Avira Free Antivirus

Avira Free Antivirus

Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
4.0
out of 4179 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
14.0.3.350
File Size:
3.86MB
Date Added:
March 12, 2014
Price:
Free
Operating Systems:
Windows XP/Vista/7
Total Downloads:
145,955,471
Downloads Last Week:
14,537
Product ranking:
Additional Requirements:
Not available

Editors' review

The latest update to Avira Antivirus adds Online Essentials, Avira's Web dashboard, a more approachable, more modern, and more encompassing way to manage security across your devices. While Avira Free Antivirus looks and runs the same as prior versions, the integration of Online Essentials redefines how you scan and protect your computers.

Pros

Basic UI: The old tweaks and settings are still there, but you probably messed with them just once a year, and then by accident. Now, Avira directs all management functions to the Online Essentials Web dashboard, greatly simplifying the primary user flow of running scans and managing devices.

Online Essentials: Avira Online Essentials is the new Web dashboard that makes managing Avira on your devices one consistent experience. Your novice friend might have trouble protecting their computer, but with Pilot, they might never have to.

Performance:Avira ranks relatively high on the detection scale, scoring above the industry average in detection of malware from the AV-Test reference sets.

Design: Avira Antivirus's design has started to reflect the Online Essentials dashboard, and the results look great. Design assets and direction, such as icons and avatars, are distinct, bright, fun, and -- most importantly -- consistent. The prominence of the new design will drastically reduce surprises and confusion when you switch between devices.

Cons

Subscriptions: Avira automatically signs you up for e-mail notifications by default, so make sure to tweak your account options.

Bottom Line

There's a lot to love about what Avira has done to its flagship product. Online Essentials shows that the free and premium versions of Avira's Antivirus line are part of a greater vision of security management. That vision conceives device protection not as task but as a lifestyle, and encourages security management through leaps in improved usability. By combining Free Antivirus with the Online Essentials dashboard, Avira has transformed its app from a PC utility to a cross-platform security solution.

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  • All Versions:

    4.0

    out of 4179 votes

    • 5 star: 1972
    • 4 star: 1163
    • 3 star: 391
    • 2 star: 219
    • 1 star: 434
  • Current Version:

    3.1

    out of 19 votes

    • 5 star: 5
    • 4 star: 3
    • 3 star: 4
    • 2 star: 2
    • 1 star: 5
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  • 2 stars

    "100% CPU Usage Bug"

    September 26, 2014

    Version: Avira Free Antivirus 14.0.3.350

    Pros

    - Light on resources (SEE EXCEPTION BELOW!)
    - Fast scanning
    - Simple UI
    - Average Detection Rates

    Cons

    - Windows 8.1 Bug! In product advertisements eat up 100% of CPU usage on every computer running Windows 8.1, indefinitely (until reboot). These are well built, modern systems as well (quad core, 8+ GB RAM...).
    -Avira is slow to resolve bugs (such as the above). It's been almost a month since Avira was made aware of the above bug and still no fix!

    Summary

    I manage around 3000 computers in my IT management company. I allow my customers to select their preferred antivirus and the companies that chose Avira have all been complaining about slow computers. The culprit is Avira's "In-product messaging" service! It's eating up literally 100% of available CPU Power on Windows 8.1 installations. I will be moving all my clients' computers away from Avira as this bug has existed for more than three weeks, despite Avira acknowledging the problem.

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  • 3 stars

    "Not like the paid .."

    September 25, 2014   |   By danakabradpitt

    Version: Avira Free Antivirus 14.0.3.350

    Pros

    HIgh detection rate, very very thorough scans . The engine that scans is one of the most thorough ones out there.

    Cons

    Nothing like the paid version. The paid version has hips that actually work.
    system tray popups are very annoying, bulky and intrusive.
    Seems like all it offers is a scanner and if thats the case there are tons of stand alone utilities that do the same.

    Summary

    Get the paid one if you want avira.

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  • 3 stars

    "some pros, some cons"

    September 22, 2014   |   By Muisje?1e

    Version: Avira Free Antivirus 14.0.3.350

    Pros

    has been doing a good job for as long as it exists, though all the name changes.

    Cons

    - slows pc down during scan. games start lagging etc.
    - says it has virus protection activated, but computer says I don't have any. It does say Avira is active against spyware and unwanted programs. ?!? Now this wouldn't be a problem, except: sometimes, for mysterious reasons, protective software is deactivated. Now I have to check every time if the warning is valid or not. :(
    I did reinstall the program, but with the same result. Anyone else has this problem?

    Summary

    Maybe the cons are starting to outweigh the pros. Thinking about switching.

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  • 3 stars

    "New systray is annoying."

    August 27, 2014   |   By Son_of_Earth

    Version: Avira Free Antivirus 14.0.3.350

    Pros

    Free and one of the best av's around.

    Cons

    New systray is unnecessary.

    Summary

    I don't like the new systray pop-up **** fancy pants deal. So I tried to uninstall the whole application but luckily I only uninstalled the new systray pop-up **** fancy pants deal and kept the av anyway cause I got my old systray right click shortcuts back.

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  • 4 stars

    "Good Software"

    August 02, 2014   |   By mmnnk

    Version: Avira Free Antivirus 14.0.3.350

    Pros

    Simple, free and Fast

    Cons

    Interface in general

    Summary

    I use the software for two years, the overall feeling is good.

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  • 4 stars

    "Pretty good"

    July 22, 2014   |   By Bradbullitt

    Version: Avira Free Antivirus 14.0.3.350

    Pros

    NOT slow! (you must be kidding, guys)
    intuitive user interface
    effective detection

    Cons

    Well, so far so good.

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  • 1 stars

    "Horrible!!!"

    July 04, 2014   |   By slytheringirl

    Version: Avira Free Antivirus 14.0.3.350

    Pros

    Installs at least

    Cons

    Horrible user interface
    Won't register under my Avira Account
    No results details

    Summary

    I had this installed on my Nook HD+ but got rid of it because it was just a basic scanner and would never show me any scan results plus it would lock up during a scan if it hit a file from one of the ereader apps I have installed on the Nook. I attempted to install it on my Vaio, and lo and behold I got the same crappy interface with absolutely no settings or anything! When I attempted to add it the My Devices section on their website, it would tell me to download and install it when I ALREADY had it installed! After several attempts at uninstalling and reinstalling, I just gave up and uninstalled it. Don't waste your time on this piece of crap. The test sites who said this was one of the best out there must have been laughing all the way to the bank!

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  • 5 stars

    "Excellent!!!"

    June 28, 2014   |   By dogesuchwow

    Version: Avira Free Antivirus 14.0.3.350

    Pros

    Great detection.
    User interface.
    PC not slowed down after installed

    Cons

    No Firewall

    Summary

    Great for Free.Recommended.

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  • 1 stars

    "It is a virus cloaked as anti virus."

    June 20, 2014   |   By santamonican

    Version: Avira Free Antivirus 14.0.3.350

    Pros

    None. It slowed my laptop about 500%.

    Cons

    Avira slowed my laptop.Games were being installed without my permission. I am unable to uninstall Avira. I used microsoft uninstall. I tried revo uninstaller. Any advice how to uninstall?

    Summary

    Help!

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  • 4 stars

    "Good antivirus software."

    June 01, 2014   |   By Reshiram

    Version: Avira Free Antivirus 14.0.3.350

    Pros

    Greate detection rate, very few fp(s) and lightweight.

    Cons

    Just needs UI improvement for sure.

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