Avira Free Antivirus 2013

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  • 1.0 stars

    "junk software"

    February 22, 2013  |   By whoda_thunkit

    Pros

    signatures are alright
    light enough

    Cons

    -very limited
    -installs ask toolbar. disable it or remove it then you lose web blocking
    -heuristics not the best

    Summary

    Avast! is so much better. much lighter, much better interface, many more tools, better heuristics, sandboxing, much more configuration, many more features.
    Avira just pales in comparison. Even AVG is much better.
    I've noticed Avira users aren't the brightest bulbs in the room.

    Updated on Feb 22, 2013

    @musicman, Avira is definitely not lighter than Avast! 7. I've used all three of them too. why don't you mention that Avast! does a gazillion things Avira doesn't????????

    Updated on Feb 23, 2013

    @musicman4you, it's not just the opinion of fanboys but independent labs as well. They rate Avast! higher in almost every category.
    You use ZoneAlarm?
    Online Armor Firewall and Comodo firewall are the best free firewalls. Just tested Online Armor and it scored 340 out of 340 on comodo leak test.
    ZoneAlarm is an 1sraeli company that has caught red handed in the past snooping on user connections......
    Avast! barely makes a dent in my memory or CPU usage neither does it increase boot or shutdown times significantly nor does it slow my browsing.
    Avira has got good detection but Avast bl0ws it when it comes to malware removal and performance DESPITE of having all those processes you chide it for.AV-COMPARATIVES rated Avast!better for performance and malware removal!
    My CPU & RAM usage are minimal.
    I've used Avira and they installed the ask bar.I uninstalled the ask bar, i got no web blocking.
    security NOT at the expense of privacy.
    How do I know ASK isn't logging what websites I frequent?

    Updated on Feb 23, 2013

    You're insinuating I work for Avast?
    Very sad to see you stoop so low.
    Whether you believe me or not (frankly I don't give a dam), I am a conscientious consumer and what angers me the most is when companies like Avira compromise user privacy when they make deals with search engines like ASK.You think ASK is just collaborating with Avira for your benefit?LMAO.
    I see that not only do you lack discernment when it comes to computer software, your logic is faulty as well.
    Avast is the most widely used free anti-virus in the world with more than 150 million active users.They could care less about the few hundreds or even thousands that are dissuaded or persuaded away or to Avast!
    Finally,you can deflect the criticisms I make about Avira by calling me a shill, that doesn't detract from the validity of my arguments.
    And keep your marketing strategies advice to yourself. You support an anti-virus maker that shamefully installs the ASK bar without which the web blocking is non-existent.

    Updated on Feb 24, 2013

    NICE to see Avast! thumbs down drones in full force.

    Updated on Feb 24, 2013

    NICE to see Avira thumbs down drones in full force.
    NICE to see Avira thumbs down drones in full force.
    NICE to see Avira thumbs down drones in full force.
    NICE to see Avira thumbs down drones in full force.
    NICE to see Avira thumbs down drones in full force.

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  • Reply by Gold Dust on February 24, 2013

    Will I see that another avast fan boy is trying to put down Avira again. Way to go musicman4you. Oh I have avast installed right now but I think that I will be installing Avira and uninstalling avast.......way to go whoda_thunkit.

  • Reply by whoda_thunkit on February 23, 2013

    I had a 7 year old laptop with 2.5 GB ram and a 32 bit system. Avast! didn't slow my system at all.
    it's worked on vista, xp, windows 7 OSes I've installed it on.
    Even AV-COMPARATIVES places Avast! at the top bested only by webroot for performance.
    Now, i don't like Google for privacy reasons but the reason why Avast! is at the top of the results is because of google's algorithm and the fact that Avast! is the most popular free AV. Avast! is the first result BECAUSE they're the most famous.

  • Reply by whoda_thunkit on February 23, 2013

    You're insinuating I work for Avast?
    Very sad to see you stoop so low.
    Whether you believe me or not (frankly I don't give a dam), I am a conscientious consumer and what angers me the most is when companies like Avira compromise user privacy when they make deals with search engines like ASK.You think ASK is just collaborating with Avira for your benefit?LMAO.
    I see that not only do you lack discernment when it comes to computer software, your logic is faulty as well.
    Avast is the most widely used free anti-virus in the world with more than 150 million active users.They could care less about the few hundreds or even thousands that are dissuaded or persuaded away or to Avast!
    Finally,you can deflect the criticisms I make about Avira by calling me a shill, that doesn't detract from the validity of my arguments.
    And keep your marketing strategies advice to yourself. You support an anti-virus maker that shamefully installs the ASK bar without which the web blocking is non-existent.

  • Reply by musicman4you on February 23, 2013

    @ whoda_thunkit .Go to Google and search these words Avast Free.It will be 1st one on Top,was for me.Avast tells you to get it from download.com (CNET)and has no download straight from Avast and while you are there they recommend you to Downlod Google on there site while you are there.Also If you ever run the 3 Antivirus programs you mentioned on a Pentium 4 computer instead of a newer one Avira will not slow down your PC but Avast will very much.If you have a Dual Core or quad Core computer with 6 Gigabytes of Ram maybe you just don't notice it as bad. :-) Avira is not Junk though and I don't use the Ask Toolbar.

  • Reply by musicman4you on February 23, 2013

    @ whoda_thunkit Sad times. It's not great when you see companies such as Avast publicly tell people to get their software from CNET (same way that AVG Free encourages you to go to CNET).

    They want to do this as they want to push their ranking higher on Download.com, nothing more nothing less. There are no "technical issues". Most reputable downloads sites simply link to the direct links listed above.

    However, security companies have an obsession about being high up on the Download.com "Most Popular" list. Seriously. They love it. Why? As Download.com users are those most likely to be influenced. They are, generally, novice users. So, get yourself high up the Download.com ranking and, you receive increased sales.

    It's just really sad when a company encourages users to ditch other download sites and only go to Download.com - what a really poor short term strategy.

  • Reply by whoda_thunkit on February 23, 2013

    @musicman4you, it's not just the opinion of fanboys but independent labs as well. They rate Avast! higher in almost every category.
    You use ZoneAlarm?
    Online Armor Firewall and Comodo firewall are the best free firewalls. Just tested Online Armor and it scored 340 out of 340 on comodo leak test.
    ZoneAlarm is an 1sraeli company that has caught red handed in the past snooping on user connections......
    Avast! barely makes a dent in my memory or CPU usage neither does it increase boot or shutdown times significantly nor does it slow my browsing.
    Avira has got good detection but Avast bl0ws it when it comes to malware removal and performance DESPITE of having all those processes you chide it for.AV-COMPARATIVES rated Avast!better for performance and malware removal!
    My CPU & RAM usage are minimal.
    I've used Avira and they installed the ask bar.I uninstalled the ask bar, i got no web blocking.
    security NOT at the expense of privacy.
    How do I know ASK isn't logging what websites I frequent?

  • Reply by musicman4you on February 23, 2013

    @whoda_thunkit I think it is Avast users that aren't the brightest bulbs in the room.I see you just joined.Avast Fanboy or Fangirl maybe ?? Avast has to much running in the background and that is the problem.You don't need half of that crap.Avira works great for me without the toolbar or web blocking with ZoneAlarm FireWall.Avira has better Detection Rates than Avast.I also use MalwareBytes,SuperAntispyWare and SB Search&Destroy often.Other Big Name Download Sites give Avira Great Reviews.Whatever !! I have used Avira Premium before for a year and still was easier on the system than Avast.I got tired of waiting on the ball spinning around with Avast before a site would open.How many older people do you think are gonna need those Shields in Avast for P2P ??? Sounds and seems like you joined CNET to Promote Avast and get their Ratings up on Cnet to me.I don't go giving AVAST bad reviews because I don't use it anymore.Seems like and advertisement for Avast instead of a Review for Avira.

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