Update: Avira Antivir 10 is no longer the most recent version. You can download the latest version of the antivirus software from the official company website.
The popular antivirus software Avira Antivir has been updated, and it now offered on the developer's homepage for download. Avira Antivir 10 Personal is provided in several editions including a free edition with limited functionality.
Antivir 10 Free, often also called Antivir 10 Personal, includes the antivirus, anti-malware, anti-spyware and anti-rootkit modules but lacks features like anti-spam, backup or a firewall which are only available in Antivir 10 Premium or the Avira Security Suite.
The installation of the antivirus software is straightforward. It takes only a few clicks to install the program. A custom installation option is provided to block the installation of some components, specifically the Antivir Guard, AntiVir rootkit detection and the shell extension. Blocking the first two only makes sense if another security software protects the computer system from those threats.
Avira Antivir 10 displays a configuration wizard on first start. Inexperienced users might be best of to leave everything at default settings while advanced users can configure the detection level of the AHeaD heuristics module, the types of threats that Avira Antivir Personal should detect (adware, dialers, games, fraudulent software, backdoor clients and more) and the startup type of the software.
Avira 10 still displays advertisement popups to the user (take a look at How to disable the ad popup in AntiVir to disable the popup).
The program performs a quick scan after installation that checks the most important file locations and processes. It is recommended to perform a complete system scan afterwards.
The interface has been redesigned and all available options can be reached with just a few clicks. Avira AntiVir Personal displays three menus on the left sidebar: an overview that displays the current protection status, events and reports, local protection that can be used to perform scans or administration that provides access to the quarantine and scheduler.
All of the options are also accessible from the top menu. It is to early to judge the effectiveness of the program but initial tests by AV-Tests "detected an excellent 98.6% of malware and achieved a "high level" of rootkit detection".
Avira Antivir 10 now supports cloud based detection of threats, a concept that is becoming increasingly popular with security software developers. The antivirus software introduces a generic repair feature "for damage that may be caused by new variants of viruses and malware".
Avira Antivir Personal can be downloaded from the developer's website. It has a size of 40 Megabytes and compatible with both 32-bit and 64-bit editions of the Microsoft Windows operating system.
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