Spawn

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Avira Free Antivirus in 2019

Environment:
  • Hyper-V running Windows 8.1 Pro 32-bit
  • Mozilla Firefox v67 32-bit
  • IP address originating from England, United Kingdom

Short Version

Upon visiting Avira.com you brought to a landing page promoting their bundled software; Free Security Suite, Internet Security Suite and Avira Prime. You can navigate to the Free Antivirus web page and it's own web installer. However things are not all as they seem. [Scroll to End]

Web Page: Avira Free Security SuiteWeb Page: Avira Free Antivirus
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Landing page for Avira Free Antivirus
What you get​
  • 10 powerful apps for your security, privacy & performance
  • Activate only the apps you want
  • New, free apps are added automatically
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(click to enlarge)
What you get​
  • Protects you from malware
Installation file [avira_en_fass0_..._pfsws]​
Installation file [avira_en_froe3__pavws]​
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Installation for Avira Free Antivirus

Running file named [avira_en_froe3__pavws]

Accepting these allows Avira to continue with you acknowledging the following:
1. EULA, T&C, Policy and GDPR for EU/GB users
2. An Avira-protected Opera browser is included

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Silent Background Installation


Avira minimizes everything to the system tray so you can continue using your PC.

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The Avira Connect (aka Launcher) app


Your Computer

You may notice considerable lag in PC performance as multiple programs are simultaneously progressing.
1. A welcome gift with 30% discount
2. The Antivirus is last to install (scroll down)

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Certain software will require you the reboot the OS multiple times.
1. Get 1 Month for Avira Prime (multi-device, all-in-one subscription) for FREE.

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My Devices

Connected to the Avira Online Dashboard you can manage multiple devices.

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Licenses

Upgrade to Prime or individual software the to Pro version

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The Antivirus component is last to install [Screenshots]


What's Installed:
  1. Avira Antivirus
  2. Software Updater
  3. Phantom VPN
  4. System Speedup
  5. Safe Shopping
  6. Opera browser
  7. Privacy Pal
  8. Password Manager
    • Already installed for Opera. Install button for other installed browsers.
  9. SafeSearch Plus
    • Already installed for Opera. Install button for other installed browsers.
  10. Browser Safety
    • Already installed for Opera. Install button for other installed browsers.
What's Not Installed:
  1. Home Guard

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Avira Antivirus UI and Settings [Screenshots]

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System Scanner Settings

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Real-time Protection Settings

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Internet Protection Settings with Windows Firewall integration

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General Program Settings

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Avira-protected Opera browser and Facebook on Desktop


Avira-infused Opera browser comes with the following extensions
  • Avira Browser Safety
  • Avira Password Manager
  • Avira Phantom VPN
These can be disabled or removed from the browser.

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Screenshot of VM from Host PC

Facebook is pinned to Taskbar and a shortcut on the desktop which opens with Opera browser.

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All New Apps installed by Avira


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Check my 2 posts below for more screenshots (work in progress).


What happened to Avira Antivirus? No longer available without signing your life away to their Free Security Suite and Opera browser.
 
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Spawn

Administrator
Verified
Staff member
Avira Privacy Pal & File Shredder

DescriptionImages
Main UI with Scan1563365009766.png
Toggle for Privacy levels1563365023300.png
Personalize each category* for full privacy controls1563365266000.png1563365254741.png1563365244484.png1563365233155.png1563365222112.png
* Not all choices are visible in images above.

File Shredder (included in Privacy Pal)

Basic shredding1563365398333.png
More secure shredding choices1563365439789.png

Avira Software Updater

DescriptionImages
Dashboard - Showing results after initial scan1563365900540.png
Software - List of detected software on current PC1563365949752.png
Drivers - User needs to initiate scan. Internet connection required.1563366080189.png
History - Activity log of events1563366105330.png
Settings* - Global settings and Pro version options1563366162260.png
* VM is purposely configured with Windows Update disabled

Avira Phantom VPN

DescriptionImages
Main UI - Only 500MB for Free users1563366698216.png
Options - default1563366707787.png
Location - Nearest available for Free users. Pro users can choice their server and multiple US locations.1563366736426.png1563366752131.png


Next post; System Speedup and Game Booster (work in progress)
 
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Mahesh Sudula

Level 16
Verified
Malware Tester
Avira should remove the bloat from their package.
Instead consider user opinion, features they are expecting.
Be competent with time and competitors.
Last but not least, Luke file Walker should be removed, Behavior blocker/Hips should be added
Re design and overhaul the entire U.I
 

permar4

Level 1
Avira gives good results in independent tests, but I refuse to install all that in my computer... I remember that before it was light, it's a pity because it's a good AV badly managed, equally maybe there will be people who "fall" thinking they have all those "good" things.
 

SeriousHoax

Level 11
Verified
Malware Tester
I installed it for testing purpose yesterday via the offline installer and it installed just the free antivirus, nothing else. But what you're showing here is scary :eek:
 

Spawn

Administrator
Verified
Staff member
Unfortunately, this was not offered on the Free Antivirus web page. Take a look.
He installed the Avira Free Security Suite, not Avira Free Antivirus (misleading title).

And yes they entirely different, the Avira Free Antivirus doesn't include that much bloat.

https://www.avira.com/en/downloads
Avira is at fault for misleading their users. The title is correct because as you can see, the download button does not the standalone package.
 

UiQArena

From Serialcart.com
Verified
I am using Avira for a long time (on my Win and Mac) but the huge problem of Avira is not the Antivirus and the quality of their software, it provides you with a great security. The problem is their marketing. They really need to reconsider their marketing team who do not know what to do!

Going back to history:
First Avira AntiVir, then Antivirus Plus, then Antivirus Pro then they added a horrible launcher with so many of bloat software and finally to make everything perfect they added Opera to the pack.

I mean they have a great antivirus but they dont know what to do with it!!!!