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Avira Free Antivirus

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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.


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like the number of days before Avira warns you that its definition file (basically, a book of virus mug shots) is out of date.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.


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


September 24, 2016

2016-09-24 09:20:12

 |  Version: Avira Free Antivirus


It finds hidden objects and issues warnings.


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.


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


- after removing defender computer is running alot better with Avira


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


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


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


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


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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Version may include unspecified updates, enhancements, or bug fixes.
Publisher Avira
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Release Date August 30, 2016
Date Added August 30, 2016
Category Security Software
Subcategory Antivirus Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows XP/Vista/7
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 4.48MB
File Name avira_en_av___dlc.exe
Total Downloads 146,956,183
Downloads Last Week 3,996
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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