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24% remove it76% keep it
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How common is it?
Global Rank #5,359
United States Rank #12,117
Reach 0.0917%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 12.63 days
372.59 days >
Average installed length: 195.77 days


VersionDistribution 0.11% 0.06% 0.06% 0.06% 0.06% 0.06% 0.66% 0.06% 0.66% 0.17% 0.06% 0.06% 0.11% 18.87% 2.55% 0.89% 2.21% 0.89% 0.28% 0.06% 28.22% 2.10% 1.16% 0.06% 0.17% 0.06% 1.44% 0.06% 0.83% 0.22% 0.17% 0.11% 0.06% 0.06% 0.11% 0.94% 0.66% 1.05% 0.89% 1.05% 0.94% 0.28% 0.55% 4.48% 0.39% 2.66% 0.06% 0.11% 0.06% 0.06% 0.06%
55 versions

Avira AntiVir Personal - Free Antivirus

What is Avira AntiVir Personal - Free Antivirus?

Avira AntiVir Personal includes a branded version of the Ask.com Toolbar, a web browser extenstion that provides search advertising and results. Upon installation the user is presented with the option to install the Ask toolbar. If accepted, the toolbar will be installed in the user's web browser (Internet Explorer, Chrome and Firefox) and will modify the home page and search settings.

About  (from Avira GmbH)

Avira Free Antivirus eliminates many forms of malware including worms, rootkits, and costly dialers. Features include system scanner prevents infection from viruses, worms, and Trojans, blocks new viruses before they run and halts unknown code that looks suspicious, and click, run, and protect no awkward options expres...  Read more


The most used version is, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. Upon installation and setup, it defines an auto-start registry entry which makes this program run on each Windows boot for all user logins. It adds a background controller service that is set to automatically run. Delaying the start of this service is possible through the service manager. A scheduled task is added to Windows Task Scheduler in order to launch the program at various scheduled times (the schedule varies depending on the version). The software is designed to connect to the Internet and adds a Windows Firewall exception in order to do so without being interfered with. The main program executable is avcenter.exe. The software installer includes 71 files and is usually about 211.08 MB (221,328,541 bytes).
Avira AntiVir Personal - Free Antivirus has been seen bundling various 3rd party software during the installation process. Make sure to check for and remove unused programs.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.avira.com/free-av
Help link: www.avira.com/personal-support
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Avira\AntiVir Desktop\
Uninstaller: C:\Program Files\Avira\AntiVir Desktop\setup.exe /REMOVE
Estimated size: 211.08 MB

Program filesFiles installed by Avira AntiVir Personal - Free Antivirus

Program executable:avcenter.exe
Name:AntiVir Desktop
Antivirus Control Center
Path:C:\Program Files\Avira\AntiVir Desktop\avcenter.exe
Additional files:
  • avnotify.dll - Estação de trabalho do AntiVir
  • avsmtp.dll - AntiVir Desktop and Server (Antivirus email sender library)
  • avarkt.dll - AntiVir Workstation (Avira Anti-RootKit Support)
  • avbb.dll - Avira Proactive Protection
  • avghook.dll - Avira Proactive Protection User Mode Monitoring Interface
  • avipc.dll - AVIRA IPC Library
  • avnotify.exe - Notification Tool
  • avadmin.exe - AntiVir Desktop (Antivirus Administrator)
  • avconfig.dll - Configuration Panel Plugin
  • avconfig.exe - Configuration Panel
  • avconfigrc.dll - Configuration Panel Resources
  • avesvc.dll - Antivirus Engine Service Dynamic Link Library
  • avesvcr.dll - avesvc.dll
  • avevtlog.dll - Event Logger
  • avevtrc.dll - Service Event Viewer Messages (English)
  • avgnt.exe - Antivirus System Tray Tool
  • avguard.exe - Antivirus On-Access Service
  • avinet.dll
  • avipc64.dll
  • avnetworkloader.dll - Avira WebLoader (Web Loader Library)
  • avnetworkloadergui.dll - Web Loader GUI Plugin
  • avpref.dll - Prefix DLL
  • avreg.dll - AVReg DLL
  • avscan.dll - Workstation On-Demand Scanner
  • avscan.exe
  • avscplr.dll - avscplr DLL
  • avshadow.exe - AntiVir shadow copy service
  • avupgsvc.exe - Upgrade Service
  • avwebloader.exe - Web Loader Application
  • avwinll.dll - avwinll
  • avwmi.dll - AntiVir Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) Provider
  • avwsc.exe - WSC Helper Tool
  • ccev.dll - Control Center Event Plugin
  • ccevrc.dll - Control Center Event Plugin Resources
  • ccgen.dll - Control Center General Plugin
  • ccgenrc.dll - Control Center General Plugin Resources
  • ccgrdrc.dll - Control Center Guard Plugin Resources
  • ccguard.dll - Control Center Guard Plugin
  • aeoffice.dll - AVOFFICE (AntiVir Engine Module for Windows)
  • aescript.dll - AVSCRIPT
  • aecore.dll - AVCORE
  • aehelp.dll - AVHELP
  • aeheur.dll - AVHEUR
  • aepack.dll - AVPACK
  • aeemu.dll - AVEMU
  • aegen.dll - AVGEN
  • aerdl.dll - AVRDL
  • aesbx.dll - AVSBX
  • aescn.dll - AVSCN
  • aevdf.dll - AVVDF
  • avhlp.exe - avhlp
  • avrep.dll - AVREP
  • aebb.dll - AVBB
  • avgio.dll - On-access scan support

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Scheduled Task
  • avcenter.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{A6BBEDD6-E345-4F05-AD44-227699AAEEE1}' (runs on registration).
  • avguard.exe runs as a service named 'Avira Real-Time Protection' (AntiVirService) "Offers permanent protection against viruses and malware with the Avira search engine.".
Startup File (All Users Run)
  • avgnt.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'avgnt' which loads as "C:\Program Files\Avira\AntiVir Desktop\avgnt.exe" /min.
Windows Firewall Allowed Program
  • avcenter.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\avira\antivir desktop\avcenter.exe'.

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:10.64 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.3100063614%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.02416890%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.28583747%
0.015104% average
70 average
I/O reads/min:17.14 MB
435.61 KB average
I/O writes/min:773 Bytes
105.02 KB average
Memory:6.33 MB
Total CPU:0.0187430400%
Kernel CPU:0.00947430%
User CPU:0.00926874%
CPU cycles/sec:311,076
I/O reads/min:1.33 MB
I/O writes/min:180 Bytes
Memory:141.58 MB
Total CPU:0.0282667444%
Kernel CPU:0.01579726%
User CPU:0.01246948%
CPU cycles/sec:1,055,866
I/O reads/min:18.77 MB
I/O writes/min:888.9 KB

How do I remove Avira AntiVir Personal - Free Antivirus?

You can uninstall Avira AntiVir Personal - Free Antivirus from your computer by using the Add/Remove Program feature in the Window's Control Panel.
  1. On the Start menu (for Windows 8, right-click the screen's bottom-left corner), click Control Panel, and then, under Programs, do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8/10: Click Uninstall a Program.
    • Windows XP: Click Add or Remove Programs.
  2. When you find the program Avira AntiVir Personal - Free Antivirus, click it, and then do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8/10: Click Uninstall.
    • Windows XP: Click the Remove or Change/Remove tab (to the right of the program).
  3. Follow the prompts. A progress bar shows you how long it will take to remove Avira AntiVir Personal - Free Antivirus.

Win 7 (SP1) 35%
Win 7 0%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 24%
Keep it 76%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 53.60%
Windows XP 35.22%
Windows Vista 8.19%
Windows 10 2.93%
Windows Server 2003 0.06%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Microsoft Windows XP 35.14%
Windows 7 Ultimate 27.16%
Windows 7 Home Premium 17.01%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 6.02%
Windows 7 Professional 5.80%
Windows Vista Home Basic 1.84%

Distribution by countryGeography

13.84% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 13.84%
  Germany 12.19%
  Egypt 6.25%
  France 5.45%
  Italy 5.13%
  Iran 4.70%
  Brazil 3.74%
  Taiwan 3.47%
  Indonesia 3.21%
  India 3.15%
  Saudi Arabia 2.51%
  IQ 2.46%
  MA 2.19%
  Philippines 1.66%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 21.82%
Dell 21.25%
Acer 19.07%
ASUS 6.45%
American Megatrends 5.03%
Toshiba 3.61%
Intel 3.61%
Sahara 3.32%
Samsung 2.18%
Lenovo 1.99%
Common models
Gigabyte G41MT-S2PT 4.10%
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 3.67%
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 3.46%
Dell Inspiron 1545 3.46%
Gigabyte G41MT-S2P 2.38%

About Avira GmbH

Avira Operations GmbH is a German antivirus software company.
Publisher URL: www.avira.com


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