PROS / This anti-malware software protects your computer from threats without slowing it down.
CONS / It lacks the ability to scan your computer and network for security weaknesses.
VERDICT / While it missing some features we look for in the best anti-malware software, it has enough to make it well worth considering.
Editor’s Note: Top Ten Reviews uses test results from the independent laboratory AV-Test as part of our review process for the best anti-malware software. AV-Test looks specifically at protection, performance and usability on multiple versions of Windows operating systems, and it performs these evaluations several times throughout the year. We use the most current AV-Test scores available at the time of our review. It is possible that new AV-Test scores will be released after our review goes live on the site. We will consider these scores during our next review of the best anti-malware software.
Avira Antivirus Pro makes an appearance in our review of the best malware removers because it protects your computer from all kinds of threats, including common viruses, spyware, rootkits, keyloggers and even ransomware. However, some minor omissions in its tool set keep it out of award-winning territory.
AV-Test is an independent, objective anti-malware testing institute. Several times a year, it subjects Avira Antivirus Pro and all the other malware removers on our lineup to a battery of tests. These tests measure how well the software protects your computer from threats, how much of your computer resources it uses and if it flags safe programs as threats. Avira Antivirus Pro performed well in all these tests.
The protection test puts this malware remover up against more than 14,000 threats. At the time of this writing, it had scored 92 percent – which was the average score among the anti-malware software we reviewed. You generally don't have to worry about your computer becoming infected when you use this software. However, there may be some threats that slip through the cracks.
Avira Antivirus Pro scored perfectly on the other two tests we consider to rank the best malware removal software. It uses as little processing power as possible so it doesn't cause lag in your other computer activity like downloads, uploads, video games and streaming content. It also scored 100 percent in the usability test, which means that it doesn't flag safe programs and files as malicious. Avira Antivirus Pro provides a seamless experience; you can simply set it and forget it.
There are some shortcomings in this malware remover that keep it out of the top tier of our review. For example, it only allows you to protect a single computer with one license. Other products on our lineup allow you to use them on up to three computers; there's even one that allows you to protect an unlimited number of devices. However, Avira does include the rare protection against ransomware, an emerging threat that locks down your computer until you pay a fee to the attackers.
Two tools we look for in the best anti-malware software are vulnerability scans and virtual browsers. Both are missing from Avira Antivirus Pro. The former would allow you to access a secure browser specifically designed to prevent malware infection and protect your private data. The latter scans your computer system and networks for security weaknesses and helps you to correct them. We would like to see Avira add these features in future versions.
Avira Antivirus Pro can protect your computer from almost all threats to your computer, including ransomware, and it doesn't slow down your system to do it. It's missing some minor features we look for, but it has enough to make it worthy of your consideration when you shop for the best anti-malware software.