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A Comparison of Avira vs Ad-Aware by the Spyshakers.com Team Editors

A custom antivirus comparison of Avira vs Ad-Aware by the
Spyshakers.com Team Editors (accurate as of October 31, 2014).


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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.
Versions:

Lavasoft Ad-Aware 11 Free - Ad-Aware Free Antivirus is the most popular downloaded antivirus on the internet. It comes with a lot of solid features to compliment the standard antivirus protection such as link checking against the Ad-Aware cloud (Safe Browsing), a malware sandbox, and a game mode.

Lavasoft Ad-Aware 11 Personal Security - The Personal version includes all the previous as well as upgraded social network protection and extra security for online bank transactions.

Lavasoft Ad-Aware 11 Pro Security - The Pro version includes all the previous as well as a two way firewall, USB scanning, and anti-spam features.

Lavasoft Ad-Aware 11 Total Security - Total Security is the complete package with some sweet features such as a PC Tuneup, parental controls, online backup, data recovery and rootkit detection (rootkits are a very nasty flavor of spyware).
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.
Strengths:

With 450,000,000 downloads it is the most popular antivirus on the market.
The features on the free version are more robust than others. The Safe Browsing technology is a great feature. Ad-Aware leverages their incredible popularity to identify malicious links and update everyone to protect them from threats.
As for upgraded versions, you really need to go with the Total Security version. That is were the cooler features are at such as the PC Tuneup, Parental Control, and Online Backup.
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.
Virtual Sandbox:

Yes. Personal and Pro both contain a feature called Malware Sandbox Emulator.
PC Optimization:

There is PC Optimization in the Plus 2014 version.
PC Optimization:

Yes. Total Security includes a PC Tuneup but also Lavasoft has a standalone PC Tuneup product called Lavasoft Registry Tuner.
Backups / Online Storage:

Internet Security version includes backup functionality.
Backups / Online Storage:

No. We couldn't find backup functionality in any of the Ad-Aware versions.
Parental Control:

Internet Security version includes extended parental controls.
Parental Control:

Yes. Ad-Aware Total Security includes parental controls by allowing websites with selected content to be viewed or restricted, monitoring web use and setting limits for time spent online.
Chat / IM Protection:

Avira provides a free social network protection suite, but we cannot find specific chat protection functionality.
Chat / IM Protection:

Yes. The Personal and Pro Security versions help monitor malicious links that could be sent out via messaging and chat.
Customer Support:

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

Lavasoft includes support in the form of forums, phone and online ticket.
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