Avira free. On the market for many years, Avira is among the antivirus most popular available for free. The product has always excelled in benchmarks and has recently been enriched with several exciting features such as cloud computing-based file recognition.

Also noteworthy is the fact that Avira free is available not in its "classic" version for Windows but also in editions specifically designed for other platforms, such as Mac y Android. Let's see in more detail how it works.

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Avira free: step by step

Download Avira

If you want to download Avira free  use a PC equipped with the operating system Windows, connected to the official website of the program and click on the button Free download. The download is fully open by double-clicking on it, the file you just downloaded ( avira_free_antivirus_it.exe ) and, in the window that opens, click on the button yes.

Therefore, accept the terms of use of the software, placing the check mark next to the item I accept the end user license agreement and click on the button siguiente to complete the Avira installation process. At this point, the definition update will start (that is, the database that the antivirus uses to detect malware) and an analysis of the processes currently running on the PC will begin.

How Avira works

Avira's quick scan is very effective. However, to make sure your PC is really 'clean', I recommend that you run a full system check. Then, open the main window of the software by double-clicking its icon next to the Windows clock and select the item Scanner System from the left sidebar.

Now choose Full system scan from the screen that opens and click the button with the magnifying glass and Windows flag to start virus scan of all hard drives in the PC. The duration of the process varies according to the amount of data hosted on the drives and the overall speed of the PC, it could take hours. Repeat it at least once a month.

Avira for Mac

As mentioned in the opening of the publication, a version of Avira free also available for Mac. It's called Avira Free Mac Security and is capable of recognizing Windows viruses and malware designed to OS X (which exist, although they are less common than those of the Microsoft operating system). It also supports real-time system scanning. To download the antivirus on your PC, connect to the Avira website and click the button Free download.

The download is complete open, double clicking on it, the file avira_mac_security.pkg just downloaded and in the window that opens click first siguiente twice in a row and then up to accept. So select the HDD from your Mac and click once more siguiente and then install. Finally, type the password of your user account in OS X and click Install software y close  To finish the configuration.

Like the Windows version, Avira for Mac will automatically download the latest definitions and a quick system scan on first start. All the work will only take a few minutes, so don't worry.

To start a complete analysis of the PC, select the item Scan for threats from the Avira sidebar, put the check mark next to the item Full system scan and click on the button Scan now. You can also plan the days when Avira should automatically scan your PC (quick scan) by going to the section Program.

In closing, I want to talk to you about Avira Antivirus Security for Android, a free application through which you can protect mobile phones and tablets equipped with the green robot operating system from any malware that may affect them.

In addition, the application allows you to locate devices from remotely in case of loss and create blacklists to automatically block calls and messages from unwanted senders.