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Avira Antivirus refers to a range of advanced antivirus systems and internet security software for the Windows, Linux, FreeBSD, Mac OSX, OpenBSD, and Solaris computing platforms by Avira. These applications are based on the antivirus engine also known as "Luke Filewalker" which may be a possible reference to "Star Wars".

They distribute a program called Avira Connect, which allows the user to easily navigate their Avira software, as well as an online tool called Avira Online Essentials, which allows the user to keep track of multiple devices online.

Mainstream software

Avira Antivirus Personal — Free Antivirus

Avira Antivirus Personal — Free Antivirus is a nagware and freeware antivirus product for personal use. Although it is a free version, it is not a trial and can be used forever. Like most antivirus software, it scans disks for viruses and runs as a background process, checking each opened and closed file. It can also detect and remove rootkits.[1] The product performs Internet updates (daily by default) in which it opens a window, with an advertisement suggesting the user to purchase Avira Antivirus Premium. The user can also schedule different types of scans.

Avira Antivirus Premium

Avira Antivirus Premium provides professional protection against viruses and malware.

Additionally, the premium version offers real-time on-access scanning, profile-based on-demand scans and scheduling of full system scanning and updates. It includes a POP3 based Mail Scanner that scans emails before they are stored on the user's machine.

Avira offers users the option to sign up for a pay offer with an affiliate and receive Antivirus Premium as a reward.[2]

Avira Premium Security Suite

Complete Security Suite with virus/malware scanner, anti-adware, anti-spyware, anti-dialer, email protection (POP3), a Windows Firewall manager, anti-spam, proactive anti-phishing, anti-bot, RescueCD, functions for Data Back-Up, WebGuard and more.

Version features summary

Avira Antivirus Personal Avira Antivirus Premium Avira Premium Security Suite
On-Demand Antivirus Yes Yes Yes
Real-Time Antivirus Yes Yes Yes
VPN Yes Yes Yes
Firewall Yes Yes Yes
Anti-Dialer Yes Yes Yes
Call-Blocker (mobile) Yes Yes Yes
Anti-Rootkit Yes Yes Yes
Password Manager (add-on) Yes Yes Yes
Privacy Advisor (mobile) Yes Yes Yes
Anti-USSD (mobile) Yes Yes Yes
CVE Scanner (mobile) Yes Yes Yes
Android Optimizer (mobile) Yes Yes Yes
Software Updater Yes Yes Yes
System Rescue CD Yes Yes Yes
Anti-Rouge Yes Yes Yes
Anti-Phishing Yes Yes Yes
Identity Safeguard Yes Yes Yes
System Speedup Yes Yes Yes
Anti-Theft (mobile) Yes Yes Yes
Anti-Spyware Yes Yes Yes
Anti-Adware Yes Yes Yes
Community Support Yes Yes Yes
QR Scanner Yes Yes Yes
AppLock (mobile) Yes Yes Yes
File Vault (mobile) Yes Yes Yes
WebGuard Yes Yes Yes
Browser Safety (Add-On) Yes Yes Yes
Scout Browser and SafeSearch Plus Yes Yes Yes
Anti-Driveby No Yes Yes
Email Protection No Yes Yes
Anti-Hacker No Yes Yes
Firewall Manager No Yes Yes
Fast Update Server No Yes Yes
Tech Support No Yes Yes
Anti-Spam No No Yes
Encryption No No Yes
Game-Mode Protection No No Yes
System Backup No No Yes
Anti-Ransomware No No Yes
Anti-Bot No No Yes
Cost Free $44.99 $57.99


AntiVir Personal Edition Screnshot

An older version of the antivirus

AV-Comparatives[3] has awarded Avira Antivirus Premium with the highest score, the "Advanced+" distinction, in February, May, and August 2008, earning it the 2008 "Antivirus Product of the Year" award. This large-scale comparative test saw the German IT security expert achieve an excellent score for its proactive detection performance. In the “Speed” category, Avira managed with its extremely low error rate to get onto the winner’s podium. In the first part of the test in February 2008 Avira Antivirus Premium also achieved excellent results.

In January 2008, Avira Antivirus was given a rating of 6.5 out of 8 in tests for detection and removal of rootkits and 71% for proactive virus detection by Anti-Malware Test Lab; both scores qualified for "gold" status, the highest award. [4] Avira got the highest Malware Detection rate, along with G-DATA Antivirus, who got a 98%, and was one of the 5 products which got a 90% or higher spyware detection rate in the latest Antivirus-Test Test.[5] Avira currently has the highest signature and proactive detection rates in all major independent antivirus tests (application itself claims to know more than 1,300,000 signatures as of March 2009).

Avira software update

Software Updater program

As of August 2009, Avira Antivirus Personal Antivirus was given a rating of 98.9% percent overall malware detection, strong performance in disinfection tests, and also the fastest for both on-demand scans and on-access scans by PC World. It scored the first in rank in their website. [6]

See also


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