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Protect yourself

So, the world is not that place full of kindness and happiness all round that it used to be, not anymore. It is no longer that safe place that we could read about in old books or that we could see in our Netflix's series about the good and old times. Moreover, that change in our society is not only applying to life in haphazardly, but it is also applying to our private life, and in particular to our use of computers.

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But, what If I tell you that things could get back to be just the way they were, and that you can live in a totally-safe world of your own, at least in regard to what technology respects. If you are tempted by that notion, perhaps you should download the Avira Free Antivirus. The product is based upon the experience of a German titan known as Avira Operations, which provides mobile and desktop antivirus products for every level of home and business user. The baseline product of the company is this protection tool ready to be used, which includes a core-antivirus engine to detect and block malware in real time, using multiple techniques to catch brand-new threats.

You are not safe, yet

Every second that passes by there is a big chance for you to fall into the grip of a malware, trojans, phishing and you name it! Like even identity theft. And of course, all of that involving the potential consequences of financial loss, among some other nasty costs. But now, you can rely on Avira Free Antivirus in order to reach a whole new level of security, privacy and management solutions for all your devices.

It will end up being a complete shield against the wicked, even though this software is stronger in the area of malware protection and offers few extra features like a firewall manager and browser extensions, which rate websites based on reputation and defend against unwanted extensions. All of that being able to be run on Windows 7 (with Service Pack 1), Windows 8/8.1 and Windows 10.

The formula against the evil

So, what is the secret here, behind the colorful curtain of this software? Well, let's start saying that we will have with it a multi-layer protection scheme, broken down on a traditional malware-scanner that compares files against a library of known threats and the heuristic monitoring that examines code and watches for indications of an infection.

The way it works, Avira Free Antivirus uploads copies of suspicious files to its labs for analysis, and when it gets backs being deemed as dangerous, it is added to the malware-signature updates that go out several times a day to Avira's more-than-400 million users. On the not-so-up side, the whole data collection process involves sharing customers' system profiles, computer usage habits and browsing histories. But, if you do not opt out, it is all for a noble cause.

Moreover, the antivirus also scans compressed files and blocks unwanted software, even though email attachments are examined only when they are opened, not when they arrive. At the same time, the safety extensions for your browsers will be warning you about known malicious websites as it will also block ads and tracking cookies. And, the cherry of the pie: you can of course schedule scans for when you are asleep or away or set them up to run automatically once every day or week, or whenever you want!

Safe now?

There is the undeniable fact that everybody needs antivirus protection nowadays, it does not matter what kind computer you own or what kind of budget you rely on. Fortunatelly, even though you might not have the bucks to back you up on this, Avira Free Antivirus is out there to aid you when you need protection the most.

Finally, we should be clear about one point here: Avira antivirus certainly gets good ratings from the independent labs, but not as good as the best commercial products. In consequence, we might say that it is occasionally brilliant and mediocre at other times, as it provides only adequate protection from attack in the in-house tests and in third-party lab tests. Anyhow, the fact that it can keep you safe for free, means that this product is deserves a try.

by Augusto Baldi

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