Avira Free Antivirus 2013

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Works, But Bloated"

    April 7, 2013  |   By BigBirdPhila


    Seems to do what it is supposed to do.


    Chrome support seems lacking. Does not identify Chrome tracking cookies.

    But, more importantly, it seems excessively bloated. My XP machine was booting in 550MB. Uninstalled AVG, and it booted in 382MB. AVG was consuming 168MB! 30% of my memory usage @ boot time. Installed Avast & configured it similarly to AVG. My system now boots in 400MB. Saves 150MB over AVG.

    I need to see how well Avast performs going forward, but initially it appears to be a big improvement over AVG.


    I've used AVG for years. During the past couple of years, I've noticed that the weekly downloads of Avast have been surpassing AVG. Users are noticing that AVG is not the top dog any more.

    Updated on Apr 7, 2013

    ***Somehow got posted to wrong product. Obviously my review was of AVG, not Avira.

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