When it comes to free antivirus software, Avira and Avast are the two names that you can count on. Although these applications are made available to you for no cost at all, creators do need to earn money somehow. This is the free software packages show advertisements while others come with additional software and services you don’t want at all. Free programs will also encourage users to upgrade to the paid version, some more persistent than others. But all the cons of choosing free antivirus aside, these software offer much-needed protection while using the web. The only question that needs to be asked is: which of the two offers the better protection against malicious threats?
The user interface of Avast looks a lot cleaner and better organized than Avira’s, but the latter does have clear labels despite being rather cluttered. Both packages offer easy access to reports and logs within the interface. The two antivirus programs also provide different scanning options such as quick scans and full scans.
Avira and Avast also provide free password managers but the former’s is only available free of charge until May 2017 – you have to pay to continue the service – while the latter offers a built-in service which can be a hassle when it comes to data transfer should you decide to use another antivirus software.
Since both Avira and Avast are available free of charge, you can’t help but be provided with advertisements as well as services and software you don’t want. The good thing is that you can remove or flat out reject the installation of extra software and plugins. In terms of advertisements, Avira is much worse as its rather persistent compared to Avast.
Performance & Protection
The malware detection engine of Avira performed well in the tests carried out by AVLabs in January and February 2017 scoring 98.9% and 98.1%, respectively, in real-world live malware-exposure trials. Avira also scored 99.8 and 99.9%, respectively, when used to scan against a set of recent malware.
Avira is also lightweight and doesn’t have that much impact on system performance, which makes it a good choice for those who don’t have powerful systems. This antivirus program is also not that greedy when it comes to resources, which, again, makes it an ideal choice for those with older PCs.
Avast also performed well in tests performed by AV-TEST and SE Labs, identifying 100% of malware in real-world exposure tests. And just like Avira, this application doesn’t affect system performance, plus it has a Game Mode which allows users to have maximum processing power and speed when playing games.
Avast seems to offer the best value for a package that is offered free of charge. Avira, for all its good deeds, is rather hell-bent on badgering you with pop-ups and advertisements. While these two are really good at doing their job, feel free to have a look at other free antivirus software that may be more to your liking.