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Avira Antivirus Premium
December 16, 2010    
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Avira Antivirus Premium is an Antivirus Software for windows by Publisher Avira GmbH.

Avira Antivirus Premium Product Summary

Any computer user should know that an antivirus software is essential to avoid problems that may cause the system to crash. Once this happens, it may be impossible to retrieve lost data from your PC. Avira Antivirus Premium has received several positive reviews from its users, which is why it continues to be popular in the market.

If you or your company is in the market for a high value antivirus software, the Avira Antivirus Premium has to be in your shortlist.  It combines efficiency with the latest in detection and cleaning technologies along with a wallet-friendly price tag to make it simply one of the best value choices for you and your business. It’s free personal version is the best freeware security program that has earned VB100 awards last April. That means it can detect 100% of the viruses in the wild (circulating online).  The commercial premium version reviewed here carries the same features and improves on them with added functional richness.

Avira Antivirus Premium Features

Avira Antivirus Premium scans all files that you access with your computer. They are scanned before they are opened, which gives you the chance to prevent it from infecting your computer before it has invaded the system. The software is also equipped with the “Advanced Heuristic Analysis and Detection” that helps it analyze all files and detect whether they are viral in nature. Note that viruses are constantly modified so that regular antivirus software will not be able to detect them. Your antivirus software should be able to adapt to these changes to function more efficiently.

The 2012 Avira Antivirus Premium (formerly known as Avira AntiVir) boast following features that put it at par with other similarly endowed features costing more:

  • Detects and removes all types of viruses
  • AntiPhishing protects HDD date from online phishing attacks
  • AntiAd/Spyware eliminates ad/spyware
  • AntiDrive-blocks malicious code when downloading and surfing online.
  • AntiRootkit secures your PC against hidden malware
  • WebGuard protects against malicious websites when surfing
  • MailGuard protects email inbox from malicious code hidden in attachments (POP3/ SMTP/ IMAP)
  • QuickRemoval eliminates viruses at the push of a button
  • AHeAD technology detects unknown viruses through suspicious file behavior analysis
  • ProActiv technology detects system behavior that is under attack(only for Microsoft Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7 32-Bit systems)
  • RescueSystem creates a bootable rescue CD
  • GenericRepair automatically repairs of your PC!
  • ExpressInstallation installs Avira in just 5 clicks
  • NetbookSupport for laptops with low resolution
  • Avira Support when questions arise

Avira Antivirus Premium User Interface

One of the best features of the program is its highly intuitive and user-friendly interface that is allows both professionals and novice users to easily warm up to it without even going through the user guide. You can easily schedule daily, weekly or monthly scans depending on your preference. It is also much recommended for beginners because it does not take an expert to learn how to go about using the software. The UI design is simple with none of the clutter you can expect from a richly featured security software.  You can configure for auto scheduled scans, database updates and customized detection parameters. Previous users will not see any significant visual difference with the new release other than incremental updating.  It now includes a one-click button that immediately addresses any issue.  But more than being easy to use, Avira Antivirus Premium runs automatically in the background inconspicuously to monitor and protect the PC without you being aware it is running. Avira Antivirus Premium is easy to install and takes a minute to get used to the interface.

Avira Antivirus Premium Review

What is great about the software is that it does not eat much of the computer’s RAM while it runs in the background. This means that you can surf the net, type documents or do any other tasks while your computer is being scanned, without causing the computer to slow down significantly.

For its price, the Avira Antivirus Premium offers one of the most comprehensive protection against virus and several forms of malware like spyware, dialers, rootkits, adware, worms, Trojan  and malicious scripts, along with online threats including phishing, drive-by downloads, and from malicious email attachments and nasty websites. AV Comparatives has graded Avira to catch nearly 100% of the malware thrown at it and placed second to the best in the industry.

The “Virus Bulletin” recognizes Avira Antvirus as an effective software that can catch 99.3% of the viruses that invade the computer. The new version has further improved on its false positive detection with only 11 false positives tricking it (files Avira tagged as malware but is not in reality).

News for 2012 is its ExpressInstallation feature that gets it installed in just 5 button clicks so you can have your first system full scan in a few seconds after installation. It provides one of the fastest scanning speed which AV Comparatives verified at 17MB per second with little computing resource overhead.  That means you won’t notice any performance degradation as it works in the background doing deep scans or downloading to update its virus signatures database.

One feature that clearly stands out for its price is the AHeAD (Advanced Heuristic Analysis and Detection) technology which analyzes file behavior and detects potentially malicious code that are new and not included in its signature database but which is already residing in the PC.  This heuristic engine dynamically identifies and isolates files that betray them to be malware before they start to infect your PC. There's also Avira Antivirus ProActiv features which analyzes system behavior, apart from the AHeAD’s file behavior. This is triggered by system events that may indicate your system is under attack, and leaps into remedial action accordingly. 

Another new 2012 features for Windows 7’s 32-bit system is the GenericRepair functionality that automatically restores virus-damaged PCs as well as the Rescue System that creates a bootable CD in case of total failure to access your PC due to malware damage.

If there’s one area the product fails to impress is its online support.  While its website has a thorough FAQ section, and searchable knowledgebase along with a strong community forum called ProActiv where anonymous data from your PC is collected by Avira to allow you and the community higher awareness and faster protection against new attacks, you can’t get in touch with its professionals.  There is no help through emails, no online live chat and no US phone, let alone a toll-free one.

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