Avira Antivirus Suite 2014 provides strong antivirus protection, along with a host of other extras.
The core antivirus engine is a good one, which normally scores very well with the independent testing labs. The previous edition ranked 2nd out of 13 in the March 2013 AV-Comparatives File Detection tests, for instance, with a very creditable detection rate of 99.6%.
The program also provides capable browsing protection, though, detecting and blocking malicious websites before they can even load, and preventing drive-by downloads.
Integration with the Avira Protection Cloud improves performance, with unknown files classified in real time.
The Browser Tracking Blocker helps to maintain your privacy online by preventing more than 600 networks from recording your web activities.
The Website Safety Advisor adds icons to your search results (if they're carried out via the Avira toolbar), warning you of potentially dangerous sites before you click.
There's 5GB of free online backup space. And the program's parental controls have been extended via Avira Social Network Protection, which helps protect your kids on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and others.
What you won't see are any major additions from the last version. The most significant change is there's now no longer any firewall bundled with the program; instead you get an interface to help you manage the standard Windows firewall. Beware, though - this only works with Windows 7 or later. If you're using XP or Vista then you'll need to manage the Windows firewall yourself, or install another firewall entirely.
What's new in 14.0.3 ('Update 3')?
- Avira Intelligent Repair System: AIRS is a refactoring and improvement of the current repair functionality in all Avira Windows products. AIRS will change the repair that it corresponds to current technology of malware and we are also able to react faster in repair and removal issues to clean up the infected users.