Polymath send in the tip that another Antivir promotion is available that gives users access to Antivir premium for 180 days free of charge. The promotion form is available in English and German this time because two magazines are currently running the promotion. Computer Active is responsible for the English promotion while German magazine PC Welt for the German one.
It should not be a problem to use the license code in Antivir Premium versions that use a different language. It did work the last time I tried it. The online registration form asks for name, email and country. The information send to the email address is also directly available at the website after registration.
Basically an account at the Avira website is created with a six month license for Antivir Premium. The download link for the premium version and the required HBEDV.KEY is directly available in that account center. If you already have Antivir installed uninstall it before making the installation of Antivir Premium.
The Premium version will ask for the HBEDV.KEY file during installation. Just select it from your hard drive and everything should install just fine and without problems.
Update: The promotion has ended, and users can currently only download a 30-day trial version of Avira Antivirus Premium 2012 or Avira Internet Security 2012 from the official site. Just visit the website to download the trial version from there, but keep in mind that you need to register or uninstall it after 30 days of use.
An alternative would be to download the free version of Antivir instead which lets you use the program for as long as you want, as it is free.
Antivir seems to run those types of promotions from time to time. You could install the free version and wait for a promo to come up to switch to the paid version.
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