Avira Review

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  • Unlimited VPN

  • Clean up & speed up your PC

  • Minimal impact on device performance

  • German-engineered security for all your devices

Pros & Cons

  • Option to install individual products or full suites
  • Good customization potential
  • Firewall manager
  • VPN included
  • Lots of add-ons
  • Limited web protection
  • Few features for Antivirus Pro

Plans & Pricing

Customize your protection with a single product, like Avira Antivirus Pro. And for ultimate peace of mind and value for money, subscribe to a full package: Avira Internet Security is the entry-level suite of pro products. For truly royal treatment, opt for Avira Prime, with all-inclusive access to every Avira solution – from a password manager to a software updater. Best of all: New solutions are added at no extra cost, so you’re always on top form! What’s more, all products come with a 30-day money-back guarantee.

AVIRA Antivirus Pro
$28.99/year
AVIRA Prime
$47.99/year
Avira Internet Security
$37.99/year
AVIRA Free Antivirus
Free

Overview

Avira has been on a mission since 1986: To protect people like you in a connected world across all devices. Its innovative German engineering consistently achieves best-in-class results in independent security tests. Headquartered near Lake Constance in Germany, Avira is subject to some of the strictest data protection laws in the world. Unlike many other security vendors, it doesn’t share or sell your data — and never will. The company now has over 100 million users worldwide and offers a range of premium and free products as well as advanced security suites.

Rating

  • "Features & Highlights\t"
    8 /10
  • "Fast System Speed"
    8 /10
  • "Easy to Use"
    8 /10
  • "Customer Support"
    7 /10

Features

 

  • Real-time protection

 

Avira offers real-time protection against all types of threats to your files and identity, including zero-day (brand-new) threats. The system scanner quickly checks your entire system for threats, so these can be quarantined and safely removed. You’re in control: Configure the system scanner to search for all types of files or specific extensions, change the priority level of the scanner, and turn sub-features on or off. 

 

  • Avira Protection Cloud

 

When a suspicious file is detected, its digital fingerprint is sent to the cloud where it is checked against the Avira database and instantly identified as safe or dangerous. 200k suspicious files are scanned like this every day, and 10k new virus strains are added to the database daily! This way, collective intelligence is used to generate herd immunity — and a safer online community. Avira’s cloud-based technology is highly efficient and boasts an official 99.9% detection rate. 

 

  • Multiple layers

 

It takes more than malware detection to stay secure in today’s world, which is why Avira offers many layers of advanced protection. In addition to shielding you from a spectrum of fast-evolving malware, Avira patches device and system vulnerabilities with its Software Updater. It also helps keep your online accounts secure with the Password Manager — its unique “Security Status” feature shows you in real time if an account, website, or password has been breached. 

 

  • Privacy protection

 

Using a VPN lets you surf securely and anonymously, even on public hotspots. Avira’s Phantom VPN encrypts your web traffic and masks your online activities for complete privacy and freedom, so you can shop, bank, and browse safely, wherever you are. Phantom VPN is available as a free or Pro solution, but only the paid version offers all-you-can-eat data. Also consider other tools, like Avira Browser Safety. This discreet browser extension for Chrome, Firefox, and Opera blocks infected pop-ups and phishing websites.

 

  • Performance boosters

 

Avira promises that its Antivirus has the industry’s smallest footprint, so it won’t slow you down. Their offering has also moved beyond “just” security. System Speedup clears your device of all the stuff it doesn’t need, like temp files, internet junk, and unnecessary user data. The result? A faster PC and more disk space. The Pro version (get it as a stand-alone product or with Avira Prime) also offers restoration and backup tools, plus a battery optimizer.

Ease of use

The interface design of Avira’s antivirus program is very sleek, modern, and easy to understand. Using mostly toggle buttons, it simplifies things for non-technical users. All the main and important features are on the main screen, allowing users to easily scan their computer, turn certain features on or off, and change to game mode without having to search through complicated settings. The more “complex” features and settings are easily accessible through the sidebar menu on the left, making things very convenient and straightforward for all types of users.

Customer support

The Avira Customer Support Centre is available to all users, but the level of help depends on whether you’re a free or premium (paid) user. There’s a wealth of helpful info tucked into the site that’s accessible to everyone, including the latest updates and video tutorials on product installations. Free users can also type a question into the top search bar to access the FAQs on the knowledge base or scroll down to Ask the Community. Answers are quick and usually include screenshots. Premium users will really appreciate their subscription should they have a problem — Avira’s Customer Support team is available via the hotline, email, and social media.

  • 24/7 Help & Support
    Phone & chat are available 24/7.
  • Phone Support
    Standard support is available Monday - Friday from 9:00am-6pm. Premium support is available 24/7.
  • Email
    Email is available for registred users only.
  • Video Tutorials
    There are video tutorials on the company's website.
  • FAQ
    There is a FAQ section that offers answers to questions users may typically have.
  • Community Forum
    This section offers answers to questions users may typically have. Users can also go here for help from experts.
  • Blog
    There is an updated blog with articles, news, and insights.

The Final Word

If your budget allows, Avira’s premium bundles offer the best all-round protection and value for money, plus excellent customer care. The easy-to-use online dashboard puts all your Avira products (both free and premium) at your fingertips and offers just enough insight not to look scary. Adding layer upon layer of protection is essential nowadays, and the bundles provide everything you need. Whether you shop and bank online, visit social networks, or just want to read your emails in peace, rest assured that your data, identity, and entire digital world are safer.

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Alex Patel
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Alex has paved a successful path as a software developer, with eight years of experience in the field. He is a master in his field, specializing in developing software components and improving malware detection. Alex has acquired vast knowledge in the area of cyber security, and is always looking for ways to share his knowledge.

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