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Avira Free Antivirus

Avira Free Antivirus offers basic protection for your computer against dangerous viruses, worms...

  • Mac OS X
  • Windows
    Supports Windows 2000, XP, Vista, and 7
  • Android
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Avira Free Antivirus offers basic protection for your computer against dangerous viruses, worms, spy-ware, trojans and costly dialers.

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Avira Free Antivirus (sometimes referred to as Avira, Antivir, Avira Antivirus) was added by Ola in Mar 2009 and the lastest update was made in Nov 2014. There is a history of activites on Avira Free Antivirus in our Change Log and Activity Log. It's possible to update the information on Avira Free Antivirus or report it as discontinued, duplicated or spam. If you want a nice widget to put on your website check these out.

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I once used Avira Free Antivirus (AFA below) a few years ago. The program is ugly and stupid. But now in 2015 things seems to get better, the program looks cleverer than it was. I tried it a few days but finally uninstalled it.

The Avira Launcher is really annoying, you must open it first, then open AFA. It shows some other Avira products icon with grey color, it drops a hint that "you have not install our other products yet". I really don't need them, but I must bear it every time I want to config the antivirus, this is not friendly, really.

The antivirus keeps remind me Windows Firewall is not active. Well. But I don't like Windows Firewall, it just give a few more windows waiting for my permission. AFA can active my Windows Firewall automatically if I let it go. For some unknown reason it would shut down again at next system reboot, then AFA would tell me I'm not under full protection again... But why are they like Windows Firewall so much? It's a good chance to advertise their internet secure product I think, and it would not get people annoying like that Avira Launcher.

The real reason makes me to uninstall it is it bugs. Today I unplugged my keyboard and plugged it again while system was working, pressed many random keys while fixing my keyboard, and some other things I can't recall clearly. At next reboot my system became extremely slow, and it reproduced with one more reboot. I once wanted to reinstall my system but just before that I tried uninstalling AFA. Oh yes everything back to normal!

== About other antivirus I tried ==

avast Free Antivirus:
I used avast for the longest time. Its interface changes frequently, and not always be better than the previous. Quarantine became a little concealed from version 2014. The mainly problem I find recently is it slowed down my Kega Fusion performance after a long time system running without reboot. I can't always run my system and Kega Fusion such a long time to reproduce it so I can't even report. You must add your daily use apps to exclusions or else lags when the app starts (this really sucks IMO).

Troubles me after installing, wrong system language detected and hard to fix, and uninstalling troubles too. I searched on Internet, the problem found very early (2011?) and now it still remains. It also so much likes WIndows Firewall, and Windows Update, but can these products splitted?

AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition:
Similar to Avast and does not look bad, it can add stuff to exceptions at report window at first but not later. Maybe what detected by that "Resident Sheild" can't be add to exceptions in the report window. Anyway, this confuses me. If you ignore it the program will keep alarms... Another problem, my internet connection had some problem during its installing, and the installation stalls. After a few minutes it still stalls. I find it impossible to roll back the installation, no close button, had to end the process manually. Ouch! Don't know how many trash left on my HDD... Another problem, the Chinese page is highly incomplete, it could misleading people, and the register access in the program is led to the local page, that means, Chinese version of antivirus will lead you to Chinese page, the problem is... Chinese page is incomplete, there is no way to register! They should not add Chinese page at all if they are not fully prepared IMO.

Really hope all the antivirus stop their stupidness.


I tried the product, now I want to uninstall so I went to Control Panel -> uninstall etc. but the program is still there, it even created a new icon in my desktop after uninstall (?). It appears no more in uninstall program list but it´s there, there are services working I can´t stop; when looking for info about uninstall it takes you to avira official website where you can download tools that will not remove the program ie. removaltool-win32-en it´s another trojan removal tool, not an uninstaller. I even downloaded additional uninstall software (revo uninstaller) but didn´t help.
I hate it when software developers do this. Before I tried to uninstall the program I was satisfied with it, now I´m angry, and I´m still looking for info on how to uninstall it.

It seems the solution to this is boot system in safe mode, manually delete forders and files and the run Avira´s registry cleaner.
[Edited by Kooie, June 28]

[Edited by Kooie, June 28]


Stupid Program

Negative Comment by OlaMohammad about Avira Free Antivirus Mar 2014

Stupid Program with high false alarm


No more Pop-up ad

Positive Comment by lucasffg about Avira Free Antivirus Nov 2013

New CEO, new direction. Avira Free Antivirus no longer has those annoying pop-ups and seems to be getting even better each day.


Used to be good

Negative Comment by Pietzki about Avira Free Antivirus Mar 2012

Avira used to be the best antivirus company for years, but recently decided to partner with and uniblue, two dubious companies whose programs are detected as malware by most antivirus programs.


And in the latest version these are impossible to get rid of,
even using the apps designed specifically to get rid of Avira pop-up ads,
and EVEN after deleting a number of files and DLLs.

This thing is NUISANCEWARE
and in fact,
it will cause you MORE inconvenience than 95% of viruses.


Piece of shit imo. Slows down some programs a lot. Interface is bad. Crap ad popups even while gaming in full screen. UNINSTALL!!!


Best Anti-Virus I've ever used. My system is light on resources to begin with and love Avira. I most likely won't use anything else.


It has the highest detection rates according to AV-comparatives. I love it !


The lightest free antivirus

Positive Comment by Michel about Avira Free Antivirus Feb 2010

Avira is the lightest free choice anti virus.
Excellent heuristic scanner.


Of the three A freeware's- AVG, avast and avira, I've liked avira the best. It seems the lightest, has the most features and the least nag screens, and has always worked well for me