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.

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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.

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