Detection is apparently good as per AV-C, but god the UI/UX design of it is so moronic I've removed it after 10 seconds. And what a lengthy removal it was. You can just click UNINSTALL and it'll get removed. Oh no sir, you have to first remove like 6 dumb modules through Windows Programs and Features that each has its own entry and own uninstaller that takes several seconds to complete before you're allowed to uninstall AVIRA antivirus and then you can finally get rid of stupid launcher they have. And what a horrendous interface oh my god. Absolutely zero consistency, modules stacked upon modules, idiotic UI flow, like, I'd like to met the person who actually gets paid to produce this hot mess and congratulate him/her to achieve almost the impossible. AVIRA can have 100% detection with 0 FP's and I wouldn't want it anywhere near any of my systems, it's that terrible.
Bunch of clueless allegations about avast!... The promoting of paid features is dumb in my view, but that's how they are rolling now. The thing is, they aren't "viewing" your WebCam, they are just checking for presence of it and mentioning you have one and if you'd be willing to buy their paid product that has protection for it. It also accesses WebCam in paid versions because it has a module to block WebCam access for 3rd party unauthorized apps and if you have another software like HIPS, it'll probably alert you on that coz it's essentially doing a similar thing as avast.
They are also not reading your browsing history, it's monitored on local level using Web Shield. So, if you visit PornHub, avast! matches that with a local database of web addresses and displays VPN ad for their another paid service, because they see (on a local level) you're accessing page that might compromise your privacy and they offer you a product to help you with that. They mostly do this on high profile webpages with biggest user frequency (and PornHub is one of those for hm obvious reasons).
Again, I argue it's a bad way of doing it because like you here, people get weird feeling how avast! knows what they are viewing at actually makes negative perception instead of positive one. But avast! guys just wouldn't listen about it. I guess revenue to brand perception ratio is still in their favor for them to prefer their way.
I’ve used it for more than ten years, and it has occasionally blocked some things, it was most effective checking third party USB flash drives. It is light on my computers, and after having had licenses of Eset and Kaspersky, it is my favorite choice, although I have never relied on any AV as a first defense.
I also think the malware threat is grossly overestimated, I have been restoring countless images of Windows through the years, and it was never ever for malware.
I have been using Avira from 2017. I would say its changed a lot compared to 5-4 years ago. Its protection (based on what AV-Test has released) against 0-day malware is really good now a days. And when I compare it with Sophos which we have at work (and its not my preferred AV) is way better. I found couple of malware using Avira while Sophos was not able to identify.
Well, I hate the luncher too. But they improved it a lot and I kind of started to use it as it has become faster (not that old buggy horrible launcher).
In general the problem of Avira is not the quality of their products, its how they market their products which eventually affects the end-product for the user.
for example, first they had AntiVir, then Antivirus Plus then Antivirus Pro.
or, they had Internet Security which it was changed to something else called Optimization Suite and the proposed new software called Internet Security with new features. I think they really need help regarding their marketing.
I have used Optimization Suite and Internet Security too, they are really good specially Optimization suite (which works very good). But this naming scheme is really confusing and makes the end customer exhausted.
It's still terrible. And the amount of components it s*its on the system need to be removed manually ONE BY ONE through separate uninstallers. You can't just uninstall it with one uninstaller and all is gone. I haven't seen such garbage design since Norton/Symantec late 90's. AVIRA may have good detection, but my god they have absolutely no clue how to make a good looking, functional and not infuriating interface.