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Avira Reviews4.0.3.1

15 May 2020

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0.5
Tomjwright
08 August 2019
Version: 3.10.12.10

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Installed last week on Mojave. Removed this morning after discovering it caused long delays in some actions on Safari and inhibited moving items in Dock. I really don't know if it is effective in protecting against viruses, but I can't tolerate the other effects of this software.
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pwood1209pw
04 February 2020
Version: 4.0.1.42
My macBook air, is early 2015. Need an Avira that is compatible. downloaded Avira says "error" - doesn't work although original screen said it was compatible. Any suggestions?
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Filou53
22 November 2019
Version: 4.0.1.42
Apparemment, l'outil Anti-Ransomwere n'est pas gratuit contrairement à ce qui est indiqué ci-dcessus ! Il fait partie des fonctions payantes --- Apparently, the Anti-Ransomwere tool is not free of charge contrary to what is indicated above! It is part of the paid functions
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0.5
Tomjwright
08 August 2019
Version: 3.10.12.10
Installed last week on Mojave. Removed this morning after discovering it caused long delays in some actions on Safari and inhibited moving items in Dock. I really don't know if it is effective in protecting against viruses, but I can't tolerate the other effects of this software.
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ShotBlocker
20 September 2018
Version: 3.10.4.36
Dear Avira, The 3.10.4 Improvements as written above are poorly worded English. I note that they are the same as here: https://answers.avira.com/en/question/changelog-17286 The first bullet point should read: Avira Antivirus for Mac 3.10.4 is compatible with macOS 10.14 "Mojave." The second bullet point should read: Installation on macOS10.14 (or later) has an extended setup process, which requires administrator permissions. (Right? If not, please define "user permissions." And how do you know that "later" installations will also require extended setup.?They haven't even been released in beta.) The third bullet point is incomprehensible. I'm going to guess that what you mean to say is, "If Avira Antivirus for Mac is already installed on a computer that is being upgraded to macOS 10.14 "Mojave," the first time the program is run (after the macOS upgrade) the user will be asked to supply the administrator password. Dear MacUpdate: Please change "Will Avira Antivirus work good on macOS 10.13.4?" to "Will Avira Antivirus work well on macOS 10.13.4?" "Good" is not an adverb, it's an adjective. German companies are excused for occasional improper English. You are not. I'll just add a note here to thank all the reviewers. The more detail you can provide the better. There are so many entries in the Mac AV "space, it's almost impossible to sort through them all. Feels like a minefield. ClamXAV 3 works well for me, and though it isn't free, I've used it for over a decade and am happy to support Mark Allan. I don't use the "real time" feature. Intego Virus Scanner also seems to work well, is free, and has no real time feature. Malwarebytes for Mac seems fine as far as it goes (trapping existing infections of common malware) but does it do anything beyond that? The marketing hype is insufferable. ("Crushes the threat of Mac malware!") Avira seems like it's OK, but the lack of recent positive reviews makes me wary. Ah uh, heh, I *always* want to know if these programs have an installer that actually uninstalls everything.
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Rochade
06 April 2018
Version: 3.9.5.83
While the app works fine it consumes 100% CPU almost all the time so I had to uninstall it.
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Lightning
21 March 2018
Version: 3.9.4.50
Avira not working for me with latest version of Mac OS (macOS 10.13.4 (17E190a)).
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0.5
Macguruguy
24 January 2018
Version: 3.9.4.50
Not compatible with OS 10.3.3. Freezes up. Had to uninstall.
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1.5
gamezr01
10 December 2017
Version: 3.9.1.29
This ain't no crap review! Like the new Malwarebytes, Avira acts like a malware by drastically slowing down my Macbook's boot time. Turning off real time protection has no effect. Another AV/malware app goes into the trash!
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Macguruguy
10 November 2017
Version: 3.9.1.29
No longer works properly in High Sierra (10.13 & 10.13.1). Often disables itself on startup, and will not allow Real-Time Protection to be enabled. I have used this software for many years, and it has never behaved this way.
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5
Glidagida
31 October 2017
Version: 3.9.1.29
I have used Avira for at least a year and endorse tvalleau's comments. Quite simply it is the best antivirus software i have used. Before I installed it I ran it against 3-4 competitors and it detected everything when others signed off on a clean system. Never had any performance issues while running under OS10.10
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RogerKatz
25 June 2017
Version: 3.5.2.61
The current version is 3.8.2.35
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Foulger
08 June 2017
Version: 3.5.2.61
Like ALL other antivirus apps, it will cause 10.13 beta1 to crash. I'm sure a fix will come quickly and will no doubt be related to APFS.
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Weasel
17 March 2017
Version: 3.5.2.61
The newest v 3.5.2.61 needs OS 10.11 not 10.9 according to Avira's Website. The older version 3.4.3 works fine on OS 10.9.
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B-Jefferson-Le-Blanc
03 February 2017
Version: 3.5.2.61
Avira is very easy to use. You can schedule a scan, set the scan type and see any quarantined files a scan finds. However, I found there is a significant difference in performance between a quick scan and a deep scan of my computer. The quick scan ran efficiently, took only a few minutes and did not affect system performance. The deep scan took two and-a-half hours and slowed down some other apps dramatically. Nevertheless, the deep scan found 40-odd bad files that the quick scan overlooked, though they were all in e-mail in the junk folder and were thus non-threatening. There is a button to select all the quarantined files and another to delete them, so the process was painless. You can inspect individual quarantined files if you are uncertain if you want to remove them. My conclusion is to schedule a quick scan daily and to do a deep scan manually, less often and only when I can walk away from the computer for a few hours. In the meantime, I deleted Sophos Home; while it is also free, it has become harder to use in recent versions and lacks the kind of control Avira offers. Sophos shows an alert when it finds a bad file, but there's nothing you can do about it. So you don't know if Sophos removed the file or not. Given how many files Avira found, apparently Sophos does nothing about the files it flags.
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tjekov37
16 November 2016
Version: 3.4.3.52
Did you know, how worked Avira Firewall ? Not have any settings ??? Did she worked simultaneosly with MAC OS Firewall?
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3.5
Thinking-Differently
15 September 2016
Version: 3.3.0.490
Does it work well? Hard to tell.

In my testing it did claim to find lots of malware in emails. But the user interface is a bit of a pain in the behind. I like to at least know something about a file before I delete it. In this case, some minimal information would help, like is it in mail, or elsewhere. But, if you want to look at these supposed infected files, you have to click on them one at a time to see what they are, what they have and where they are.

This extra level is unnecessary and a pain, particularly if a lot of files are reported to be infected.

The user interface is minimal.

I’d be very willing to pay for some more “bells and whistles.” Their web site says that if you want to buy the “Pro” version for an extra $44.99, it isn’t remotely clear what you get for that $$$, except perhaps a lower balance in your bank account.

One and a half stars removed for the above shortcomings.
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Big Johnson
07 August 2016
Version: 3.3.0.490
Avira scored in the top two apps for virus detection, but 15th (out of 19) for false positives in testing performed in March 2016. http://goo.gl/rvzQxa Kaspersky did well on both tests, but has a lousy rating here on MU. Testing was done by this site: http://goo.gl/naqw0F That site has a lot of useful test results, including spam detection. NOTE: Not all software tested is Mac software, so be mindful of that.
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tvalleau
12 July 2016
Version: 3.3.0.490
Just to counter the "crap" review... I've used this for about a year now. It never got locked in a loop for me, nor did it cause any problems. In fact, I tested this over 6 other AV solutions, and found Avira to have the best catch record, and have the lowest impact on system resources (particularly in regards to file copying & drive cloning.) After nearly 40 years with computers, it's my opinion that one-off horrible reviews are FAR more likely to be unique to that single person's computer. If a product is truly a disaster, there will be dozens or hundreds of reviews saying so... not just one. Of course, YMMV
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Tom46
16 May 2016
Version: 3.2.4.56
A total piece of crap. It got lost in a loop and I had to force quit. Then the uninstaller got lost in a loop and I had to shut down the system and restore it form a backup clone.
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RogerKatz
05 April 2016
Version: 3.2.4.56
The current version 3.2.5.5
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1.5
KarmaBogus
03 March 2016
Version: 3.2.4.56
I must agree with Tetsuo29, this version (probably a few before this one too) is causing Mail to continually crash. For example, 12 new emails in the mailbox, I get notifications like "Detection handled: 83. For more details, see the log records." 5 or 6 times in a row. When I finally get to check what has been put in quarantine, it sais that it is empty even tho I didn't set the preferences to delete the files. I mean a couple hundred detections handled in 12 emails containing at most 1 file each... ? Needless to say that it is now uninstalled and that it will take a lot of time before I even consider installing it again. Maybe it was the best free antivirus/malware once, maybe it ca detect virus/malware very well, but for now, i'll stay away from this problematic application !
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norman-walker
10 November 2015
Version: 3.2.3.37
As slick as your Mac and just as simple. Avira Free Antivirus for Mac offers award-winning protection against over 30 million daily threats. With 100% detection rates in the latest AV test, Avira surpasses the protection offered by most paid-for solutions. Resource-light, fast and customizable, Avira Free Antivirus for Mac runs silently in the background with minimal notifications.
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Steve K
24 September 2015
Version: 3.1.0.42
I'm not sure how many stars to deduct for an annoyance like this, so I'll abstain from leaving a rating for the time being because I actually like the app. But I hate that there is no way to quit Avira from the menu bar. And you can't remove the menu bar icon at all, even after you quit the app. So in the trash it goes Avira fixes this.
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JiiiM
11 September 2015
Version: 3.1.0.42
Avira s***s. My Internet Security seems to be working better.
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imapados
17 June 2015
Version: 3.1.0.42
Version 3 is a big improvement. It works fine in the background and has a clean interface. :)
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5
cabastrax
15 June 2015
Version: 0.0.1
In my experience Avira Free Antivirus for Mac is one of the best, if not the best AntiVirus tools for Macs. It is slim, doesn't consume too much much ressources, does not slow down a recent Mac and has a very good protection. Most critics here seem to be based on the lack of knowledge. You can configure Avira to ask you what to do for each detection. The interface is nice and self explaining. Imo Avira for Mac is better than most other Mac Antivirus tools andfor sure the best free Antivirus one does get for macs these days.
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0.5
Tetsuo29
03 March 2015
Version: 0.0.1
Unusable. Moved files to quarantine without asking me first. Then it was unable to restore those files. Then, every time I launched Mail, it would quarantine more files yanking them out from under Mail and causing Mail to continually crash. Had to uninstall it. Contacted the company to let them know about the problems with their product. They emailed me back to say that users of the free product must use self support or buy a license. Searched the self support options just to see if there was a solution- didn't find anything. Terrible experience. I will not be using any Avira products or recommending them to anyone.
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Mcr
22 January 2015
Version: 0.0.1
Detailed malware detection test results are regularly posted here for nearly 2 dozen products, free and paid: http://securityspread.com/detection-rate-results/ These are very detailed, showing EXACTLY by name for each malware/virus if it is detected or not, for each product, then products are ranked 95%, 85%, 75% etc based on detection rates. Historical results are maintained so you can compare over time, and you do see product results change with each test (done every month to every 3 months depending on whether there are any new reported malware in the field, and a sample can be obtained for testing). I've done a bit of research on the site and tester, to make sure it was not one of those 'sponsored' sites by a vendor that are made to appear as objective, neutral reviews. The fact that the product rankings change constantly AND that the results are very specific and listed in detail, further support that this site and the tester are very objective. In fact this is exactly the kind of site and test results, that vendors DON'T want you to see, even the ones that do well on the test (because no product is 100%). I am posting this to support the Mac Community. When we are all better informed when it comes to this important area of security in this day of cyber threats, we all benefit. Education and information is the best defense, (as with so many things in life). For example, if someone uses MacKeeper because they don't know better, then in some ways the community failed for not getting the word out. If after doing some research and being advised not to use MacKeeper, someone still chooses to do so, then you can't help that, but hopefully it wasn't because there wasn't information available. My aim is not to support or dissuade anyone about a particular product, you pick / use or don't use whatever product you want, and live with the consequences, just remember that your decision can effect others, by virtue of whether you are part of stopping the spread, or being a part of it. I highly recommend you don't just look at the current results, but look at the past ones as well. You WILL see trends, with some products consistently doing well and others not so much, and some moving up and down. Remember, an A/V product rests on two main things, the scanning engine AND the malware database. A great engine can be crippled if the database is not updated in a timely manner. Conversely, a vendor that does maintain a current database might still not be effective if the program itself is buggy. This site only ONLY addresses virus detection results, it does not in general make any conclusions or post results regarding performance, installation, support, UI, etc.
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Macguruguy
13 September 2014
Version: 0.0.1
Version 2.0.7.40: Running on Yosemite 10.10 public beta 2. Getting a lot of fan noise while running on 2011 Mac Mini (core i7). Other than that, seems to be running fine
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StrictlyBagel
12 July 2014
Version: 0.0.1
Avira keeps flagging a lot of email messages that are not spam. When you send them in to Avira for assessment you get a reply that they are not spam. yet, you cannot teach the app to learn that these messages are not spam. Very frustrating experience. And when you click on “more details” you’re told “no details available.” Oh well, it’s free. What did I expect?
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anonymous-trout-1840
25 February 2014
Version: 0.0.1
I've tested many AV apps and this one detects almost all Mac malware. It's lightweight, so the protection is basic. It doesn't have a web shield like Sophos and Avast, but that's okay with me. These shields give problems with Little Snitch and 1Password. Those utilities must work on my iMac, so Avira is the best choice for me.
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mayax
25 January 2014
Version: 0.0.1
Get the latest AV detection comparison chart here: http://securityspread.com/detection-rate-results/ I keep wondering if my AV is good enough, and every now and then check macupdate to see what users are recommending; but never know who or what to believe. Anyway, I came across this website and thought I'd share it with people that would like a more conclusive update and comparison between numerous AVs.
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tjekov37
19 January 2014
Version: 0.0.1
Not have serious FIX !!!! Guys when you can work for MAC users, not only for Win users? For this new version you make only cosmetic changes !!!!!! Sorry for my English, but i know that you understanding me !
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Penguirl
17 April 2013
Version: 1.0.0.64-9
Made my 2.8 Mac Pro unusable, had to hard shut-down and safe-boot just to login and uninstall. Then I had to re-map my login script items because the system no longer knew where they were. Bad, bad, bad.
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4.5
foolishservant
06 March 2013
Version: 1.0.0.64-9
Not too shabby, hardly notice it. Better than Sophos I think and the reviews I’ve seen say it’s better at detecting viruses.
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Tiyak
08 September 2012
Version: 1.0.0.64-9
Used to have Sophos AV installed but the latest versions were giving my Macbook some slowdowns, specially while browsing the net and copying files. So, I've decided to try Avira again. Must say that this version is working pretty well. Very light and stable. No issues so far. Seems they've really improved since their first releases. And yes, Mac users need an AV. There are no viruses but there are trojans, rootkits, java exploits and other kind of malware that affects ALL operating systems. It's wise to have some extra protection.
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Geofrant
01 August 2012
Version: 1.0.0.64-9
Is there really any need for a Mac anti-virus? In my 5+ years experience as a Mac user I've yet to see a single infection.
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MacBill
01 August 2012
Version: 1.0.0.64-9
I have used Avira Free with Microsoft Windows and liked it. So I decided to give it a try. When I used it with Lion I would get an error when updating all in one. But now on Mountain Lion it has worked great so far. Sophos has it's problems right now so Avira is a good option for me. It could be for you too. It scanned and completed without errors during installation. It has been updating the detections like it should. And now I did an all in one update without any errors. I call that successful.
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The-Equalizer
18 July 2012
Version: 1.0.0.61
Decided to try this after reading positive reviews on various websites. What a disaster! I thought my MacBook had died. Everything stopped. Had to boot from another volume to uninstall any and all components of this dreadful software. If I recall, I had to do the same thing on a PC three years ago. I'm sticking with COMODO for now. Stay away from this.
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Penguirl
25 May 2012
Version: 1.0.0.61
Of the A/V apps I've tried, Avira seems to be the no-frills of the bunch. As far as I could tell it has scheduled scans and manual scans, but if it has on-demand scans it wasn't apparent to me. The preferences are not the clearest I've seen, but it didn't seem to slow down my QC Mac Pro.
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2.5
Pir-anha
16 April 2012
Version: 1.0.0.61
free is nice, but for something this important i'd happily pay if it had the right features. avira unfortunately doesn't at this time. there's no way to tell it that certain files it has detected (and moved!) should be left alone in the future -- false positives, for one, files in transition to my windows VM for another. i can't set it to update the virus definitions automatically (i really don't want to be interrupted for that every day, and in addition it needs me to bring up the main app for something that should at most be one click). there's no way to enlarge the main window so i can at least read what it found without having to go to a details page. i can't turn off the "real-time protection". and it seems to eat my system alive; too much of a load.
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2.5
A1D
05 April 2012
Version: 1.0.0.61
Very buggy
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Hal2007
30 March 2012
Version: 1.0.0.61
Is it just me, or does Avira issue no warning dialogue when it finds some virus? There isn't even an option. It just keeps on removing the malware silently. I'd really like to be notified of that process. Really.
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Franztoo
28 March 2012
Version: 1.0.0.61
My PC started to behave weird under Lion right after installation and hung after restart. I had to start in safe mode and use the uninstaller which I found in the utilities folder. Could have been my configuration so only 3 stars - just a hint for those who may experience similar problems.
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2.5
Macnews
28 March 2012
Version: 1.0.0.61
Here we go -- hang on for the ride. There are some other PC antivirus vendors who have yet to publicly proclaim for their products, so there are more to follow. I don't see much difference between this and their Windows gratis version, aside from GUI. This one is fairly much in line with their PC offering. On the Windows side, there is pretty much only one outfit which gives the user so much for so little. That hasn't changed, although the PC version of Avast! has much more functionality than its current Mac counterpart. I'm really waiting to see if ESET releases a viable alternative to Avast's powerful free alternative; especially now that it's apparent Avast! isn't offering nearly as much protection for free on the Mac side as its PC sibling. NOD32 for Mac, anyone?
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2.5
Fb-eye71
28 March 2012
Version: 1.0.0.61
Looks good, nice UI, but unfortunately doesn't seem to support network proxys so I can't update virus definitions...
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Passanstoi
28 March 2012
Version: 1.0.0.61
Finally they have made it on mac system ! i was enjoying the windows version on my pc like for a life time :D Hopefully they will release a version with monitor soon !! Love Avria !
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