Sorry for not explaining more clearly @Melisa.i dont know.....thats why i am here for help....
@Chromatinfish 123@Melisa pretty much what @hjlbx said was that Avira is better than the built-in Windows Defender, but something more capable than Avira free might be needed if you don't know the difference between safe and risky computing.
I agree, but I would say that you can't really do wrong with Avira or Avast Free unless you visit shady websites or download torrented stuff. When on a test testing Avast, I downloaded a random AVG "Keygen" that I knew was malware and tried cleaning it up. It didn't work so I did Avast Boot Mode which did take a night but did remove the malware (don't worry this was all on a VM and even that was on a trashy old desktop). Therefore, I'll go ahead and say that Avast and Avira will work just fine on any system.
You should be told that some things might be missing from free avs vs paid ones (in your case Avira Pro). According to the website, Avira Pro has some features like tackling malware in the cloud, auto-scanning of email attachments, and support included.
@Melisa, although it may seem like a lot of information is in the balance, both @hjlbx & @Chromatinfish 123 have summed up Avira being a worthy choice which is to say that you can feel confident it does what it's designed for, that is relying on traditional virus file updates.As a student+home user, is that good to having avira free or pro to running in my laptop alone?
If you want to use Avira, here are some tips that might be useful:
- Please enable APC (Avira Protection Cloud). It can significantly increase the protection capability of Avira against zero-day threats. When APC was added to Avira, the rank of Avira in 3-rd party antivirus tests was improved a lot.
- However, APC will not be triggered by file reading/writing or on-demand scanning. It will only be triggered by execution of unknown file, as well as re-scanning files in the quarantine.
- So, if you think a file is suspicious, you can just add it to the quarantine and re-scan it there. In such case, that file will be checked by APC.
- As mentioned by @aaa839 in wilderssecurity, the Proactive module of Avira has caused many problems to the users. But now you do not need to worry about it, because it has been removed from Avira permanently.
- Some posts show that, sometimes the self-protection of avira will prevent malwarebytes antimalware (mbam) from deleting registry items. I guess those items might be essential for avira. So when you use mbam with avira, please do not disable the self-protection of avira (of course it has been enabled by default).
Here I assume that you are using the Pro version with the Mail Protection module.i download a file from email,which is sent from one of my friend, and it has virus with it,will avira find the virus and block it for me?
I was using the combo "Avira Pro + Malwarebytes Free + Sandboxie Free" in the first two months this year. It protected me well.So i still need a comodo firewall, even i have avira pro(with windows firewall) and Malwarebytes anti-malware?