Avira Family Protection Suite is a free anti-malware with a powerful scanning engine. This version includes protection for emails and their attachments, as well as parental controls that will allow you to monitor what your children do online.
Comprehensive and effective antivirus
Avira Family Protection Suite protects your PC against viruses, worms, trojans, spyware and rootkits while preserving your safety in real time.
The antivirus can scan programs, lets you create exclusion rules and assign priority during the system analysis phase, and provides you with reports and an events log.
Among the new features of Avira Family Protection Suite are two new integrated services. One is SocialShield, the parental control service to help parents monitor their children's activities on social networks like Facebook, Twitter, and Google+, informing parents of any potential safety risks. The other is Avira Free Android Security, an app which protects your Android phone or tablet.
The Firewall menu gives an overview on the current configuration of the Windows Firewall (meaning it doesn't have its own firewall) and allows you to change the settings if necessary.
Avira Family Protection Suite includes a Game Mode, a function that's useful for optimizing resource consumption during a gaming session. There are certain features, like the email scanner and web protection, that are visible in the interface but unfortunately are only available in the paid version.
In comparison to the free version of Avira, this app allows you to analyze emails and their attachments, which can often be the source of viruses. It also provides Cloud Protection, which is a form of dynamic protection that allows you to block malware.
Finally, Avira Family Protection Suite also offers parental controls in the form of a safe browsing mode. It's easy to configure and offers a convenient way for parents to monitor their children's activity on the web.
A usable interface with an outdated design
The interface of Avira Family Protection Suite remains unchanged from last year's design. Although its structure provides excellent usability, an updated design would definitely be welcome.
The antivirus offers a good degree of configurability with several advanced options for more advanced users. The default configuration, however, is perfect for those who are less experienced.
Ideal for all your security needs
Avira Family Protection Suite ensures excellent performance thanks to a quick and effective antivirus engine, and great resource consumption. The added parental control features are also bound to be a selling point for many users with children.