Avira Antivirus Suite 2014 Review

avira antivirus suite 2014 review

Microsoft has done quite a bit to improve the overall security of the Windows operating system. Some of the company efforts on the other hand fall short.

Microsoft Security Essentials for example adds protection against some viruses and other malicious software, but does not provide Windows systems with the same level of protection that top of the class products offer.

Avira Antivirus Suite 2014, formerly known as Premium Antivirus, concentrates on the protection aspect which makes it ideal for users who want their PC protected but do not want or need additional features such as backup or parental controls.

Avira Antivirus Suite 2014

You can configure the protection in detail if you select the custom setup option during installation, or use the recommended settings instead.

If you select custom, you can disable the following modules during setup:

  • Real-Time Protection - Permanent monitoring of file access on the system in real-time.
  • Mail Protection - Scans incoming and outgoing emails and attachments on POP3, IMAP and SMTP connections.
  • Windows Firewall - Control the built-in firewall from with the Avira software.
  • Rootkits Protection - Enables the detection and removal of hidden malware.
  • Protection Cloud - Uses fingerprinting to check suspicious files in an online database.
  • Web Protection - Protects web browsers against viruses and malware.
  • Shell Extension - Integrates Avira into the Windows Explorer context menu.

While it is not recommended to disable real-time protection for example, you may want to disable features that you have no need for, for instance if you use another security program in the area.

Note: The installer will display options to install the Avira SearchFree Toolbar powered by Ask during installation. If you do not want to install the toolbar, make sure to hit the don't install button.

The main interface of the application displays relevant information about the status of PC and Internet protection directly, providing you with an overview of that right away after start or bringing it up to the front.

All installed modules are accessible directly from the homepage, which improves usability considerably, especially if you are used to antivirus software which use a layered approach. The homepage highlights the date of the last update, the activation status of the product, and provides you with options to run a scan right away.

You can enable or disable certain security features here as well, like real-time protection or safe browsing.

Most sidebar items link to configuration pages. The firewall configuration for example provides you with options to configure it directly from within the Avira software (it offers a control interface for Windows Firewall).

You can hit the F8 key alternatively to open the configuration for all items directly. You may want to go through all settings here at least once to make sure that everything is configured after your liking.

Here you can for instance enable the scan for rootkits prior to the system scan, enable the scanning of archives, the monitoring of network drives, or switch on complete logging.

A default values button is provided to reset preferences which can be useful if you want to start over from scratch.

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Some of the links in the sidebar point to products that need to be installed separately. This includes the mobile protection app for Android, and also Avira Free SocialShield for social network protection.

Avira Protection Cloud

Cloud scanning has become one of the cornerstones of security solutions in recent years. What makes it interesting is the fact that the cloud database is always up to date, while the database of the antivirus solution on a user system may not be. Another benefit of the approach is that it accumulates data from all users of a particular product so that it can react to new malware as soon as it is discovered.

Avira's Protection Cloud compares fingerprints of suspicious executable files against its database to identify potentially dangerous files. Files that return a positive hit can be uploaded to the cloud so that they are scanned remotely and be classified as either safe or malicious.

Avira notes that documents, pictures or other personal files are never uploaded to the cloud. The program is configured to display a prompt before suspicious files are transferred to Avira.

How good is the protection

A nice interface and lots of options may increase the usability of a security program, but it all boils down to the level of protection that it makes available.

In AV-Comparatives real-world protection test, Avira managed to gain one of the highest scores in the test. Scores were equally impressive in the company's malware removal tests, and general system performance tests.

And performance?

Avira's Antivirus Suite 2014 uses an insignificant amount of memory when it is running on the system in the background. On a Windows 8.1 Pro test system, it used less than 10 Megabytes of RAM across its five open processes.

This increases during scans, but will quickly go down again once the scan finishes.

Verdict

Avira Antivirus Suite 2014 is a lightweight security program for all versions of the Windows operating system that is easy to use and maintain. The interface is streamlined for ease of access, with every feature reachable from the first page directly.

The options provided during installation are great, as they enable you to configure the program exactly the way you want to use it. A drawback is the inclusion of the toolbar during setup, or at the very least the checked state of the product.

Other than that, there is little to criticize. If you are looking for a lightweight effective antivirus solution, I suggest you give this one a try. A 30-day free trial version is available for download on the Avira website.

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  1. Ionut Baciu December 6, 2013 at 10:39 am #

    I currently use Comodo Internet Security, but deep down I'm an Avira fan :)

  2. Bero December 6, 2013 at 10:43 am #

    I currently use Avast! AV. Thanks for the contest.

  3. Arne Stueben December 6, 2013 at 10:47 am #

    Looks like avira did a good job. I currently use Avast Free Version, but like to try Avira - Is Luke-Filewalker still there? ;)

  4. ank91 December 6, 2013 at 10:48 am #

    i m using Avast free.
    thanks for the review.

  5. Frank December 6, 2013 at 10:57 am #

    Thanks for the review & contest!
    I'm currently using Avast Free AV.

  6. thewan December 6, 2013 at 10:58 am #

    Currently using Avast Free, I have used Avira Internet Security around a year ago, but due to financial problems, I've switched to a free one temporarily.

    Nice review, always loved their products.

  7. Bert December 6, 2013 at 11:00 am #

    Microsoft Security gives me a false sense of security. I totally live on the edge.

  8. nonqu December 6, 2013 at 11:06 am #

    I'm currently using Avira Free Antivirus, which since it stopped displaying the popups is even better than before. I really value the 'block autorun' function and windows host file protection which rarely are available for free in an AV software. I've been using it for a long time and haven't had any problems. Even regular Malwarebytes Anti-Malware scans don't detect anything.

    However, there are some strange decisions. Both turning off and ON require typin administrator password in UAC on Windows 7 - and usually it's only required for disabling the protection. Turning it off is sometimes necessary for large steam games decompression (the last byte in downloads progress) as Avira can make it take up to 3 minutes (but that's only because I've set it to scan every file instead of using smart extensions).
    Another strange design choice is putting the 'configuration' button in 'extras' dropdown menu.

    As for firewall I'm using Comodo - mainly because I value the ability to set separate connection profiles for every application and process.

    • nonqu December 6, 2013 at 11:36 am #

      I should add that I'm using No-script and I'm on a normal user account with non-dictionary admin password.

  9. Karol December 6, 2013 at 11:11 am #

    Avira is one of best antivirus software(even if you use just a free version). It's fast and reliable. Thumb up. :)

  10. RAGK December 6, 2013 at 11:14 am #

    Using MSE at the moment. I've never tried Avira. An interesting review.

  11. Petrovic December 6, 2013 at 11:18 am #

    Avira Antivirus Suite - simple, easy and reliable antivirus. Includes comprehensive protection against viruses, identity theft and financial losses.
    This great set of security tools is the ideal solution to protect a user, computer and critical data.
    New Avira Antivirus Suite uses advanced and effective anti-virus protection features, including cloud-based detection.
    My current security settings - ESET SS 7
    Share:
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    Thanks you for Giveaway!

  12. RossN December 6, 2013 at 11:29 am #

    Currently using Panda Cloud Free. I believe Avast may be equally as good(?)

    • nonqu December 6, 2013 at 11:34 am #

      Avast is overrated. It gained popularity by being one of the first free AV but the actual performance wasn't taken into consideration at that time. But I've also heard many bad things about panda so they may be equally worse than Kaspersky, Avira or even Dr.Web

  13. Alfonso "KingofGnG" Maruccia December 6, 2013 at 11:32 am #

    Being using Avira Antivirus many years now. Unfortunately I had to install the free version when my last license expired (no money to renew it, right now).

  14. Rob.C December 6, 2013 at 11:35 am #

    Im currently using the free avira but would love to have a key for this. count me in please, thanks

  15. Vlad December 6, 2013 at 11:35 am #

    Please, can I have one? (or two :))

  16. Michele Bisio December 6, 2013 at 11:36 am #

    For me the best antivirus. And not only for me but for av-comparatives.org too!
    I always advise my friends to buy it.

  17. albresc December 6, 2013 at 11:36 am #

    On the 'free side' I have been more with Avast and AVG, but tried Avira a few years back, and found it was good.
    For me AV-Comparatives opinion matters, so I would try Avira of course.

    Not liking too much the 'Avira SearchFree Toolbar powered by Ask ' option, never liked Ask getting in the middle of Internet searches, changing my homepage, etc.
    Hopefully we can disable it, so that's 'ok'...

    Cheers

  18. David Bradley December 6, 2013 at 11:39 am #

    I shuttle back and forth between different AV systems, usually based on the latest meta-tests from the industry. Sometimes I have AVG and MalwareBytes, currently it's MSE and MB...I've tried Avira in the past but they were up and down in terms of rank, would like to try them again now that they're detting top marks...

  19. ilev December 6, 2013 at 11:39 am #

    I am using Kaspersky. The best of them all.

  20. crow December 6, 2013 at 11:40 am #

    I sue mse. Avira would be great

  21. SuilAmhain December 6, 2013 at 11:46 am #

    Hi,

    I have used avira at least for the last ten years now. Up until my migration to Win 8 I always went with the premium version for the firewall features.

    Many people will swear by AV X or AV Y being the best because they got no viruses, but often the AV was never actually tested. I used to fix PCs etc... and one of the things I would semi-regularly do is try and replicate the steps that the user did to get a virus. Avira always caught the virus. Great product.

    Cheers,

  22. mp3dude December 6, 2013 at 11:51 am #

    Good review i currently have Microsoft Security Essentials and since i keep my self out of trouble sites i been ok but the extra protection (firewall,rootkit etc.) that offer avira could come in handy :)

    Guillermo.

  23. Veenu December 6, 2013 at 12:05 pm #

    Currently using AVG Internet Security. Count me in

  24. Spy December 6, 2013 at 12:11 pm #

    I am using the avast free. Thanks for the good giveaway

  25. lee December 6, 2013 at 12:17 pm #

    wow, this is wonderful gift for me :), I use Avira Free Antivirus for several years. thank you so much ghacks.net!

  26. Linu George December 6, 2013 at 12:22 pm #

    I currently use trustport IS 2014. thanks for the giveaway again this year.

  27. Loreley December 6, 2013 at 12:23 pm #

    I'm currently using Qhioo 360 Internet Security along with Malwarebytes Free.
    Thank You

  28. niculescu December 6, 2013 at 12:29 pm #

    great

  29. Jeff December 6, 2013 at 12:30 pm #

    would give it a try.

  30. Paul(us) December 6, 2013 at 12:34 pm #

    the standard windows firewall with the free microsoft antivirus on main win. xp

  31. Mountainking December 6, 2013 at 12:37 pm #

    Count me in Mr Brinkman! I'm in!!

    Currently using MSE :)

  32. emegeve December 6, 2013 at 12:47 pm #

    I'm currently using AVG Free. I switched from Avast! because it caused a major slowdown of my Windows 7 system at startup. I also think that AVG's detection rates are better than Avast!.

    Thank you very much for this review, I would like to give Avira a try.

  33. Pardeep December 6, 2013 at 12:48 pm #

    Curreny i use the norton trial version

  34. Siddhartha December 6, 2013 at 12:52 pm #

    My security configuration is quickheal antivirus but its license will end on 20th December this year. Therefore, I think if I win one of Avira license will be very happy.
    Please count me in.
    thanks,
    Siddhartha.

  35. Prithviraj Sahoo December 6, 2013 at 12:53 pm #

    I have been using pirated copies of different antivirus softwares and I am well aware that its not good. Though there are free alternatives but I love Full Protection suites. So if i get a legit copy of Avira, I hope the upcoming year will be a different game and a new beginning. Finally use of pirated version of antivirus softwares will come to an end, for me at least. Thank You for these kind of Giveaways... :)

  36. leon December 6, 2013 at 12:54 pm #

    i have always used avira free, would like avira antivirus suite for better protection :)

  37. MerleOne December 6, 2013 at 12:55 pm #

    Hi,
    I am currently using the free Avast Version, with minimum modules installed, so as not to hamper the PC normal operation, for instance when browsing websites.
    Please count me in for the draw. Thanks.

  38. Sunny December 6, 2013 at 12:57 pm #

    My current security settings - ESET SS 7 . i would like to win this one-year Avira Antivirus Suite 2014 license

    Thanks ghacks & Avira .

  39. Cool December 6, 2013 at 1:00 pm #

    I am currently using AVG along with Malwarebyte.
    Thank for the giveaway!

  40. David Macdonald December 6, 2013 at 1:03 pm #

    Microsoft Security Essentials + Emsisoft Emergency Kit (portable)

  41. anon December 6, 2013 at 1:18 pm #

    Currently using CIS myself, haven't got any problem and it actually seems a bit faster than even avast.

  42. Christine December 6, 2013 at 1:22 pm #

    Currently using Avast Free, but Avira's a close second to Avast in my antivirus selections, and I've used it in the past. Would love the opportunity to try out the premium.

  43. Straspey December 6, 2013 at 1:25 pm #

    Hi Martin,

    It's been a while since I've used a comprehensive security suite, choosing to go with a combination of a number of different programs.

    Currently I am running Microsoft Security Essentials, along with the Pro versions of Malwarebytes Antimalware, SuperAntispyware, and WinPatrol (which is one of my favorite programs).

    Over the years, I tried Avast, AVG and even Comodo - but found them all to be a bit heavy for my needs of basic home computing activities.

    I have never tried Avira, although am certainly aware of its excellent reputation, and after reading your review and taking a look at the clean interface and basic approach, I would love the opportunity to put this on my system.

    I'm assuming if I install this security suite, I would need to remove MalwareBytes and SuperAntispyware - correct ?

    In any case, thanks very much for your wonderful giveaways - it's always makes the holidays a lot of fun.

  44. nagelfar December 6, 2013 at 1:28 pm #

    Thanx for this fine giveaway !
    Currently I'm using Avast + Malwarebytes Anti-Malware + KeyScrambler (all in free versions)

  45. Steve December 6, 2013 at 1:32 pm #

    I'm using avast! Free Antivirus.

    P.S. I've only got one leg.

  46. franckinou December 6, 2013 at 1:34 pm #

    Hi,

    I'm using Bitdefender Free but I want to change my antivirus for a full version (but not Bitdefender !)

    Thank you.

    regards,

  47. Jocke December 6, 2013 at 1:36 pm #

    My Kaspersky license expired a week ago so Avira would be great to get now.

  48. Notis December 6, 2013 at 1:39 pm #

    Using MBAM and Hitman Pro with avast! Free.
    Please count me in for the draw!
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  49. Sylvio Haas December 6, 2013 at 1:45 pm #

    I am using Norton Internet Security and am NOT satisfied. After reading the AVComparatives a few weeks ago I've decided no use Avira as soon as my Norton license expires. Thank you for the nice giveaway. Hope Santa reads this comment...

    • Sylvio Haas December 6, 2013 at 1:52 pm #

      Correction: I've decided TO use, not no use.

  50. James Schaeffer December 6, 2013 at 1:46 pm #

    I'm currently using McCafee... I know, please don't hate me!

  51. Matt December 6, 2013 at 1:48 pm #

    I am using Microsoft Security Essentials at the moment.

  52. chad December 6, 2013 at 1:51 pm #

    i am currently using avast free

  53. jerzy6012.50 December 6, 2013 at 2:00 pm #

    excellent Antivirus program that will protect our system against a variety of viruses but once I had it my promotion has ended but gladly stay again for him.please me to count.

  54. Dacko December 6, 2013 at 2:06 pm #

    Avira is a very good security software. I currently use CIS. Thanks for the giveaway and good luck to all.

  55. Lloyd Goldson December 6, 2013 at 2:09 pm #

    Thx for the review, sounds good.

  56. Greg December 6, 2013 at 2:12 pm #

    Thanks for the review. Don't think I've heard of this AV product. I think for all AV products, each will have their good points and bad - it's finding the one that best suits your needs. up until recently I've been using Security Essentials ( or whatever it is officially called on Windows 8 ). For my desktop PC I now have Bit Defender, seems to be working OK, but how do you really know until it catches ( or doesn't catch ) a virus. Been looking for a good AV product for my net book though. Just checked my processes and it appears Bit Defender uses between 50 and 60MB of RAM which is a little much on my well used net book with only 1GB of RAM.

    Thanks again for the review, I'll definitely have to look into Avira for my net book.

    Greg

  57. Frank Carreira December 6, 2013 at 2:14 pm #

    I've been a long time user of Avira Anti Vir which has served me well over the years. This seems to be the icing on the cake.

  58. Stephan Hodges December 6, 2013 at 2:20 pm #

    I would like to try out the Avira 2014 Suite.
    I've been using MS Security Essentials across all my computers, and it's what I usually recommend to my "savvy" friends.

  59. Antonio December 6, 2013 at 2:22 pm #

    I use Avira since 2008 and I have not had any problems with viruses. I love this program

  60. Peter December 6, 2013 at 2:23 pm #

    I use avast right now, but I'd like a chance to try something else.

  61. ajemsasa December 6, 2013 at 2:24 pm #

    I currently use ESET NOD32 Antivirus 7.
    Great giveaway, count me in, please.
    Best regards!

  62. Martik December 6, 2013 at 2:26 pm #

    Well, lets have it then!

  63. Jean December 6, 2013 at 2:27 pm #

    One of the best for sure.
    I'm testing Norton Internet Security for 60 days (new PC) and use it with Zemana Antilogger.
    MalwareBytes free is also installed.
    Thanks for this contest.

  64. Robert December 6, 2013 at 2:30 pm #

    Have used many different type of antivirus/protection software. All seem to have their pros and cons. Hope to try Avira soon.

  65. cianoz December 6, 2013 at 2:42 pm #

    I'm using Avast Free Edition at home and Sophos at work (enterprise product)
    Thanks for the contest

  66. AJ North December 6, 2013 at 2:51 pm #

    I've been using Avira Free A-V since 2008 on my own machines (XP & Win 7).

    Over the past few years, I've since installed it on more than a dozen other Windows boxes (XP through 7) that I care for. Protection is augmented with the Comodo Firewall, Microsoft's EMET, CryptoPrevent, WinPatrol, either Open DNS or Comodo DNS, SpywareBlaster and the Firefox browser (with NoScript, HTTPS-Everywhere and the Web Of Trust add-ons).

    With a cumulative total of over forty machine-years, none have had an infection (on-demand scans are done with Malwarebytes every other week, on average).

    For the technically inclined, Avira is highly configurable; version 14 eliminated the infamous update nag screen and added significant improvements. My only quibble is that on older machines with single-core, single-threaded processors, updates drive the CPUs to 100% for from sixty to ninety seconds.

    Too much of my time is spent removing malware from machines running other security solutions (usually Norton or McAfee); after they've been disinfected, I remove whatever was in place and install Avira (along with the other aforementioned enhancements).

    In short, Avira Free is a gem, and it would be a welcome experience to see how the suite performs for a clean install of Win 7 in a machine I'm currently building.

    • Mike Corbeil December 29, 2013 at 1:38 am #

      AJ North,

      Another good add-on for Firefox to use for complementing NoScript protection is RequestPolicy. The two work well together. I've been using Firefox since 3.1 was released and NoScript for ... plenty of years anyway; maybe since 2005 or 2006. RP is one I began using only this year and it's a little bit of a nuisance, aka pain in the back, for we need to tell it what to allow, while letting it continue to block the rest, but this is also like with NoScript. Both reload pages when users unblock pages as well as when we set the block again.

      The only time NoScript doesn't reload a page is, f.e., when a user says to temporarily allow a domain and subsequently changes this to permanent allowance; until the user decides to disallow or block the domain again, anyway. RP has temporary and permanent allowance, but when changing from one after having RP use the other, then RP will again reload the page. Otherwise, and for automatic reloading of Web pages, the two add-ons do the same thing.

      When first beginning to use these two add-ons, then users can be frustrated; but, the added protection is worth practicing the virtue of patience.

      Extra info, for the interested:

      I have multiple Firefox profiles and choose whichever one is to be used when starting Ffx by running Ffx with the -P option for the Profile Manager. One profile lacks RP in case RP might be an occasional problem with my main profile. (The secondary profile also lacks other extensions that're added to the main profile, ... .) If I think that RP (or another add-on added to the main profile while lacking it in the secondary profile) is somehow being a problem, then I bring up another Ffx session for a secondary profile by using the --no-remote and -P Firefox parameters or options.

      -P is necessary when wanting to run a second Ffx session, using a different profile (a must), while already having a Ffx session running. Two different instances of Ffx can't be simultaneously run with the same profile. If we try, then we just get an additional window opened for the same profile; rather than getting a separate Ffx instance.

      --no-remote, based on what I read at MozillaZine.org some years ago, is or was mainly intended for developers/maintainers of Ffx, but the option is available to all users. People can learn more about this option by doing a Web search of Mozillazine. There isn't much more to learn about it though, if anything more at all.

      When running a separate/second instance of Ffx while one is already running or open, then both Ffx sessions run side-by-side without any problems, when running one instance with --no-remote -P. I repeat this in case a reader wonders if it might be a problem to run two instances at the same time. There's no problem, not if a user has sufficient RAM anyway. I have 3 GB since XP doesn't see more than this, but 2 instances of Ffx run fine at the same time with 3GB of RAM. The only time it might be problematic, bogging down the system, is if one instance of Ffx has a VERY LARGE number of tabs open, for then the instance of Ffx comes to take up a considerable amount of RAM.

      This is off-topic for this page, but I figured that since AJ North wrote of what he uses for software and Ffx add-ons when it's unrelated to the topic of this page, well, I'd just add this comment. Hopefully, this is okay.

  67. Steve December 6, 2013 at 2:55 pm #

    Currently I use only Microsoft Security Essentials. I think it's about time I back that up with additional protection.

  68. Sam December 6, 2013 at 3:01 pm #

    Firstly, not commenting here to participate in the giveaway. We had installed Avira antivir 2012 on our system running windows 8 and it totally screwed things so badly for us that we had to reset it.

    Currently we're using Bitdefender which is much more robust and light on the system. No problems so far.

  69. Parikshit Lunawat December 6, 2013 at 3:04 pm #

    Hi,
    Currently I am using Kaspersky antivirus 2013 edition and Zemenna antilogger. My Antivirus subscription is expiring soon and would love to switch to Avira. Hope i am lucky this time.

    Thanks,
    Parikshit

  70. Aryan December 6, 2013 at 3:10 pm #

    Currently using the avira free
    Thanks you so much for this giveaway

  71. flori December 6, 2013 at 3:18 pm #

    very good! My antivirus is avira free.

  72. Nathan December 6, 2013 at 3:19 pm #

    Currently using TinyWall Firewall, Webroot SecureAnywhere, SpyShelter Stoplogger Premium and Sandboxie Free.

    I've used Avira Free before, and liked its detection abilities, and nimble footprint. The red umbrella was an integral part of my security configuration for a few years. The complained about notifier didn't seem that obtrusive and couldn't detract from the lightness and great protection, a little price to pay for a very capable free security application.

    And all the while there were the much discussed and questionable associations with toolbars; and the innovation seemed to have plateaued a bit; it was just a question of time for Avira to introduce their cloud infrastructure and intelligence, and to rightfully claim once again their spot as one of the best products available.
    The clear and concise presentation hasn't changed, and that is not necessarily a bad thing, considering the promo-heavy and upselling-oriented interfaces of other products.

    Thank you for yet another great giveaway, Martin, and the opportunity to participate.
    Good luck to everyone!

  73. val December 6, 2013 at 3:20 pm #

    i have an Bit defender with 30 day left.Thanks you for this giveaway

  74. mayengbam December 6, 2013 at 3:20 pm #

    I m a die hard fan of norton, has been using it for years never bought any other antivirus except it. I would love to try avira if i have a key. Thanks anyways

  75. Tanmay December 6, 2013 at 3:25 pm #

    Hi, I was using Trend Micro, but my subscription has expired. This giveaway has come in the right time for me. Thanks a lot

  76. delenn13 December 6, 2013 at 3:26 pm #

    I generally bounce between MSE and Avira, so it would be nice to have the Suite to try it out. Thanks for the chance to win this.

  77. pr3y December 6, 2013 at 3:55 pm #

    Currently using bitdefender IS.
    Thanks

  78. Anonymous December 6, 2013 at 4:07 pm #

    Glad to see Apple uses are covered too. Has Mac security pkg

  79. Anthony December 6, 2013 at 4:09 pm #

    Thanks for the giveaway.

  80. Sukhen K Mitra December 6, 2013 at 4:16 pm #

    I am a happy customer of Avira Internet Security Suite. Tried most of the other major ones but can't somehow get as satisfied as I am with Avira IS. The best things I like are its real time updates and it does not slow my machines down.

  81. Mike Weaver December 6, 2013 at 4:33 pm #

    Used Avira free for years. Like to get a full version. Thanks for the giveaway!

  82. David December 6, 2013 at 4:39 pm #

    I'm currently using Microsoft SE and need to move-on to real protection!

  83. Bob Johnson December 6, 2013 at 4:44 pm #

    I use MSE and Malwarebytes.
    Thanks for the opportunity for Avira.
    Bob

  84. Dan December 6, 2013 at 5:00 pm #

    Hi Martin,

    I currently use MS Security Essentials and am looking for an upgrade.

    Many thanks,
    Dan

  85. kelly December 6, 2013 at 5:05 pm #

    Using free AVG antivirus with limited features so I hope to win Avira full version for more comprehensive pc protection. Thanks.

  86. Andrew December 6, 2013 at 5:17 pm #

    I am curious to try the full fledged version, especially if it includes the firewall. I am currently using windows defender (windows 8.1) and Zonealarm firewall on my primary computer.

    I have debated about going back to NOD32 because of how efficient that program was (though I was coming from McAfee when I first used it). I have heard good things about Avira, and given it's on ghacks, you know it's a decent program. So i'd love to try it out for a year.

  87. sirpaul2 December 6, 2013 at 5:21 pm #

    Everybody should select their virus solutions based on their needs.
    I surf over the edge. I've been using Avira free because of it's 'in the wild' detection rates - Superb! I've been using Avira since MS bought Giant and proceeded to neuter it.
    I know the paid version of Avira has more features, but It would be nice to see if the paid version has any new features/integration that are worthwhile for me. A one-year 'trial' should provide that info - 30 days just don't cut it..
    Good luck to everyone!

  88. Sachin Chandran December 6, 2013 at 5:23 pm #

    I use Avira free, AppGuard and EMET. Avira is the lightest great free AV. I hope to win and upgrade to their premium product.

  89. nonesuch December 6, 2013 at 5:25 pm #

    I regularly change my AV, based on the most recent results from AV-Comparatives. Time to switch back to Avira from Avast!

  90. Christopher C December 6, 2013 at 5:29 pm #

    Hi Martin,

    Excellent review!

    I'm currently using Windows Defender which is built into Windows 8.1. I've never found an antivirus solution that is quite right for me so maybe this is it!

  91. paul December 6, 2013 at 5:36 pm #

    always respected avira detection and looking for a paid anti virus. im an avast fan and dont know whats better than that!

  92. Tai N December 6, 2013 at 5:40 pm #

    I'm currently with KAV But I think i should switch to Avira as it suits what I expected of an Antivirus more.

  93. Aaron December 6, 2013 at 5:44 pm #

    Great review!

    I am currently using Avira Internet Security 2012 (license is expired).
    However, I was quite pleased with this antivirus compared to other antivirus I installed previously. I hope Avira will continue to protect my system

  94. Tomer December 6, 2013 at 5:50 pm #

    I'm currently using Avira Free Antivirus. Would like the option to upgrade to the full suite :)

  95. GodHatesFigs December 6, 2013 at 5:52 pm #

    Moved from AVG to Avira Free years ago & never looked back.Absolutely solid with minimal footprint.
    In fact,not sure as I'd use the full suite as I use Avira with Malwarebytes & Spyware Blaster.

  96. Psy December 6, 2013 at 5:56 pm #

    Finally still using Avira. Still in Free version.

    I'll be glad to have a licence and test all the suite by myself.

  97. prabhu December 6, 2013 at 6:03 pm #

    no antivirus is installed in my another computer. hoping that this give away will clear it.

  98. dar knight December 6, 2013 at 6:08 pm #

    Only DefenseWall...
    Thanks for this giveaway!

  99. Manide December 6, 2013 at 6:37 pm #

    Kaspersky Internet Security with a licence which is to expire soon after Christmas.
    Malwarebytes Antimalware scans from time to time.

  100. Ezra December 6, 2013 at 7:09 pm #

    I currently using nothing.... but i love avira.

  101. Rodalpho December 6, 2013 at 7:11 pm #

    I currently use MSE and malwarebytes free, and would love to upgrade.

  102. emre December 6, 2013 at 7:14 pm #

    I used Avira free and premium for years, they were great. last year AVira premium started to slow down my old machine. Then I switched to Kaspersky Pure, which I am currently using. Avira and Kaspersky are the best. My only concern is performance, I have one month of license left so still trying to decide between these two.

  103. Ninh December 6, 2013 at 7:22 pm #

    I would like to enter the Giveaway. Currently running Microsoft Security Essentials/Windows Defender on native win.

  104. Steven December 6, 2013 at 7:35 pm #

    I'm not using anything. Relying solely on Windows Defender. With so many options with double the opinions and tripling the confusion, it's hard to choose an anti-virus. Some say just play it safe while browsing and use common sense, but that of course isn't full proof.

  105. Ritwick December 6, 2013 at 8:17 pm #

    Using Avast Free on my home pc along with Malwarebytes. Had used Avira once and found it to be quite good, just that the popups were too invasive and distracting. Willing to give this new version a go.

  106. Rook December 6, 2013 at 8:36 pm #

    Common sense, windows defender and spybot S&D (maybe malwarebytes if I think something's not right)

  107. joe December 6, 2013 at 8:43 pm #

    I'm using Microsoft Security Essentials but I really need a change!

  108. jamie son December 6, 2013 at 8:46 pm #

    would love to try this

    thanks

  109. Szabo December 6, 2013 at 9:01 pm #

    Get a 30 days trial of eScan and you will never look back to any other Antivirus. (Martin, it will be good if you can offer this one for a giveaway.)

  110. Mohammed Sarhan December 6, 2013 at 9:06 pm #

    Thanks for The Review
    I'll be happy if I received a license for my fav AV
    Please count me in

  111. Marc Alexon December 6, 2013 at 9:13 pm #

    I'm currently using Avira Free Edition. I'll be really happy to get Suite version.

  112. Al December 6, 2013 at 9:20 pm #

    Im also Using MBAM and Hitman Pro with Avast.

    Count me in thanks!

  113. Clarence December 6, 2013 at 9:44 pm #

    yes would love to try this. still using Security Essentials..........

  114. Doc December 6, 2013 at 9:51 pm #

    Currently using AVG Free 2014, and have used AVG for about 7 years now, and it's only let me down once (a drive-by Fake Antivirus); would love to try Avira.

  115. eee December 6, 2013 at 9:51 pm #

    Avira used to be my favorite AV until they included that idiotic toolbar. Since then I install Avast! Free unless the customer ask for something else specifically (I do computer servicing). For my personal use I prefer the excellent Agnitum Security Suite but I think an Avira license might come handy. However I found that the best antivirus is the brain, together with a properly configured system and a good firewall...

  116. Upendra Dave December 6, 2013 at 9:53 pm #

    Like the options while installing. Currently use MSE, but would welcome this one as have used it once.

  117. Ken December 6, 2013 at 11:01 pm #

    I currently use a cobbled suite of programs including Microsoft Security Essentials, Malwarebytes, and Spybot Search and Destroy. The review for Avira sounds interesting...and I'd be willing to give it a try.

  118. Jim December 7, 2013 at 12:11 am #

    I'm currently using Comodo but still like Avira.

  119. Krishna December 7, 2013 at 12:23 am #

    I am using Kaspersky Trial version as of now. i want to give a try of Avira

  120. Paf Borg December 7, 2013 at 12:33 am #

    Hello Martin, thanks a lot for this offer :). Currently I'm using avast free, together with Malwarebytes, Hitman Pro and Private Firewall. I used to be an Avira fan for years, but I didn't like the toolbar policy that Avira has adopted some time ago. Fortunately, it seems they have abandoned it, so I would very much appreciate the opportunity to try the new avira :). Please count me in.
    All the best.
    Paf

    • Mike Corbeil January 1, 2014 at 11:05 pm #

      Paf Borg,

      I'm not sure what toolbar you're speaking of with Avira, but I downloaded the free version of Avira Free Antivir 2014 over the past several days, installed it, and there's Ask, which people can opt of allowing to be installed by de-selecting the two Ask options in the GUI for the installation of Avira Free AV 2014. BUT, there apparently also is some other toolbar, a different one I think, and it's required for Avira Free AV 2014 to provide the Web Protection shield. (I'll do without that shield in order to avoid having a toolbar added to my Web browser.)

      So I wonder which toolbar you're referring to. If you mean Ask, then perhaps you could just install Avira Free AV 2014 and then re-install it while remembering to de-select the two Ask options in the Avira installation GUI.

      Using Malware Defender running real-time in Normal mode, I learned that we stll get offercast_avirav7_.exe installed with the installation of Avira Free AV 2014. This offercast executable is from APN, "Ask Partner Network"; having checked for this in the file database at SystemExplorer.net. But, it may possibly be only for Avira offers, like for offering Avira upgrades, f.e. As long as that's all the user will get for offer pop-ups, then it's tolerable for a free version of Avira. However, if the user will also be notified of offers for unrelated third-party softwares, then this'll be annoying and shouldn't happen. None have appeared since I installed Avira Free AV 2014 several days ago though.

      My Web Protection shield is disabled and this might be due to having told Malware Defender to deny installation of some offercast installs, files, registry changes, ..., while having allowed some others. If I told MD to deny them all, then the offercast executable still got installed.

      Web Protection shield, however, seems to require installation of some toolbar specifically or else very related to the functionality of the shield. I don't think it's the Ask thing that people installing Avira can opt out of, but maybe it is. It doesn't really matter to me though, for I don't want anything added to Firefox and will just use Avira Free AV 2014 without the Web shield enabled. It's how I've always known Free or Personal Antivir to be and it's always been suitable for me.

      I surf carefully though and some people don't. For them, the Web shield is probably a good idea to have activated.

  121. roger golde December 7, 2013 at 1:28 am #

    I currently use Security Essentials, Malwarebytes (free) and Spybot. It sounds like Avira might be a worthwhile addition especially for the real time protection. Thanks for the free chance at the Avira Suite along with appreciating your somehow managing to publish a useful Ghacks every day.

    • Mike Corbeil January 2, 2014 at 12:05 am #

      roger golde,

      Installing Avira Free AV 2014 will complain about Malwarebytes, even the free, use on demand, only, version, and will surely complain about MSE as well as Spybot. I don't know if you need to do anything in the cases of MSE and Spybot, but you probably do. When it comes to the free version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware, however, you can just tell the Avira Free AV 2014 installer to continue while doing nothing about MAM. The Avira installer apparently can't do anything about MAM anyway, but I had Avira Free AV 2014 ignore MAM when installing this Avira version several days ago; simply clicking on Next or whatever the button is named. MAM (free) remains installed and continues to be used without causing any problems.

      If recalling correctly, then Spybot runs real-time all of the time even in the free version, if there's also a non-free version. I have this software but never use it, so am not familiar with it besides knowing that what I last read about it is that it runs real-time all of the time, if a user chooses this option, which I don't. (It came installed with the system when I bought this PC and I may've disabled r-t all of the time operation because of never having read any reviews seriously favorable about it. Some have been favorable, but it seemed rather light for positive review(s), say.)

      If you have it running r-t all of the time, then maybe this could cause some conflicts with Avira Free AV 2014. This requires input from far more expert people than I am. Based on what I've read over the past year or so, they'd say to either uninstall Spybot or to disable its r-t all of the time operation. It still takes the experts to be able to provide more accurate or definitive responses to this type of question though. All I can say for sure is that you can install Avira Free AV 2014 with free MAM installed without any problems by just telling the Avira installer to move on to the next step of installation.

      After all, if MAM isn't running r-t all of the time, only being run on occasion and on demand, then there's no way that it should interfere with the operation of Avira running r-t all of the time because MAM is normally dormant. I only use MAM on demand when verifying downloads. It doesn't seem to do any good, for it never reports finding anything suspicious; but, I continue to use it on demand anyway. It has to be okay to use it this way, I figure.

      You probably have MSE running r-t all of the time and may have Spybot doing the same thing. It's been said for many years that no two AV's should be running in this manner, so, f.e., MSE and Avira or Avast!. Spybot was formerly different in this regard, but it seems that this condition has changed with enhancements made to AV's. My guess is that more expert people would tell you to disable r-t all of the time execution of these two applications, and some might tell you to wholly uninstall these.

      I wonder if it's really necessary to uninstall them if they're set to run only on demand. If it isn't a good idea to run them that way with Avira running r-t all of the time, then the question is why not. For now, and only based on what I've read, plus a little instinct, I'd suggest that you change MSE and Spybot to run only on demand and then tell the Avira installer to ignore these apps so that the installer continues with the rest of the Avira installation. Let Avira run r-t all of the time and use the others only on demand.

      I don't have a clue why that should or could be a problem.

  122. George December 7, 2013 at 1:37 am #

    I am also a user of avira free. Never forked the cash for a paid antivirus

  123. Daniel Zambrano December 7, 2013 at 1:41 am #

    I am a huge fan of Avira, recently have checked some reports that Avira is one of the best Free Antivirus. Always used it.

  124. Ray December 7, 2013 at 1:43 am #

    Hi Martin,

    I use Avira since 4 years now and have been happy since. It is one of the best in terms of detection and does the job efficiently without hogging too much system resources. I would love to give the premium suite a try. Count me in for the giveaway.

    Thanks
    Ray

  125. scroffa December 7, 2013 at 2:43 am #

    Wow! I've never seen so many responses. I'm giving a try
    'cause my BitDefender is evaporating in January and I don't know
    if I want to continue with BD or try something new. I also realize that if I don't
    compare progs I'll never find what's good or bad.

    Regards

    scroffa

  126. Asriel Rusdyawan December 7, 2013 at 3:09 am #

    I still stick on Microsoft Security Essentials.
    Please count me in too.
    Nice Giveaway!

  127. vhick December 7, 2013 at 3:16 am #

    My current security setup is Avast Free with Sandboxie free.

  128. HarleyBBorn December 7, 2013 at 4:59 am #

    One my Laptops and my desktop i am using a trial of G Data Antivirus 2014. On my other laptop i am using a trial of Kaspersky Antivirus 2014. At one time or another i have tried most of then that are out there. Some are fairly good and some are awful and some are just plain resource hogs.

    I would like the chance to try out Avira.

    Thanks

  129. Mr. Burrell December 7, 2013 at 5:05 am #

    I use Avast Free and Comodo Antivirus on Windows 8.1 64-bit with Malwarebytes Pro. I doubt I need Avira as it has way to many false positives, but my I know quite a few people who would love it as it is fairly light on resources.

  130. Gurmohan Boparai December 7, 2013 at 5:09 am #

    I am currently using Avast Free antivirus which is far better than AVG but i got Avira Antivirus Suite then i will start using this rather that avast.

  131. Sonia December 7, 2013 at 8:09 am #

    Currenty i am using the microsoft security essentials.I Iove this antivirus suite

  132. Eaglenik December 7, 2013 at 8:34 am #

    Yey for Avira !

  133. Ishaan December 7, 2013 at 10:52 am #

    Hi,

    Kindly count me in, i am using Comodo IS..
    Thank You.

  134. Ademas December 7, 2013 at 11:03 am #

    Currently using Avast. Looking forward to try Avira! :)

  135. Pankaj Patil December 7, 2013 at 12:02 pm #

    Hi,

    I use Avast free antivirus. But I'd like to try this one.

  136. Zam December 7, 2013 at 12:09 pm #

    I use nod32. Avira sounds impressive.

  137. FR89jjk December 7, 2013 at 1:20 pm #

    Hello, I wanna participate.

    I actually use MS security essential in windows 7.

  138. Rupa December 7, 2013 at 2:05 pm #

    Avira Antivirus is world's no. 1 antivirus security solution software. I currently use free version. Thanks for Avira Antivirus suite 2014 giveaway.

  139. Narender Singh December 7, 2013 at 2:43 pm #

    Running AVG Internet Security, but because the license will experice soon, gonna be awesome if I win one :D
    Thanks for the giveaway :)

  140. Ryan December 7, 2013 at 3:52 pm #

    I used to be a huge fan of AVG but then switched over to MSE for the past 5 years. As of last week I am now running Avast. All of which were the free versions.

  141. serdar December 7, 2013 at 4:26 pm #

    i use Norton Internet Security and my subscription will end up after 40 days :D
    thanks for the giveaway

  142. phase December 7, 2013 at 4:45 pm #

    I am currently using avira free. It works fine and low on resources. When helping friends, most always install avira for them.

  143. Shai December 7, 2013 at 5:20 pm #

    I'm on Windows 8.1 Pro with the Built-in Windows defender and SmarScreen (the OS variant, not the IE variant) both enabled.
    I found SmarScreen to be rather useful for blocking unknown or 0-day threats. It is not a full-fledged HIPS, nor do I think it should be, but it does exactly what the average not risk-taking user needs.
    On top of that I use Sandboxie for sandboxing, a hardened enough (nothing too crazy) security policy, images of the OS status after major changes, and regular backups of important information.
    For experimentation purposes I also have a Virtual Machine available.

    AV is a reactive approach, which I don't think it sufficient in light of the current security threats map. For most users, the biggest security risk is getting infected by a drive-by malware and the best tools to block it are sandboxing and/or (light) visualization,
    Taking snapshots (images) of the system in the appropriate interval can also come in handy.
    A virtual machine is, to me, a near perfect solution for testing softwares and/or taking educated risks.
    And of course, backups, backups, backups of all important information.

    With a good layered security system a real-time protection by an AV is just the finishing touch, and arguably not even necessary (on-demand scans still are).

    My recommended security system:
    1) Common Sense: Nothing can replace it and it is the most valuable tool to have;
    2) Sandbox or light virtualization solution: To minimize the risk of drive-by infections;
    3) Virtual Machine: For testing/experimenting purposes;
    4) Firewall, lower user privileges just to the right amount, and hardening the security policy;
    5) Snapshot of the OS status and regular backups of important data;
    5) Anti Virus, Anti Malware as the last line, piece of mind, of defense.

    For users with sensitive information, encryption is also pretty much a must.

  144. chodorowicz December 7, 2013 at 5:50 pm #

    I'm currently using and testing Bitdefender (free version). So far so good, but I gladly move to Avira premium.

  145. NELLO December 7, 2013 at 6:23 pm #

    GHAKS.NET IS THE BEST

    Thanks for the review & contest!
    I'm currently using Avast Free AV, I need a LICENSE

  146. Brian December 7, 2013 at 7:26 pm #

    I am currently using Microsoft Security Essentials on Windows 7, supplementing with Spyware Blaster and MVPS custom Hosts file as well as being savvy about the sites I browse and only using web-based e-mail. I actually switched from Avira to try MSEC out. Windows Explorer seems to have a massive delay since I started using MSEC, so maybe I can go back to Avira and it's attractive new features...

  147. Andrew Koster December 7, 2013 at 7:58 pm #

    i'm using avast free.wouldn't mind trying Avira.

  148. dinosaur07 December 7, 2013 at 8:58 pm #

    I think this is a very good internet protection suite, although i use KIS 2013. I look forward to hearing some very good news about this product. It`s important to mention that in the past i was an avast antivirus user.

  149. Joe December 7, 2013 at 9:28 pm #

    I am using AVG Free 2013

  150. BenRogersWPG December 7, 2013 at 10:10 pm #

    I currently use AntiVir public edition. Would love to use the suite. It's simply the best antivirus software out there!

    Thanks!

  151. Leo December 7, 2013 at 10:44 pm #

    Awesome giveaway! Currently using malwarebytes only, since I'm always careful when browsing.

  152. Thomas December 7, 2013 at 11:10 pm #

    I'm using avast free in combination with Private Firewall, Anti-rootkit and anti-exploit beta from antimalwarebytes, and exe radar pro. But I'd love to switch to avira premium (hated the popup in the free version)

  153. mecho December 8, 2013 at 3:29 am #

    hope to get one.. thannks

  154. Tal December 8, 2013 at 7:21 am #

    I love Avira, it is very good AV.
    Thanks
    Tal

  155. Dror December 8, 2013 at 7:21 am #

    Wow, cool, Thanks

  156. Adrian December 8, 2013 at 8:44 am #

    Great review! I've always wanted to use Avira but I've heard about ads in free version so I passed. I'm currently using Avast! Free and Malwarebytes for scanning every file I download. In the past I used Comodo, Kaspersky, Norton and AVG. Comodo was pretty good but I didn't like that it's main security was HIPS which I've found really annoying. Kaspersky was worst of them all because of performance hit I got when I've used it.

  157. vb December 9, 2013 at 8:24 am #

    i'm a fan of avira, thank you very much!!

  158. Ron December 9, 2013 at 1:45 pm #

    Currently using Qihoo 360 internet security, would like to ditch the great wall of China for German efficiency!

  159. Peter December 10, 2013 at 4:56 pm #

    I currently using Avast on my Mac computer.

    It works pretty well, and i find the program through this article.

    Hope others can benefit from it, as I did.

  160. Bryan Cerny December 12, 2013 at 4:36 am #

    My kaspersky license just expired. Looking to change things up a bit.

  161. Cheryl Vanessa December 23, 2013 at 5:32 am #

    Please count me in too for this Antivirus Giveaway.

  162. Michael December 23, 2013 at 4:06 pm #

    I don't use Avira, but it would be nice to win! Happy Hollidays!

  163. Sadashiva December 24, 2013 at 3:43 am #

    Is there any time limit for this giveaway to end? And declare the winner/s? Is this a real giveaway? If yes, count me in.

  164. Mujthaba December 31, 2013 at 3:10 pm #

    I have used the avira for few months and it make problem in windows 8 giving bluescreen error but i have fixed the problem by uninstalling avira. http://goo.gl/pgX1c3

  165. Zeeshan February 1, 2014 at 4:55 pm #

    i also like Avira very much but the only virus that is troubling me with Avira is the Vb Script file that mostly come with an affected USB and it does't detect it and creates shortcuts of the exe files in the USB and hides the original files.....

  166. ashu February 17, 2014 at 5:13 pm #

    i m currently using norton as a antivirus norton is best but it slow down my pc

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