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The popular free virus scanner "Avira Free Antivirus" will get a successor in 2020 with Avira Free Security with a new look and more functions.

Everything will come to an end one day, the popular virus scanner "Avira Free Antivirus" (previously known as AntiVir) will be replaced in 2020. The new free virus protection from Avira is Avira Free Security. The good news: It contains Avira Free Antivirus as a module, but also brings a lot of other components with it. So users still get the effective protection against viruses free of charge. This includes the integrated real-time scanner, which constantly monitors your system, as well as the targeted checking of files and folders. In addition to viruses, worms and Trojans, the antivirus program also knows adware and spyware. Heuristic detection is also on board, which can detect previously unknown malware on the basis of typical behavioral patterns.

Avira Free Security is more than Avira Free Antivirus


The specialty of Avira Free Security is that it is not just a virus protection. This is still very important in 2020, but not only. The following modules are also currently available:

  • Security: Virus scan, protection options, quarantine, software updater, firewall

  • Privacy: Browser Safety, VPN, Password Manager, File Shredder, Privacy Settings

  • Performance: PC Cleaner, Start Time Optimizer, Battery Optimizer, Driver Updater, Duplicate Finder



    • New look for easier operation


      A revised user interface in Avira Free Security ensures that the protection tool feels like a one-stop program. In addition to the current security status, the three main components "Security", "Privacy" and "Performance" can be reached with one click. When a system scan has been carried out, you can also see where there is still something to be done, highlighted in color.

      Smart Scan checks the system with one click


      A new function is the so-called Smart Scan. With just one click of the mouse, Avira Free Security not only checks your system for viruses, but also shows you, if there are problems with privacy or performance, a convenient one-click solution that can be accessed via the status screen. After the Smart Scan, you have the choice of either having the problems fixed or viewing details about them. But not the complete range of functions is free. For example, if you want to automatically update outdated programs or solve PC startup problems, you have to resort to payment software. You can also get them directly from Avira Free Security.


The best antivirus programs in comparison

To optimally protect your PC, you should only rely on the best antivirus software available. You can find an overview of the most reliable virus protection tools in our antivirus programs leaderboard.

AntiVir optimal: Hidden functions in the most popular virus scanner

Avira Free Antivirus is by far the most popular virus scanner at CHIP. However, not all features are activated after a standard installation. In our article, we will show you hidden features that you should know about.

With AntiVir you can automatically search for rootkits with a small setting; we also recommend that you activate the heuristic.

The free virus scanner can also detect programs that violate your privacy. You must activate this additional option in the settings under "General" and "Hazard categories". To do this, check the option "Programs that violate privacy".

What exactly does Avira do?

Avira is an antivirus program designed to protect your computer from harmful data. This means that the software detects dangerous viruses, computer worms and Trojan horses. Blocking and eliminating computer viruses is also one of Avira's tasks.

How can I repair Avira?

1. In the Windows Control Panel, under the “Programs” category, you will find the “Programs and Features” entry.
2. Then select the "Avira Antivirus" entry.
3. You will find the "Change" option above the list of your programs. As soon as you click on it, a new window will open.
4. Make sure that the check mark next to "Change program" is set and select "Next".
5. Now mark the components for which the error occurs. If you are not sure what the problem is, select all entries and click "Next".
6. Windows sets up the corresponding program parts again.

How can I temporarily deactivate Avira?

To temporarily deactivate Avira, right-click the Avira icon in the Windows status bar. Select the option "Activate real-time scanner". This means that the real-time scanner and thus also the protection provided by Avira are deactivated until further notice.

What is Avira Web Protection?

Avira's web protection is designed to protect you from dangerous content on the Internet. This includes spam and phishing attacks, as well as risky content such as malware. Avira web protection is activated via the antivirus interface, but it is part of the paid Pro version.

last changes

Avire Free Security is the official successor to Avira Free Antivirus. The free virus protection is still on board, but there are plenty of additional tools for security and system.

Telephone support for Avira Free Security (formerly AntiVir - Avira Free Antivirus) and more

Using the free landline number 069 2991 7711 get help from experienced experts on everything to do with your PC and software. The call is free. More information.

CHIP conclusion

CHIP conclusion on Avira Free Security (formerly AntiVir - Avira Free Antivirus)

"Avira Free Security" shows what a security suite must be able to do today. The package includes the free Avira Free Antivirus as well as numerous other protection modules and the popular Opera browser. But the modules can only be used to a limited extent in the free version. If you want all the functions, you have to use the paid version.

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Unfortunately, the installer does not offer the possibility to select the modules in advance. After installing Avira Free Security you will find six new entries in the program overview.

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Photo gallery: Avira Free Antivirus at a glance Antivirus programs put to the test: Top Security Suites for Windows Download newsletter including free special magazine Avira: Add exception for blocked applications

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