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Avira Free Antivirus software claims to keep your computer safe when online without costing you a penny. Did this security software survive our testing? Read on to find out.
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Avira Free Antivirus
- Launch date: Aug 2012
- Type: Free anti-malware
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The main component of security software. It stops harmful programs from running on your computer.
Checks email for spam and other malware. Useful if you use Microsoft Outlook, but a good webmail service is more effective in blocking threats.
The first line of defence. Stops hackers probing your computer. Microsoft has an excellent firewall already built-in to Windows 7, but some packages replace it with their own.
Systems to protect against illicit use of your personal details.
Enables parents to control the access children have to the internet.
Some packages have a tool to help you back up your files - useful in event of computer failure.
Aims to speed up performance by removing unnecessary files.
Some packages allow you to control the same software installed onto other machines on your home network. This could be useful for ensuring that the computer in the child’s bedroom has up to date security software, for example.
Overall performance of the firewall and anti-malware features.
Online purchasing ease
Based on purchasing from the maker's website. Marks are taken off for over the top efforts to upsell.
Quality of reporting
How well the software interacts. Timeliness and clarity of security threat messaging, desktop status widget clarity, online support
How many features and tools the software provides