Download AntiVir Personal 8.2.00.334Monday, October 27, 2008 18:59
Download AntiVir Personal 8.2.00.334
Avira AntiVir Personal - FREE Antivirus is a reliable free antivirus solution, that constantly and rapidly scans your computer for malicious programs such as viruses, Trojans, backdoor programs, hoaxes, worms, dialers etc. Monitors every action executed by the user or the operating system and reacts promptly when a malicious program is detected.
Avira AntiVir Personal is a comprehensive, easy to use antivirus program, designed to offer reliable free of charge virus protection to home-users, for personal use only, and is not for business or commercial use. Available for Windows or UNIX.
AntiVir Personal Features
* detects and removes more than 150,000 viruses
* always among the winners of comparison test featured in computer journals
* the resident Virus Guard serves to monitor file movements automatically, e.g. downloading of data from the internet
* scanning and repair of macro viruses
* protection against previously unknown macro viruses
* safeguard against cost generating dial-up program
* protection against trojaner, worms, backdoors, jokes and other harmful programs
* easy operation
* Internet-Update Wizard for easy updating
* Protection against previously unknown boot record viruses and master boot record viruses
Download.com Editor’s Review of AntiVir Personal
For a free antimalware and antivirus app that also runs in your system’s background, AntiVir works surprisingly well. Its scans are flexible, allowing the user to fully scan all hard drives, choose a preloaded scan–for rootkits, for example–or customize a scan. Combining the antimalware with the antivirus is a luxury in a free scanner. After testing on several machines no viruses turned up, although several malicious hidden files did rear their heads. The heuristic scan can be turned on or off completely or partially, with three different intensity levels.
The quarantine is extensively thorough, too. The spreadsheet layout displays all relevant information about the quarantined file, and gives you options to scan it again, restore, delete, and more. The scheduler is fully customizable. Definition files are available at Avira’s Web site if needed, and the help features are excellent, as well, with a description box relaying mouse-over information on each feature. Version 8.0 has introduced a faster engine and a faster definition file update, both of which are instantly noticeable improvements and yet still a bit slow.
Initial concerns about the real-time Guard protection hamstringing system performance proved groundless. Although we could shut off AntiVir and its Guard, there was no way to remove the icon from the system tray or stop the occasional ad placement by Avira. The Complete Scan is no longer numbingly slow, but it will pauses midscan to let you know when it’s found a threat. That’s good for killing nasties, but it also means that the scans needs baby-sitting.
Despite these hang-ups and the nag screen that follows updates, we found AntiVir to offer such effective protection with such a well-rounded set of features that as long as the definitions file updates keep coming, this app is our first line of defense.