In life, normally it’s safe to say you get what you pay for… Today however I’m going to talk about a FREE Anti-Virus / Anti-Malware client where that rule doesn’t apply. Avira AntiVir although Freeware, is actually quite good. After quite a bit of testing, I feel comfortable enough to give it a thumbs up and recommend it to my readers here at GroovyPost. I found Avira to be reliable, maintains a small foot print on my machine and, and easy to use.
The only negative aspect of the application is the small Advertisements which are displayed from time to time (during updates for instance). So… Perhaps that’s why they say Nothing is Free 😉
So… Where is it? I’ve found it can be a little difficult to find at time so, here’s a quick How-To on grabbing a copy.
Once at the site scroll down and click the big red Download Your Free AntiVir image button.
This will take you to the next page where you will have to click on another image button which says Recommended Download Download NOW! Cnet Download.com
The next page it takes you to is the actual link to the downloadable file, go ahead and click the green arrow that says Download Now (23.92MB)
A download prompt will appear, click Save. Then select your Desktop as the location.
Now that the program is on your desktop you can double-click its icon to begin installation. Proceed through the install as normal, there’s not many surprises. I do recommend however that after your initial install, Click Yes when prompted to update the Software. This will update all the Virus/Malware signatures to ensure your fully protected.
Enjoy the the free anti-virus software from Avira. If you really do find it useful I suggest buying the retail edition, it is even more powerful than the free version.