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Avira Free Antivirus

Free
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Editors' Rating:
Excellent
Average User Rating:
out of 4229 votes out of 0 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    15.0.20.59
  • Total Downloads:
    146,958,293
  • Date Added:
    Sep. 26, 2016
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    4.23MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    3,833
  • 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like the number of days before Avira warns you that its definition file (basically, a book of virus mug shots) is out of date.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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1 stars

"AVIRA is USELESS"

September 24, 2016

2016-09-24 09:20:12

 |  Version: Avira Free Antivirus 15.0.19.164

Pros

It finds hidden objects and issues warnings.

Cons

BUT, it doesn't tell you what or where those hidden objects are nor what the warnings are about - even with the extended report option. Then, after an Internet search, I find that AVIRA suggests you download and install an add-on program in order to identify and delete those hidden objects.

Summary

I uninstalled AVIRA and told them that I was going back to programs like AVG, Avast or MalwareBytes that finds problems, identifies problems and gives you the option of deleting problems WITHOUT becoming a Master of AVIRA in order to figure out how to delete potential malware.

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4 stars

"So far running smooth and uses little resources"

September 23, 2016  |  By rickyaz

2016-09-23 11:08:56  |  By rickyaz

 |  Version: Avira Free Antivirus 15.0.19.164

Pros

- after removing defender computer is running alot better with Avira

Cons

- ads that pop up every 48 hours but I can understand with a product that is free

Summary

If everything continues to work well I'll probably upgrade to the pro version.

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3 stars

"Not for older systems"

September 13, 2016  |  By OctoberFox

2016-09-13 01:16:06  |  By OctoberFox

 |  Version: Avira Free Antivirus 15.0.19.164

Pros

Detected malware (js) that MSE never picked up on.

Cons

Runs very slowly on older machine
Somewhat confusing presentation
Not as intuitive as other AV software I've used

Summary

It detected a lot of java malware in a browser that was not even installed on my system, and that Microsoft Security Essentials never picked up. The problem was that the program ran slowly and tanked my computer's performance almost entirely. To be fair I'm running on hardware that is six years old, but this program brought an otherwise spry PC to a grind. My thoughts are that an antivirus program should be lithe, this wasn't, at least for me.

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2 stars

"SLOWS DOWN COMPUTER!!!"

August 16, 2016  |  By Mikey8929

2016-08-16 11:39:24  |  By Mikey8929

 |  Version: Avira Free Antivirus 15.0.18.354

Pros

Free and is easy to use.

Cons

Slows the computer down and I had constant issues with email and using any web browser. Had to click twice and even three times to be able to go. Then I sit and wait. Uninstalled and went to Avast yesterday. That was a mistake too!

Summary

I am really starting to believe using any of the free programs comes with issues. It's not worth even trying because if you resolve one issue by switching you create another.

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2 stars

"Slow to put on computer and hardly any protection"

July 31, 2016  |  By StevenLimbrick

2016-07-31 11:27:36  |  By StevenLimbrick

 |  Version: Avira Free Antivirus 15.0.18.354

Pros

I don't have any as decided to uninstall and go back to Avast

Cons

Slow in actually putting on computer, No mail protection unless you buy it. Other free anti-virus protect your email but this doesn't unless you pay. This is just a ver very very basic programme. It may protect your computer from virus but we all need mail protected to. Not willing to pay just for that as all the rest of the programme is just not needed. So beware of what you install.

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1 stars

"Total crap!"

July 28, 2016  |  By bugbugbug123

2016-07-28 07:52:51  |  By bugbugbug123

 |  Version: Avira Free Antivirus 15.0.17.273

Pros

nothing can be treated as cons

Cons

This is all I can say about avira! Their f*cking ads makes work on PC impossible.
Read more at http://superuser.com/questions/623333/mouse-right-click-left-click-scroll-dont-work-in-the-middle-of-the-screen

Summary

NEVER use Avira!

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1 stars

"Stay Away From Avira"

July 08, 2016  |  By bineHairy

2016-07-08 12:16:01  |  By bineHairy

 |  Version: Avira Free Antivirus 15.0.17.273

Pros

I don't trust Avira so pros don't matter

Cons

Avira - Stay away! If you load a trial, it can't be uninstalled. They have no live customer service to help you, they refer you to users and complicated instructions. The code clogs up your computer and you can't get rid of it. Avira is in Germany somewhere, might as well be on Mars. This is an evil scam outfit, don't touch it.

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5 stars

"AVIRA NICE JOB"

March 26, 2016  |  By chairultansa

2016-03-26 00:30:07  |  By chairultansa

 |  Version: Avira Free Antivirus 1.1.58.16995

Pros

APP update good
app new avira secure VPN amazing!!!
virus,malware file and web protection excellent
file and web high detection good

Cons

no problem! it" s good
because these products are up to date and safe from viruses

Summary

product may be No. 1 in the world and
safe from any threat of viruses is also safe from children
no error in installing as per instructions!

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5 stars

"avira it,s good"

February 17, 2016  |  By chairultansa

2016-02-17 23:55:57  |  By chairultansa

 |  Version: Avira Free Antivirus 1.1.56.9119

Pros

real time it,s excellent
email and web protection it,s very good
firewall it,s good
there is no problem because the latest version that has been provided by
that company
Let's dare to try because the software is trustworthy and nice to try
compared to other products

Cons

may need to be increased again for the unique virus due to be safe from harmful viruses

Summary

in the past Avira detect the virus are very low and are now able to compete with other antivirus because the antivirus engine is very high and efficient does not burden other memory
good luck

Updated on Feb 18, 2016

in the past Avira detect the virus are very low and are now able to compete with other antivirus because the antivirus engine is very high and efficient does not burden other memory
good luck

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1 stars

"Don't make the mistake of installing this"

February 17, 2016  |  By dgk196

2016-02-17 06:23:56  |  By dgk196

 |  Version: Avira Free Antivirus 1.1.56.9119

Pros

It was free.. that's about all I can say that was 'good' about this program

Cons

Once installed....
It slowed system start up
Caused system to have to restart... sometimes as many as 6 restarts
Cause programs not to run... some I had been using for years without 'fails'
Actually ended up being a 'virus' on my system, because of interference

Summary

I have Windows 10 on my system... its been relatively trouble free... until I made the mistake of loading this onto my system... It took me two whole days to rebuild my system before I could fix all the problems induced by this program... once uninstalled things are working great again... maybe if they worked on their W10 compatibility (if that proves to be the problem) it will prove to be a good program... but as of now... not so much.. didn't like writing a negative review... but I felt that getting the word out, so that someone else doesn't have to go through what I did.. well enough said...

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What's new in version 15.0.20.59
Version 15.0.20.59 may include unspecified updates, enhancements, or bug fixes.
General
Publisher Avira
Publisher web site http://www.avira.com
Release Date September 06, 2016
Date Added September 26, 2016
Version 15.0.20.59
Category
Category Security Software
Subcategory Antivirus Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows XP/Vista/7
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 4.23MB
File Name avira_en_av___dlc.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 146,958,293
Downloads Last Week 3,833
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License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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