By: Craig Chamberlin
Over the past decade, Avira's made a name for itself with a free basic antivirus package to get users started with an antivirus solution. By 2012 it became one of the largest providers in the antivirus market.
Avira was founded in 1986 by Tjark Auerbach in Germany and currently employs over 500 specialists in their Tettnang, Germany headquarters. They specialize in providing quality antivirus and computer security solutions with a simple user interface.
Don't like reading? Watch our video review instead!
Avira is definitely one of the easiest to use antivirus and Internet security software packages available. No matter which package you purchase, you'll find yourself with an easy to use and intuitive dashboard.
Once you launch the program you are greeted with a system status that displays the overall security of your system. You can then easily navigate and manage your system scanner, real time protection, firewall configurations, web protection setup and mail protection. At this point you can also optionally install and configure the Facebook, Google+, Twitter or Friends.me social network security features that are included in your package.
There was only one somewhat confusing element when it came to the installation and running of the Avira Ultimate Protection Suite. Since the suite includes both a driver updater and a system speedup utility, these utilities are actually separate software packages you'll need to install. This isn't necessarily a bad thing, but it's something to be aware of when you purchase the product.
Both the System Speedup and the Driver Manager are great additional tools to have on your system to improve overall performance, but they aren't necessary if you're only looking for internet security.
Perhaps the most exciting part of this software is the reliability of its antivirus and security features. When compared to over 20 antivirus packages, the real-time protection included in the Avira antivirus software package is some of the best available on the market. This means that many viruses will be caught by its real-time shield, before they even enter your system.
On the off chance a virus gets through the real-time shield, then you'll need to rely on file detection. But the good news is, file detection is where this program really shines. When compared to over 20 major antivirus packages, it came in first place for file detection rates. This makes it number one in not only the detection of viruses on your system, but also the removal of those viruses.
Avira includes the same virus protection in all of the security products they offer. This includes Antivirus Pro, the Internet Security Suite and Ultimate Protection Suite. Each package will allow you to install the full software on one PC or device.
Avira has many software support options right on their support webpage. At the support site you will be greeted with a comprehensive question and answer knowledgebase. If the knowledgebase doesn't have what you're looking for then you can contact them either by e-mail or telephone.
The support doesn't stop there. It also offers a collection of videos tutorials and manuals to its user base completely free of charge. These added resources will help you get the most out of your antivirus package.
If the first two support options still don't get your issue resolved then you can also resort to their paid premium services. Paid premium services will let you work with technicians on the repair and remove any software or virus issue you might be having with your machine. Avira uses a unique community and reputation method for picking which technician you'd like to work with.
Avira may be number one in file detection rates and nearly number one in real time protection, but it comes at a cost. While it's not the most expensive antivirus package in the market, it still comes at a $44.99 price for a single license. This makes it above average in cost compared to other antivirus packages.
Like many of their competitors, it also offers a 30 money back guarantee. If you have any questions or concerns with your purchase you can get a full refund within 30 days, no questions asked.
Avira offers top of the line real time protection along with some of the best file detection at a reasonable price. The driver updater and system optimization suite included in their higher level packages are great additions to consider as well. If you're looking for some of the best virus protection in the market then it may be for you.
About Craig Chamberlin
Craig the Tech Teacher is your source for common sense
For over 10 years I've worked with technology, so let me work with
Last Updated: August 18, 2015