Avira Free Antivirus

Avira Free Antivirus

Download Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
4.0
out of 4181 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    14.0.7.306
  • Total Downloads:
    146,003,930
  • Date Added:
    October 23, 2014
  • File Size:
    4.37MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    14,230
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows XP/Vista/7

Editors' Review

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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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1 stars

"doesn't work"

October 07, 2014  |  By tricknologyinc

 |  Version: Avira Free Antivirus 14.0.6.570

Pros

None. You can't say it's free if it costs this much time and aggravation and gives you no options to remedy issues.

Cons

Just installed, and it's telling me the antivirus needs to be updated... but gives absolutely no option to do anything about it!

Summary

These people are obviously not even trying! Do NOT waste your time!

Updated on Oct 7, 2014

CNET completely discredits itself by recommending this crap.

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5 stars

"good antivirus program"

October 06, 2014  |  By rafaeladamos

 |  Version: Avira Free Antivirus 14.0.6.570

Pros

It protects well and does not recognize mistakes

Cons

Updates slow, sometimes unsuccessfully, perhaps to ensure that updates

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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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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 14.0.7.306

Internal security improvements
General
Publisher Avira
Publisher web site http://www.avira.com
Release Date October 23, 2014
Date Added October 23, 2014
Version 14.0.7.306
Category
Category Security Software
Subcategory Antivirus Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows, Windows 7
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 4.37MB
File Name avira_en_av___ws.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 146,003,930
Downloads Last Week 14,230
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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