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  • 1.0 stars

    "Avira is malware, NOT a malware remover!!!"

    October 26, 2014  |   By jfcp

    Version: Avira Free Antivirus 2013 14.0.7.306

    Pros

    Free. (but you get what you pay for.)

    Cons

    1) Ineffective.
    2) Weird, inflexible, hard to interpret interface.
    3) Annoying pop-up ads.
    4) Extremely hard to uninstall - constant hassles from ads & "update & install" windows AFTER using the "advanced" level of Revo Uninstaller to get rid of it !!!!

    Summary

    This worthless malware non-remover taught me that cnet editor's reviews no longer mean anything.

    I'm obviously under malware attack, but all I get from AVIRA after multiple scans is ads telling me what it would do if I get the payed version!

    After running those several scans, with nothing of real importance detected or removed, nothing changes re computer behavior.

    Try to uninstall AVIRA? Forget it !!! After "uninstalling" Avira with the excellent Revo Uninstaller, pop-up ads, annoying "accept and install updates" windows frequently appear, impossible to find & eliminate.

    Thanks for nothing AVIRA & cnet editors!!!

    Updated on Dec 31, 2014

    I see I'm getting requests from AVIRA people for more information about the troubles and annoyances I experienced.

    Well, it's pretty cut-and-dried:I've installed plenty of malware programs in various computers. Some work, some don't. AVIRA DOES NOTHING. I installed the product when I was obviously having malware problems. It neither removed nor detected anything of consequence.

    Some are easy to uninstall, some are OBVIOUSLY made difficult to uninstall. AVIRA was MADE VERY difficult to uninstall.

    It does not show up in windows explorer, or in the programs list of Revo Uninstaller - hence you have to be Sherlock Holmes to find it to uninstall it.

    Even after "uninstalling" AVIRA with the ADVANCED level of Revo, some mysterious, hidden program kept putting ads on the screen. Then an "update and install" window appears - FOR A PROGRAM THAT WAS UNINSTALLED!

    C'MON, WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE KIDDING? IF YOU MEANT TO MAKE IT UNINSTALLABLE, IT WOULD SHOW UP WHERE I or REVO CAN SEE IT.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "doesn't work"

    October 7, 2014  |   By tricknologyinc

    Version: Avira Free Antivirus 2013 14.0.6.570

    Pros

    None. You can't say it's free if it costs this much time and aggravation and gives you no options to remedy issues.

    Cons

    Just installed, and it's telling me the antivirus needs to be updated... but gives absolutely no option to do anything about it!

    Summary

    These people are obviously not even trying! Do NOT waste your time!

    Updated on Oct 7, 2014

    CNET completely discredits itself by recommending this crap.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "good antivirus program"

    October 6, 2014  |   By rafaeladamos

    Version: Avira Free Antivirus 2013 14.0.6.570

    Pros

    It protects well and does not recognize mistakes

    Cons

    Updates slow, sometimes unsuccessfully, perhaps to ensure that updates

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  • 2.0 stars

    "100% CPU Usage Bug"

    September 26, 2014  |  

    Version: Avira Free Antivirus 2013 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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  • 3.0 stars

    "Not like the paid .."

    September 25, 2014  |   By danakabradpitt

    Version: Avira Free Antivirus 2013 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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  • 3.0 stars

    "some pros, some cons"

    September 22, 2014  |   By Muisje?1e

    Version: Avira Free Antivirus 2013 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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  • 3.0 stars

    "New systray is annoying."

    August 27, 2014  |   By Son_of_Earth

    Version: Avira Free Antivirus 2013 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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  • 4.0 stars

    "Good Software"

    August 2, 2014  |   By mmnnk

    Version: Avira Free Antivirus 2013 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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  • 4.0 stars

    "Pretty good"

    July 22, 2014  |   By Bradbullitt

    Version: Avira Free Antivirus 2013 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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  • 1.0 stars

    "Horrible!!!"

    July 4, 2014  |   By slytheringirl

    Version: Avira Free Antivirus 2013 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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