Avira Free Antivirus

4.3 out of 5 stars 4.3 (1166 votes)


Windows 7/8/Vista/XP / Freeware / 177,111 downloads

Avira Free Antivirus offers effective protection against computer viruses for the individual and private use on a single PC-workstation. It detects and removes viruses and includes an Internet-Update Wizard for easy updating. The built in resident Virus Guard serves to monitor file movements automatically, for example when downloading files from the Internet. Heuristic scanning protects Protection against previously unknown macro viruses.

Reviews of Avira Free Antivirus

  1. 3 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (May 12, 2015)

    Windows XP (SP3)
    Athlon XP 3000+ CPU (w/SSE but not SSE2 or above support)

    I've been using Avira Free Antivirus for several years, but I've been experiencing minor problems with it recently (having anywhere from two to a hundred gavi3.db-related errors on my Event log at each and every start up); I reported the bug to Avira and they informed me that they've ended official support for Windows XP and will not be addressing the bug. Avira still lists Windows XP in their System Requirements, but the Web page they referred me to does indeed show that Windows XP support ended on 08 APR 2015: http://www.avira.com/en/support-product-lifecycle

    As such, I've been trying out many of the other well-known free antivirus programs -- AVG, Avast, BitDefender, Comodo, Panda, and one or two others -- and Panda Free Antivirus is by far the least performance robbing of the bunch on my machine. BitDefender is pretty good while it works, but it's a bit touchy and quits auto scanning after a week or so on my machine -- though it works without a hitch (and has for over a year) on my dad's newer Windows 7 machine with SSE2+ CPU. AVG, Avast, and Comodo slow my computer quite dramatically, with even the simplest things (opening the Start menu or Windows Explorer or Notepad) being annoyingly delayed. I suspect that my ancient CPU's lack of support for SSE2 and above may be the problem in some of these cases, as a lot of newer software works better with, or even requires, a CPU with SSE2+ support, so users with a newer CPU may not encounter these problems.

    I vaguely recall experimenting with Panda a year and a half ago and having problems, but the current version (15.1.0) is working very smoothly so far. Indeed, Panda has so little impact on my system's performance that it's almost like having no antivirus program installed at all: my computer starts quickly (with no warnings or errors on my Event log), programs launch/open quickly, and files open/load quickly. How well Panda is protecting my system, I haven't a clue, but it tests well in the various antivirus tests I've seen on the Web.

    Anyhow, anyone with Windows XP and an old computer who's having problems with Avira might want to give Panda a try.

  2. 4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Apr 10, 2015)

    running latest
    something new is that it now installs .net framework 4..

  3. 2 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Mar 19, 2015)

    This Beta, seems to install but for some reason it does not install the said Version, I tried even in safe mode, I like this A/V software, does this version require a Beta License or what?

  4. 1 out of 5 stars
    some guy

    Reviewing (Feb 14, 2015)

    link goes to a trial for pro suit

  5. 4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Dec 12, 2014)

    I've used several different antivirus suites like Avast, Panda, Norton and all have their Pros and Cons. As we all know, there is no such thing as the 'Perfect Antivirus" and that includes Avira. I have been using Avira Free for the last 3 months and the new version is more than enough for my PC security needs. It has all the basics and just about the most useful features & options you will need. I don't mess around to much with the usual "set up & configuration" settings because I believe that the developers already wet through those procedures and have configured the software at it's best. Sure, you will have a once in a while ad pop-up but I can live with that. It's FREE and you must give something in exchange for the excellent protection you get. Enjoy......

Discuss Avira Free Antivirus

  1. Oct 2, 2012 - 9:22 PM

    Odd three updates in three consecutive business days in a row???

    Higher memory requirements ? - AntiVir Free Antivirus - Avira Support Forum maybe there are some bugs being smashed by developers...

  2. Nov 5, 2010 - 3:33 AM
    Tick Tucker

    Still use it the free one. Still don't find any better than this