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Many of the antivirus companies that offer PC protection software, place the same features in their free antivirus version as the paid editions. The only difference is that the paid version typically offers more advanced protection features than the free version.
With Avira Antivirus, if it is comprehensive protection you seek, the free version will not do the job. Instead of placing similar features in both versions, Avira completely changed the protection in the paid version making the free version rather lightweight.
If you are considering using Avira to protect your personal PC, here is a review and summary of two of Avira’s antivirus products offered in paid versions.
Although the free version of Avira offers similar features to the paid versions, the features are not protection related in terms of antivirus/anti-malware. Instead, the features are things like quick access to Facebook and web-based email accounts, the Ask toolbar, and SocialShield that helps parents keep track of their child’s social media activity.
In terms of the paid versions, Avira offers two different products which include the Antivirus Suite and the Internet Security Suite. Both products offer the following features:
If you choose Avira Internet Security Suite, you get the above features plus tools for boosting PC performance. The tools include the removal of junk files, memory optimization, hard drive and file error repair, and monitoring of PC startup programs.
According to a test conducted by AV-Comparatives, Avira Antivirus scored high in virus and malware removal, as well as performance and use of resources.
Here are some pros and cons to help round out the review:
Avira is offered as a one-year protection plan for both programs.
The Antivirus Suite is $44.99 for one user/one PC.
The Internet Security Suite is $66.99 for one user/one PC.
Avira is designed for use with the Windows operating system. Overall, the advanced virus technology, excellent tech support, and PC performance features make this a PC protection product worth considering.