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Avira Free Antivirus

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Quick Specs

  • Version:
    1.1.54.24924
  • Total Downloads:
    146,715,421
  • Date Added:
    Jan. 28, 2016
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    5.18MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    9,051
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:

Editors' Review

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The free antivirus category is a crowded one with well-entrenched products, but Avira distinguishes itself with a low-key approach, a clean and compact interface, and a wide variety of optional settings.

Pros

A professional-grade interface: Free programs and utilities often look kludgy and dated and have confusing or cryptic navigation. Avira, however, feels like software that you would ordinarily pay for. It almost looks like something built into the operating system, and you can navigate using either the left-hand pane or the drop-down menus along the top.

Lots of optional configuration: Avira works just fine out of the box, capable of running system scans without slowing down other tasks, like loading webpages or editing a document. But if you want, you can change settings like the number of days before Avira warns you that its definition file (basically, a book of virus mug shots) is out of date. You can also specify what types of compressed files you want to be scanned or ignored, ignore specific files or processes, target specific file extensions, and search for root kits before scanning. It's unusual to find this many options in a free antivirus app -- and you must have administrator privileges to change anything, so secondary accounts can't log in and tamper with it.

No hard sell: Unlike many free antivirus apps, Avira Antivirus Free is mostly content to run in the background and quietly do its thing. You'll get the occasional pop-up window, but it's not distracting.

Cons

SafeSearch Plus has issues: Avira offers the SafeSearch Plus browser add-on during installation. It puts a button in your browser that you click to enter a Web search, and the results are sanitized by Avira to reduce the chance of you being led to a malicious page. It looks very much like Google and even plugs into Google Maps, but the add-on will pop up a window urging you to change how your New Tab page works -- every single time you open a new tab. It also doesn't appear to work in Firefox -- the change never takes effect, and you just keep getting the pop up every time you open a new tab. It works fine in Chrome, but in this browser it also redirects you to its own search engine instead of Google when you use Chrome's address bar to search for things, which is a bit further than we'd like to go. Thankfully, you can skip installing SafeSearch Plus.

Not quite as good as a premium antivirus app: According to security software tests from AV-Test, one thing never changes: you get what you pay for. Avira Antivirus Free might be the all-around best antivirus app that you don't have to pay for, in terms of speed, quality of scanning, and usability, but paid programs from Kaspersky, Bitdefender, and McAfee consistently edge it out. You can get some of these for pretty cheap if you shop around. And there can be fringe benefits as well to paid software -- for example, your version of Norton is always the latest one as long as you have a subscription, and McAfee suites can now be used on an unlimited number of devices.

Bottom Line

If you're tight on cash, Avira Free is a compelling option, as long as you skip SafeSearch Plus during installation. But a little extra insurance can go a long way, so we'd prefer to stick to the big guns from the major vendors.

 
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5 stars

"One of the Best FREE AV's"

February 08, 2016  |  By Vishwas Kamath

2016-02-08 00:28:10  |  By Vishwas Kamath

 |  Version: Avira Free Antivirus 1.1.54.24924

Pros

Malware detection rates on par with Bitdefender, Kaspersky

Cons

not much except popups to upgrade to pro version

Summary

very good antivirus.u are 99% safe with avira

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3 stars

"Very good A/V."

January 27, 2016  |  By tincan_96

2016-01-27 18:06:45  |  By tincan_96

 |  Version: Avira Free Antivirus 1.1.53.13962

Pros

Very good A/V. Light on system resources

Cons

Poor Tech Support.
Could not find needed info.
On-line help did not help.
No phone support.
Difficult to uninstall

Summary

I was running the free version for about seven months and decided to try the paid version. I tried to download the paid version but it would not install. I went to the Avira home page and tried to get help with my problem, but could not find a phone number, only on-line help after quite some time. The on-line tech could not help and disconnected leaving me hanging.

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5 stars

"The best free AV in 2016 to date"

January 12, 2016  |  By Jeffx007

2016-01-12 03:30:21  |  By Jeffx007

 |  Version: Avira Free Antivirus 1.1.53.13962

Pros

Awesome UI
Great Detection
Excellent Extras
Low System Resources Usage
Simple Use

Cons

None so far, definitely the best free AV I've tried this year.

Summary

I would have no problem advising anyone on this being the best free AV as I post this (12/01/2016). It runs smooth, uses hardly any resources, looks and feels nice and detection rates seem absolutely spot on. There are nice extra features and the dashboard makes controlling all your devices so easy. Big thumbs up to Avira.

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5 stars

"AVIRA IT,S EXCELLENT"

January 10, 2016  |  By chairultansa

2016-01-10 05:12:20  |  By chairultansa

 |  Version: Avira Free Antivirus 1.1.53.13962

Pros

Avira virus protection excellent
web and firewall protection works well and good
99 percent test score results have been tested in our computer and we are confident once safe from the virus
want to try please install antivirus is properly and well

Cons

no problems in the program
because of this latest version

Summary

it takes up memory and easy to use by the user

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5 stars

"One of the best free AVs"

December 14, 2015  |  By tincan_96

2015-12-14 19:35:41  |  By tincan_96

 |  Version: Avira Free Antivirus 1.1.50.18326

Pros

Light on system resources.
Highly rated on AV-Test.
Fast scans

Cons

none so far.

Summary

I tried running several other free AVs but they would slow down my system or interfere with my other programs.

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1 stars

"DO NOT INSTALL!"

December 12, 2015  |  By cnetdavidh

2015-12-12 15:09:04  |  By cnetdavidh

 |  Version: Avira Free Antivirus 1.1.50.18326

Pros

Identified more than other a-v, but mainly possibly unwanted programs.

Cons

After the scan it hijacked my computer, would not let me do anything but kept opening browser windows for me to buy their PC speedup app with NO WAY to decline. It was almost impossible to un-install, had to go into the registry even after running IO Bit uninstaller AND Revo uninstaller and I still get Avira pop-ups.

Summary

Maybe buying the pro version gets around the above, but I don't see how anyone can live with the free version .

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2 stars

"Kills PC boot time, slow scan"

December 06, 2015  |  By RocketDocking

2015-12-06 11:14:08  |  By RocketDocking

 |  Version: Avira Free Antivirus 1.1.50.18326

Pros

I have no doubt that this software is very thorough. Switching from AVG and performing a scan, Avira picked up a couple items in my TEMP folder that are pretty benign (a couple .exe files that I know are safe, one that is a Java update file another was a Microsoft file). It also found what might be a trojan in my firefox browser which was nice to catch.

Cons

Oh man, this is some bloated software.

The boot time for my PC quadrupled after installing (specs: i3, 12 GB RAM, Win7).

Looking at the tool tray, the Avira icon did not appear until near the end, making me think there is no boot scan? Whether there is or isn't, I'm going to look elsewhere. Although Avira does seem robust, given how competitive the free AV options are these days, I have to imagine that there are not just-as-solid options that are not as heavy on the system.

Summary

Good AV, but given the impact on my PC performance, I am going to try BitDefender or Avast.

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3 stars

"good malware detect but bad free av"

November 25, 2015  |  By adrin.sc

2015-11-25 00:00:36  |  By adrin.sc

 |  Version: Avira Free Antivirus 1.1.50.18326

Pros

malware detect is one of best.
simple easy design.
cilent with no ad.
good own app pasword for unwanted change or uninstal.

Cons

web protect need avira extention instal.
not have game mode.
old disign.

Summary

good av but is not best.avg -avast-panda have more feature .

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5 stars

"A great antivirus with great detection rates"

November 20, 2015  |  By musicman4you

2015-11-20 02:00:31  |  By musicman4you

 |  Version: Avira Free Antivirus 1.1.42.10415

Pros

A great antivirus with great detection rates.I can use my Firewall to block the OE stuff that comes with it.Just use medium detection level and Macro and you are safe.I don't use the Free Cloud stuff.Have tested it on virus samples and it gets more than any Free and some paid.

Cons

Okay Cons.It is true that it is a pain in the ass to remove.Reminds me of old Norton versions.They do have a Free Registry Tool you can run to remove Registry Entries and there are many.I have seen it remove about 400 .I tried to remove and do a clean Install using the Registry cleaner and other programs plus manual delete.I could remove everything but one file that could not be removed from my computer.

Summary

I use it because it has great protection and doesn't slow your computer down as much as the others.Been using it for years.Has not let anything slip through yet and caught several.I also use MalwareBytes to be on the safe side.

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5 stars

"VERY GOOD Antivirus"

November 16, 2015  |  By chairultansa

2015-11-16 23:41:35  |  By chairultansa

 |  Version: Avira Free Antivirus 1.1.42.10415

Pros

very good virus protection
Web protection is quite good
firewall protection is quite good
can detect malware with powerful

Cons

design long
The sixth level of protection when
for this product level five

Summary

This antivirus needs to be upgraded or change this design to make it look nice and neat because this antivirus score of 98.9%
This antivirus needs to be fixed so as not obsolete
you just defeated by 360 antivirus security
need to be repaired again

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 1.1.54.24924
Version 1.1.54.24924 may include unspecified updates, enhancements, or bug fixes.
General
Publisher Avira
Publisher web site http://www.avira.com
Release Date January 25, 2016
Date Added January 28, 2016
Version 1.1.54.24924
Category
Category Security Software
Subcategory Antivirus Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows XP/Vista/7
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 5.18MB
File Name avira_en_av___dlc.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 146,715,421
Downloads Last Week 9,051
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License Model Free
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Price Free

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