Avast Free 2013 Vs. Avira Free Antivirus 2013: Does Free Cost You Security

What does it take to secure a computer? Certainly, an antivirus software! And what does it take for an antivirus to secure a computer? More than certainly the features, the technology, and the capabilities of the antivirus software. Do you think that the price of an antivirus program matters against its capabilities and features? Arr! We are not playing a question and answer round here. What we are doing here is comparing the features of two free, equally good antivirus programs viz. Avast and Avira to help users understand their options and choose what fits best into their requirements. Both Avast and Avira do well when it comes to protecting a computer from viruses, bots, spyware, adware, Trojans, rootkits, Ransomware, Batchwiper and other millions of malicious infections.

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Avast and Avira have already launched their free 2013 versions for Windows PCs and Macs. Speaking about Avast, the company is riding high on confidence and leveraging big time on its products after scoring well in the independent AV-Test(s) conducted in September-October 2012 and November-December 2012. Avira also scored good in these tests and hence the competition and comparison with Avast draw very close.

Free or not?

The versions we are comparing here are free and hence the question of paid ones does not arise here. Avast Free Antivirus 2013 and Avira Free Antivirus 2013 sound completely similar in their names, are are designed with the same purpose viz. protecting computers against malicious infections.

Protection against Infections

Designed for and with a purpose, free Avast and Avira 2013 versions do a good job and we have said that quite a few times. It’s time to get real! Check out how each security software stands apart.

Virus & Spyware Protection

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Avast Free Antivirus 2013:- Yes, it’s there. Avast provides dual protection from virus and spyware infections. With this dual protection engine, no spyware or virus can get through your computer and wrack havoc on it. Compared to other infections, virus and spyware are common and have the intensity of spreading from one computer to the other quickly by proliferating their multiple copies. Considering this, Avast free edition gives you double protection and keeps a computer safe.

Avira Free Antivirus 2013:- Avira gives you more than what Avast offers. Avira free edition not only offers dual protection from viruses and spyware but also offer additional security from adware. Yes, the Avira free edition has triple protection engine which protects your from virus, spyware, and adware infections. Adware are equally nasty and annoying as viruses and spyware are and considering this Avira adds extra protection in the form of anti-adware engine. Avira also gives protection from other types of equally dangerous infections viz. Trojans, worms, rootkits, and other malware. So, our review about security features say that Avira Free Antivirus 2013 is a comprehensive security suite which gives all-round protection from all types of malware infections as compared to Avast Free Antivirus 2013 which only gives dual protection (virus & spyware).

Real-time Protection

Avast Free Antivirus 2013:- Avast keeps an eye on the attacking software and/or potential attacks but it does not block them in real-time. So, we can say that speaking of real-time protection, Avast free edition lacks considerably. It may prompt you to remove any suspicious files however found only during the virus scan results. It may also prompt you about a suspicious file which needs to be removed but won’t block itself.

Avira Free Antivirus 2013:- Yes, it’s there. Avira free edition gives real-time protection from Trojans, viruses, spyware, worms, rootkits and other such dangerous infections. The security software not only scans the behavioral actions of attacking software but also blocks them from attacking a computer. Thus, this free edition of Avira does give you more reasons to opt for it. After all who would not want to keep his/her computer safe and secured from the ever-growing threats.

Browser Safety

Browser is the gateway through which all Internet-based threats, hackers, browsing tracking companies make way to your computer. Hence it’s very important for a security software to deal with web browser safety and threats which target it. So, let’s see which security software keeps your web browser safe.

Browser add ons

Avast Free Antivirus 2013:- The software does not feature browser safety capability and hence it does not protect you from browser-based threats. Besides, this free edition does not prevent companies and third parties from tracking your online activities including browsing behavior, preferences, email addresses, passwords, and more. The ghost of your previous searches will follow you everywhere no matter which website FBI or banking you browse.

Avira Free Antivirus 2013:- Avira, too, does not protect your web browser from attacking software (but it does block them in real-time as we said above) but it does prevent phishy and advertising/marketing companies from tracking your browsing behavior and collecting information about you. The “Browser Tracking Blocker” add-on is a part of Avira toolbar which sits on your web browser like a hawk sits atop the highest peak to look for its prey and prevent a company from intruding into privacy. Besides, this edition has “Website Safety Advisor” (also embedded in Avira toolbar) which tells you upfront whether to visit a website or not. Yes, the software provides website ratings in search results which forewarn you whether you should visit a particular website or not.

Geek Friend Assistance

A friend in need is a geek indeed! No matter what time of the day or night it is, your friends will help you (so do ours). Be it any problem, your true friends will always go miles to find a solution for your problems. So here is a feature called remote assistance from a geek friend which some antivirus software provide to help you have your computer problems fixed right away by your geek friend. Let’s check out which antivirus software offers this feature.

Avast Free Antivirus 2013:- Avast is built for you and around your needs and thus it allows you to have remote assistance from a geek friend of yours. Set up the software and enable this feature, set up the geek friend’s profile, and contact him/her when you need to. Have all your technical problems fixed right away without waiting.

Avira Free Antivirus 2013:- Unfortunately, Avira edition does not have this feature. It’s may because it’s a complete software in itself that’s why it does not need this feature in its suite.

System Requirements

It’s very important for a security program to work properly on a computer with a given OS and the installed programs. If a security software creates problem after installation, then it’s better replace it. Check out one of the important aspects of a security software.

Avast Free Antivirus 2013:-

Windows

Operating System Windows 8 (32-bit/64-bit), Windows 7 (32-bit/64-bit), Windows Vista (32-bit/64-bit), Windows XP SP2/SP3 (32-bit/64-bit)
Processor P3 or faster processor
RAM 256MB or higher, with free 210MB free space on hard disk drive, 300MB if install is done through Google Chrome browser
Screen Resolution 1024×768 or higher
Internet Connection Required for download  & update installation
Admin Permissions Required for installation

Mac

Operating System Mac OS X 10.5.x Leopard, Mac OS X 10.6.x Snow Leopard, Mac OS X 10.7.x Lion, Mac OS X 10.8.x Mountain Lion or later
Processor P3 or faster processor
RAM 256MB or higher, with free 210MB free space on hard disk drive, 300MB if install is done through Google Chrome browser
Screen Resolution 1024×768 or higher
Internet Connection Required for download  & update installation
Admin Permissions Required for installation

Avira Free Antivirus 2013:-

Windows

Operating System Windows 8 (32-bit/64-bit), Windows 7 (32-bit/64-bit), Windows XP SP2 (64-bit), Windows XP SP3 (32-bit)
Processor 1GHz or faster processor
RAM 1024MB or higher for Windows 7 or 512MB or higher for Windows XP, with free 150MB free space on hard disk drive
Internet Connection Required for download  & update installation
Admin Permissions Required for installation

Mac

Operating System Mac OS X 10.6.x Snow Leopard, Mac OS X 10.7.x Lion, Mac OS X 10.8.x Mountain Lion or later
Processor 64-bit Intel Core 2 Duo or faster
RAM 2GB; with free 200MB free space on hard disk drive
Internet Connection Required for download  & update installation
Admin Permissions Required for installation

Miscellaneous Features:

The more features each security software has, the better it becomes as compared to the other.

Avast Free Antivirus 2013:- Auto browser/app updates, auto app, faster & easy installation, on-demand/auto scans, revamped user interface, automatic software updates, Sandbox, browser cleanup, SafeZone, and Data Shredding are among other notable features which this excellent security software has to offer.

Avira Free Antivirus 2013:- Avira Searchfree toolbar, comprehensive malware protection, Pushbutton, excellent threat detection rates, behavioral blocking, on-demand/auto virus scans, and user-friendly installation are among other miscellaneous features which this free edition offers to users.

User Reviews

Avast Free Antivirus 2013:-

The Good

1. “thank you Avast team for the good job. I recommended and installed this antivirus to/and for many persons and I’ll do so in the future too.

P.S. for those who complain about avast: better check your system and other installed software I had no problems with this software on 200+ systems (PC’s and mac’s) installed so far”

2. “-Very light and quick

-Works like any good paid Anti Virus

-No compatibility issues with Windows 8 or 7

-Quick Scan

-Auto updates”

The Bad

1. “Avast needs to do something about this antivirus protector, I downloaded it and used it for a few weeks but found that it took forever to open a web page, at first couldn’t figure out why pc so slow then once I deleted avast I have had no problem. If it wasn’t for that Avast would be a very good free antivirus protector…it was always keeping up with new virus’s etc.”

2. “Upgrades to the free version do try and trick you to switch to the paid-for version”

Avira Free Antivirus 2013:-

The Good

1. “Recommended for all users!

-High detection rate;

-Automatic updates;

-No registration required just email;

-Light on resources(4.4MB antivirus and 440K web protection;

-Blocks viruses from skype and others

-Use a combo with WOT (Web of trust)”

2. “What I really like about Avira is the fact it runs completely silent without bothering you with all kind of messages or something similar. On top of that it is extremely light on your system resources. After I installed the application I entered in task manager and I was surprised to see that there were no significant modifications in the CPU usage and Memory fields.”

The Bad

1. “I hate, Hate, HATE the popup ads, but Avira has just a few less than AVG and Avast. The developers stoop to such low false advertising by including the word FREE in their title, but put their own and others ads every time you use it. This is America, can’t some bright lawyer sue them for false advertising?” Avira sucks but less than the others!

2. “Every time it activates I get a message to buy their pro version.”

 

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How did you find this review about the two, well-known security software? Do not forget to check the user reviews as one of you might have logged them. Let us know in your comments. Should you have any queries or are facing any issues with your Avira or Avast software, call us at +1-877-907-4935 and get an expert to help you.

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