Avira AntiVir Personal is a freeware antivirus program offered by Avira. Whilst this lacks the full functionality of the paid version, this is an excellent free antivirus that gives excellent protection.
To install, download the executable file from here:
Double click on the downloaded installation file to begin the installation.
Avira AntiVir Personal will now begin the installation. It may take several minutes for the installation wizard to begin.
By default Windows Defender may be enabled on your system and it’s recommended to disable this before you continue. During installation the above image will appear in Windows 7; similar messages may appear for other security programs, and on other versions of Windows.
Click OK to continue.
Click Next to continue.
The License Agreement will now be displayed. Once you are satisfied, check the tickbox and click Next to continue.
The confirmation screen will now display. Click on the checkbox to confirm.
Please click Next to continue.
As the default, Avira will perform an Express installation. This will install the standard features, and is recommended if you intend to use Avira as a real time security program.
If you wish to install only certain features of Avira, please change the selection to Custom.
I recommend ticking the checkbox to create a system restore point before installation.
Click Next to continue.
Avira will now display an optional registration page. If you do not wish to register, untick the checkbox.
Click Next to continue.
Avira will now begin to extract and install. This may take several minutes to complete.
Once completed, the above window will display. Click Finish to exit the installation wizard.
Avira will now automatically update. Please do not skip this step as it’s important to keep your anti-virus up to date.
Once updated, Avira will automatically begin a short scan. I recommend you allow this scan to complete, as it should not take long.
Congratulations, Avira is now successfully installed and protecting your computer. You may find Avira will prompt you to purchase the paid version of its antivirus software. These prompts can be easily closed by clicking the Close button displayed at the bottom.
Avira will not automatically open after installation, but will immediately begin protecting your computer. To open the main Avira screen, right click on the umbrella icon in the system tray, and select Start AntiVir.
The following screen will be displayed:
This screen will display the main information about the program. If you wish to change any settings, select Configuration.
To access a scan report, ensure the Overview tab is selected, and select Reports. A list of scan logs will then be displayed.
Avira also offers a variety of custom scanning options.
To begin a scan, click on the Local protection tab, and select Scanner. A list of scan profiles will then be displayed.
Local Drives – This profile will scan all drives attached to the computer, including CD-ROM drives and USB sticks.
Local Hard Disks – This profile will scan all attached Hard Drives.
Removable Drives – This option will scan all removable drives attached to the computer. (Aka, USB sticks, CD-ROM drives, Floppy Discs etc)
Windows System Directory – This is a shorter profile option that will only scan the system32 directory.
Complete System Scan – This scan will perform a complete system scan.
Quick System Scan – This profile is a shorter scan, that will search crucial files and folders where malware is commonly found.
My Documents – This profile will scan the entire My Documents folder.
Active Processes – This profile scans all currently running processes for malware.
Scan for Rootkits and active malware – This option will scan specifically for rootkits, as well as scanning all active processes. Clicking the plus symbol will allow you to specifically select a hard disk to scan.
Manual Selection – This option allows you to selectively scan specific areas. Click the plus option to select the areas you wish to scan.
To begin a scan, select the profile you wish to scan with and select either the Scan icon, or the Scan as Administrator icon at the top of the window.
After Avira has been installed, you may find that Avira will prompt you to install a “Safe Search” function. This will also activate the Avira WebGuard component, which provides safer surfing online.
Clicking Install Now will begin the installation process for this feature. The Avira SearchFree Toolbar is a new feature offered by Avira; this uses the third party Ask Toolbar. By installing this feature, you are agreeing to the Ask Toolbar terms and conditions.
Please note: Avira require this toolbar to be installed to activate the WebGuard component. Uninstalling or disabling the toolbar, will also disable the WebGuard feature offered by Avira.
If the following screen is displayed, Malware has been detected by Avira. Click Remove to open the window shown in Figure 17.
The default action will be displayed under Action. If you wish to change the selected action, right click on the default action, and select the required action from the drop down menu that appears. If you are unsure whether the file should be removed, check Copy file to quarantine before action. This option will be greyed out if Move to quarantine is the default action.
Click Apply now to carry out the intended action.
Quarantined files can be accessed by clicking on the Administration tab and selecting Quarantine.
It’s always recommended that you keep your antivirus up to date. Avira should automatically schedule updates, but if it doesn’t you can click Start Update from the status screen.
Remember that your AV program should never be your first line of defence. Always think carefully before downloading files from an unknown source.
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