Avira AntiVir PersonalEdition Classic

Avira AntiVir PersonalEdition Classic

Download Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
4.0
out of 4192 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    7.06.00.270
  • Total Downloads:
    146,099,089
  • Date Added:
    Feb. 14, 2008
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    144.6MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    21,126
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:

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

    4.0

    out of 158 votes

    • 5 star 72
    • 4 star 50
    • 3 star 17
    • 2 star 8
    • 1 star 11
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    out of 4192 votes

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5 stars

"Great Product!"

April 13, 2008  |  By kelly_courtney

 |  Version: Avira AntiVir PersonalEdition Classic 7.06.00.270

Pros

Simple to use, auto -updates.

Cons

Don't like the "spalsh page" on the free version.

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1 stars

"Mix emotions about this product"

April 12, 2008

 |  Version: Avira AntiVir PersonalEdition Classic 7.06.00.270

Pros

The one star is being generous.

Cons

I thought the paid version would be like the free version, was I wrong! Unable to get a straight answer from anyone, even joined the forum to get some answers. Also the fact there is no 1-800 number to call for tech support unles you like paying for really long distance calls from the US. All I needed to complete the transaction was a License Key number after I paid for the service and downloaded it to my computer. Needless to say after numerous emails and the run around, I asked for my money back, which they did do. That is the only plus I can say about this service. Don't waste your time or money on this service!

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5 stars

"excellent"

April 12, 2008  |  By neerab

 |  Version: Avira AntiVir PersonalEdition Classic 7.06.00.270

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5 stars

"Best i have ever used!!!"

April 11, 2008  |  By kamalmander

 |  Version: Avira AntiVir PersonalEdition Classic 7.06.00.270

Pros

It's faster then all(kaspersky,Mcaffe,avg,norton,.bitdefender,Nod32).

i have used all of them but avira is best in my opinion and by my experience.

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4 stars

"Beats the other more popular programs"

April 10, 2008  |  By Zorion3

 |  Version: Avira AntiVir PersonalEdition Classic 7.06.00.270

Pros

This is very thorough, found 12 trojans and other malware on my son's computer that Symantec missed. It is not a resource hog any more than any other AV program. Check out AV-Comparatives.org and read the February 2008 report. Avira beats out Kaspersky, Symantec, Avast, and many others on comparative tests. This German firm knows what it is doing.

Cons

As mentioned in the Editor's review, the interface is not ideal, and you have to babysit the scans as it halts upon threat detection and awaits your direction. It would be better if it generated a list, then completed the full scan and then asked you which action to take. But I will take thoroughness over a glossy interface any day!

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5 stars

"Fast, efficient, accurate does not bog your PC down."

April 09, 2008  |  By wesmartin

 |  Version: Avira AntiVir PersonalEdition Classic 7.06.00.270

Pros

Fast, efficient, accurate does not bog your PC down. Easily updates itself. Is not a resource hog.

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5 stars

"quick and efficient"

April 09, 2008  |  By forneron

 |  Version: Avira AntiVir PersonalEdition Classic 7.06.00.270

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5 stars

"Avira AntiVir is the best!!!!"

April 08, 2008  |  By caleperez

 |  Version: Avira AntiVir PersonalEdition Classic 7.06.00.270

Pros

What I like about Avira AntiVir is that it really protects your computer from viruses.

Tried AVG, Avast both and nothing compare to Avira. Can't believe it's even free for it to work that good. Don't take my word for it, test drive it yourself. You'll see

the difference. Don't get me wrong both AVG and Avast are OK for some.

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5 stars

"Great stuff"

April 07, 2008

 |  Version: Avira AntiVir PersonalEdition Classic 7.06.00.270

Pros

Great software, plus its FREE! Discovered a virus on my machine that Norton missed.

Cons

Nothing. Would recommend over the other free programs that seem to either suck machine resources dry or do not detect all viruses.

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5 stars

"Freebie #1"

April 07, 2008  |  By hammyp

 |  Version: Avira AntiVir PersonalEdition Classic 7.06.00.270

Pros

Ive tried AVG, Avast! and Antivir. AVG is by far the worst, Avast is awesome but I chose to keep Antivir because simply it has a better detection and removal success. In addition the program didn't compromise system integrity or speed to the extent AVG did. Definitely recommend this to everyone unless you use outlook or windows live where Avast would be for you if you really need POP3 detection.

Cons

Does have a upgrade screen but seeing as you only need to click OK once during the whole update process the screen is not a big issue. Would be nice to see POP3 functionality but its not really necessary. Scan could be a little bit faster but AntiVir 8 is supposed to fix that problem.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 7.06.00.270
Version 7.06.00.270 adds Rootkit Protection.
General
Publisher Avira
Publisher web site http://www.avira.com
Release Date February 14, 2008
Date Added February 14, 2008
Version 7.06.00.270
Category
Category Security Software
Subcategory Antivirus Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows XP, Windows, Windows Vista, Windows 2000
Additional Requirements Windows 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
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License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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