Softpedia Editor's Review for Avira Free Antivirus
Extensive virus protection for home users
Written by Bogdan Popa on February 27th, 2013
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Avira AntiVir Personal seems to be the right choice for all those who are searching for a solution with decent performance and regular updates, just to be sure infections stay away from their precious data.
The developers over at Avira have always offered a well-organized interface, and their latest antivirus solution makes no exception to this rule. Fortunately, although it's supposed to fight against viruses, the application comes with a handy user interface that lets you configure it with ease.
Avira only offers a bunch of settings, so advanced users should have no problem to deal with them, although beginners should too find the whole application quite easy to use.
The installation process is not that pleasant though. If you have Windows Defender installed, Avira advises you to remove it before continuing the installation. We chose “No” because it would make much more sense to use Avira together with Windows Defender, and not as a single solution.
Continuing the installation brings you to another important moment: you must decide whether you wish to install a toolbar, which is actually the reason why the app is marked as ad-supported.
Scanning is the kind of process that requires minimal interaction from the user. Choose the hard-disk you want to scan and let Avira do its magic. Scanning is not too fast though, and you may have to wait a little while to get rid of the worms. The speed of the scanning process obviously depends on the amount of data stored on your computer, so more files means more time.
Avira promises to protect your computer against viruses, worms and Trojans AntiDialer protection as well as against dialers and rootkits, spyware and adware. In addition, there are dedicated tools to provide mail and web protection, plus a separate firewall to make sure you're going to stay on the safe side.
In the end, Avira's antivirus solution seems just right for those who want nothing more than a software capable of blocking viruses and Trojan horses. The interface is more than decent, but a faster scanning process would be great. Still, what you pay is what you get, and Avira is clearly a smart pick.
Avira Free Antivirus description
Here are some key features of "Avira Free Antivirus":
· Keeps your PC clean by blocking viruses, worms, Trojans, rootkits and more;
· Blocks all attempts to spy on you and rids you of annoying adware
· At least 150 MB of free hard disk memory space (more if using Quarantine for temporary storage)
· At least 512 MB RAM under Windows XP
· At least 1024 MB RAM under Windows Vista/Windows 7
· For the installation of Avira AntiVir Personal: Administrator rights
· For all installations: Windows Internet Explorer 6.0 or higher
· Not for Commercial or Business use
· Nag screen
What's New in This Release: [ read full changelog ]
· Real-time malware classification and extremely fast system scanning
Browser Tracking Blocker:
· Stops companies from following and recording your web activities
Website Safety Advisor:
· Security ratings in your search results - know before you go!
Network Drive Scanning:
· More protection for you, better security for the whole network
Social Network Protection:
· Intelligent parental controls for Facebook and other social sites
Users are advised to pay attention while installing this ad-supported application:
· Offers to download or install software or components (such as browser toolbars) that the program does not require to fully function
· Offers to change the default search engine for web browsers installed in the system
· Displays ad banners or other types of advertising material during its runtime