Avira Premium Internet Security Suite 10
Avira Premium Internet Security Suite 10: Left behind lots of inert malware remnants
- Good malware detection
- Significantly slows system performance; Left behind lots of inert malware remnants
Avira AntiVir is very good at blocking known malware, but it left behind more malware remnants than most other products we tested.
Price$ 49.19 (AUD)
Users looking for a free antimalware product to protect themselves have long enjoyed Avira, which is available in a no-cost version for personal use, but which subjects you to a single daily pop-up urging you to buy the full suite.
Upgrading to the paid Avira AntiVir Premium Security Suite adds a passel of extra features—anti-spam, an included firewall, and parental controls, to name just a few—but the core malware detection and removal system is the same.
The Avira interface is a matter of personal taste. Some users will find its simplicity refreshing, while others may feel its lack of hand-holding and plain English explanations are off-putting. Avira offers two configuration systems: The standard mode should be plenty for most and provides more than enough tweakability. Or you can check the "Expert mode" box - easy to overlook - and delve into the minutiae of the software. Here's where Avira can really get obtuse, but unless you're really concerned about, say, limiting the size of Avira's log file, Expert mode has nothing that most users will need to worry about.
The good news is that Avira requires minimal to no extra configuration work in order to fully protect yourself: Avira's default settings will be absolutely fine for most users, and only if you find yourself needing to manually scan a file or your PC should you ever really need to open Avira's control panel at all.
The even better news is that, based on our testing, Avira does a top-notch job at keeping you safe and sound. Across the board, Avira turned in very good numbers, blocking 99.0 percent of known malware, and fully stopping 21 of 25 of real-world attacks (it partially blocked an additional 2 attacks). Avira is also quite fast at scanning. It was the second-fastest on-demand scanner and the fourth-fastest on-access scanner among the 13 applications we tested. That said, it put a bigger dent in overall system performance than most other suites.
We did encounter a couple of sore spots. While Avira did a very good job at disinfecting active malware components, it left behind more remnants (inert malware files, registry keys, and so forth) than many of the other suites we tested did. Avira also lost points in the realm of false positives: The software's dynamic malware detection engine (which identifies malware based on how it acts on your PC) blocked a full 10 percent of safe (yet suspicious) applications in our tests. In daily use, you can see Avira's overzealousness quite readily: It blocks just about every AutoRun application it encounters, whether on an optical disc or a thumb drive. Making matters worse, there's no readily apparent way to stop this behavior.
Though Avira is overall a competent and easy-to-use antimalware application that offers set-it-and-forget-it functionality, these issues lowered its score.
Join the newsletter!
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Panasonic Ultra HD OLED TV Review
- 2 D-Link Omna 180 Cam HD DSH-C310 review
- 3 Oppo A77 smartphone: Full in-depth review
- 4 Huawei GR5 phone: Full, in-depth review
- 5 Ring Video Doorbell review
Latest News Articles
- Nest jumps into home security with Nest Secure
- Master Lock bring new Smart Padlocks to Oz
- Trend Micro Strengthens its Security Offerings in Trend Micro Security
- Billions of devices at risk as Bluetooth-bourne vulnerability exposed
- Trend Micro launches new Home Network Scanner
PCW Evaluation Team
The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.
The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.
The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic
I rate the printer as a 5 out of 5 stars as it has been able to fit seamlessly into my busy and mobile lifestyle.
It’s perfect for mobile workers. Just take it out — it’s small enough to sit anywhere — turn it on, load a sheet of paper, and start printing.
The HP OfficeJet 250 Mobile Printer is a great device that fits perfectly into my fast paced and mobile lifestyle. My first impression of the printer itself was how incredibly compact and sleek the device was.
- Moto E4:
- LG G6 Plus: Full, in-depth review
- First Look: The Evil Within 2
- Which flagship TV is best? Sony 4K HDR Bravia 2016 versus LG 4K HDR OLED 2016
- 10 Blu-ray movies / Best looking Blu-ray movies
- FTSocial Media Executive / Specialist (Facebook) - Online PokerNSW
- FTC++ Analyst ProgrammerOther
- FTQuality ManagerSA
- FTDigital Project Manager - Mobile App, Website BuildOther
- CCCitrix SpecialistVIC
- FTPEGA ArchitectOther
- FTSenior Business Analyst - Office 365 ProjectOther
- FTSenior Change AnalystOther
- FTSAP FICO ConsultantOther
- FTTransition/ Transformation ExecutiveVIC
- FTSenior Analyst ProgrammerOther
- CCMobile DeveloperNSW
- FTLead Business AnalystOther
- FTOffice 365 SMEOther
- FTMid Level UX DesignerOther
- FTSolution Architect - Enterprise VoiceSA
- FTCyber/Forensic Security AnalystACT
- FTChange Analyst - Business & TransformationOther
- TPTechnical AnalystNSW
- CCSenior Analyst ProgrammerNSW
- CCXamarin Mobile DeveloperVIC
- FTApplication Service Delivery ManagerNSW
- FTOracle WebLogic Administrator- Banking backgroundOther
- TPSharepoint AdministratorQLD
- CCPSRM Java DeveloperNSW