Avira is a pretty hefty setup, taking up over 200 MB of space. For some of you with slower connections, this could take a few minutes to download. Those with reasonably fast connections will be able to download and install this program in about 10 minutes.
The good news is that once you install the product and enter your activation code, your program is setup. You only need to create an online account if you wish to receive email updates and access to their Online Essentials features. We recommend taking the time to sign up as this allows you to access your protection remotely.
Detection and Removal Tools
Avira Antivirus Pro offers the standard virus scanning engine that runs on your computer and compares files to a database of threats. In addition, the program continually monitors your computer for unusual activity by programs.
Their Protection Cloud gathers data about new malware threats from 100 million global systems. If there is a new threat, you will be updated automatically. These updates occur every hour or two, meaning you always have the most up-to-date protection available.
Virus, Spyware & Malware Protection
Avira Antivirus Pro offers protection from a large variety of viruses and malware infections. Its antivirus protection is consistently one of the top-rated products in the industry.
Virus Bulletin has given the program VB100 certification for close to a decade. The AV-TEST Institute gave it a score of 17.5 out of 18 possible points, outperforming products like Bitdefender and AVG. Suffice to say that you won’t find many products with better antivirus protection.
Its malware protection has recently improved over previous versions. PC Magazine said that it detected about 94% of all malware samples in their testing. While not perfect, one has to remember that “testing” usually throws many more samples at a product than the standard user will encounter. As such, we believe this product will be more than adequate in protecting your machine from malware
Additional PC Protection
Avira Antivirus Pro doesn’t offer a ton of additional features, but the ones they do are solid. They offer superior internet protection with the combination of malicious URL blocking and tracker blocking. These features will prevent you from accessing websites known to have code that will infect your machine. Tracker blocking will allow you to block websites from tracking your internet activity, meaning fewer ads and spam.
Avira’s phishing software is pretty decent, but it could use improvement. It will continually scan and help protect you from fraudulent websites that can steal your sensitive information. That said, tests have proven that this feature is lacking in comparison to products like Norton.
We do have some bad news for users of Internet Explorer. Avira Pro’s phishing protection, malicious URL blocking and tracker blocking features are not available on IE. If that is your primary browser, you will either need to switch browsers or find another antivirus. We recommend getting another browser like Chrome.
In this modern digital age, it is important to protect your computer from outside intruders. That’s why firewall software is important. Windows comes with a firewall by default but some find its coverage lacking.
Avira Antivirus Pro does not include a separate firewall application, just an option to change the settings on your Windows firewall. If you need another firewall, consider an upgrade to their Internet Security package.
The Avira Antivirus Pro interface may look complicated at first glance but it is remarkably simple. When you load the program, it will load to an overview screen that will tell you that the PC is protected. The screen gives you options to start a system scan, perform a product update or enable or disable options such as your firewall or web protection.
You can cut any of your protections on or off by clicking on the buttons beside them. Scan options can be accessed in the same way. To the left-hand side, you have a menu with links to allow you to view quarantined files, scan reports and more.
If any of these options are confusing, you can always check out the support section for further explanation or you can call customer support.
Avira offers reasonable pricing with protection for up to five devices. Their annual pricing model gets cheaper depending on the number of devices and the length of your license agreement. A single-year license is $44.99 for a single machine, $64.99 for three devices and $90.99 for five.
Two-year plans are $67.99 for single machines. The same plan for three devices is $96.99 and $135.99 for five.
Finally, you can cover a single computer for three years for $90.99. For three devices, you will pay $129.99 while coverage for five machines will be $181.99. You read that right. For just over $60 a year, you can protect 5 computers for three years.
If you would like to try the software before you buy, Avira does offer a 30-day free trial. Also, all Avira products come with a 30-day money-back guarantee, so you have nothing to lose.
One area that Avira excels over other providers is their customer support. Their support page is organized intelligently to help users find answers quickly to problems. It includes product support as well as licensing support, downloads to products and PC optimization tools and a link to their virus lab. We particularly enjoyed the easy-to-understand tutorial videos that will show you how to install or use your products.
Avira offers free tech support for their products 24/7 with support available in six languages. Tech support is offered either via email support or you can speak with a tech support agent over the phone.
One support option that is noticeably absent from Avira is remote control tech support to fix your PC in the event you get infected. Instead, Avira refers you to independent computer experts that you can hire to fix your problems. The price of these experts varies, so you have the option to shop around for the most affordable option. Many will offer a free consultation. If you need this type of service, this is the way to go and we would love to see other companies adopt the same policy.
When searching for antivirus protection, you want the best product you can afford. Avira Antivirus Pro is a superior antivirus product at a reasonable price.