Apr 22

Best Free Antivirus Software – Avast vs. Avira

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There are lots of free antivirus software programs available out there.  Choosing the best free antivirus software, however, is not always easy.  Which free antivirus program is the best?

I noticed things were going a bit strange with my computer starting a couple of months ago.  At first, I would just get a seemingly innocuous error message when shutting down my computer, but it would eventually shut down and all else was okay.  I chalked it up as a minor inconvenience and did not want to go to the trouble of re-imaging my computer.

Most recently, however, things went from being a minor inconvenience to a wholesale pain in the neck.  My system would crash almost incessantly.  Oftentimes right in the middle of writing a great blog post like this one or when watching a show that I was really enjoying.  I had been using Avast Antivirus up to that point and had it set up to receive regular virus updates and to do a full system scan each night, as well as activating real-time scanning.  The problem was that Avast was crashing all of the time about two-thirds through its scan.

Avast Free Antivirus

Avast Free Antivirus Software

Well, the antivirus software business has to be a tough one.  These companies make their bread and butter on their reliability at sniffing out and isolating things that are continuously mutating and trying to attack your computer.  I had used Avast Free Antivirus for a couple of years and I thought that it did a really good job up until the past couple of months.  Something got past their most noble of programming efforts and this something made their software unusable (as I mentioned my system would consistently crash about two-thirds through a full system scan).  As fair as our relationshpi had been, I simply had to cut ties with Avast.

Avira Free Antivirus

One of my favourite software sites is Download.Com.  Is is jam-packed with reviews and lots of free (and pay) software downloads.  It is to this site that I went when searching for a free antivirus software replacement.  Avast Free Antivirus is still the most popular download, followed by by AVG Free Antivirus.  A little further down the list at number eight, is Avira Free Antivirus.  The reviews were very good from both the Download.Com editors and from users (4 out of 5 stars from both).  I decided to give it a try.  You can download it yourself.  Click HERE.

Avira Free Antivirus Software

Avira Free Antivirus downloaded quickly and without a hitch.  The program interface is simple and it is easy to use.  I ran an initial full-system scan (taking about an hour and a half versus close to two hours for Avast) and it completed a full system scan without any problems.  Lo and behold, it located and quarantined a total of ten viruses that Avast Free Antivirus didn’t even seem to know were there.  Since then, my computer has run beautifully.  No more crashes.  The real-time protection on Avira Free Antivirus also seems to work very quickly (there are no obvious lags like on Avast Free Antivirus).  As such, I am very pleased with what I have seem so far from Avira Free Antivirus and I recommend it to my readers.

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Please let me know if you have any experiences with free antivirus software that you would like to share.  I am always looking for good products (especially if they are free).  Feel free to share this post with others (there are links to all the major social sites below).

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Frugal dad – focusing my money and energy towards happiness and the things that matter most since around 1985.

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Frugal dad - focusing my money and energy towards happiness and the things that matter most since around 1985.

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