VERDICT / Avira Antivirus Pro is good at accurately preventing malware attacks and recognizing the difference between an internet threat and a legitimate website.
Blocking attacks, going lightly on your system resources, and accurately detecting threats without confusing good files for bad ones are the most important factors in antivirus software’s effectiveness. Added features are secondary to good performance. AV-Test, an independent test lab, ran 22 antivirus protection products that are compatible with Windows 10 through two months of continuous testing in March and April of 2016. Avira competes well with the best antivirus software in our review and placed higher than Windows Defender in all AV-Test areas.
The most impressive results for Avira came from the performance and usability tests. Avira made few mistakes in identifying between malware threats and legitimate content. It also received a perfect score in performance for not lagging down Windows 10 computer systems while it runs. This means your system will complete security scans and block threats without you noticing the antivirus protection software is running.
In the area of protection, Avira scored 5.5 out of 6. It detected and protected against most of the 164 known malware samples and over 22,000 newly discovered threats. This is the second-highest score a program can receive in this test area.
Avira Antivirus Pro goes beyond antivirus protection to include ransomware protection and antiphishing tools. It also scans both USB removable drives and incoming email, so threats are blocked regardless of where they originate. It also has a gamer mode, which suspends security scans while you are playing so as not to disrupt your fun.