As one of the bigger names in antivirus solutions available, I’ve used Avira on and off over the years as and when I’ve felt it. The latest version of Avira Pro 2018 has just been released and its come with a major overhaul in terms of design. For some this may not seem to be a big thing but as I recall, Avira has always had a look that felt to me as if it were a real classic from the 90s.
That’s all changed now and today we’re going to be looking at what’s changed in look and feel as well as running through performance, since we haven’t done tests on the 2018 engine from them yet.
The first thing to keep in mind about this version of Avira Pro 2018 is that the interface has undergone a revamp. This revamp has given all parts of the interface a sleek and very clean look. This is true across all platforms, PC or mobile. The Pro version we’re looking at comes with a 5-device license that you can use for any combination of PCs, notebooks or handheld devices.
In the past, Avira has always gone the traditional route and given the user what some may feel would have been information overload. Realising that most users only want to know that they’re safe, Avira’s new interface has cut down the detail to a minimum.
It has also blended the look across platforms seamlessly so that it doesn’t look like a completely different antivirus software that you have installed on different devices.
Avira has at its heart a standard scan engine that checks against a locally stored signature database which is regularly updated. This signature file is a combination of intelligence collected form all devices that Avira protects collectively, much like a massive neural network. It also complements with cloud technology that attempts to detect information about new threats.
In order to test Avira Pro 2018 we conducted a very simple and standard EICAR test. EICAR offers four files to download, each of which contains an ASCII string intended to simulate a virus signature. Here, Avria Pro 2018 performed flawlessly, catching each file as the download link was clicked.
The four file types were a plain text file, a file disguised as an executable .com and two which were embedded in archive files.
In the latest AV-TEST records dated Jul/Aug, Avira Pro 2018 rated extremely highly against the competition. It showed 100 percent success rate against 0-day malware attacks, inclusive of web and e-mail threats. It also showed a 100 percent success rate on detection of widespread and prevalent malware discovered over AV-TEST reference set data in the prevailing four weeks.
In terms of memory signature, I’m happy to report that Avria Pro 2018 weighed in at slightly over 100 megabytes, which is a drop of water in the pond considering today’s RAM standards. It’s way lighter than the likes of Sophos of McAfee in any case.
Some of the features included in the Pro version that the free version does not have are dedicated browser protection, email-attachment screening and continuous malware signature updates. In fact, Avria states that on average its malware signature files are updated every two hours.
However, Pro also offers less than what the more complete Internet Security version offers, such as encryption for files and a nifty system optimizer.
Avira Antivirus Pro 2018 comes at a price of RM119. That price gives you a 5-device license, so it’s practically a family bundle. It also comes with a 30-day trial period, so technically you’re paying for 13 months of protection.
The company is also known for giving generous discounts, so at times you might be able to find a copy for as much as 50 percent off the retail price. There are also frequent discounted prices offered for renewal.
Avira Pro 2018 remastered sports a very nice and clean interface, giving it a seamless look across various platforms. It also ranks very highly on antivirus tests and does not overly tax system memory. It’s something that works exactly as it should – quietly in the background, only alerting you when it’s stopped yet another attack on your system.