Avira Review

ByElana Kutscher‏Jan. 16, 2019

In a Nutshell

Avira’s antivirus software can protect computers and mobile devices from malware threats, including worms, viruses, Trojans, and spyware. Avira Pro in particular, offers more comprehensive protection than many competitors.

pros

  • Great scores from independent testing labs
  • Compatible with Windows,Mac, Android, and iOS

cons

  • A bit more expensive than competitors
  • Can sometimes slow down computer operations

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Ideal For

  • Windows, Mac, Android, and iOS users
  • Individual users and businesses
  • Owners of multiple devices

Why Choose Avira?

With 30 years experience in the industry, Avira has consistently won awards for its software from its inception. In 2016 alone, the German company won over 20 awards and its newest product, Antivirus Pro, was awarded Best Product of the Year by AV Comparatives.

Avira offers individual products such as Avira System Speed-Up and Avira VPN. It also offers packages such as Avira Total Security Suite and Avira Prime. The many purchasing options allow consumers to build their own computer protection packages depending on their needs.

What’s on Offer

  • Avira Pro includes offers protection from malware, along with anti-ransomware and anti-phishing software, device control, identity protection, safe banking and shopping, and data privacy
  • Various other products, such as PC optimization tools, parental controls and VPN
  • Complete packages such as Avira Prime and Avira Internet Security Suite

Package Features and Highlights

Features: Protection against malware

Ease of Use: Easy installation

Reliability: Good

Value: Very good

Free trial: 30 days

Avira Pro comes with additional features and protections, such as anti-ransomware and anti-phishing software, device control, identity protection, safe banking and shopping, and data privacy. Users must input a license code in order to receive Avira Pro services, and paying customers have free access to Avira’s customer support team via phone and email. 

Other products include:

Avira Internet Security Suite, which offers antivirus protection and a Firewall manager. 

Avira Optimization Suite, which includes antivirus protection and PC speed and tune-up tools. 

Avira Total Security Suite, which includes antivirus protection, a Firewall manager, PC speed and tune-up tools, and a VPN. 

Avira Prime is Avira’s newest product, and it gives customers access to all of the company’s premium features, with the flexibility of paying per month and being able to stop payments at any time. 

In terms of effectiveness, AV-Test, an independent testing company, has consistently found Avira software to be very successful at providing sufficient protection. Avira Pro, which was last tested in April 2017, was found to be 98.8% effective against zero-day malware attacks (attacks from viruses that are previously unknown) and 99.9% effective against widespread malware that was discovered in the previous 4 weeks.

Pricing

PrimeOptimization SuiteAntivirus Pro
5 devices/1 year1 device/1 year1 device/1 year
$55.99$32.99$24.99

*Last updated: January, 2019

Value for Money

At $24.99-$55.99/year, Avira Pro is a bit more expensive than its competitors, but the protection you get is top-quality. Avira Pro won Best Product of the Year in 2016 and has consistently scored high on the tests run by AV-Test. In short, while it does cost a few extra dollars, you are receiving an excellent product.

Ease of Use

Avira Pro is easy to use. Purchasers receive free tech support and a secure web browser. Pro scans email attachments, constantly updates its database of malware signatures, and blocks known malicious websites. All this is done automatically, but users can also adjust the settings to their own preferences - for example, turning on or off Real-Time Protection, Firewall, Web Protection, Mail Protection and Game Mode.

When something is not right, a red exclamation point will appear next to the issue on the dashboard, which alerts users that they should run a scan or adjust their settings. The software will usually prompt the user toward the correct course of action.

The main issue with Avira, however, is that it can slow down normal computer operation, especially when running the full computer scan. This may be the only downside, especially for people who need a fast-operating system.

Help & Support

Users who download the free version of Avira antivirus have access to Avira’s Help pages, customer forum, a threat landscape, and security wordbook. Free consultations with tech experts are also available. However, to receive premium customer support via phone and email, users must provide a license number, which is only given to paying customers.

Help pages and customer support are offered in English, German, and Japanese.

User Experience

The free version of Avira antivirus is easy to install. Upon installation, you will also be offered a number of other free Avira products, such as a VPN, system speed-up, mobile security, password manager, software updates, and more. Installation takes a few minutes, and once installed, a little Avira icon will appear on the bottom right of your screen. You can then perform security scans and receive alerts when a suspicious website is blocked.

Avira Pro, the paid version, has a similarly easy installation. While some users have reported that it slows down their computer operations, independent testing has showed that Avira software scans internet files fairly quickly, and is on par with most of its competitors, including Norton and McAfee.

Bottom Line

Avira antivirus offers good protection against malware and is a great option. The products can operate on Windows, Mac, Android, and iOS devices, and include anti-ransomware and anti-phishing software, device control, identity protection, safe banking and shopping, and data privacy. While Pro is a bit more pricey than its competitors, the price difference is not significant if you are looking for quality protection and accessible customer support.

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About Avira

Avira was founded in Germany over 30 years ago, and its founders have been creating antivirus software from the very beginning of the computer age. The Avira team has continued to adjust and improve its products in-line with the fast development of computer and web technologies. Avira has won numerous awards, including AV Comparatives Best Product of the Year for Avira Pro in 2016. Today, Avira has over 5 million users and offices all over the world, including the United States, China, Russia, Romania, and the Netherlands.

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