Software that protects the computer from viruses
Windows 8 / Windows 7 / Windows Vista / Windows XP / Windows 2000
Avira Antivirus is a free software that remains one of the most popular options for those that would like to secure devices across multiple platforms and operating systems. With a number of new features such as the Online Essentials program, it is now easier than ever to manage an account. For people who are on the hunt for a free antivirus program, here is a look at Avira Antivirus and how it holds up against the competition.
Offering a free antivirus program is often a risky bet for many companies. While it may do the job and attract more paying customers, the lack of features could also lead to a lack of interest for a paid subscription. Avira's free software finds itself somewhere in the middle ground of free antivirus programs with enough features to keep potential customers interested in their software suite, while still providing users with almost everything that they have to offer.
One of the biggest benefits of Avira is that it is not only compatible with almost all major operating systems and technology platforms but that also a single account can control preferences and options throughout each device. This added benefit is accomplished with the use of Online Essentials, software that has only been released in some of the most recent Avira updates. After making an account with Avira, users can control the settings of every one of their devices with Online Essentials. When directed to this Web page, users can sift through features ranging from when the programs are updated to the level of protection that they would like.
Due to the popularity of the product, many common forms of malware will actively attempt to block the installation of Avira, but the software can typically be installed after one or two tries. This is accomplished through a support program that will allow the software to carry out a "rescue" of the PC. With the free version, users can expect the program to detect and remove a relatively high percentage of malware issues when the firewall and virus detection options have all been turned on. The software will bring up a small pop up along with a quiet chime any time that malicious software has been found.
Overall, the free version of Avira Antivirus ranks among the top free options, but is not competitive with the paid versions. For people who carry out typical day-to-day activities on their computer, they will find Avira antivirus more than sufficient to keep the computer running smoothly.
-Simplified user interface
-High detection rates for malware
-Access to "experts" support network
-Comprehensive free software
-Automatic email subscription after installation
-No tech support from Avira
-Installation issues on currently infected computers
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