Avira AntiVir Personal 8 review: Avira AntiVir Personal 8

CNET Editors' Rating

3.5 stars Very good
  • Overall: 7.3
  • Setup and interface: 7.0
  • Features: 7.0
  • Performance: 8.0
  • Service and support: 7.0
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The Good AntiVir Personal 8 has great test results for performance and effectiveness.

The Bad AntiVir Personal 8 is expensive and lacks security and utility features found in comparable products.

The Bottom Line AntiVir Personal 8 provides more than adequate malicious-software protection, but for the price, we expected more features and polish.

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Avira's AntiVir Personal 8 comes highly rated by independent third-party antivirus experts, so we were eager to compare it with other antivirus products. While we can't complain about its high level of protection, there were several nitpicks about the application itself that set us back. For one thing, you pay more for AntiVir, in part because of the exchange rate. However, there's a decided lack of features and finesse to the product. AntiVir reminds us of early editions of Nod32 , which had terrific test results, but poor user appeal. We were expecting a Norton replacement, and found something less.

Setup
AntiVir Personal 8 is available for Windows 2000, Windows XP, and Windows Vista. The free version contains fewer features; the premium version for three users, however, is more expensive than competitive products (in part because of the U.S. dollar-euro exchange rates). There is also a surcharge--a donation to the Auerbach Foundation--that adds 5 euro to the final price and cannot be removed from the shopping cart.

For this review, we looked at the paid and free versions of AntiVir Personal 8. The free version can be downloaded from Download.com. Also, a limited-function 30-day trail of the paid version is available from Download.com.

Installation went smooth and did not require a reboot. We like the fact that AntiVir Personal Edition 8 lets you opt out of providing any personal details and register at a later time; some antivirus vendors do not allow this.

Should you decide to remove AntiVir, you'll need to use Microsoft Windows' Add and Remove Programs feature. After a reboot, we found no traces of the product left behind, which is good.

Interface
The interface in AntiVir Personal 8 leaves something to be desired. Unlike with AVG Anti-virus , we were left with a feeling there is something missing. Part of the problem is that AntiVir gives the user not much to configure or monitor.

Additionally, we weren't crazy about the large dialogue boxes that informed us of the product's activity, or the large pop-up windows that attempted to sell us the security suite from the company. We could do without all the noise.

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Avira AntiVir Personal 8

Part Number: CNETAntiVirPersonalEditionPremium Released: Oct. 31, 2008

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  • Release date Oct. 31, 2008
  • Category security applications
  • Compatibility PC
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