Avira 2012 Beta Versions Now Available

Martin Brinkmann
Sep 9, 2011
Updated • Dec 16, 2014
Antivirus, Security

It is the time of the year again where security software developers are pushing out updates for their products that increase the version or year by one.

Avira has just started the official beta test for their new product line, which includes beta versions of Avira Free Antivirus, Avira Internet Security 2012 and Antivirus Premium 2012.

Windows users who are interested in participating in the beta to get their hands on the security software early, need to head over to the new Avira Beta Center and register for an account on the site to join beta tests that Avira offers.

Avira promises increased usability, reliability and stability in the new versions of its programs. This begins with the installation process which has now been streamlined so that for example Free Antivirus can be installed with just two clicks in express mode.

The programs will furthermore scan for potentially incompatible software programs like other security software automatically, giving users the choice to remove those products or keep them installed regardless of the message.

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All program modules have been hardened to take into account new targeted malware attacks against security software. Avira notes that this includes the "ability to function without many registry keys, better protection against process termination and component deletion".

A Fix Problem button has been added to the software to five users a one-click solution to issues that they encounter. That's handy for inexperienced users in most cases as the software makes decisions for them.

Components have been updated in the 2012 releases. The firewall for instance is now able to filter IPv6 addresses on the adapter level, and mail and web protection are now able to work in IPv6 environments as well.

The Windows Hosts file will be protected in all Avira 2012 product versions against manipulation and tampering, a feature that was previously only available in Avira Internet Security.

Do the new features justify upgrading or installing the beta versions of the 2012 products? I personally would suggest to wait with the upgrade or installation in work environments, considering that beta products may still cause issues on a system.


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  1. LiberalismIsAMentalDisorder said on October 6, 2011 at 11:30 am

    Just installed the latest & working seamlesslessly & without any toolbars etc. in sight.Brilliant.

  2. memag said on September 25, 2011 at 4:24 pm

    I always liked Avira. The fact it pops out means it’s doing and detecting something.
    If you don’t wan’t popups, don’t install antivirus at all. If after all these years you can’t configure your first protection then you are too lazy. Avast is no where near avira detection, but sure is a “pleasure to use” since, you don’t have to interact and know what is going on. Avira can be tuned to your liking, you don’t have to “clean” every file manually.Read the manual.

    Avira is one of the best of all time.

  3. dimas ( satu-karya.com ) said on September 16, 2011 at 5:11 pm

    Ouhh nice ,, link download ?

  4. breez said on September 12, 2011 at 10:30 am

    iwill work

  5. raj said on September 10, 2011 at 5:27 am

    I would still recommend avira. I am using the premium version with a promotional key for 6 months to 2012. There are lots of promotions running for avira and if you look for it, you can use avira premium without annoying ads and popups and without shelling out lots of cash

  6. Mike J said on September 9, 2011 at 5:00 pm

    I tried it at least three times over the years. It was a pain;wouldn’t update among other things. Really too bad as it always comes in no.1 in independent AV tests, for freeware.
    I am sticking to Avast, which is a pleasure to use.

  7. Greg said on September 9, 2011 at 4:22 pm

    One thing I hate about Avira is it keeps asking you what to for every viruses it found. If your friend’s USB drive have 100 viruses, expect to click “Clean”, “OK” for a hundred times.

    1. Jyo said on September 9, 2011 at 6:04 pm

      Agreed! Avira just simply spams your computer with pop ups whenever a virus is found. I too was a big avira fan, but left for avast because of the toolbar fiasco.

  8. Dan said on September 9, 2011 at 1:15 pm

    I was a big fan of Avira, evangelizing to anyone who asked me what free AV I would recommend. That is, until Avira started installing a toolbar. For shame. Now I recommend either MSE or Avast. Does the new version have the offending toolbar?

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