Avira Antivirus 2011 review
A German free antivirus software
The first Avira Antivirus software was officially launched more than twenty years ago. The German free program has since then become very popular with customers worldwide. Is their latest version better or worse than previous versions? Find out the answer from our test and review below.
Fast installation process
First off, let’s see how installation went. To download the new Avira Antivirus 2011 software we simply went to the company’s official site, chose the language and started the download process. The software is available for free download. Once finished, the actual installation took very little and was very fast; only five clicks were necessary when we started our test. After the installation was over, the program started a first scan in no time at all and it also automatically updated itself. The main window has a simple yet appealing design; navigation was very easy thanks to the easy-to-use controls; beginners will thus have no problem using this antivirus program. A new thing we noticed about this software: it included a one-click fix option whenever there was a problem that needed solving.
AHeAD and ProActive technologies
In the features department, the Avira Antivirus 2011 comes with some superb ones; we especially liked the AHeAD technology, the ProActive scanning and community network and, finally, the possibility to create a bootable rescue disk. The former stopped viruses missed by usual signature-based detection by analyzing files that presented certain characteristics giving it away as malware and afterwards destroying them to prevent computer infection; the ProActive scanning and community network feature successfully monitored our PC’s system behavior and collected data to send it to an online Avira community in order to prevent future virus problems. Finally, the last feature we tested for our review helped us burn a disc which we then used whenever our computer would crash and refuse to restart.
Good detection rate
Concerning the scanning process, the Avira 2011 performed admirably; it didn’t slow down our computer and its effectiveness detection rate was about 99.3% of malware. Scanning speed was 17MB per second. The software also featured an integrated e-mail scanner that worked very well. The antivirus program simply worked in the background and we didn’t have to monitor or even update it; it did it all by itself. If you have a generous budget, you can download the full version which offers advanced protection against drive-by downloads and phishing scams.
Customer support is provided online. There is a very useful knowledgebase and a FAQ section on their site; there’s even a forum where you can ask for help or advice. The conclusion of this review is that the new Avira Antivirus 2011 is a good choice if you need protection for your computer.