Avira 12 renews commitment to security Video
Avira 12 renews commitment to security Video Transcript
Hi, I'm Seth Rosenblatt for CNET and in this first look, I'll be showing you which has got a lot better and a little bit worst in Avira Free Antivirus 12. First of, the installation is much improved. It's now got a two-click install. The simplest of the major free security suites. One of those clicks will take you pass the Ask.com toolbar and search engine redirect. But, at least Avira is polite. It's an opt in, not opt out experience. The installation will also aggressively auto-detect competing security components and remove them. Avira runs a quick scan when you first install it to ensure that your system is clean. It took about 1 minute and 25 seconds on my test machine. Very fast. A full scan that I run immediately afterwards took 96 minutes to complete which is about average for that kind of scan. The engine powering the scans has been improved too. Your host file is protected by default and resource usage has been slashed. And, after the daily Virus Definition File Update, Avira still takes over your screen with a pop-up asking you to upgrade. The company told me that they kept it because their users like it. The new interface is simple and mimics that of many competitors. The new on/off buttons make it easy to toggle features although it's not worthy that the free version is quite restrictive of one compared to its free competition. The free suite has browsing protection but lacks, let's say, silent gaming mode which many of Avira's free competitors offer. Upgrading to Avira Internet Security 12 does get you those features. It also gets you parental controls and the firewall. I found the firewall to actually be obnoxiously chaddy. You also get life support in the premium edition which is nice. Avira has had a mixed record on false positives although recent tests indicate that it's been getting better on that front. However, there's no doubt that as a free product, it offers less than the competitors and not always for a heightened level of security. If you like Avira, I'd say you're fine to stick with it. But, if you're not happy, you do well to jump ship. With a first look at Avira Free Antivirus 12, I'm Seth Rosenblatt.
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