The main benefit of both Avira and Avast Internet security programs is that they offer a limited free version. However, the Avira free version is only available on Mac computers. The Avast free version has limited features; however, a 60-day free trial of the full pro version is available.
Both piece of software feature affordable plans that start on a yearly basis for a single computer. Avast does advertise regularly to promote other products from the company, such as upgrading to the pro version. These programs have few actual negatives. Both can update at annoying times and can update slowly. Avira can cause slow computer startup times, as well as require frequent computer restarts.
As of 2014, Avast is still adding new features, such as touch-screen compatibility and extra Facebook protection. This program also updates in real time, providing accurate and up-to-date virus scanning abilities. The pro version includes extra protection features, such as for banking transactions over the Internet.
Avira is a good choice for families and gamers. It includes parental controls that allow the user to set what can be accessed from each computer. Program notifications can be paused during gaming, so games are never interrupted by unexpected updates.