A Comparison of AVG vs Avira by the Spyshakers.com Team Editors

A custom antivirus comparison of AVG vs Avira by the
Spyshakers.com Team Editors (accurate as of September 21, 2014).


AVG Free 2014 - AVG is very popular for their free version. The free version provides advanced antivirus and spyware scanning on your PC. It should be noted that AVG is for PC only.

AVG Antivirus 2014 - Antivirus 2014 is the entry level paid AVG product. It provides additional features not found in the free version. These features include a scan of files before you open them for additional protection, scanning social media links to prevent social media viruses, and mobile device protection.

AVG Internet Security 2014 - Internet Security 2014 includes all the features found in Antivirus 2014 with additional features such as a firewall and optimized video streaming for faster movie downloads online!

AVG Premium Security 2014 - Includes all of the features of Internet Security 2014 with additional features such as a PC Optimization and proactive identity theft recognition.

Avira Free Antivirus 2014 - Avira provides a free edition of their antivirus available for download for Windows. It comes with a standard system scanner for viruses, worms, and trojans. AHeAD Technology is included in the free version which is a heuristic solution for recognizing suspicious code before it is a world wide recognized virus.

Avira Antivirus Premium 2014 - The premium version adds some features not found in the free version. The main feature found in the premium version is the Website Safety Advisor which alerts you in search engine results if a website is safe or dangerous. Premium also diffuses other websites from monitoring your internet browsing activities by killing tracking cookies.

Avira Internet Security 2014 - Internet Security includes all of the features found in premium but goes further in the protection. There are anti-phishing solutions and anti-spam solutions found in the Internet Security version as well as a public wi-fi hotspot protection firewall, a backup system, and parental controls.

Avira Internet Security Plus 2014 - Internet Security Plus comes with some nice features not found in the regular Internet Security. Security Plus comes with a file shredder and a file encryption environment. It also provides PC Optimization tools.

AVG is a super popular antivirus program and AVG leverages that popularity to your advantage. Any new threat found by an AVG customer gets pushed out to warn everyone using AVG with the Community Protection Network.
AVG LinkScanner Surf Shield checks every suspect website before viewing to prevent malware from executing.
Proactively checks links on Facebook and Twitter to prevent social media malware.

The PC Optimization tools that Avira provides are very robust. Most antivirus solutions only clean up unnecessary files. Avira does much more. It has a process manager which eliminates the annoying problem of too many programs running in the background. It has a smart defragmenter and it can fix broken files on the hard drive. It also has a thorough program uninstaller.
Avira ranks #4 out of 21 antivirus suites in not tripping false alarms (courtesy of AV Comparatives). It ranked a very respectable #5 in speed and performance in another AV Comparatives test.
If you ever want to completely erase your hard disk (for selling or re-installing windows) Avira has a nice option to do that.
Virtual Sandbox:

No. We can't find a virtual sandbox option in AVG.
Virtual Sandbox:

Avira doesn't specifically have feature called a sandbox but they do provide "Advanced Web Protection" which intercepts malicious websites before they load.
PC Optimization:

Yes. AVG Quick Tune degragments the hard drive and cleans up the registry. AVG Accelerator optimizes file compression for increased internet browsing speeds. AVG System tools optimizes PC resources.
PC Optimization:

There is PC Optimization in the Plus 2014 version.
Backups / Online Storage:

Yes. Although not in the product feature list, AVG offers a service called LiveKive which provides online backup for free up to 5GB.
Backups / Online Storage:

Internet Security version includes backup functionality.
Parental Control:

Yes. For $.99 extra, AVG Family Safety can be accessed which provides in-depth features such as internet scheduling, monitoring for cyber-bullying, tracking social media activity, blocking adult websites, and more.
Parental Control:

Internet Security version includes extended parental controls.
Chat / IM Protection:

Yes. AVG Online Shield monitors links sent within chat venues. Files sent within ICQ, MSN and Yahoo! Instant Messenger.
Chat / IM Protection:

Avira provides a free social network protection suite, but we cannot find specific chat protection functionality.
Customer Support:

Support is available via phone and online chat.
Customer Support:

Avira provides a forum, email support, phone support, and a contact web form.
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