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Old 16-04-2009
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Avira Premium Security Suite 9.0
  

Introduction

There are many mysteries in the world: why are we here? Why are you reading this article? Why is the earth round? Why do we live? Is there a God? Why is someone difficult? Thanks Avira is an added mystery: why is there a man with a mustache on the front of the box Avira Premium Security Suite 9?

Why have they done? Is the CEO? Is it someone from the Auerbach Foundation you five dollars to pay if you buy the suite? Is it just a random person? Or is your personal bodyguard you get for free if you buy the suite? Or is it simply Avira in person? What seems to me strange, I mean, had opted for an action shot of Bruce Willis with a car is a helicopter from the air or get my part of Steven Seagal while a few people to the afterlife helps.

Well, unfortunately the answer is a mystery to me, so I will be writing as useful. Avira is known that free virus scanner called AntiVirus that it offers. This free scanner misses, however, important features such as spyware protection, rapid updates and protection against malicious websites. Functions that are present in the premium version of AntiVirus 9 which of course costs money.


This review is not the virus scanner from Avira, but the security suite by the company. Because yes, that the company indeed. The suite includes a virus scanner, firewall, parental control, spam and phishing protection and a back-up Avira is a German company and therefore known in Europe and a lot less in the United States. The scanning engine has already been awarded, the name Luke File Walker and used by, inter alia, Webroot and Ashampoo. In other words, the virus is one of the better.

How well the scanner can also detect malware, there is a delicate point, namely the removal of malware. In a test conducted by the Anti-Malware Test Lab in early 2008 shows that the scanner gets poor results when it comes to resolving infections. Anyway, a new version, including new opportunities. Let me therefore quickly start the real review of Avira Premium Security Suite 9.

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Installation & interface

From Avira Premium Security Suite 9.0 is not a Dutch or a Dutch website. That is quite a bit unfortunate. Fortunately, most Dutch people still a little English, so the downloading of the download file of 33 MB is still possible.

After downloading and unzipping the downloaded files start the installation. During installation it is possible to install components and the program must be installed Avira which to choose. Once the minute needed to move files, create and delete, complete, start the configuration wizard.

In this wizard, the basic functions configured and you should indicate whether the heuristic engine AHEAD should be used and whether the installation after a scan to be performed. Ok, the same product as updated and what is wrong with recognized safe programs to be done. Then the PC restarts are.

After the restart I always measure the performance of the PC. In terms of RAM use the product about 40 MB, but in terms of boot speed and delay the product is improved compared with version 8.2. The startup time is only five seconds delayed. A very nice score, seen some suites for up to a minute delay can make.

Converting file without scanning with only three seconds prolonged. This scan takes to convert a file twelve seconds. The suite of Avira is not Pass Mark examined. A comprehensive overview of the performance I can not give.

Interface

The main window of the suite give states back of the main components, as well as the status of your license and the status of the full computer scan, or completed or not. On the left are some tabs that provide access to some components and institutions. Moreover, in the menu bar a few options.


The settings window Avira Premium Security Suite has two modes: a beginner and expert mode. In the beginner mode, there are barely exists, so even the settings of the Mail Guard not be changed. That is pretty limited. Is it on expert mode, then open a window full of opportunities and it is possible just about everything to fit. But there is also known for Avira. Standard are the optimal settings of application, so if you do not understand an option, it is not very serious.

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Re: Avira Premium Security Suite 9.0 (Review)

Antivirus & Firewall

The virus scanner from Avira Premium Security Suite is one of the best in the market. Since 2005 he has only once not VB100% award achieved and the time the award was not achieved, was that because of false positives. The product does not participate in testing of ICSA Labs, but to those of West Coast Labs where only certified for detection, not for removal of malware.

Also at AV-Comparatives, the scanner right from the bus. The test of on-demand detection takes the Advanced AntiVirus + score. Proactive protection also scores well and has an Advanced rating, with many false positives. Virus Scans, and also back-ups and updates can be scheduled by the Scheduler Administration menu bar. Using a wizard, the time or event, scan location, and other options are set as the display mode of the scan and the PC after the task should be completed.

In a scan of the Tech Zine test drive does Avira Premium Security Suite 6 minute and 16 seconds. By that time, Avira is the second fastest. The fastest is the Panda scan in five minutes and seven seconds was able to finish. The update speed of Avira is also average. The company does a day about 8 updates out the door. This to Symantec, for example, in terms of updates is an exception and that nearly 250 updates per day picks. Other manufacturers keep the virus under fifty updates a day on average thirty.

If you know a virus from the internet download, Avira gives you three options: deny access, the file or ignore the file in quarantine. The report itself is very clear and that is very good. Like the option to users allowing them to choose.


During a scan, the time needed to file to be significantly extended, by eighteen seconds. It is quite difficult during a system scan your computer, because this intensively with scanning.


Firewall

Although the top antivirus component is the firewall not. The firewall is as expected, all ports of the PC invisible, a standard which almost every firewall succeed. Moreover, closing ports well to these 'test' to succeed. The first problem is that the firewall only a limited database of good and malicious programs, so that regular reports will appear to ask whether a particular program may connect to the Internet. If a program is Avira signature, it will in the notification option Allow be suggested. It should be noted that these reports are very clear.

In the field of protection against leak tests late Avira to be desired. In a test of Matousec (70 pieces) knew only a score of 11 percent to achieve a Level 2 rating benefits. Not very good, especially when you consider that there are about ten levels. Incidentally, the firewall also a game mode. You can go through the taskbar icon. Once enabled applications are unknown temporarily automatically granted access to the Internet. This ensures that you can decent game, a feature also present in, for example, McAfee and BitDefender suite.

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Antispam & more

The spam protection add one of the few no toolbar to the mail client, therefore, also makes no automatic rules to move spam to. You must set yourself messages with [spam] and [phishing] in the title to be redirected to a special folder or, if you wish, just once in the trash can be thrown. So you have to do anything to make the spam filter to talk to. When I filter once had been working, it was time to make a lot of spam on release. In total downloaded Outlook Express e-mails about three thousand ten percent spam. In the testset mails are both newsletters as personal messages.

The results were disappointing. As many as one third of all spam ended up in the inbox. Not a good score. Moreover, marked the approximately ten percent of legitimate mail as spam. Also striking was that the download of mail with the spam component is significantly slower.

Back-up

In addition to parental supervision Avira also back file. This feature is only introduced and therefore not yet very extensive. By default, the backup uptool three sections: documents, music and images. As all files in the My Documents folders etc.It is also possible to select folders and files.

Files are simply copied to the backup location, and not archived or something similar. And as you may expect in the second back-up of the same location only modified files are copied again and thus overwritten. Through the plan option Avira is possible to backup job schedule. A useful function in that plan is that the backup can start as a USB stick. It is also possible back-ups to be carried out after a certain number of days, hours or minutes.

The parental control - IBM online database and can block websites in many different categories. Also added links can be banned and it is possible to capture events. This log is not showing the user tried to visit the website. To prevent users simply turn off the parental control, the General Manager while in a password for the control center setting. Otherwise, everyone has his or her web filter off.
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Re: Avira Premium Security Suite 9.0 (Review)

Conclusion

Avira Premium Security Suite 9.0 is a nice suite. In terms of virus detection to know about, but the rest of the suite protects only modestly. The spam filter allows much spam, the firewall is not resistant to leaks and test the backup upfunctional is not very extensive. Throw another in that suite in English and you know what time it is.

What then is a positive point is that Avira has little influence on the performance of the PC, that it is in the detail, and that parental supervision is present, albeit limited. And so I reach at the conclusion of this review: Avira Premium Security Suite is the most suitable for the power user who wants full control over its program. But honestly, if you're smart, you get anti virus Premium and throw you a free Zone Alarm or any other free firewall, whether you just get ESET Smart Security 4.0.

Plus Points
  • Good virus scanner.
  • Little impact on performance.
  • Parental Controls & Backup upload.

Downsides
  • English.
  • Excessive firewall.
  • Moderate spamfilter.
  • Back-up and parental control is limited.
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