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Avira Free Antivirus

Download Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
4.0
out of 4209 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    1.1.42.10415
  • Total Downloads:
    146,525,960
  • Date Added:
    Aug. 10, 2015
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    4.55MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    9,247
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:

Editors' Review

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Avira Free Antivirus 2015 protects against viruses, malware, and phishing, and the new Dropbox partnership offers secure syncing for your data. In security tests, Avira's latest update continues to deliver top-tier protection.

Pros

Hassle-free installation: Avira Free Antivirus 2015 installs quickly and cleanly. Create an Avira account to get even more protection, or sign up with Dropbox to start backing up your files, even before you launch the security software.

Clear interface: The bulk of Avira's tools are clearly laid out, with no distracting ad placements.

Top-tier protection: With its new virus-detection engine, Avira continues its tradition of high detection performance. According to independent testers at AV-Test and AV-Comparatives, Avira has a catch rate of over 98 percent in designed test cases and low false warnings.

Convenient tools: You can schedule routine maintenance tasks ahead of time, and Avira will work while you're out. Additionally, Online Essentials (Avira's Web dashboard for the suite) enables you to secure multiple devices from one place.

Cons

No quick fix: In contrast to competing antivirus suites, Avira does not feature an easy, one-click scan. Quick scan is available, although you must designate a scan target.

Segregated Dropbox and Windows Firewall: Avira's Dropbox partnership brings secure cloud syncing, but there is no integration between the two applications. In addition, Avira's Internet Protection Firewall is simply the basic Windows Firewall, without much collaboration between products.

Bottom Line

If you're looking for an elementary but effective antivirus suite, Avira Free Antivirus 2015 is an excellent choice. The 2015 update brings a Dropbox partnership but no revolutionary new features. The lack of integration with other apps, though a little disappointing, doesn't detract from a largely hassle-free suite with top-notch protection.

 
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3 stars

"Getting WORSE with each new version"

July 14, 2015  |  By dbmalya

 |  Version: Avira Free Antivirus 1.1.35.25717

Pros

Good protection, doesn't slow down computer, compatible with Comodo Firewall.

Cons

Annoying popups asking me to upgrade EVERY single day.
Updates will fail if you're on a slow connection. If it fails, the software cannot resume update from the last state- example, you're installing a 100MB update, the update fails at 99MB for no apparent reason, you restart the updater, it starts downloading again from 0%.
I have upgraded my internet connection, and it's pretty fast now, there's NO buffering for youtube videos played in HD, but still Avira will occasionally fail updating, and start from 0% again, cannot resume from where it left.
And what's with the constant nagging to upgrade? This shouldn't be named "Freeware", it's a "Nagware".

Summary

Protection is good, if you can live with CONSTANT messages asking you to upgrade (pay them money), with strange tricks like "50% OFF on price, only for you".
Updates will occasionally fail as well.

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4 stars

"Good Antivirus"

July 09, 2015  |  By JoshD15

 |  Version: Avira Free Antivirus 1.1.35.25717

Pros

Industry standard to slightly above detection, and does not slow down your computer.

Cons

I'm not sure why the system tray icon vanishes and then returns after a couple of reboots? then vanishes again and so on??. Avira should look into this bug issue. The launching of Avira's user interface from shortcuts and system icon tray is a bit sluggish, of which I find unusual as other antiviruses don't have that issue.

Summary

Good antivirus without a doubt, with slight bug issues of which Avira will hopefully look into ASAP.

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1 stars

"Slow, clumsy, annoying"

July 06, 2015  |  By akautz

 |  Version: Avira Free Antivirus 1.1.35.25717

Pros

The only pro I can think of is it is free.

Cons

After my annual subscription of Bitdefender ran out I decided to try something free. I was highly disappointed with Avira.

1. In comparison to Bitdefender, Avira seemed to make my system unstable and regularly lock up and bog down.

2. It constantly has pop-ups wanting me to download something additional (like Avira Speedup)

3. It regularly has to reboot the computer after doing an update. I haven't had a program do this in many a year.

I am now using the free version of Avast. So far so good.

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3 stars

"its ok but not best"

June 28, 2015  |  By adrin.sc

 |  Version: Avira Free Antivirus 1.1.35.25717

Pros

very well detection.
low systm usage

Cons

havnt game mode
havnt web and mail protection
only good for beginer home user

Summary

not good

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1 stars

"Terrible Can Not get rid of it"

June 02, 2015  |  By mustardkev

 |  Version: Avira Free Antivirus 1.1.35.25717

Pros

Not too bad until you attempt to uninstall it

Cons

Will not uninstall even with REVO Uninstaller and Tech assistance from HP
Slows down computer
BLOCKS other anti virus from installing

Summary

I was wondering why my computer was so slow. I got on computer with HP Remote Assistance. The tech said I had 3 anti virus running. She did so with Revo. 1734 LEFTOVER files were cleaned from Avira. She worked on cleaning out my computer for the next hour There is no longer an icon and it no longer shows up in control panel put it is still there running three different anti virus in the background that can be seen on task master.
Under program files>Avira.AntiVir Desktop there are STILL 522 files left. This is after Revo removed 1734 leftover files.
I have to get rid of this awful thing. I want to have Windows defender become my Anti virus but Avira is blocking it. Even though the files are still there I don't even know if I have a working anti virus program. This has slowed my computer and if I ad another anti virus it will slow down even more.
Can anyone PLEASE help me to get rid of this dreadful thing. I have never hated a program so much. This is ruining my brand new computer!!
I would give this program Negative stars. It is awful.

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5 stars

"The Best Free Anti-Virus"

May 25, 2015  |  By abcd12367

 |  Version: Avira Free Antivirus 1.1.35.25717

Pros

It has the same Real-time scanning and On-Demand Scanning as Avira Anti-Virus Pro.
It has the same Web protection as Avira Anti-Virus Pro if you install Avira Browser Safety.

Cons

Has no mail protection or identity protection although this is not a problem as a Custom Install of Avast Frree 2015 without the File Shield, Securline VPN and Grimefighter would add protection to Avira Free 2015.

Summary

http://chart.av-comparatives.org/chart1.php?chart=chart2&year=2015&month=4&sort=1&zoom=0
http://chart.av-comparatives.org/chart1.php?chart=chart1&year=2015&month=3&sort=1&zoom=0

Updated on Aug 7, 2015

I have switched to 360 Total Security and my boot time halved!!! It is very lightweight, has lots of features and probably has the best detection rate of any Anti-Virus. Unfortunately it hasn't recently been tested in any large scale tests.

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1 stars

"An insidious program..."

May 07, 2015

 |  Version: Avira Free Antivirus 1.1.35.25717

Pros

Some good privacy protection features.

Cons

If you decide to uninstall - incredibly difficult due to its insidious nature of permeating whole computer. You have to have specialised uninstall program to remove it.

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1 stars

"I used this for four years,but no more."

April 28, 2015  |  By mikoyangurevich15

 |  Version: Avira Free Antivirus 1.1.35.25717

Pros

It has been rendered useless by NOT BEING ABLE TO UPDATE!

Cons

After a total of four reinstalls I still cannot get to update.I tested Avast,Panda and AVG and had no problems.There is no malware on my pc.I even reinstalled Windows & and had no luck.I was instructed to download a manual update program!What the hell?They obviously have encountered this "glich" before.While proven in the past to be extremely effective it has now been rendered useless,What a shame.

Summary

I wonder if the paid version does this.

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5 stars

"Excellent Free Antivirus"

March 29, 2015  |  By Mr. Bill3918

 |  Version: Avira Free Antivirus 14.0.7.342

Pros

Fast and easy installation; easy to configure, including scheduled scans; much lighter on system resources than other AVs, both free and premium.

Cons

None so far.

Summary

Switched to Avira after reading that it beat the "more popular" AV I was using with 100% detection and zero false positives, and couldn't be happier. I'm a gamer, so easy configuration, along with faster boots and better system performance are always a plus.

Updated on Mar 29, 2015

Just want to add that the editors should consider filtering reviews a little more diligently. False claims are easy enough to recognize, and are a mark against the host site as well as the software package in the eyes of their believers.
JMHO

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5 stars

"Programmer says is CLEARLY THE #1 av today"

March 28, 2015  |  By 10commandments

 |  Version: Avira Free Antivirus 14.0.7.342

Pros

to many to list... The best one is multiswitched

Cons

license is free, but, for how long? I do mean, when someone says its free, it should be 4 ever right? especially since the email feature and web protect are not enabled. WE hate and do not use Microsofts Firewall. So, the installer gets mad at you telling you that your third party firewalls may conflict with it. So what. Turn them off on the install so they are not present. Has a red dot on the status page later. But then again, I dont expect avira to chase all the firewalls in the world to see which ones it conflicts with, and which ones it does nt. I would prefer they spend time fighting viruses and trojans anyway. I only wished they would shut down the nazi firewalls, that block IP addresses using bogus spam law nonsense as excuse. Guess we just have to shoot them.. The computer ran out of the 12 digit identifier way back in the early 90s. But do you think the fcc would order them shut down those nazi bastar ds....? really, NO CONS. IS the best....

Summary

Have used all kinds of virus detector including McaFee, AVG, Norton, and none of them, can compete with Avira, they are all junk. Very unorganized. Avira is very well in order and the one above that complained, is a a ss, that did not remove his firewall left it running in the install. Thats why, he came up with the story of the trojan, thing. IF you dont do it right, it will not run right, and thats a fact jack.... Become a programmer, then you will know about computers.

Updated on Mar 28, 2015

have used avira for many years. I always throw the other ones away... They just do not cut the simple mustard, but are like a child at sense who programmed them... The kind with no brains....

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General
Publisher Avira
Publisher web site http://www.avira.com
Release Date August 10, 2015
Date Added August 10, 2015
Version 1.1.42.10415
Category
Category Security Software
Subcategory Antivirus Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows XP/Vista/7
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 4.55MB
File Name avira_en_av___dlc.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 146,525,960
Downloads Last Week 9,247
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License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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