Having an antivirus software in your tech device is quintessential. The reason behind this is the presence of viruses, malware, rootkits, Trojans, etc. They have made it easier for hackers to sneak into your devices. Once your computer gets infected with malware and viruses, a lot of terrible things could be done to it. They can steal your data, make your computer crash or become sluggish, make your photos and videos disappear.
Furthermore, they could even ask you to pay ransom for giving access to you for your own data, through employing malware known as Ransom wares.
In this article, we are going to talk about 2 leading Antivirus providers: Avira and Avast. Read this Data backed comparison to get an idea as to which service provider is ideal for you.
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Avira comes in 3 variants: Antivirus Pro, Internet Security Suite, and Prime which cost $44.99, $57.99 and $99.99 yearly respectively. Along with these, there’s the Avira Free Security suite as well.
Avast on the other hand also comes up with 3 variants, Internet Security, Premier and Ultimate which cost $59.99, $69.99 and $119.99 yearly respectively.
The free version of both Avira and Avast are at par in terms of the features offered. However, Avast has gone a little step ahead by providing a couple of extra tools such as Wi-Fi Inspector, Silent Gaming mode for gamers, browser cleanup option among other things. Avast offers free 30 Day trial of its SecureLine VPN while Avira gives free data volume of 500 MB per month.
Avira provides SafeSearch and Safe Shopping, the former helps in surfing the web in the most protective way possible. The latter helps in clenching the best deals and coupons while you shop online.
However, the above-mentioned features are not exclusive to Avira only. Avast also has two extensions by name Online Security and Safe price which perform the same functions.
So clearly Avast gets an edge in the arena of Free antivirus service.
Internet Security & Antivirus Pro
The Internet security of Avast has a varying price as it depends on the number of devices you seek to secure, ranging from 1 to 10 devices. It offers features such as Password vault, Website scans, Advance firewall, Anti-Spam, and Phishing, among others.
The Antivirus Pro variant of Avira, on the other hand, provides 5 devices protection, PUA Shield, Network protection and basic anti-virus protection, among other things.
Avast Premier and Avira Internet Security Suite
The internet security suite of Avira has some additional features such as Password manager, automatic software updater, etc. Avast in addition to the features that Internet security offers provide other features as well such as Webcam protection, Automated updates for apps, among others.
Avast Ultimate and Avira Prime
Now coming to the top end variant of both providers. Here Avira offers some top-notch features such as VIP Customer support, performance tool, VPN service, a security app for a mobile device, etc in addition to the features provided in lower-priced plans.
Avast offers a premium version of a Password manager, cleanup through Avast Ultimate. Along with this, there is the presence of SecureLine VPN which is helpful for all the internet users out there.
After analyzing all the features and offerings from both sides, many reviewers and experts regard Avast as better than Avira. So in the Features department also, Avast has got an edge.
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Impact on System
Not everyone has a PC which is capable of handling data-intensive apps. This is the reason why an antivirus software which is light on the PC is preferred by the masses. In this segment, we are going to compare both Avast and Avira with regards to Impact on System.
An independent organization, AV-TEST tested both software performance and brought out the following results. The ‘impact’ shows an influence on computer speed.-
Impact while launching popular websites- 9%
Impact while copying files- 8%
Impact while installing frequently used apps- 26%
Avast, on the other hand, had shows the following stats-
Impact while launching popular websites- 25%
Impact while copying files- 2%
Impact while installing frequently used apps- 18%
A glance on stats of both software makes it clear that Avira is light on the system. So with regards to Impact on System, Avira gets an edge.
To find out which among the two is better in terms of providing wholesome protection to the PC, AV-Test conducted some tests. The experts tested various anti-virus products against 185 samples of zero-day malware and 10,684 samples of widespread malware.
It is said that the industry average in blocking 0-Day malware is 99.5%, however, Avast blocked 100% of them. Along with this, it blocked 99.9% widespread malware in tests conducted in November and 100% in December.
On the other hand, Avira had 97.9% effectiveness in blocking 0-Day malware. With regards to widespread malware, it blocked 100% in November and 99.9% in December. So both the antivirus had similar performance in protecting from widespread malware but Avast clearly got an edge when it comes to 0-day malware.
Every aesthetically appealing thing leaves a good impact on the person perceiving it. It doesn’t matter whether that thing is Antivirus software. If you are someone who appreciates beautiful UI, you’ll love both Avast and Avira.
Avast has a modern styled dark UI with a vertical menu that has options such as Status, Protection, Privacy, and Performance. The green color shows that everything is running fine whereas the red color suggests the opposite.
Avira had created an image of being slightly outdated with regards to the UI in the past. It is still better than UI of other antivirus software available out there, however, while using Avira on Windows 7 and 8, it feels outright old. No matter whether you buy the free or premium version, the feeling endures.
So it is clear that with regards to UI, Avast gets an edge. We need to lay emphasis on the fact that Avira’s UI is good than many other AV available out there, yet it needs to make some more improvements.
Providing good customer support is the shortcoming of AV software in general. Avira provides an informative support page and you could reach customer support by filling out a form, after which you’ll get their email and phone number.
Avast provides premium customer support but only for its premium customers. It too has a support page similar to Avira.
Avast is the market leader in terms of Total downloads. As per OPSWAT, Avast leads the market share with 19.11% whereas Avira is fifth on the list. Along with that, Avast has a profound social media presence with 4 million fans on Facebook whereas Avira has 1.5 million fans.
Comparing both software on the aspects of Pricing, Features, Customer support, Popularity User interface, Impact on system and Protection, we found Avast to be a clear winner. However, we leave the decision upon you as to which software you would like to go with.
Thanks for reading.