Avira AntiVir Personal - Free Antivirus 188.8.131.520 pick
This application also features enhanced protection against unknown boot-sector viruses, issuing alerts for boot sectors suspicious formats. Through the permanent update of the detection engine, the protection is ensured constantly: the user can set the product to download any updates when available, thus keeping you clean and safe.
Note from FreewareFiles: The setup program includes a toolbar which does not have to be installed to use the software.
Reviewer: -ka Review Date: 2013-12-07
Average Rating (612 Votes )
Pros: Possibly still has a good detection rate (about 5 years ago it was the top pick of free AVs)
Cons: Used to be a light AV and very good for older or low-spec computers, but has grown into a huge and very cpu-demanding AV. Slows the system down remarkably. A very annoying nag screen with ad for their paid products pops up on every update. This is not freeware, it's adware.
Other Thoughts: I have used Avira for years but, uninstalled it earlier this year. It wasn't until it was gone that I realized how much it slowed my computer down. I now have Avast running on my XP, windows 7 netbook and my windows 8 laptop.