Avira antivius is a top-notch antivirus solution that consistently ranks near perfect in detecting and blocking malware threats in third-party laboratory tests. It also has a powerful internet security suite that includes additional protections, such as a personal firewall, safe banking tools and a powerful gamer mode that is automatically enabled. Avira also offers all of this at no cost. While it does have additional tools as part of its paid versions, we found Avira Free Security Suite to be powerful enough without the extras.
The Avira Windows firewall is automatically enabled when you install the Free Security Suite; however, you can change the settings to protect communications that are passed between your internet connection and your computer. It is good at blocking spyware and cookies –programs that are used to sneak into your system, track your online movements and snatch your personal information without your knowledge. Firewall protection is especially important when you are connected to pubic hotspots because there often aren’t as many restrictions and protections compared to work or home networks.
One important feature of this Windows firewall software is the system scan. This looks to see if you have any programs that are out of date, including your Windows operating system, and provides you with safe links to where you can download the newest version. Old software can create vulnerabilities that hackers, ransomware and snoops can break through to create chaos on your network, including steeling your identity or holding your files hostage until you pay a ransom.The safe shopping tools are easy to find and set up, so you can shop online without worrying about cookies, spyware and other tracking programs looking at what you’re interested in. This helps eliminate phishing schemes directed to you based on your online browser history, another malware tactic designed to trick you into providing your financial information.The gamer mode of Avira is very impressive. It is automatically enabled when you install the program and instinctively knows when you start to play a game. It adds the game to its white list and suspends scans and other non-essential functions, so the software won’t eat up computer resources while you play, and you won’t experience any slowdown. The gamer mode is also enabled when you watch movies on your computer, so you don’t have any lag that interrupts you.The only real drawback to using Avira Free Security Suite is that there is a fair number of in-app adds and popups that ask you to purchase the full suite. The paid version includes mobile protection and parental controls. These are important features to consider having, but if you don’t need them, or they aren’t in the budget, the protections offered through Free Security Suite are powerful on their own.
Avira Free Security Suite offers firewall protection that is helpful in monitoring the information passed between your computer and internet network, especially if you are away from home and connected to a public internet connection. The safe shopping tools and vulnerability scans are both great extras to help keep internet snoops from tracking what you do online and hacking into your computer to grab valuable personal information. We are impressed with the virus scan and how well is detects Windows malware in third-party performance tests.