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

A custom antivirus comparison of Avast vs Avira by the
Spyshakers.com Team Editors (accurate as of September 17, 2014).


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Versions:

Avast! 2014 Free - There is a limited free version of Avast available for download at the Avast website. It has basic antivirus and spyware detection functionality.

Avast! Pro Antivirus 2014 - Pro Antivirus adds functionality like the SafeZone which is an enhanced security environment for shopping and banking. The key feature is the sandbox which you get in the Pro version.

Avast! Internet Security 2014 - The Internet Security version includes the sandbox like the Pro version but it also includes a sophisticated firewall, a spam filter and advanced phishing prevention methods.

Avast! Endpoint Protection - Avast Endpoint Protection is a separate business product with more than five PCs. With Avast! Endpoint Protection you will find antivirus for systems such as file servers, email servers, and sharepoint servers.
Versions:

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.
Strengths:

The Avast! 2014 sandbox is the real deal. With a single click of the mouse you can completely isolate the browser from the rest of the system. That means even if you download a virus in the sandbox your system stays clean.
FileRep lets you know whether a file is safe before you open it. The safety is determined by how many people already downloaded the file and how new the file is.
It runs extremely fast and does not slow down your machine. In fact Avast! ranks 2nd out of 21 different antivirus suites in an independent speed test study at AV Comparatives.
Strengths:

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:

Yes. Avast! Pro Antivirus has a lot of sandbox options. It has a virtual sandbox for opening suspicious files. It also has a AutoSandbox for files Avast! detects as suspicious.
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:

No. We don't see anything in Avast! Pro Antivirus that is built to optimize PC performance specifically.
PC Optimization:

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

No. We don't see any kind of backup functionality.
Backups / Online Storage:

Internet Security version includes backup functionality.
Parental Control:

No. Avast! is not the software you need if you are looking for parental controls.
Parental Control:

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

Yes. Avast! Pro Antivirus has an Instant Message Shield.
Chat / IM Protection:

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

You can contact Avast! via phone or online form if you have an issue.
Customer Support:

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