Avira Free Antivirus 13 review

Poor test results and non-functional buttons make this version of Avira Antivirus a disappointment

Darien Graham-Smith
15 Feb 2013

Avira’s latest interface is straightforward and usable – but in this free version, most of the features don’t actually work, and are there only to tempt you to upgrade to the paid-for suite.

The package also ties its web protection into an Ask.com toolbar that’s installed by default for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer. Still, the suite no longer pops up a big advertisement when it updates, so overall it’s less intrusive than previous versions.

Avira Free Antivirus 13

It’s nimble, too, adding a creditably low nine seconds to boot time and completing a quick system scan in 14 seconds. When we tried downloading a malicious file, the software warned us immediately – although, as well as removal options, the notification included a shameless link to paid-for support, which clearly wasn’t needed in this case.

Ultimately, though, it isn’t the advertising that lets Avira down, but the test results. AV-Test saw Avira achieve a low 84% detection rate against brand-new threats, and a similar overall repair rate of 85%. That puts its protection some way behind Avast Free Antivirus and AVG AntiVirus Free, making it an unattractive choice.


Software subcategory Internet security

Operating system support

Operating system Windows Vista supported? yes
Operating system Windows XP supported? yes
Operating system Linux supported? no
Operating system Mac OS X supported? no
Other operating system support Windows 8

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