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Review: Avira AntiVir Professional antivirus software

Avira AntiVir Professional solves the problem of the often-confounding protection from viruses and malware/spyware on workstation computers.

Our consulting firm has witnessed a huge rise in the amount of virus infected machines we see - both on a business and residential level. On the business level, paid solutions are the only way to go. When your machines are housing mission-critical data, you need as much (and as powerful) protection as you can get. But on the residential side of things, there are features that aren't as critical. Most every AntiVirus company offers editions for both user groups, including Avira. However, Avira does not seem to have the same popularity as its competition. This is a shame, because my experience shows Avira AntiVir Profesional catches infections when other tools don't.

System requirements (Windows version)

  • Supported operating systems: Windows 2000 (SP4 and update rollout), XP (SP2), Vista (SP1), and Windows 7
  • System memory: Greater than 192MB for XP and greater than 512MB for Vista/7
  • Hard Drive space: greater than 40MB (plus space for quarantine) and 100MB temporary installation space
  • Cost: 1 year subscription is about $30USD. (Company is located in Europe)
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Who's it for?

Avira AntiVir Professional is for anyone exhausted by their current AntiVirus solution allowing viruses to get through and infect their machines. Avira AntiVir is also a sound solution for those who would rather have AntiVirus and malware/spyware detection under one application.

What problem does it solve?

Avira AntiVir Professional solves the problem of the often-confounding protection from (and/or elimination of) viruses and malware/spyware on workstation computers. And since the number of viruses in the wild is always on the rise, good protection is the difference between getting work done and not.

Standout features

  • Rootkit protection
  • Real-time monitoring of both viruses and malware
  • Archive detection with adjustable recursion
  • Light weight scanning and monitoring
  • Fast signature update
  • Email and Web protection
  • Multi-threading support
  • Boot scan support
  • Windows Explorer integration

What's wrong?

The biggest problem with Avira AntiVir is that the installation is not as straight-forward as other, similar products. There are numerous components to the Professional edition that could easily trip up the average user.

Competitive products

Bottom line for business

If you are looking for one of the best AntiVirus solutions available, don't pass up Avira AntiVir Professional. It's business-ready protection that is easy enough to use for the average user, but offers enough features and options to satisfy even those higher-up on the administrative food chain.

User rating

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21 comments
spyphonethe
spyphonethe

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uberjew
uberjew

I just purchased Avira Pro based on it's success in finding viruses that others don't. Vipre sounds one to try in the future. I've used NOD32, McAfee, Norton, Avast, AVG, and MSE. So far, I've only really been impressed w/Avira. AVG used to be good. Avast is pretty decent. I have found NOD32 to be a bit underwhelming compared on it's shining reviews.

Justin James
Justin James

IT folks in shops with more than a handful of PCs need central management and monitoring... does Avira have that? That's one big reason why folks end up with Symantec or McAfee even though they hate the app itself, there are only a few of 'em with the central management. J.Ja

l_creech
l_creech

Avira AntiVir is a good product. I have a few customers using it, and I'm using it on one system. I run multiple AV products on a variety of systems. My favorite by far is Sunbelt Software's Vipre, which so far has let nothing into my network or into my church network. I have just upgraded both of these networks to Vipre Enterprise Premium which now includes a firewall. Far more than I could say for either Symantec or McAfee products. Sunbelt also gives free support for the life of your license agreement, something other vendors could learn from. I've never needed support, nor do I expect to; but it's nice to know I won't need my AMEX card if I do. My second line of defense is HitMan Pro which is a cloud based scanner. www.surfright.nl - Fast, small, available in 32 and 64 bit versions. Other products I use include Mbam, MS Essentials, MS Forefront, and Avast Professional.

SKDTech
SKDTech

some products are better than others but nothing is 100%. I use Microsoft Security Essentials for my personal comps along with Malwarebytes AntiMalware and Spybot S&D. For periodic scans I have Avast and ClamAV. The best protection is an educated user.

john3347
john3347

I use Avira free edition on my Windows 2000 computer, but I am quite satisfied (actually better satisfied)with Microsoft Security Essentials on my XP machines and Windows 7 Machine. I had switched from AVG free to Avira on all 8 of my computers a couple of years ago and then switched to MSE when it went beta several months ago. If MSE became available for Windows 2000, I would switch that computer also.

Slayer_
Slayer_

...I have ever used so far. It has the smallest memory footprint, the fastest realtime scanning, and a very good scanner. It also gets updates every day. On my home computer and on any clients with very old hardware, this is my choice of virus software solution.

Mark W. Kaelin
Mark W. Kaelin

Are you seeing more virus-related attacks in your organization lately? What applications are you using for defense?

l_creech
l_creech

Vipre Enterprise has the nicest management console I've dealt with by far. I totally agree that having that is mandatory even in a small/midsize shop, but especially in a large shop. Don't know if Avira offers it, haven't looked either. I have used NOD32, Kaspersky, Symantec, and McAfee in the recent past with less than stellar opinions of them all. //editted for spelling

boxfiddler
boxfiddler

educate themselves if there was no one to come to their rescue...

l_creech
l_creech

would definitely help. It would be nice if the education would start in grade school and be reinforced at home.

jfuller05
jfuller05

Along with MBytes and SuperAnti-Spyware. Some users (I have no control over this) use McAfee. Most users are with AVG though.

sura.jan
sura.jan

I also have Panda Cloud AV on one PC, seems OK. Sometimes I use Avira Live CD (bootable, on heavily infected PC). Avira is OK but reports many false positives from other AV's (Combofix, SDfix, Smitfraudfix, Prevx)

Justin James
Justin James

... Microsoft Security Essentials for personal use because it is insanely lightweight. I've experienced 2 virus infections on PCs I've used over the course of my life, and one of them I knew was a virus in advance. For our work systems, I use Microsoft Forefront Client Security. I'm not 100% certain about its protection levels, but I need the management. J.Ja

kristain
kristain

We are using the Kaspersky Antivirus. It is better software than all other antivirus software. Kapersky has an amazing track record for virus detection without slowing the system.

j.aussedat
j.aussedat

Avira Gmbh is a German company et is a very good product. It is bundled with Malwarebytes.

thamadgreek
thamadgreek

And I am totally ashamed. They use Norton and the sad thing is most of our time we are running around chasing false positive alerts. To make things better I run Avast and Malwarebytes from a live disc and it finds threats that Norton has missed. But I have expected this as they have always missed so many even on my home pc. That is why I refuse to use such a p.o.s. protection service.

Justin James
Justin James

I used TrendMicro, and liked it. Something that really disappointed me with Microsoft Forefront CS was that while it used SCOM/MOM for monitoring, I couldn't just hook it into my existing SCOM infrastructure, I had to deploy a deperate SCOM/MOM install, and with all of the headaches involved, it ended up with me having a whole VM with a dedicated SQL Server install for this. The next version really needs to be able to just point at an existing install. J.Ja

airjos
airjos

Avira did not stop my client's ave.exe infection, malwarebytes would not install, and spybot did not catch everything, and yes it was updated and immunized. Thankfully, I was able to boot UBCD4Win and update and run spybot from there, followed by superantispyware. Finally was able to boot windows, updated and ran mbytes, installed avast. I could have bought them a replacement tower for what it cost in time.