Which AntiVirus is better?

Aviva Zacks

Aviva Zacks Writer

If you want an antivirus that is nearly 100% effective, Avast and Avira are both great options. Not only will they protect from known malware, but they also use innovative techniques to keep you safe from undocumented threats. Plus, they include anti-ransomware and anti-phishing tools as well. However, the additional features differ greatly. Avira is a low-maintenance, low-cost option. Most versions are free and the paid choice only costs $30. However, this is reflected in the features. The PC Tuneup tool deletes out-of-date or duplicate files and caches, payment protection, and a comparison tool are great, but their additional security features are minimal. There’s no firewall, and their customer support is limited to phone and email. Avast provides a wider scope of price plans, ranging from free to over $100. You get a firewall, webcam security, and protected WiFi connection which keeps you safe over public WiFi hotspots. They also use sandboxing technology to ensure all files and applications are launched in a secure virtual environment. Their ‘Site Blocking’ feature is great if you have kids, as it can act as a limited parental control. Avast offers comprehensive online documentation and round-the-clock phone support for any issues.

User Ratings

Security 5
Features 4
Ease of Use 5
Support 5
Pricing 4

Latest Positive Review

Jack Anderson
It works plain and simple
Jan. 9, 2019
I've used free avast for 11 years now with windows defender OFF. Its just outright better and I trust avast to keep me safe. On numerous occasions (wh...Show More
Works well
Dec. 15, 2018
It took a very long time to do the first analysis, otherwise works well.

Latest Negative Review

It constantly advertises the paid version
Dec. 17, 2018
Not only has the program not helped me at all, it has even caused me inconvenience. It analyzes the "viruses" and junk files on your computer, but the...Show More
Horrible antivirus
Nov. 6, 2018
It did not solve the problem. My browser is hacked by ads, and nothing works.

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Our Verdict
Aviva Zacks

Aviva Zacks Writer

Deciding between Avast and Avira depends on your budget. Avira is a capable but lower-cost antivirus program, but if you can invest in a more comprehensive security suite, we suggest Avast.

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