"Avira Antivirus Suite"
There's many options when it comes to Antivirus protection, and a prominent name in the industry has always been Avira. With the Avira Antivirus Suite, you have access to a handful of different security features. There's an ongoing battle between Antivirus developers and virus developers, and one of the steps Avira takes to ensure they have the upper hand is the Protection Cloud detection technology - offering real-time protection for your PC.
Four different types of security are all combined with this one Antivirus Suite, which offers protection for your PC, your child, your mobile device, and for anyone browsing the internet. There really isn't anything that Avira doesn't offer protection for, which is a major reason why they're such a popular choice for paid Antivirus programs.
The installation process was relatively standard, you can either choose Express for the quickest installation or Custom for more advanced users. You'll be given the option to use the Protection Cloud service or not on the first installer screen. If you're using a trial version you'll need to register an account within the installer, this will require a few bits of personal information; licensed users will enter their product key instead.
You'll be offered Avira SearchFree Toolbar, but you can opt to not install this feature. Once installation has completed, it will automatically begin updating.
Avira Antivirus Suite offers a relatively sleek, modern interface that groups everything into easily accessible categories. These groups include: PC Protection, Internet Protection, Child Protection, Mobile Protection, and Administration. Everything is accessible from the main screen of the program, which makes for a very likable and easy to navigate interface.
Each sub-menu you choose opens up within the same screen, so you don't need to worry about managing multiple windows - simply switch from one tab to the next just like you would with a browser. The menu screens are very straightforward and only show you the things you care about, but you can also go into more detail with the reporting tabs.
- Security everywhere you need it, with your kids, on your phone, while browsing the internet, and for your PC as a whole
- Easy to navigate interface, shows you the information you need to know in a way that is easy to understand
- State of the art Protection Cloud detection technology to make sure you're fully protected at all times from even the latest threats
- Detailed reporting and useful scheduling tools
- Relatively cheap price compared to other paid Antivirus programs
- Attempts to bundle an unnecessary toolbar (you can choose not to install)
Two other major competitors that offer high quality antivirus protection are Avast and AVG. Both of these programs offer similar protection compared to Avira and are perfectly acceptable choices. Also, don't forget about Avira Free Antivirus which is a free alternative to Avira Antivirus Suite from the same developers.
There really isn't anything wrong with Avira Antivirus Suite, and there certainly is a whole lot that is right about it. You won't be disappointed with this antivirus software.
Requirements: Min. 512 MB RAM, Pentium or later 1GHz minimum,150 MB free disk space
What's new in this version: EU
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