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Ratings
 
Price/Value
8.5/10
Protection
8.5/10
Repair
9/10
User Interface
8/10
Technical Support
8.5/10
Software Updates
9/10
Features
8/10
87%
Overall Score

With more than 25 years of experience in the industry, Avira Antivirus has developed one of the most trusted names in the computer security market adn grown a customer base of over 100 million people. Avira Anti virus provides users with the basics of antivirus and anti-malware to keep them protected while surfing the web. Users will stay free of viruses, Trojans, adware, spyware and other online threats. Those looking for powerful protection with a light load on resources may look no further.

Price/Value

At an average price of $38.99, users won’t have to break the bank to get good quality protection. In addition to great protection from online threats, users will have access to free support via phone, email and online forum / knowledge base.

While some of the competition might offer more features in terms of online protection, Avira Antivirus has the basics covered extremely well, with advanced real-time protection, a website safety advisor and a browser tracking blocker. Notable extras include 5GB of secure online storage, network monitoring, and security for Android.

Protection

Avira Antivirus Suite brings all the power of a heavy duty antivirus program into a neat little package. While the footprint on the user’s system may be small, the amount of protection it delivers is not. Users can be confident they’ll be protected from viruses, Trojans, spyware, adware and identity theft.

Also included in Avira anti virus is enhanced network drive protection. This feature scans shared folders to ensure malware isn’t shared across networks, keeping the user’s computer safe as well as the rest of the computers on the network.

Repair

For users with infections prior to installing antivirus software, they can download an ISO file on another computer, burn it to disc, use it on the infected computer to remove the infection, then install Avira Antivirus Suite. After a user runs a scan, any issues that are found can be removed with a one-click fix button. The generic repair tool removes all traces of an infection automatically. For issues that can’t be fixed using the software, Avira Support Customer Module can be downloaded so an Avira support agent can fix your problem remotely.

User Interface

The interface for Avira Antivirus Suite can be a bit overwhelming for beginners, as there is a lot of information presented all at once. Taking a minute to breathe and study the page will help users see the value in having everything at their fingertips.

The left side of the interface is where users can navigate and view/modify the settings for nearly all aspects of the program. Expert View provides even more functionality for advanced users. While the look is a bit dated, the functionality makes up for it.

Technical Support

Support for Avira is conducted via the knowledge base, online forum, telephone and email. Telephone and email support are considered Premium Support, but are offered to customers with an active trial or who have bought Avira Antivirus Suite, you’ll just have to enter the email address you registered with. The online knowledge base is fairly good, however; the online form is only useful for a limited number of topics.

While it’s not offered through the support section of the website, users can download the Avira Customer Support Module to enable remote access to Avira for fixing issues.

Software Updates

Avira Antivirus updates itself quietly and without affecting performance. Since the program combines online and cloud technology, updates are completed quickly. Updates are typically small and often, meaning less performance impact, and more security. The updates can also be scheduled to run at specific times, so users can set them for a time when the computer resources won’t be in high demand.

Features

While Avira Antivirus may not offer everything some of its competitors offer, the list of features is still impressive. Advanced Real-Time Protection uses cloud technology and the information gathered from millions of users to detect and eliminate zero-day threats. Enhanced Network Drive Protection scans shared folders for malware, stopping the spread of viruses to other computers on the same network, while the Website Safety Advisor rates the safety of links that show up in your search results. A feature that’s increasingly becoming more popular is gamer mode, which ensures you’re not interrupted by notifications during full-screen operation.


Final Verdict

Overall, Avira Antivirus Suite checks all the boxes of features that an antivirus product should provide. If you’re looking at increasing PC performance or parental control functions you can consider upgrading to their Internet Security suite or Family Protection suite, but if it’s just antivirus you’re looking for, you’re best to stick with the Antivirus Suite.