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Avira Free Antivirus

CNET 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 User Reviews
  • All versions:

    4.0 stars

    out of 4,168 votes

    • 5 star: 1972
    • 4 star: 1160
    • 3 star: 387
    • 2 star: 218
    • 1 star: 430
  • Current version:

    3.2 stars

    out of 4 votes

    • 5 star: 2
    • 4 star: 0
    • 3 star: 0
    • 2 star: 1
    • 1 star: 1
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  • 1.0 stars

    "Wouldn't install! I tried twice to install it."

    April 19, 2014  |   By galet09

    Version: Avira Free Antivirus 14.0.3.350

    Pros

    None cause I couldn't install it.

    Cons

    I clicked on a tab in the error window and it said Avira doesn't support my operating system. I HAVE WINDOWS XP!!!! It states right in the info here that it's for Windows XP and Vista. What the heck?

    Summary

    I used to use Avira years ago, so I don't understand what the heck is going on.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Supposed to be free....rrrrrrigggght.!"

    April 16, 2014  |   By Cobber73

    Version: Avira Free Antivirus 14.0.3.350

    Pros

    None...Just another joke.!

    Cons

    From the onset...constant hammering with popups.! Read this, scan that, do this, do that..! After a month another popup came up saying there was a problem... A bar on the page says "fix problem"..I clicked on it...! To fix the problem, you have to accept one of three PAID versions.! I immediately uninstalled this joker and went back to AVG..!

    Summary

    Just another of the "Free to download" programs...but you have to pay for it to use it.! If it's free, it's free.! If it's not....say so up front.!
    Stop the BS..!!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Surprisingly good!"

    April 12, 2014  |   By santalazy0

    Version: Avira Free Antivirus 14.0.3.350

    Pros

    Works quietly in the background. It has blocked many threats so far. Highly recommended....

    Cons

    Nothing so far....

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  • 5.0 stars

    "On first day, it is doing very good."

    April 10, 2014  |   By randolphgarrison1gmail

    Version: Avira Free Antivirus 14.0.3.350

    Pros

    easy interface,

    Cons

    on first use information windows would have been helpful,
    somewhat slow response.

    Summary

    Could use a longer trial period, acknowledgement of selections. It has removed some known problems and did speed up operations a bit.

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