Avira Premium Security Suite

Avira Premium Security Suite is certainly capable of protecting your system, albeit at the cost of a dull interface

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Avira Premium Security Suite Premium Security provides comprehensive security solution against scores of threats
By  Clayton Vallabhan Published  September 14, 2011

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Key Specs

HD space: 40MB
Licence: Y
Memory: 512MB
Number of users: 1
OS: Windows XP/Vista/7

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Avira says over 100 million people use its products. That's a decent number so when the company sent us its security suite for review, we were keen to give it a look.

Avira Premium Security Suite is the best suite that Avira offers. It has a number of different features designed to give you peace of mind while browsing the web, banking online or even when checking e-mails that may have malicious content. Some of the features include AntiVir which immobilises all kinds of viruses, AntiAd/Spyware, which eliminates adware and spyware, AntiRootkit, which detects hidden rootkits and QuickRemoval, which allows the removal of all malicious content with a single click.

Other specific tools designed for protection when you're browsing the web and when you're working on e-mail are the reliable WebGuard and MailGuard. A firewall is also included as part of the package and proved quite able at blocking unwanted intrusions. For users with kids, Premium Security Suite also offers parental controls.       

Antibot meanwhile helped ensure that no bots penetrated our system. The suite even offers a function called GenericRepair that attempts to repair damage done by malware.

Perhaps the most important features are AntiVirProActiv and AHeADTechnology. AntiVirProActiv detects unknown viruses and malware via the way it behaves on your computer. It can also then transmit details of this unknown threat back to Avira, and help the community benefit from this information. AHeADTechnology on the other hand relies on standard Heuristics technology to detect unknown threats.

Coming to the user interface, without mincing words, it is dull, boxy and archaic. This is certainly not a security suite for novice computer users, as it looks too intimidating. It gets progressively more unappealing as you navigate different features in the suite, and there is a common dullness that permeates the entire setup. Had the interface looked cleaner, more welcoming and more up-to-date, we're sure more users would flock to the Avira camp in no time.

The software is, expectedly, capable of updating itself without any user intervention though you can also tell it when to perform a manual update. Over our test period we noticed the software updated itself at least once every day.

There's noticeable lag when comprehensive system scans are underway, so if you're doing something intensive, it's best to let the scan complete or set it to run when you don't require the machine. At the same time the suite doesn't really need a powerful machine, so if you've got an older desktop or notebook, Premium Security is a good choice.

Pros: Efficient against most malware, regular updates via the Internet, comprehensive security features.
Cons: User interface is far from modern or welcoming, updates require reboots on occasion.
Verdict: While Avira is a little rough around the edges, it is actually quite a comprehensive security suite that can defend your desktop or notebook from a multitude of threats.

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