Free Avira AntiVir Personal – A Real Virus Killer!

image Are you looking for a free application that monitors your interactions with your operating system to ensure that if a malicious program is detected it will be stopped dead in its tracks?

How about an application that offers on demand scans for viruses, Trojans, backdoor programs, hoaxes, worms, dialers and other malicious programs? Or a free program that allows you to repair, delete, block, rename and quarantine programs, or files.

Well you’re in luck. Avira AntiVir Personal will meet, and even exceed, all of your requirements. This anti-virus program offers all of this comprehensive protection within an easy to use interface.

In the time I have been running Avira on my systems, including a system with Windows 7 Release Candidate, I continue to be impressed with its performance, and I have come to rely on it as my primary anti-virus application. I highly recommend this one.

As an indication of this programs popularity, Download.com reports, it is the leading antivirus software, offered for download on this site.

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Fast facts:

Highly Configurable

Protection from viruses, worms and Trojans

Protection against expensive dialers

Protection from hidden rootkits

Protection from phishing

Extensive malware Recognition

Monitors every action executed by the user or the operating system

Reacts promptly when a malicious program is detected.

Automatic updates of antivirus signatures, engine and software – I have to admit, I love this feature

Now in Version 9.0.0.394

Quick Summary:

Easy to download, easy to install, easy to configure, easy to use.

System requirements: Windows 2000/XP/Vista/Win 7, UNIX

Download at: Download.com

Note: Free for home-users only.

If you find the nag screen (notifier) annoying, take a look at “Disable Avira Notifier”, on this site.

7 Comments

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7 responses to “Free Avira AntiVir Personal – A Real Virus Killer!

  1. So, should I un-install my AVG before installing Avira?

    • Bill Mullins

      Hi Donna,

      Yes, it’s important not to have 2 AV applications running at the same time,
      but I know you know that. Since other readers will read this, I have
      included this comment.

      I strongly recommend Avira over AVG, and you should remove AVG using the
      add/remove applet in Windows. In the event you are unable to remove it in
      this way, AVG provides a removal tool at http://www.avg.com/download-tools,
      which will remove all traces of the program. Be sure to proceed with this
      while disconnected from the Internet.

      I drop by your site occasionally, and I find it quite enjoyable – very
      homey. Keep on posting. BTW, when I saw your post on April1, in which you
      said you were giving up Blogging, I was shocked – untill I saw it was your
      April Fools joke. Good one!

      Bill

  2. g

    Avira is a great product. Can’t say enough good things about it.

  3. freewareelite

    Avira is definitely my best choice.
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    http://freewareelite.wordpress.com/71/

    When I uninstalled AVG, I used Revo Uninstaller, and I reckon that it doesa better job than the removal tool that AVG provided. Review:
    http://freewareelite.wordpress.com/2009/04/30/revo-uninstaller-quickly-uninstall-and-remove-traces-of-any-program/

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  5. amit

    the problem with free avira antivir is that it does not have “webguard” feature which is there in antivir premium. Webguard is critical because it blocks a malicious website from loading on your browser. AVG and Avast have that feature. Most of the infections come from going to malicious websites and only 3% of problems come from traditional viruses. For example, fake antivirus scanner. It CANNOT be detected by free AV that lack webguard — comodo antivirus and microsoft security essentials are examples of that.

    • Bill Mullins

      Amit,

      I have yet to find an AV that did everything well – perfection does not exist in ant-malware products. While it may be true that free avira antivir does not have “webguard”, adding any one of the free Browser security applications such as WOT, corrects this shortcoming. Remember, in order for a rogue program to install on a system, it requires active participation on the part of the victim.

      I have used free Avira Antivir (supplemented with WOT), on one of my test systems for years, and have never had an infection. As well, I disagree with your characterization of current infection vectors – “Most of the infections come from going to malicious websites and only 3% of problems come from traditional viruses” – real world experience, and available statistics, simply do not support your contention.

      Thanks for your comment.

      Bill