Comments on: Make Avira AntiVir (Free Edition) More Usable Tech Tips, Reviews, Tutorials, Occasional Rants Sat, 31 Aug 2013 15:50:35 +0000 hourly 1 By: Rosalia Mclaughlin Mon, 13 Jun 2011 21:12:35 +0000 Hello, I totally love reading your web page and i also was curious as to if there exists a way I am able to subscribe making sure that I end up getting a message everytime generate a new post. I don’t spot an RSS button or a contact form, however it may be which i just missed it. Anyway, keep in the useful posts.

By: bob Tue, 03 May 2011 17:41:21 +0000 awesome, that popup is really bloody annoying,
to anyone saying “support the software company” go away…
I shouldn’t have to pay extra to keep my pc safe from threats, its ridiculous, there was never spyware years ago, and now there is, viruses on the other hand, I bet you are created by these companies that make virus scanners just to bloody make money…

By: gaurav lama Wed, 20 Oct 2010 20:45:36 +0000 u r all genious here thnks 2 all bt dun u think 2many cook spoils a

By: Interested User Wed, 02 Jun 2010 22:24:52 +0000 Thanks Jamuko for testing this!

By: DrHausen Tue, 20 Apr 2010 15:09:10 +0000 Hi, could anyone help me to find how to stop the Avira Antivir Personal Free from blocking the exe and inf program files of my WD My passport external HDD? The pop-up windows says “Guard: Autorun blocked… Access to the file …autorun.inf wass blocked for your security.” And when I click the setup.exe it allows me to copy some application files or install something to enable me using email from whatever other computer – but the “start” button for setup is dead.
Thanks for advice!

By: Dan Fri, 19 Mar 2010 15:44:07 +0000 Brian,

I read your reviews of free antivirus programs and want to comment. The ONLY program that allows my computer to run without hangups and freeze-ups is PC TOOLS FREEE ANTIVIRUS. Antivir eventually starts bogging down my computer to a crawl, and doesn’t update during daytime hours…not to mention lack of e-mail scanner and the annoying pop-up to get the Paid Version. Avast doesn’t even allow me to connect to the Internet, and has unbelievably slow scans. I used to like AVG when it was 7.5,,,,but after that it is a pain…a resource hog at 50 some megabytes (as compared to 7.5, which was 32 megabytes), no e-mail scanner, installed toolbars and safesearch, and slows computer down to a crawl. PC TOOLS FREE ANTIVIRUS doesn’t slow my computer down. Updates are set to 10:00 in the morning and are lightning fast. Intelli-scann takes five minutes!!! – name any other free antivirus that has a quick scan that is that fast. Pc Tools is literally “set it and forget it”. The only negative “may” be that it doesn’t detect rootkits, and I guess the others do. However, that may be a good thing, since detecting rootkits would probably slow the computer down. Besides, I think there are free rootkit detectors out there nowadays anyway, right? My philosophy is “anti-bundling”….just get a free version that does virus, torjans and worms and nothing else…that’s the best way to go, in my opinion. You can get antispyware and antirootkit for free with other programs.

My “final thoghts”, which I would like for you to comment on: Avira and Avast may detect well, but are the biggest pains out there because they slow your computer down to a crawl and hang it up. AVG is not really good at detection, and slows things down too, plus the toolbar issues…too complicated all round to remove. PC TOOLS FREE ANTIVIRUS is literally problem free. It doesn’t slow your computer down. Though the full scan takes a long time, the Inteli-scan is five minutes!! Easy to use and configue too. It flat out deserves a higher rating, in my opinion. Your thoughts??


By: Just Me Sun, 14 Mar 2010 08:02:31 +0000 Love Avira & been using it for years but it has its annoyances… Like the popup thing. Decided to upgrade to the newer version, so downloaded it; uninstalled the older version from machine (after making sure I still had the original file in case something went wrong); then installed new version only to have it flake out & tell me that my machine had to have some kind of “rollup 1” thing first, without explaining what that was/is or how/where to get it. So uninstalled the new version and reinstalled old, original version, only to have Avira tell me, via a Big Intrusive PopUp that there is a newer version that should be downloaded and installed, with no way to turn off the big popup! This is ridiculous!

By: Tommy Tue, 22 Dec 2009 07:27:24 +0000 Thanks a lot, That was really helpful even after 2 years xD

By: u64 Tue, 08 Dec 2009 02:24:10 +0000 No need to change permissions.
(cacls is fun to learn though)

delete avnotify.exe
mkdir avnotify.exe


To squeeze a few more Bytes of space without performance penalty,
compact /c avnotify.dll *.cpl *.txt filelist.ini
compact /c luke*.dll updli*.dll updgu*.dll setup.* update.exe

Also edit the Avira Preferences to your liking
and copy the files to a silent install bat.

copy /y avwin.ini “%AllUsersProfile%\Application Data\Avira\AntiVir PersonalEdition Classic”
copy /y updjob.avj “%AllUsersProfile%\Application Data\Avira\AntiVir PersonalEdition Classic\jobs”

By: marc Sat, 14 Nov 2009 01:38:38 +0000 simple solution… block avnotify.exe in your firewall, click “remember this setting”… and *VIOLA* popup is gone. No fancy regedit, no command prompt, no hassle.