Avira Free Antivirus User Reviews

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Best Antivirus"

    March 3, 2015  |   By Roger_Rater

    Version: Avira Free Antivirus 10.0.0.648

    Pros

    The free version is compact, lightweight, and able to perform well above paid competitors. It is also very thorough in searching for infections.

    Cons

    Unfortunately I have tried it on some systems that have been damaged by viruses and the scan time is very long. Other times it would crash. At one point the network was disabled. I hoped that the free version would also have Webguard for free. Don't download from Cnet, go to the official site.

    Summary

    Despite the simple platform and fast scanning on new systems it showed some problems with systems already infected by viruses.

    I suggest that you run the Full version of AVira on a new system. Trust me, buy all the complete system to avoid having to buy separate modules which are needed to keep your system clean and safe.

    Also works well with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware. Don't bother with sownloading from Cnet as you may find bundled software with it.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Free and priceless"

    February 5, 2015  |   By amandeep.singh10003

    Version: Avira Free Antivirus 14.0.7.342

    Pros

    love to have this software to protect my private data.

    Cons

    support all the major used operating systems.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "DO NOT DOWNLOAD!!!"

    January 22, 2015  |   By HoneyKira

    Version: Avira Free Antivirus 14.0.7.342

    Pros

    There are no pros.

    Cons

    DO NOT DOWNLOAD THE FREE VERSION of the Avira Anti-Virus program! Avira uses TR/Agent. 35328.246 which will persistently show itself in Avira's pop-up box, asking the user to "remove" the threat, yet this Trojan/Agent is never removed! According to ehow.com: "The Trojan.Agent virus usually poses no threat to a computer's safe running. Instead, it typically installs on a computer with a less reputable antivirus and spyware blocking program. The program uses the threat of this hoax virus to pressure users into buying the full version of the antivirus software in question."

    Summary

    Stay clear of Avira if you don't want to be constantly hounded by that company to upgrade to its paid "full version." What a dishonest company!

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Slows down Windows start up"

    January 18, 2015  |   By dexteriot

    Version: Avira Free Antivirus 14.0.7.342

    Pros

    free, free, free

    Cons

    considerably slows down windows start up process, probably because it is scanning system files, but also to display its ads, once the ads are gone then the speed is back to normal

    Summary

    cant wait when there is a new antivirus which is faster

    Updated on Feb 8, 2015

    DO NOT INSTALL!!! Listen to others who say not to install it. I tried to uninstall it but to no avail. I spent an hour trying to remove it.. It says please wait and then error. Used Glary utilitis to remove it from the Program install/uninstall list and it magicallly starts i\tself up and shows up in thre system tray. Tried to end the process in order to physically delete files from Program files - wont let you stop a program on your computer!!! Says access denied. It is my computer and if I want to end a program I should be able to, you dont control my computer that I bought with my own money, not Avira money. You know when some cops go rogue and become criminals themselves? Avira became a virus itself.

    Updated on Feb 8, 2015

    So will have to go into safe mode and uninstall Avira. Im using Panda now, this is what an antivirus should be. Also uninstalled Zonealarm firewall and switched on windows native firewall. Im done with these CPU munching programs. I am so happy - my notebook is twice as fast!!!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Has every useful function"

    December 30, 2014  |   By SteptoeTwist

    Version: Avira Free Antivirus 14.0.7.342

    Pros

    Great tool, no nagging appearance

    Cons

    None that I can see.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Great AV thats easy to setup and maintain"

    December 30, 2014  |  

    Version: Avira Free Antivirus 14.0.7.342

    Pros

    quick, fast, good configuration options, good detection rate, doesnt slow your system

    Cons

    nothing major

    Summary

    download & install!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "It doesn't get any better for free!"

    December 24, 2014  |   By bunnyman

    Version: Avira Free Antivirus 14.0.7.342

    Pros

    Has great detection & removal, it easy on resources, setup was easy.
    Really just set it up and for get it, it protects you as good or better than any other Anti-Virus. Anyone that says it slows the system down must not have much of a system IMHO. OR, they're trying to run more than one Anti-Virus! That's a Big No-No!

    Cons

    None I have seen, been running it over a year with an XP System. Everyday browsing and no infection!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Free and Easy!"

    December 23, 2014  |   By JobinBrokaw

    Version: Avira Free Antivirus 14.0.7.342

    Pros

    Free and Easy!

    Cons

    Needless to say it did no.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "It's a really good to download"

    December 4, 2014  |   By coccyxve

    Version: Avira Free Antivirus 14.0.7.342

    Pros

    And I hope it can benefit more users except my colleagues and me

    Cons

    None that I found

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Simple and very good..."

    December 3, 2014  |   By melen001

    Version: Avira Free Antivirus 14.0.7.342

    Pros

    Light on resources. Very easy to set up but you just use the default settings which cover just about everything. Scans are fast if you use the Quick Scan option.

    Cons

    Scans could be a little faster.

    Summary

    Good basic security for FREE

    Updated on Feb 16, 2015

    It seems that it's not a AVIRA or ZONEALARM issue. I have been using Avira Free for a long time I and I must say that this sounds very strange. You should make your comment on the Avira's forum page.

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