A few usability imperfections laid aside, Avira Internet Security 2015 efficiently confronts malicious software without slowing your PC down.
Featherlight system performance impact combined with heavyweight protection against web hazards have been the hallmarks one could boldly attribute to Avira Internet Security throughout its existence. With that in mind, it’s probably premature to derive indisputable conclusions about this software’s latest version though, because its defenses are composed of multiple complex tiers that need to be reviewed both individually and as part of the whole.
The fact that Avira Operations GmbH & Co are taking their customers’ security seriously can be immediately noted with the naked eye here: plenitude of strictly defensive features filling up the user interface covers all major online safety angles, encompassing real-time protection, data backup, built-in firewall, web and email protection, safe browsing and social networking, Android security, and more. The list of threat categories it can handle is pretty impressive, too: adware, spyware, backdoor clients, rootkits, Trojans, dialers, double-extension files, fraudulent software, phishing attacks, privacy violating programs, instances of unusual runtime compression, etc. Furthermore, Avira Internet Security 2015 accommodates the Protection Cloud feature to get the newest detection data feeds for up-to-the-minute defense, and the AHeAD (Advanced Heuristic Analysis and Detection) technology for increased malware interception accuracy.
On the other hand, managing the program’s controls might appear somewhat confusing to the average user as it has the GUI architecture you need get accustomed to, and some of the terms are probably not common knowledge, e.g. recursion length for system scanner, macrovirus heuristic, etc. The good news is you get pretty informative mouse hover prompts enabled for each item, so ultimately this isn’t much of a problem.
Let’s now shift our focus from the general to the specific and see what this product is like on a more down-to-earth level.
Product cost is reasonable as the one-year license for 1 PC is worth $41.76; as the quantity of licenses increases, the price goes up correspondingly. It’s sort of discouraging to know that there’s no licensing discount for a number of machines not exceeding a certain limit, like the widespread scheme of applying one cost for up to three computers. In the meanwhile, availability of 30-day free trial should help you make up your mind on whether or not paying the above sum is in your interest.
The setup was just as quick and hassle-free as we had anticipated. The first thing that needs to be done is downloading a 170 MB file, which basically a process that only depends on the Internet connection speed. That was merely part of the workflow though. Next you get Installation Type dialog which, besides the choice between Express and Custom setup, contains an opt-in suggestion to use Avira Protection Cloud, even though this particular option can be manually activated anytime later. Another screen accompanying the setup is dedicated to Avira SearchFree Toolbar install; the same screen also suggests you make search.avira.com your browser homepage and the new tabs page. Well, getting pretty noxious… What next? Two more screens to go: product activation or trial version selection page and, regardless of which one you pick, you will be required to enter some personal details, such as your first and last name, email and country (we’re only listing the obligatory fields; there are yet more actually). Isn’t that a little too much user involvement during product installation? We believe it probably is. At the end of the setup process it’s recommended to reboot the machine.
It’s high time we examined the interface. The program’s main screen contains the following distinct sections: current security status on top; below it – PC Protection, Internet Protection, licensing section and the tech support component; and the main features in the narrow left-hand column. Clicking each one of the menu items on the left opens details thereof in the central section of the GUI, enabling activation/deactivation of options and tweaking the settings using Configuration button located in the top right-hand corner. Owing to such design implementation, the vendor succeeded in fitting a large number of components into a reasonably-sized interface. Plus, toggling the main features is very easily doable by simply clicking the boxes next to those. Like we already mentioned, it might take some time to learn what’s where in the GUI, but generally it’s not hard to use. With all these virtues in place, Avira Internet Security does not look quite like a modern application. The general design appears slightly archaic, or such that fell behind its competitors. While it looks consonant with Windows XP, it kind of strikes the eye on Windows 7 in comparison with most of the other programs. There hasn’t been a GUI revamp even since Windows 8 compatibility got implemented – in any case, it looks kind of like a white crow in its today’s guise on the latter platform.
While the GUI might call forth some criticism, the product’s influence on system productivity is barely perceptible. It is speedy while performing tasks of any complexity, and affects the machine’s performance in a very minor way. Its famous “Luke Filewalker” scan run silently and takes a very competitive time frame to complete: the first full scan of our system was a 45-minute process, which is a fairly competitive benchmark. Quick scan lasted less than 10 minutes. In regards to shutdown/boot times, the increase is somewhere in the range of 1-3 seconds, which is pretty commendable, too. Besides, the tool called Avira System Speedup can make your computer run even faster. Keeping in mind that said app costs $17.57 on its own, having it as an extra in the Internet security suite is a great deal.
Avira Internet Security 2015 lacks virtually no essential features that are inherent to the software cluster is represents. Its feature set is logically grouped into PC Protection, Internet Protection, Child Protection, Mobile Protection, and Administration, each one containing a number of narrower capabilities. Details on the latter are as follows:
As far as threat detection and system cleanup are concerned, Avira Internet Security is dependable. In our test, it blocked a couple of Trojan Dropper samples that other suites missed. While some reviews note removal of critical system files leading to malfunctions, we had no such issues whatsoever.
This product passed AV-TEST’s certification in the latest conducted evaluation with amazing scores: it got 6.0/6.0 at protection. In the most recent Real-World Protection Test by AV-Comparatives, the suite has blocked 99.2% of the malware samples. Furthermore, Avira was granted the Advanced+ Award in AV-Comparatives File Detection Test (99.9%), outscoring such big players as Kaspersky, Bitdefender, McAfee and F-Secure.
In addition to the above, this Internet security suite has not failed a single Virus Bulletin test, and has been consistently making it to the VB100 list. On the whole, Avira Internet Security 2015 is effective enough to maintain your entire family’s due online safety.
Avira provides a fairly large scope of choices when it comes to product support. First off, searchable knowledgebase is at your disposal, highlighting the typical issues customers tend to encounter. Additionally, you can use phone support, with toll free numbers available for Germany, Austria, Switzerland, United States, United Kingdom, China, Korea, Russia, and Taiwan; and usual telephone charges for Malaysia, France, Japan, Spain, Mexico, Brazil, Italy, Netherlands, and Singapore. Other options include browsing the Avira Support Forum, viewing video tutorials, and getting comprehensive documentation on your product. There is also a remarkable possibility of visiting the Avira Experts Market, where you can pick one of the Company’s featured experts to have an online chat with them regarding your issue.