Avira AntiVir Personal 8 was released today and I thought it would be nice to write about this new release since AntiVir is one of the most popular free antivirus applications available. The most important question is of course about the new features in this new release of AntiVir. The homepage of the developer Avira is unfortunately not very informative when it comes to those information, the table that displays the features of the free version and the two commercial versions of AntiVir is showing several entries that are new.
The personal free edition of AntiVir 8 has two new features or improvements listed on that page. The first is a raised scan speed which is always nice obviously and the second a redesigned visual appearance. The other versions of AntiVir contain a new system to create Rescue-CDs and the Security Suite a new option to backup data.
Windows Vista Service Pack 1 is supported now as well and there is an option to choose between software updates and updates of the virus definition lists. The size of the download is roughly 22 Megabytes and it is still possible to perform a software update right after installation which I would recommend.
Update: Avira AntiVir Personal 8 has been updated and renamed. The latest version of Avira's security software is now called Avira Free Antivirus. The product offers the following features:
The free product does not offer web protection, or live support. Those features are only provided by the commercial Antivirus Premium 2012. You can try the commercial software for 30 days before you either need to uninstall it or buy a license that is valid for a year.
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