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Avira Free AntiVirus 2015 v15.0.11.579

Keep your PC safe from malware with Avira's latest release

by Mike Williams

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Based on 14 ratings
License: Free, for personal-use only
Operating Systems: Windows 10, Windows 7 (32 bit), Windows 7 (64 bit), Windows 8, Windows Vista (32 bit), Windows Vista (64 bit), Windows XP
Requirements:

150MB free hard drive space

Languages: English
Software Cost: Free
Date Updated: 26 June 2015
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Downloads To Date: 66085
Developer: Avira
RSS News Feed: http://www.avira.com/rss/security_news_en.xml
Twitter Feed: http://twitter.com/#!/avira
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Avira Free AntiVirus 2015
Keep your PC safe from malware with Avira's latest release

Avira Free AntiVirus 2015 is a reliable antivirus engine which does a great job of keeping your PC malware-free.

Installation is simple and straightforward. Unlike the competition, there are no demands to remove competing products: we had Norton Internet Security installed on the test PC, and were able to run both packages alongside each other without problems.

Once the program is running it provides all the features you'd expect: files you access are checked for threats in real time, you can carry out on-demand antivirus scans on any part of your system whenever you like, and a capable scheduler allows you to set up regular scans to run automatically and unattended.

The 2015 release adds new installation options. Avira Browser Safety keeps you safe online, Avira SafeSearch prevents you from reaching malicious sites, and there's a chance to install Dropbox, too (all can be bypassed if you're not interested).

If this isn't enough power for you, Avira provides a couple of alternative solutions.

Avira Antivirus Pro 2015 has everything in the free edition, and adds identity/ credit card theft protection, blocking of email threats, and free technical support.

Avira Internet Security 2015 takes all these features and extends them with encryption tools, PC maintenance options (free hard drive space, increase performance), and more.

What's new in "update 11.1"? New features:

- Reduced update download volume for Avira Free Antivirus
- The module AVGNT.EXE occurs occasionally an exception on Tablet PCs with a Windows 7 operating system (“Bad Image Problem”)
- The System Scanner crashes when deleting files from the protected folder

Verdict:

Avira Free AntiVirus 15 is distinctly short on new features, but the core engine is still excellent, and it's probably the best free tool around.

Your Comments & Opinion
 

Avira Free A/V 2012

Posted by: AJ Averett, 11 October 2011 19:29

Though incremental to the previous Avira AntiVir Personal (free), the improvements to to the new Avira Free A/V 2012 are useful enhancements to what was already an excellent security application.

On an ancient laptop (P-4M; 1 GB DDR; 100 GB ATA-100 HDD), there is one less running process and ~ 30% less RAM occupied in quiescence. Installation has been streamlined; for users upgrading from the previous version, existing settings are retained. Boot time is shorter and the machine has greater responsiveness (including during signature updates, which are faster).

Though the Ask.com Toolbar can be declined during installation, three components remain in the program's folder, two of which attempt to phone home; they can be prevented from connecting to the Internet using a firewall with that that functionality (such as Comodo Firewall). Rating: 5/5

Neil J. Rubenking, Senior Analyst for Security at PC Magazine is currently testing v2012, report forthcoming.

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