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4 stars

"avira update"

February 09, 2008  |  By dheysa

 |  Version: Avira AntiVir PersonalEdition Classic 7.06.00.268

Pros

to update my home pc

Cons

for this time, i dont have think negative about this product.

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5 stars

"Its free"

February 09, 2008  |  By navylegalman

 |  Version: Avira AntiVir PersonalEdition Classic 7.06.00.268

Pros

I feel secure to have some kind of protection and I am prepare to review your advertisers

Cons

what do I miss out by being free, do I really need to spend more money to feel secure?

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 7.06.00.268
Version 7.06.00.268 adds support for Windows Vista 64 Bit edition.
General
Publisher Avira
Publisher web site http://www.avira.com
Release Date September 26, 2007
Date Added September 26, 2007
Version 7.06.00.268
Category
Category Security Software
Subcategory Antivirus Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows, Windows Vista, Windows 2000, Windows 95, Windows NT, Windows Me, Windows 98, Windows XP
Additional Requirements Windows 95/98/Me/NT/2000/XP/Vista
Download Information
File Size 144.6MB
File Name avira_free_antivirus_en.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 146,099,089
Downloads Last Week 21,126
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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