Is Avira a good protector?

By ultragrey ยท 4 replies
May 27, 2010
  1. I was fond of avira antivir and believed that it can detect all kinds of trojans. But now I am having problem with my pc continuously. Do anyone of you have idea about the software? How good it is actually?
  2. Broni

    Broni Malware Annihilator Posts: 54,258   +383

  3. Bobbye

    Bobbye Helper on the Fringe Posts: 16,334   +36

    There is no one security program that will prevent all malware programs. You need the layered protections of:

    One antivirus program- configured correctly and updating.
    One firewall (software, but can also use a router with hardware F/W)
    Two or more antimalware programs- combination of prevent and 'find and fix'.

    Please follow these simple steps to keep your computer clean and secure:
    1.Disable and Enable System Restore: See System Restore Guide This will help you understand what this is, why you need to clean and set restore points and what information is in them.
    2.Stay current on updates:
    • Visit the Microsoft Download Sitefrequently. You should get All updates marked Critical and the current SP updates: Windows XP> SP2, SP3.
    • Visit this Adobe Reader site often and make sure you have the most current update. Uninstall any earlier updates as they are vulnerabilities.
    • Check this site often.Java Updates Stay current as most updates are for security. Uninstall any earlier versions in Add/Remove Programs.
    3.Make Internet Explorer safer. Follow the suggestions HERE This Tutorial will help guide you through Configuring Security Settings, Managing Active X Controls and other safety features.
    4.Remove Temporary Internet Files regularly: Use ATF Cleaner by Atribune or TFC
    5. Use an AntiVirus Software(only one)
    Both of the following programs are free and known to be good:
    Avira Free
    Avast Home
    6.Use a good, bi-directional firewall(one software firewall) I recommend either of these software firewalls.- both are free and good:
    Comodo or Zone Alarm
    7.Consider these programs for Extra Security
    • Spywareblaster: SpywareBlaster protects against bad ActiveX. It places kill bits to stop bad Active X controls from being installed. Remember to update it regularly.
    • IE/Spyad This places over 4000 websites and domains in the IE Restricted list which will severely impair attempts to infect your system. It basically prevents any downloads (Cookies etc) from the sites listed, although you will still be able to connect to the sites.
    • MVPS Hosts files This replaces your current HOSTS file with one containing well know ad sites etc. Basically, this prevents your computer from connecting to those sites by redirecting them to which is your local computer.
    • Google Toolbar Get the free google toolbar to help stop pop up windows.

    But these do not clean the system if there is malware already on it. So if you suspect that, please follow the steps in the URL Broni has left for you.

    One last thought: the user is the first line of security. If the user does not practice safe surfing which included not using P2P programs and safe email handling, no matter what or how much security is on a system, it can get malware
  4. ultragrey

    ultragrey TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 61

    Wao Bobbye! Thanks for all that suggestions.
  5. Bobbye

    Bobbye Helper on the Fringe Posts: 16,334   +36

    You're welcome.

    I left it to help you understand that using the one program is not going to meet all the security needs on the system.

    Also, if you search the board, you will find many threads asking about AV protection and some are for Avira in particular.
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