Your home computer doesn't necessarily require professional security options. As such, the free edition of Avira Antivirus seems to be the right choice for many users who are searching for an anti-malware solution with very good performance results and regular software and virus definition updates, just to be sure infections stay away from their precious data.
Unlike many av products, Avira Free Antivirus is easy to install, as user assistance is minimal. However, since the program comes with its own real-time protection module against malware, it will most likely conflict with any already existing antivirus tool. Therefore, users should either disable or uninstall the other av utility, in order to prevent any Windows stability issues.
As for the interface, the developers have always opted for a clean look and intuitive options, and their latest Avira version makes no exception. While beginners can apply the app's default configuration and enable/disable any major component with one click, experts are free to tinker with each part of the system scanner, real-time guard, quarantine, scheduler, reports and events.
Avira promises to protect computers against viruses, worms, Trojans, rootkits, spyware, adware, backdoors, dialers, PUPs, phishing, and other threat types. Its scanner can cover the entire hard disk or only removable drives, the Windows system directory, personal documents, active processes, rootkit and active malware infections, or any custom-defined locations. Moreover, scan tasks can be scheduled.
The scanner's configuration is quite extensive. Advanced users may toy with settings regarding cloud protection, file extensions, boot and master boot sectors, archives, exceptions, heuristic analysis, offline files, integrity checkups, the registry and scanner priority, to name but a few.
When encountering suspicious or infected files, Avira can prompt the user for action or execute commands automatically by taking into account a primary and secondary action (in case the first one is not possible) between repairing, renaming, quarantining, deleting or ignoring the files in question. The quarantine allows users to further examine files and decide whether to keep or delete them.
Avira integrates extra functions to provide Internet protection by modifying Windows Firewall options regarding the private and public network, application rules, and advanced settings. Other customization properties focus on the different types of threats to look for, app password protection and permissions, autorun security, notifications and acoustic alerts. Events and reports may be configured and consulted.
The antivirus program's functionality can be enhanced via its child safety feature designed for social networks, and by monitoring Android smartphones in case of loss or theft.
Thanks to the fact that notifications can be hidden and scans may run silently in the background, Avira is capable of becoming non-intrusive. It leaves a small footprint on system resources and has demonstrated very good scan speeds and virus detection ratio in our and others' tests. First-time and experienced users alike may resort to Avira Free Antivirus if they're not looking to make any purchases to successfully block security breaches.
Those looking for enhanced features may test and/or purchase Avira Antivirus Pro, Avira Internet Security Suite or Avira Server Security.
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I guess it's time to test Avira a free antivirus again but it seems they still haven't fixed their god-awful user interface and no that was not a joke I do not like this UI the Advanced Options are pretty much non-existent or hidden so deep that only the dungeon warriors can find it and it seems they haven't added any interesting components either so that's kind of a lose-lose because if we go into configuration real-time protection scan we still only have the ahead heuristics and what they call their cloud protection but apart from that I don't see any new cool behavior blocker or hips module that would really provide some serious zero-day protection so as of today it seems Avira is still heavily reliant on its signatures which are usually pretty good so to give that a test we have a few malware links to start and then we'll move on to some files let's try this out and see how it goes so here's our first malicious URL I'm gonna try to download and run the executable file server dot exe very common malware name I don't know what the person was thinking when they named it this because like you can totally get a server as an executable file right I mean that makes a lot of sense and the funny thing is the server powering this download seems to be on steroids one minute for 552 Kb got to be kidding me my internet is bad but it's not this bad but well malware has its own way so we just have to wait finally the file is ready for use and a virus as I can't use it I would have been so happy if you had set that before Avira but well that's a detection that's nice the alerts are still horrid in terms of the GUI and it still has the policy of free scanning your system every time it detects a single threat with its luke foul walker this would have been so much better of a novel than a navy but well it is as it is so let's move on to the next link hopefully this little download sooner or give us a decisive response I don't see anything happen let's move on hmm this one seems to be dead and this one failed to execute insufficient system resources exist that's a funny message but that's just because if we were blocked it so let us continue straining I fear exe seems that has been blocked too more malware again blocked more points to Avira the alert sound seems so glitched on my VM oh no it's luke foul Walker again I mean it'd be a superhero if it didn't take up that much time so it's more like super villain two more links to go seems like this one was blocked they're detections do seem to be a little bit different so maybe they are implementing some new technology but it's still in the real-time protection module here's the final link just 24 kilobytes and again we get an error probably blocked by Avira luke file Walker is back and I'm thankful I won't have to go through any more links now it's time to go get our files so I have to turn off the real-time protection just for a few moments while I copy this stuff otherwise Luke fog Walker is gonna kill me so here I have some fresh malware samples 403 as I understand that's just an old alert coming to life now but yep I do have 403 pieces of malware over here so I'm just going to do a right click scan once luke foul Walker is done maybe it'll be a heated file walk after that so now we wait for the scan to finish the scan time is usually pretty good it's the removal time that you have to worry about I'm gonna try to select all and clean up cuz that's the only option available now once this is done we are going to go ahead and calculate the detection ratio that part should be pretty interesting and fear I usually does a really good job at this I do wish though that the removal options were more clear in terms of you know quarantine delete I mean what's wrong with telling people what you're gonna do but then again in this day and age nobody really does that anymore now I'll go out and plant a few trees and hopefully if you are will be done by the time they're all grown okay so after hogging up my CPU which is an i7 four seven nine zero K for over five minutes Fira has only gotten to 2% this kind of optimization in this day and age is just inexcusable sorry Avera not a big fan oh it seems to have heard me it is moving a little bit faster now which gives me hope that I might be able to finish this video after all our scan is finally done and it took huh let me see 1 hour and 18 minutes Domino's can make me a pizza and deliver it twice in less time than that in a viras defense however it may have repaired a lot of files so there's that in any case let's close this window and see what we have left in the malware folder so we have 74 items but just to be sure I'm going to restart the system and do one more scan with Avira make sure nothing is detected all right so it does seem to have detected a few more items after another update so let's go ahead and clean these up hopefully it'll be quicker at this time it seems even after the second scan of fury' is still picking up more files and it's giving me a similar kind of detection here so it says this file containing the pattern of this thread was blocked so it seems they're doing a lot of pattern matching and probably using some aggressive heuristics which is nice so I'll go ahead and remove some of these but the thing that does surprise me a little bit is that how come the more aggressive heuristics are not used in the skin because that's normally what you would expect but anyway I don't really know if the alerts are accurate maybe it's the cloud detection kicking in I don't know let's keep doing this until I stop getting alerts and then we can zero in on the detection ratio as you can see we're still getting a few more real-time alerts I think of uriah is finally done and we can safely calculate the detection ratio it turns out 41 items left translates to about 90% detection eighty nine point eight to be precise now while that's pretty good I have a suspicion that Avira might do even better as we start executing the file some of them may extract and Avera may still be able to block some of the payloads that go off so let's get started and run some of the stuff we do have DAV fully up-to-date and turned on so let's get started that one seems to have worked out just fine and some of these maybe peopies talking of peop is here's a really interesting thing so Avira has a very misleading update button it seems in the home screen so we have a start update button and an update button so your users are very likely going to miss click this one which just takes them to a renew page huh interesting so I mean you can't expect a program to block peepees when it's pretty close to being in PAP itself and of course this is not just a Veera Avast and AVG have probably also gone down that route not something I'm fond of but well can't whine too much about that it's your choice if you want to deal with something like this but it does definitely tick me off so it seems most of these other ones are peopies and some of them are not working because again they are being blocked suspicious pattern so again some kind of heuristics in action here I assume Flash Player interesting now we have a lot of installers now getting in well look at that that's really nice so I'm just gonna let some of these run wait for a few moments restart the computer and then be back with the second opinion scan results some of these installers are being blocked after they start doing their thing I usually get this alert about suspicious patterns before we get to the second opinion scan results I honestly find that really hilarious that Avast was one of the PDS that got installed during this test process so that's really funny so now we have both Avast and if you are running on this system Wow so now time to take a look at the results both samana and hitman pro seem def picked up this one risk where and then we have the internet explorer homepage which has been changed to Yahoo that's not terrible so overall security wise the result is pretty good although there's still a lot of potential for really new stuff to get through because I didn't see any real behavioral component the pattern matching was pretty good picked up a lot of suspicious stuff in fact picked up almost all the P ups during execution that's nice to know but overall the lack of optimization the poor GeoEye and lack of more advanced features kind of makes this not a great choice at this point I mean we have a lot of free AV products out there now for me this doesn't do it anymore using this software just feels like a pain the UI is not responsive it seems to hog up a lot of CPU sometimes I would leave the final choice up to you as a personal preference if you're happy with signature based protection and you don't really care about the quirks that I mentioned I guess you can still use this but I would suggest considering the other options first because there are a lot of other products that provide similar protection and they do it much better that's just my opinion glad to hear your viewpoint - and please like the video if you enjoyed it but this is leo don't forget to subscribe and as always stay informed stay secure
|File Size: 5.2 MB||Downloads: 36257230|
|Added: Sep 3rd 2018||
User rating: 4.2
Company: Avira GmbH
|Supported Operating System: Win 7, Win 7 64 bit, Win 8, Win 8 64 bit, Win 10, Win 10 64 bit|