Avira Free Antivirus 2013

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  • 1.0 stars

    "No longer recommendable (toolbar polluted)"

    October 15, 2012  |   By meierohnef


    - Detection rate is somewhat good
    - Flexible usage (good options)
    - Fast installation


    - Toolbar and ad polluted
    - Old school and unclear user interface
    - Lot of false positives
    - Quite high resource consumption when scanning (> 250 MB)
    - Web protection only when accepting ASK.COM toolbar
    - No 64 bit support for ProActiv
    - No email protection
    - Lots of useless "features"


    Imho Avira managed to lose it's reputation and technological skills in the past 2 years. The product's (in former days good!) technology seems now to be far behind industry standards. Many features - including the user interface - are outdated and hard to use in newer OS. With all this advertising and toolbar crap it seems that they moved to the "dark side".

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