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Avira Antivirus (until 2011 Avira AntiVir ) is an anti -virus program of the German software maker Avira.

An opened umbrella in various forms is the traditional character of the company and its key product Avira Antivirus and the Auerbach Foundation.

Market positioning

For home users, the use of the freeware version Avira Free Antivirus is free, for extended functionality, or use in a commercial environment are available as premium versions Avira Antivirus Premium and Avira Internet Security available. Avira also offers consumers some other free programs in the field of computer security, business customer features to protect workstations, file, mail (English mail ) and proxy servers for the operating systems Windows, and Linux. Supporting the meantime available editions for PDAs and devices with Windows Mobile was stopped at the end of 2011.


In 1988 the company H BEDV data technology put the product AntiVir on the market, one of the first professional anti -virus software at all.

In June 2004, a protection against Internet Dialer has been integrated into AntiVir, the world at that time contained no other antivirus program. Because of the state of Baden -Württemberg gave the manufacturer under an SME Initiative awarded " Innovation of the Month".

In the same year a AntiVir port for Linux was released. Later the Unix variants FreeBSD, OpenBSD and Solaris were the next versions of Windows, from Windows 2000 support.

With the release of the 2012 edition named Avira its product range. The previously used brand AntiVir was abandoned; from Avira Antivir Personal, the free version, Avira Free Antivirus was from Avira AntiVir Premium was Avira Antivirus Premium and Avira Premium Security Suite was to Avira Internet Security.

On April 9, 2013 it was announced that Avira Free Antivirus now supports Windows 8 and Microsoft certified the product accordingly.

On June 30, 2013, the support for Linux is set. However, existing users should be supported by the manufacturer until June 2016.


Avira Antivirus defends trojans, worms and backdoors from, protects against dialers, called dialers and rootkits. Infected files can be repaired in most cases.

Integrated is a facultative constantly active virus guard for real-time monitoring of the activities on the computer. Once you want to access a file that holds the monitor for harmful, it issues a warning and prevents the execution of the suspicious routine. The program may use a heuristic function to protect against previously unknown viruses.

If you suspect a false positive from Avira Antivirus or previously unseen malware is possible to upload the affected files Avira for an accurate analysis.

In June 2004, a protection against Internet Dialer in AntiVir has been integrated.

Since version 7:06 Avira Antivirus has a process protection, the aim of which is to prevent the termination of the virus guard by another program. With version 8.1 of the program has been visually redesigned and modularized.

The published in March 2009 Version 9 introduced support for dual-core processors and in the freeware version a spyware protection and support for less powerful netbooks.

Version 10 of the software was released on 23 March 2010 and contains the behavioral detection ProActiv, which is to detect unknown malware based on certain patterns. In addition, the user interface has been redesigned and improved the generic repair. This should now infected files and the Windows registry may be better adjusted malware.

As the benefit of an anti -virus program is higher, the current virus definitions are used, Avira Several times a day at irregular intervals, new virus definition files.

On 4 October 2011 the version appeared in 2012 Avira Antivirus ( formerly Avira AntiVir ). The program should be resource-conserving and remove new viruses more effectively; it requires a 1 GHz processor, 1 GB Ram and 150 MB free hard disk space. Moreover, the surface was greatly refreshed.

Free Samples

Antivirus checked in the free edition postal traffic not directly when sending or receiving. The virus scanner but with every file access attempt, among other things, when you save a letter or a letter appendix, active.

The recorded since the issue 10 behavior recognition is not included in the free version.

With the issue AntiVir Personal Edition Classic 7.0, the program's own advertising has been strengthened. Once a day during the update shows a so-called pop-up window with an advertising display.

From issue 10.2 (also called " Service Pack 2" called ), which was published in June 2011, is miteingerichtet the toolbar " ASK Toolbar " for each used the default browser with the free edition of anti- virus along with the setting " WebGuard ". The toolbar of the U.S. search engine company Ask.com is an included in the browser proxy -like service that transmits any surfing habits of the user to the manufacturer of the tool bar. The toolbar is therefore considered by many users as adware and / or spyware.

Since October 1, 2013 no daily advertising display more appears, regular pop-ups point to the premium versions.

Test results

2008 AntiVir " Advanced " reached both in the field of signature-based detection as well as in the field of heuristic detection. The reaction time when deploying security updates was an investigation, according to the computer magazine Chip at a maximum of two hours.

Version 9 bribed in a test of the computer magazine c't by a very good detection of web exploits. However, this function is active only in the premium version.

Version 10 scored in a test by AV-Test very good results.

In a test of Stiftung Warentest Avira Internet Security 2012 received the best grade ("good" 2.1 ). Avira Free Antivirus achieved the best result in the free programs ( score of 2.1 ). 2011 had occupied the second place along with competing products G Data Internet Security and Eset Smart Security Home in the test AntiVir Premium.

Auerbach Foundation

The Auerbach Foundation (own spelling Auerbach Foundation ) was on 26 May 2005 by Tjark Auerbach - founded in Nuremberg - a partner of the firm Avira. The Foundation's capital amounts to 100,000 Euros. The foundation, which is supported from the proceeds of sales of retail products of the company Avira, promotes charitable and social projects with financial donations. In the years 2010 and 2011, according to the Foundation a total of about 160 projects have been funded, with the delivery each was more than 3 million euros per year. Among the funded projects include, inter alia, the initiative Secure network helps.