Avira Review

Kelly By: Kelly | Last updated June 2, 2017

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9.6 / 10

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PROS:

  • Easy to use
  • Gaming mode
  • USB scan
  • Plenty useful features

CONS:

  • Basic parental control feature
  • Absence of online chat support
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SUMMARY:

Avira comes highly ranked in the best antivirus category and has performed much better than many of its rivals. With its support for most Windows operating systems as well as a free basic antivirus program, Avira is the logical choice for legions of people seeking good, affordable internet protection software. It offers admirable protection for systems running older versions of Windows Vista and XP as well. Avira is a great value for the money and the product will prove to be a great choice for the protection of any of your devices.

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COMPLETE REVIEW

As a free antivirus protection software Avira is a choice many people make in order to patch the holes Windows Defender left gaping. Avira gets the job done quickly and efficiently as an entry level product. It can perform reliable sweeps and alert you of any possible malicious files. Once it encounters a threat, Avira transfers it into a quarantine area for further deliberation on the validity of the file. For a more serious step in the protection of your PC, you can always upgrade to Avira Antivirus Pro, Avira Internet Security Suite and Avira Ultimate Protection Suite.

Features

With an almost perfect score in the protection part of the test, Avira managed to detect and protect against a large majority of the 164 known and 22,000 newly discovered threats. If you chose to protect your PC with the Avira Antivirus Pro package you will receive a very efficient anti-ransomware and antiphishing tool. Also included in the package is a gamer mode that essentially blocks any interferences while you’re playing video games or watching videos. Another nifty feature included is an automatic USB scan which checks every USB drive you insert into your PC.

Avira is among the easiest to use antivirus protection software on the market. It has an intuitive and easily controllable dashboard. After a swift installation process, you are greeted with the overall state of your PCs protection. From here you can perform scans and use other features with just a few clicks.

The supreme Avira package or the Avira Ultimate Protection Suite offers one of the fullest suite packages on the internet protection software market. No one is safe from email fraud so Avira included an email attachment sweep feature that combs through your attachments in search for potentially malicious files. Safe online shopping is an imperative, so a special protection software feature will make sure every online transaction you make is secure. Along with a memory booster, file encryption and a driver updater utility are there to make sure your computer runs without trouble.

Pricing

Price: $44.99

Performance

Avira Antivirus performed incredibly well on the performance and usability tests AV-Test independent lab conducted earlier last year. With just a few smaller misidentifications between actual malware and clean content, Avira did pretty well. The excellent performance score on the test is thanks to it not slowing down Windows 10 while running checks. Avira does all this and more with complete autonomy and without you even noticing. If you choose Avira as your antivirus protection software you can rest easy at knowing you have a program that will get the job done.

Aside from being tested on Windows 10, Avira was also tested on Windows 8 and 7 as well as older versions of Windows Vista and XP. As antivirus protection software for Windows 8 Avira ranked high in its category. Since it didn’t lag the host computer significantly it received a high score in the performance area of the test. In both usability and protection sections of the AV-Test lab independent trial, Avira scored a bit above the industry average with correctly differentiating between real and false threats. It also proved very effective at blocking the newly found malware from infecting the host computer. As a bundle of products, Avira comes with many useful tools such as the anti-ransomware feature that alerts you of possible websites that might want to take advantage of you. Ransomware is a fairly new threat on the internet but it should be taken very seriously because once your PC is infected by it, the malware freezes your computer blocking access to it until you are forced to pay a hefty sum. Avira is also well known as an efficient antivirus software for mobile devices. Unfortunately, in order to secure an additional device such as your cell phone, you will have to buy an additional license.  

Even though Avira did not make the final cut for the best Windows 7 antivirus software, it still performed admirably in the protection and usability areas of the AV-Test performed trial. It positively identified the threats without compromising benevolent files. Running on Windows 7 Avira managed to identify over 20,000 different new and previously known threats. During the sweep it slowed down the host computer but not in a way that would significantly show.

As an antivirus protector on Windows Vista, Avira scored poorly in almost all categories. It performed well against widespread malware but made a poor effort at recognizing email and other internet threats. It did well in finding and protecting against spyware. Installed and tested on Windows XP, Avira scored remarkably well in both protection and usability areas of the test.

Help/Support

If you’re in need of an answer and you wish to try and solve the problem yourself, Avira offers a gigantic database of FAQ on its website. If you don’t find your answers there, you can always call or email their customer service available at any time of day or night - 24/7. Even though Avira doesn’t offer live chat support you will find their website is full of useful information for a quick assist should you need one.

Since there isn’t a direct phone number/email, you will have to fill out a form and then be redirected to the contact information.

Email: http://www.avira.com/en/support

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/avira

Phone number: http://www.avira.com/en/support

Website: https://www.avira.com/

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