Avira Antivirus Pro represents the next step from Avira's freebie. It features extra security components to make sure the computer will not get infected with malicious files while navigating the web, whether they are viruses, Trojans, worms, spyware, adware or other dangerous agents.
Avira's powerful antivirus application comes in three flavors (apart from the free edition which offers basic protection and can be used for free unlimitedly).
Antivirus Pro comes with a web shield to ensure browsing security via the Avira search engine, mail protection to filter downloads and email attachments (support for POP3, IMAP and SMPT email clients), rootkit protection, cloud assistance, Windows Firewall configuration from the Avira panel, along with a shell extension to quickly scan files, folders and drives via the Windows Explorer context menu.
Internet Security Suite promises faster startup, more available memory, junk file removal and file encryption in addition to all the previously mentioned features, while Ultimate Protection Suite aims to optimize performance, provide a faster gaming experience, replace outdated and corrupt drivers, as well as to fully customize an update scheduler.
Setting up Avira Antivirus Pro is a speedy task. All components are included by the default, and any of them can be excluded. An important factor worth mentioning is that before proceeding, Avira scans the entire computer for existing av solutions, in order to prevent any software conflicts that would probably lead to Windows stability issues.
Avira preserves a user-friendly interface with simple, yet elegant lines where options are not cluttered. All main components can be activated and deactivated with one click, and each one of them comes with own configuration set.
Avira is able to look into the entire computer, selected drives, removable devices only, network locations, check only for rookits and active malware, and so on. It features a comprehensive list of configurable settings which mainly addresses experienced users (novices shouldn't worry, since the default configuration does its job very well). These revolve around cloud assistance, registry and scanner priority, the quarantine's behavior, automatic actions on threat detections, exceptions, archive scanning or exclusion, and so on.
Avira Antivirus Pro provides very good performance ratings when it comes to malware detection ratio, overall scan speed and resources consumption, gaining a top position in the antivirus software community. Its extra levels of safety are powerful additions, and they should satisfy the preferences of most users.