Setup won’t be an issue for many users. Just head over to the Avira website where you will find all your antivirus options on the top of your screen. There are payment options available after which you should copy the activation code found on the screen. Hit the download button and open the downloaded file.
Following the installation instructions, you need to input your activation code when prompted to do so. After you install and register your product, you can add more components.
As you can see, it really is fairly straightforward to download and set up this antivirus program. In saying that, adding more components could be somewhat confusing for people who are less than confident in their IT skills.
An added benefit is that you can head over to the Avira Prime page and check out the features. If you attempt to click back to the browser tab you will be asked if you would like to partake in a free one month trial without having to fill in any payment details.
When it comes to installing the free version of Avira you can run the installer just by double-clicking on the downloaded file. Then confirm on the dialog box by clicking “yes” to start your installation. Following the on-screen instructions, you will have the free Avira antivirus program installed and ready to run within just minutes.
When it comes to keeping your devices secure, Avira does a very good job, and most testing labs seem to agree. This company has focused mainly on protecting their customers from malware removing threats before they run.
The 2019 version of Avira Antivirus pro had incredibly high results when put to the test by well-known testing house AV-Test, earning a 100% performance in July and August. This looked at zero-day threats, web, and email threat tests which were made up of 275 samples. During the previous year, Avira came up with a few false positives when tested but still had a very high online protection rate.
The great thing about this antivirus program is that you can customize the way your computer gets scanned, ranging from full or quick scans. The quick scans will look deeper into specific folders and files you have selected searching for viruses and malware that may have infiltrated your computer.
An added protection feature includes automatic malware removal, where Avira will detect and delete files with malware even when the scan is not running.
There’s a load of features that will keep your devices free of viruses and malware. The anti-ransomware tool will keep all your files safe from third parties who may hold them ransom in exchange for money. This is done by fencing them into a part of your device where hackers are unable to find them.
Avira is also apt at finding random unwanted applications that you may have installed a long time ago and getting rid of them. This might include various programs that are hidden in applications you installed, adware as well as any other software that has crept into your computer.
Although these applications may not be dangerous as such they can slow your device down and make it much harder to use. Additionally, Avira will protect you from phishing attacks by scanning links as well as fake websites.
One of the main reasons to use an antivirus program on your device is to keep them safe whilst checking your finances or paying for online shopping. Unfortunately, there are many threats lurking on the internet including fake shopping carts, bank websites infected by viruses as well as banking Trojans. Avira will keep you from sharing your most sensitive information with possible hackers.
Online shopping can prove to be quite expensive, especially for those trigger-happy people who don’t have the time to shop around for the best prices. Avira gives you the opportunity to use its price comparison tool identifying the best online prices. All you have to do is download the Avira extension for Google Chrome and you’re good to shop.
Real-time protection offers you protection against threats that you don’t know are there. For example, most people download files on their device on a daily basis without knowing exactly what’s inside, potentially inviting malware onto your device.
Avira is able to detect dangerous files before you open them and constantly updates its library of such threats.
Another great feature that Avira offers is letting you know when any applications have updates ready to install, allowing them to work better and faster with newer features. For more advanced users there are options to check archived files as well as set the recursion depth of each scan. You can also select the level of detection as well as tweaking the reporting rules.
In terms of features, there’s something for everyone, from the most basic to some quite advanced options.
Ease of Use
One of the most important things to think about when investing in an antivirus program is how easy the software is to use. The Avira dashboard fares well when it comes to ease of use. It will show all of the components that are installed on your system as well as the option to install other parts of the Avira Prime packet.
As you open up the program you will be met with the current status of your device including green signs for systems that are safe and red ones for those that have problems. On the left-hand side, there is a menu with five options including Status, Scan, Modules, Quarantine, and Activity.
The first option on the menu, Status, will show you the active features of your Avira antivirus as well as a section letting you know when your last scan was.
The Scan part of the menu will include all your scanning options including full scan, quick scan, custom scan as well as scan scheduling. As you may have guessed, Quarantine is where all your viruses are sent when detected and the Activity section will show the recent history including when any updates failed or when your last scan was.
If you need a premium service in terms of antivirus software you cannot go past Avira Prime. This is the full-featured package that comes with all the extras and secures multiple devices. With this subscription, you get the Avira Antivirus Pro, but also third-party software such as Privacy Pal which will scan browser caches as well as download and browsing history.
You can also install Avira on your mobile phone, get free access to future products as well as clean your PC and make more storage space. You can pay for your subscription using credit cards including Visa, MasterCard, American Express, JCB, debit card and PayPal. There is a thirty-day money back guarantee with all the paid subscriptions.
There is also the Avira Automatic License Renewal option which is “a convenient way of having your software license(s) renewed prior to expiration, without having to remember the date or go through the entire purchase and activation process.
The Automatic License Renewal process extends the validity of your existing license.
You will NOT receive a new activation code.
- Your license will be renewed for the license term of your previous license, and the remaining runtime on your current license will be added to the new license. The amount charged will be the product’s standard retail price at the time of renewal.
- If the payment is successful, the product will automatically update with the new license.”
This is one of the few elements that Avira has a little trouble with. Whilst there is a fairly good support system found within the knowledge base on their website as well as a YouTube channel, direct support is only available for paying customers.
The knowledge base will have answers to some of the most common problems users tend to have and you will also have access to a library of articles as well as video tutorials which will show you how to better secure your computer. Unfortunately, the video tutorials are somewhat outdated, but on a positive note, they include a lot of information including educational topics as well as how-to videos.
The YouTube channel is quite chaotic as there are around three variations of the same video in different languages making it a nightmare to browse all the available tutorials. On the other hand, only selected videos are made in different languages. In particular, if you wish to learn about phishing you have to know German as there is no English version available, whilst the video about what a password manager entails is exclusively in English.
When it comes to direct support, free users are asked to upgrade before getting help, whilst premium users are directed to a form page where you are asked to fill in your email address, language, and security code, after which you can select to be contacted by email or phone. You can choose to get help in English, Spanish, German or Portuguese.
Avira is an antivirus program with many things going for it, but it also comes with some inconsistencies. One of the best elements is that you can secure your PC with various simultaneous connections for a fairly low price point and the list of features is enough for both beginners as well as advanced users.
This is an impressive antivirus especially considering the outstanding test results and the fact that Avira works tirelessly to improve its product on a regular basis. The interface is simple to use and will not slow down the operational process of your device.
The free Avira antivirus package provides you with all the security essentials including real-time protection against malware as well as online threats, blocking infected websites as well as those annoying ads.
There is also the option of a free VPN within the free package that will allow for 500MB a month. This may not be enough to stream your favorite shows but will keep you secure when communicating via email or getting your finances in order.
Online shopping has never been more secure or cheap, with Avira looking out for the best prices available online and sniffing out those coupons that also come in handy. We love that there is a software updater which will keep your PC running smoothly, simply by keeping your software and drivers up to date.
Customer support could do with a revamp on the Avira website and users don’t yet have access to a 24-hour online chat, but this is something that may come in time.
Avira is a strong choice when it comes to antivirus software, but if you’re not sure, you can always test out the waters by downloading the free version or even giving the one-month trial run a go.