Avira GmbH is a German antivirus software company. When founded, the company was called "H+BEDV Datentechnik GmbH". Its antivirus applications are based on the AntiVir scan engine also known as "Luke Filewalker" , first launched in 1988. For aesthetic reasons, the name was changed to Avira. Avira's engine has been licensed to Ashampoo antivirus, Ad-Aware, and Webroot WebWasher.Avira is one of the most widely used antivirus programs in the world, with 100 million users worldwide as of September 2009. The company supports the Auerbach Stiftung, a foundation created by the company's founder and CEO, Tjark Auerbach. It supports charitable, social, cultural, and science projects.
Avira AntiVir Personal is for personal use only and free of charge. Like most antivirus software, it scans disks for malware and also runs as a background process, checking each opened and closed file. It can detect and possibly remove rootkits.It also performs Internet updates (daily by default) in which it opens a window, with an advertisement suggesting that the user purchase Avira AntiVir Premium or Avira Premium Security Suite. Avira updated all its products to version 9.0 in March 2009.
As a free service, Avira offers a bootable rescue CD to all users, regardless of whether they have any installed Avira products (free or non-free), and irrespective of the machine's operating system. This CD contains its own bootable Linux-based operating system and the AntiVir program with its latest virus database. If a computer cannot be booted, the CD may be used to boot the machine into the AntiVir program, then to scan for and remove detectable viruses and other malware, thereby possibly restoring normal boot and operation.
Avira AntiVir Premium has several improvements over the free version, including:
Avira AntiVir Premium Security Suite Has some more improvements over both versions, including:
- Anti Spam for Email
- Firewall blocks Hackers
- Backup System to protect and secure important data
- AntiBot prevents dangerous bot networks from taking over your system
- Parental Controls blocks unsutable websites for Children and Teens
Product feature summary
|Avira AntiVir Personal||Avira AntiVir Premium||Avira Premium Security Suite|
|AntiSpyware + AntiAdware||Yes (from version 9)||Yes||Yes|
|Fast Premium update server||No||Yes||Yes|
|Cost||Freeware||€ 19.95||€ 39.95|
AV-Comparatives awarded Avira AntiVir Premium with the highest score, the "Advanced+" distinction, in February, May, and August 2008, earning it the 2008 "AV Product of the Year" award. This large-scale comparative test saw Avira achieve an "excellent" score for its proactive detection performance. In the “Speed” category, Avira made it to the winner’s podium.
In January 2008, Avira AntiVir was given a rating of 6.5 out of 8 in tests for detection and removal of rootkits and 71% for proactive virus detection by Anti-Malware Test Lab; both scores qualified for "gold" status, the highest award.Avira achieved the highest Malware Detection rate, along with G-DATA Antivirus, 98%, and was one of five products that achieved a 90% or higher spyware detection rate in the latest Av-Test.Avira had the highest signature and proactive detection rates in all major independent antivirus tests. In April 2009, PC Pro awarded Avira Premium Security Suite 9 six out of six stars and a place on its A-list for internet security software.In August 2009, Avira AntiVir Personal Antivirus achieved a 98.9% percent overall malware detection rate, and was the fastest for both on-demand scans and on-access scans conducted by PC World, who ranked it first on its website.
Avira was among the first companies to receive OESIS OK Gold Certification.This indicates that that both the antispyware and antivirus components of several of their products have achieved the maximum compatibility score with technology solutions from Juniper Networks, Cisco Systems, SonicWALL and others.
User friendliness - 91/100
Detection - 86/100
Virus quarantine - 84/100