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This product behaves exactly like a virus. It sucked up my processor speed, it installed over 100 entries into my registry and removed my administrative rights. It took over an hour to remove every little bit of that stupid program. And some of it is still on my computer, I just had to go into the root and make it inactive. DO NOT INSTALL THIS "ANTIVIRUS".
I have a paid for version of Avira Antivirus software but keep getting an Avira messages popping up on my desktop telling me to update software. However, when I click to update the software then I get to a page suggesting I need to buy another product for £21. I had one today about Firefox, which is free so why should I pay £21 to update it. No clear instructions about blocking these messages.
I hope someone does come to this site to look at reviews before wasting their money. I wasn't as fortunate. I had used the "free" version of Avira and had a problem in September, 2018 and was talked into paying $212 (and some change) to remedy the situation. This month (March, 2019) I found that I was no longer able to scan and contacted Avira. They informed me that my system was corrupted and that in order to remedy that I would have to pay either $300 or $400 to remedy that situation. I am livid and found that the technicians are demeaning and rude, no matter how many times they called ma'am. Save your money and keep your blood pressure in check. STAY AWAY!!!
Avira used to be a good free antivirus. However, after a recent Avira update, my computer starts up with Avira TURNED OFF! I have to manually turn it on every time my computer is turned on. Still sticking with it, I took the on-line advice and uninstalled and reinstalled Avira. I made a huge mistake and clicked on the top google search result for "Avira free download." Apparently, Avira has changed things and this link downloaded "Avira suite" which also included Opera browser, Avira Free Phantom VPN, Avira Free System Speedup, Avira Free Software Updater, Avira Password Manager, Avira Antivirus Security, Avira Privacy Pal.
I did not realize this until after download because there was no page to show what is being downloaded and NO option to unclick each software. Other freeware also try to download additional stuff, but we always get option to unclick them! Worst of all, it is basically impossible to completely uninstall Avira and its other software through the usual means like Programs and Features>uninstall.
After multiple tries and partial success, I resorted to manually deleting the file folders themselves, which I wish I didn't have to. Even then, the Opera browser download cannot be uninstalled, as it was installed in some secretive way, requiring apparently Herculean efforts, involving registry manipulations and multiple layers of manual removal needed. I gave up. Do NOT install Avira EVER, especially Avira "free" Suite!!
If you are using Windows 10, never download this product. It absolutely refuses to be removed. Worse yet, it prevents you from updating your system. Ironic how Avira Antivirus prevents your computer from getting important security updates when it's supposed to protect it. It's even more ironic that an Antivirus is harder to remove than an actual virus.
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I was having a problem with Avira's Phantom VPN Pro not working. I tried calling customer support but when they answered they had a recording that said their phone lines are not open. I emailed customer support and still have not got a response after 5-days...
Hi, I go by Jules. I do not care for the free Avira version. Based off the reviews it was a bit lacking on the appealing side. However in early 2017 I was impressed with the reviews, VPN option and other factors. I love the ability to in depth customize how your computer operates. It's very simple for anyone with a few years under their belt of running antivirus and malware... may be a bit much for a newer/younger person just getting started. In a nutshell, I never considered the free version per the null reviews - I wouldn't know. Anyone who comments that Avira paid version is bad is worth laughing at in a sense that they're lying unintentionally or intentionally.
My favorite feature is the ability to clean the PC, optimize it, the VPN, and updating PC software. I think I run Avira Prime and it lets you use the product key on 5 devices that can quickly be removed to or not to add a new device. Not only is it worth the buck, they also do so well at blocking intrusions of any sort. I haven't gotten any notices of them in over a year. And I've noticed zero issues with speed, I've not needed to restart from a back up or anything - clearly it works very well. Naysayers of the paid version there shouldn't be any. Anyone complaining of the free-version, well I think you should read reviews before running software on your computer, "What were you thinking?"
I am an IT manager with 20 plus years of experience. I decided to try the free Avira Antivirus software in order to try before I buy. I was not happy with the persistent and continuous pop-up selling and pushing to buy the PRO version. I am also very unhappy that the software is written so that (much like a computer virus) the Avira Antivirus software will not uninstall using the standard software uninstall commands in Windows 10. Unless you enjoy being punked and harassed by malware on your PC, I recommend that you never install Avira Antivirus software and tell your friends.
I, also, just received update for Windows 10. When installing received message "Avira antivirus not compatible with this version of Windows, please uninstall." I have never installed Avira, and the uninstall contained no such application. A search of my PC could find no such program. So, Win10 update could not complete because of Avira, and I find no Avira on my PC: "catch 22".
Horrible, horrible product - Even the free version that I have cannot be gotten rid of in the computer with Windows 10. If you try and get rid of it, even reading their instructions, it re-inserts itself next time you turn on computer!!! And that's just the free version! No way would I pay for it, and will advise many others on social media of my bad experience. They have known of this for some time and won't do anything about it. BOOO AVIRA!!!
Avira Antivirus expert review by Shelley Elmblad
Avira Antivirus is a German multinational antivirus software company that offers Internet security for many different devices worldwide. In business since 1986, Avira launched one of the first antivirus programs.
Cloud-based scanning: Avira has a very high detection rate for cloud-based scanning. When a suspicious file is detected, it is checked in real time in the cloud for faster service.
Free: Avira offers free antivirus software, with more comprehensive protection with paid software Antivirus Pro at $44.99 and Internet Security Suite for $57.99. Instead of offering a firewall, Avira works with Windows Firewall. Avira is available for PC, Mac, Android and iOS devices. 30-day money back guarantee.
System tune up: The highest Avira version includes tools for keeping your computer running faster and encrypting files to prevent anyone from hacking into them.
Unwanted software shield: This feature finds potentially unwanted software that can be running from within legitimate software on your computer.
Easy to use: Avira’s dashboard is easy to use, and antivirus settings are easy to find so you can tweak them to fit how often you want your computer scanned.
Best for: Individuals and businesses.
Avira Antivirus Company Information
- Company Name:
- Avira Antivirus
- Year Founded:
- 330 Primrose Rd., Suite 610
- Postal Code:
- United States