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AVIRA Free Anti-Virus Version ( – Freeware Review

Posted: 14 Jul 2011 01:21 PM PDT

Results Breakdown:

Passed – Did well in all of our tests

Acceptable – Could go ether way. But in most cases AVIRA passed

Failed – AVIRA did not work at all or only worked 1 out of 10 times we ran the test

Undetermined – Too soon to tell or lacking evidence to provide a solid answer

Not Tested – Has yet to be requested or there is some limitations to prevent accurate test results


Stability Of ProgramBarely Acceptable – We have received an OVERWHELMING NUMBER of e-mails about the lack of stability with the new AVIRA Free Anti-Virus ( -Also known as SERVICE PACK 2-.

DISCLAIMER: In this case both myself and my team have experienced the same issues as reported by our readership. It TRULY IS A SAD DAY for all AVIRA FREE ANTI-VIRUS supporter out there.


Number Of Time The Program Has Been Compromised By Hackers Or VirusPassed - No issues reported

Speed Of ScanFailed – Way slower then AVG Free Anti-Virus 2011.THAT IS, IF AVIRA SCANS YOUR SYSTEM AT ALL.

Does AVIRA Free Do Automatic Updates By Itself Without Any IssueFailed – No longer dependable

Residential Shield TestAcceptable – There is no doubt in my mind that AVIRA free was one of the best first line "anti-virus defense" programs out there. But unfortunately that is no longer the case. But it does still seem to have a slightly higher detection rate then AVG Free Anti-Virus 2011.


Internet Browser Cookie Detection And Removal TestFailed - I feel that AVIRA was not really even build to detect Internet cookies even in the most passive way. (Even thou it is listed as one of the types of files it is suppose to picks up)


Spyware/AdwareFailed – Seems to have missed every types of Spyware/Adware I tested it with 180souloutions, weatherbug, Zango and many many more. I am not sure why AVIRA says it picks up adware and spyware. When I have no reports of even the most basic spyware or adware being picked up by it. AVIRA has detected some infected websites. But thats just about it and I would not really call AVIRA a mainstream adware or spyware detection program. You are much better off with a dedicated Spyware/Adware program such as SUPERAntiSpyware or Spybot. rather then depending on Avira to pick it up fro you.

Root Kit Detection RatePassed – Even thou AVIRA does not have a dedicated Root Kit scanner like the new AVG 2011 does. It still has really rather good detection rate.

Win 7/ Vista / XP Virus Detection Rate Test – Win 7 Acceptable /VISTA Acceptable / XP Acceptable -  Pretty much the same detection rate across the board regardless of operating system. But there has been a decline in overall detection rate with this version over the older (


Overall Rating: 2 Passed, 5 Acceptable, 4 Failed, 0 Undetermined, 0 Not Tested (Total # of tests done 11)


My Final Verdict -PART 1- Avira Free seems to have suffered from a pre-mature SERVICE PACK 2 release. There are so many issues with this new version. I don't even know where to start. AVIRA seems to fail at almost all of what it was actually good at before the new update. You can't trust AVIRA to update or scan by itself anymore. The new toolbar is pretty much a waste of time and will often lead to drastic cut in Internet browser speed. The new toolbar may even cause your Internet browser to not even load up or stall and or hang.

My Final Verdict -PART 2- I highly recommend you stick with AVIRA Free Anti-Virus ( also known as the PRE-SERVICE PACK 2 version of AVIRA. I highly recommend you disable AVIRA'S PRODUCT UPDATES. Until all of the kinks of SERVICE PACK 2 have been patched.

Some of our readers have even blocked all UPDATES including AVIRA's Virus Definitions. BUT that is not something I would personally recommended as  it would defeat the purpose of having a virus program such as AVIRA free installed.

I would be more inclined to recommend to just skip or un-install AVIRA and install AVAST or AVG Free instead. Just to avoid this headache all together.


My Overall Score: 2/5


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SUPERAntiSpyware (4.55) Free Edition – Freeware Review

Posted: 14 Jul 2011 12:00 PM PDT


- It's 100% free

- Very small installation file (Only 12 MB)

- Both 32 bit and 64 bit versions are available to download

- VERY VERY easy to install and un-install if need be

- Very simple to use

- Very stable

- Overall detection rate has improved since the (4.50) version of SuperAntiSpyware

- Added definition update corruption protection (Added to prevent viruses from blocking any new definition / signature updates)

- Added product update corruption protection (Added to prevent viruses from blocking any new product updates)

- Has way less limitations then most other freeware versions

- Way better then it's other freeware competition

- Very simple interface with 5 easy to use one press buttons

- Very light on resources (Both Ram and CPU) generally on most computers you'll see under 50% CPU, RAM usage after only 1 to 5 mins (After initial start up of any of the 3 scan options -Quick Scan, Complete Scan or Custom Scan-)

- Really fast and accurate scanning

- Very quick updating

- Internet Explorer Browser Hi-Jack Protection


- No automatic updating

- No real time protection

- No Mozilla FireFox browser support (But there is no doubt in my mind this option will be in the upcoming  5.0 build version of SUPERAntiSpyware)

- No Chrome browser support (But there is no doubt in my mind this option will be in the upcoming  5.0 build version of SUPERAntiSpyware)

- Unable to use the scan scheduler

-  On the very rare occasion SUPERAntiSpyware will require you to reboot your PC. In order to remove some of the more difficult malware, spyware, adware and or Internet cookies on your computer.


Overall I give SUPERAntiSpyware Free Edition a 4 out of 5 – SUPERAntiSpyware is extremely effective even in it's freeware version package. You are not choked to death with too many stupid software limitations. Like so so many other freeware programs out there now. You can still update SUPERAntiSpyware and you can still use its 3 different scanning options (minus of course the scan scheduler option). The only 2 very minor downsides that I can see are that you have to manually scan and manually update SuperAntiSpyware yourself. (For most people this is not even a very big deal. Because we already do it anyways with our other freeware programs such as Spybot and Malwarebytes)

**Honestly freeware programs can't get much better then this. It's a must have for any PC owner. Whether you are tech guru or just a novice.


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