Avira Internet Security Suite 188.8.131.528
Free Antivirus and Antivirus Pro in terms of performance and feature set.
Customizable installation package
The setup can be configured by handpicking the exact components to install while leaving out the rest. These include real-time, mail, rootkit and web protection, Windows Firewall configuration from Avira's interface, cloud assistance to identify fresh and unknown malware agents, along with a Windows Explorer shell extension to quickly scan selected files, directories and drives. Plus, (free) registration is required to test the trial edition.
Clear-cut interface with one-click activation
Wrapped in a user-friendly UI that keeps all security components separated into different tabs, each module can be deactivated and re-enabled with one click from the overview section: real-time protection, firewall, web and mail protection, safe browsing (requires another installation), and game mode (to disable notifications when working with other apps in full screen).
Several scanning modes and configuration settings
Avira is capable of looking into local drives or the entire disks, removable and network locations, active processes only, My Documents, and so on, depending on the user's preferences and time willing to spend waiting for the search to finish. As far as the scan behavior goes, users are given a wide range of options to tinker with, such as file extensions to take into account, master boot sectors, the Windows registry, symbolic links, exceptions, and scanner priority level.
Extra tools to boost PC security
Avira Internet Security Suite integrates a tool that enables users to encrypt files and prevent other people from accessing private information, along with a component that removes junk data to free up space. A special module helps parents monitor the activity of their children on Facebook to protect them from questionable websites, while the mail protection component evaluates messages sent and received via the default client to weed out the dangerous ones.
Performance and conclusion
Avira delivers very good results when it comes to malware detection, scanning speed, real-time response time, and memory usage. When also taking into consideration the extra safety measures for ensuring PC privacy, Avira Internet Security Suite turns out to be an excellent all-round av solution that should be at least tested by users.
Reviewed by Elena Opris, last updated on December 4th, 2014
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- We removed the switch “Expert mode” from the Configuration and display all the options as if this mode would be always activated. This way no option gets lost and you have to make a click less.
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- Offers to change the homepage for web browsers installed in the system
- Offers to change the default search engine for web browsers installed in the system
- Offers to download or install software or components (such as browser toolbars) that the program does not require to fully function