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Avira Antivirus offers a two main packages to protect computers and mobile devices including a free antivirus protection system. Their comprehensive antivirus software protects against threats, allows for safe downloads, performs scans, and keeps financial information safe. Avira Antivirus software has performed well in most independent lab tests.
Although it doesn’t participate in testing by ICSA Labs or Westcoast Labs, it received high scores in hands-on malicious URL testing. In the previous 12 tests with Virus Bulletin, Avira participated nine times and achieved VB100 certification for all of the tests. On the other hand, Avira has received mediocre scores in hands-on blocking tests. It also does a poor job in detecting phishing websites.
Those looking to download Avira can use it with a number of different systems including both Mac and PC computers. Avira also protects photos, emails, and credit card information on both Android and iOS devices.
On Macs, Avira provides real-time scanning which analyzes the files on your computer, manages suspicious files that have been quarantined, and provides automated updates and scans.
PC users can expect a number of different features from Avira including an antivirus scanned that provides total protection from malware. Avira for PC also protects your computer from emerging threats, blocks harmful websites before they load, prevents networks from tracking your online activities, and blocks hidden applications bundled into other software.
Avira allows users to initiate a full scan or quick scan of local drives, documents, active processes, and active malware. The software also offers manual selection of where to scan.
While Avira does provide a certain level of spyware, malware, and Ransomware scanning and protection, reviews online have surfaced that it just doesn’t protect against everything. Users may need to manually conduct scans on their own.
That being said, the level of effective scanning depends on the package. For example, the German independent lab AV-TEST ranks Avira’s mid-range package as the best malware protection among all security suites. Investing in a more comprehensive system can increase the effectiveness of spyware, malware, and Ransomware scans.
Avira’s antivirus system ranks well above other systems for email-based threats. In AV-TEST’s 2014 examinations, Avira Internet Security for Windows 8.1 detects 100% of malware, including email-based. Even its free antivirus system rates higher than most for email protection.
Downloading files to a computer or smartphone comes with its risks. Even a file from a trusted source could contain threats hidden in a bundle. Once installed Avira Antivirus tracks and blocks hidden applications from downloading suspicious files.
Avira offers extensive privacy protection. Reviews online often boast Avira as the best option in terms of privacy because they send the least amount of data to their servers. While their policy specifies that they collect certain data about your computer, smartphone, or tablet, they do not share this data with any third parties.
From online tutorials to an active Twitter feed, Avira offers an extensive amount of customer support. New users can learn the ropes by watching one of Avira’s many tutorial videos. They can also read in-depth how-tos in the online Manuals available. Those who need to get in touch with a staff member directly can do so via phone or email. Their customer support also features an active Twitter feed for customers to ask questions or read previous answers.
|Antivirus Pro||Internet Security Suite||Total Security Suite|
|Price per year||£17.99||£22.99||£43.99|
|License duration||1 year||1 year||1 year|
|Mobile security (for both Android and iOS)|