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Avira Free Antivirus
User Manual
Introduction
Trademarks and Copyright
Trademarks
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Protected trademarks are not marked as such in this manual. This does not mean, however, that they may be used freely.
Copyright information
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to us.
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Table of Contents
1.
Introduction ................................................................................... 7
1.1
2.
3.
4.
Icons and emphases ............................................................................................................. 7
Product information ........................................................................ 9
2.1
Delivery scope ....................................................................................................................... 9
2.2
System requirements .......................................................................................................... 10
2.3
Licensing and Upgrade ....................................................................................................... 12
Installation and uninstallation ........................................................ 13
3.1
Installation types .................................................................................................................. 13
3.2
Pre-Setup ............................................................................................................................. 13
3.3
Express installation ............................................................................................................. 15
3.4
Custom installation .............................................................................................................. 17
3.5
Configuration Wizard........................................................................................................... 18
3.6
Change installation .............................................................................................................. 19
3.7
Installation modules............................................................................................................. 20
3.8
Uninstallation ....................................................................................................................... 21
Overview of Avira Free Antivirus..................................................... 22
4.1
User interface and operation .............................................................................................. 22
4.1.1
Control Center ..........................................................................................................................................22
4.1.2
Configuration ............................................................................................................................................25
4.1.3
Tray icon ....................................................................................................................................................28
4.2
Avira SeachFree Toolbar .................................................................................................... 29
4.2.1
Use...............................................................................................................................................................30
4.2.2
Options .......................................................................................................................................................33
4.2.3
Uninstallation ............................................................................................................................................36
4.3
How to...? ............................................................................................................................. 38
4.3.1
Perform automatic updates ..................................................................................................................38
4.3.2
Start a manual update ...........................................................................................................................39
4.3.3
Using a scan profile to scan for viruses and malware .................................................................40
4.3.4
Scan for viruses and malware using drag & drop .........................................................................41
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4.3.5
Scan for viruses and malware via the context menu ...................................................................41
4.3.6
Automatically scan for viruses and malware ..................................................................................42
4.3.7
Targeted scan for Rootkits and active malware ............................................................................43
4.3.8
React to detected viruses and malware ...........................................................................................44
4.3.9
Handling quarantined files (*.qua)......................................................................................................46
4.3.10
Restore the files in quarantine ............................................................................................................48
4.3.11
Move suspicious files to quarantine ..................................................................................................49
4.3.12
Scan profile: Amend or delete file type in a scan profile .............................................................49
4.3.13
Create desktop shortcut for scan profile ..........................................................................................50
4.3.14
Filter events...............................................................................................................................................50
5.
System Scanner ........................................................................... 52
6.
Updates ....................................................................................... 53
7.
FAQ, Tips..................................................................................... 55
7.1
Help in case of a problem ................................................................................................... 55
7.2
Shortcuts .............................................................................................................................. 57
7.2.1
In dialog boxes .........................................................................................................................................58
7.2.2
In the help ..................................................................................................................................................59
7.2.3
In the Control Center ..............................................................................................................................59
7.3
Windows Security Center ................................................................................................... 61
7.3.1
General .......................................................................................................................................................61
7.3.2
The Windows Security Center and your Avira product ...............................................................62
7.4
Windows Action Center ....................................................................................................... 64
7.4.1
General .......................................................................................................................................................64
7.4.2
The Windows Action Center and your Avira product ...................................................................65
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8.
9.
Viruses and more ......................................................................... 69
8.1
Threat categories................................................................................................................. 69
8.2
Viruses and other malware ................................................................................................. 72
Info and Service ........................................................................... 77
9.1
Contact address................................................................................................................... 77
9.2
Technical support................................................................................................................. 77
9.3
Suspicious file ...................................................................................................................... 77
9.4
Reporting false positives ..................................................................................................... 78
10. Reference: Configuration options ................................................... 79
10.1
System Scanner .................................................................................................................. 79
10.1.1
Scan ............................................................................................................................................................79
10.1.2
Report .........................................................................................................................................................87
10.2
Real-Time Protection........................................................................................................... 88
10.2.1
Scan ............................................................................................................................................................88
10.2.2
Report .........................................................................................................................................................95
10.3
Update .................................................................................................................................. 96
10.3.1
Product update .........................................................................................................................................96
10.3.2
Restart settings ........................................................................................................................................97
10.3.3
Web server ................................................................................................................................................98
10.4
Web Protection .................................................................................................................. 100
10.4.1
Scan ......................................................................................................................................................... 100
10.4.2
Report ...................................................................................................................................................... 107
10.5
Child Protection ................................................................................................................. 108
10.5.1
10.6
Mobile Protection ............................................................................................................... 109
10.6.1
10.7
Social Networks .................................................................................................................................... 109
Android Security ................................................................................................................................... 110
General ............................................................................................................................... 142
10.7.1
Threat categories ................................................................................................................................. 143
10.7.2
Password ................................................................................................................................................ 144
10.7.3
Security.................................................................................................................................................... 145
10.7.4
WMI .......................................................................................................................................................... 147
10.7.5
Events ...................................................................................................................................................... 148
10.7.6
Reports .................................................................................................................................................... 148
10.7.7
Directories .............................................................................................................................................. 149
10.7.8
Acoustic alerts ....................................................................................................................................... 149
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Alerts ........................................................................................................................................................ 150
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1. Introduction
Your Avira product protects your computer against viruses, worms, Trojans, adware and
spyware and other risks. In this manual these are referred to as viruses or malware
(harmful software) and unwanted programs.
The manual describes the program installation and operation.
For further options and information, please visit our website:
http://www.avira.com/free-av
The Avira website lets you:

access information on other Avira desktop programs

download the latest Avira desktop programs

download the latest product manuals in PDF format

download free support and repair tools

access our comprehensive knowledge database and FAQs for troubleshooting

access country-specific support addresses.
Your Avira Team
1.1 Icons and emphases
The following icons are used:
Icon /
designation
Explanation
Placed before a condition which must be fulfilled prior to
execution of an action.
Placed before an action step that you perform.
Placed before an event that follows the previous action.
Warning
Placed before a warning when critical data loss might occur.
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Note
Placed before a link to particularly important information or a tip
which makes your Avira product easier to use.
The following emphases are used:
Emphasis
Explanation
Italics
File name or path data.
Displayed software interface elements (e.g. window section or
error message).
Bold
Clickable software interface elements (e.g. menu item,
navigation area, option box or button).
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Product information
2. Product information
This chapter contains all information relevant to the purchase and use of your Avira
product:

see Chapter: Delivery scope

see Chapter: System requirements

see Chapter: Licensing and Upgrade
Avira products are comprehensive and flexible tools you can rely on to protect your
computer from viruses, malware, unwanted programs and other dangers.
Please note the following information:
Warning
Loss of valuable data usually has dramatic consequences. Even the best virus
protection program cannot provide one hundred percent protection from data
loss. Make regular copies (Backups) of your data for security purposes.
Note
A program can only provide reliable and effective protection from viruses,
malware, unwanted programs and other dangers if it is up-to-date. Make sure
your Avira product is up-to-date with automatic updates. Configure the program
accordingly.
2.1 Delivery scope
Your Avira product has the following functions:

Control Center for monitoring, managing and controlling the entire program

Central configuration with user-friendly standard and advanced options and contextsensitive help

System Scanner (on-demand scan) with profile-controlled and configurable scan for all
known types of virus and malware

Integration into the Windows Vista User Account Control allows you to carry out tasks
requiring administrator rights.

Real-Time Protection (on-access scan) for continuous monitoring of all file access
attempts

Avira SearchFree Toolbar, a search toolbar integrated in the web browser providing
quick and convenient search options. It also includes widgets of the most common
Internet functions.
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Web Protection (for Avira Free Antivirus users, only in combination with the Avira
SearchFree) for monitoring data and files transferred from the Internet using the HTTP
protocol (monitoring of ports 80, 8080, 3128)

Avira Social Network Protection, a monitoring tool, informs parents of their children's
online activities. It checks their social network accounts for comments, photos etc. that
may influence the child's reputation in a negative way or may indicate that the child is in
danger.

Avira Free Android Security app is not only focused on anti-theft measures. The app
helps you to get back your mobile device once you have misplaced it, or even worse: if
it has been stolen. Furthermore the app allows you to block incoming calls or SMS.
Avira Free Android Security protects cell phones and smartphones running with the
Android operating system.

Integrated quarantine management to isolate and process suspicious files

Rootkits protection for detecting hidden malware installed in your computer system
(rootkits)
(Not available under Windows XP 64 bit)

Direct access to detailed information on the detected viruses and malware via the
Internet

Simple and quick updates to the program, virus definitions, and search engine through
Single File Update and incremental VDF updates via a web server on the Internet

Integrated Scheduler for planning one-off or recurring jobs such as updates or scans

Extremely high virus and malware detection via innovative scanning technology (scan
engine) including heuristic scanning method

Detection of all conventional archive types including detection of nested archives and
smart extension detection

High-performance multithreading function (simultaneous high-speed scanning of
multiple files)
2.2 System requirements
The system requirements are as follows:

Computer with Pentium processor or later, at least 1 GHz

Operating system



Windows XP, newest SP (32 or 64 bit) or
Windows Vista, newest SP (32 or 64 bit) or
Windows 7, newest SP (32 or 64 bit)
Note
Please be advised that our software is currently not compatible with Windows
8.
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At least 150 MB of free hard disk memory space (more if using quarantine for temporary
storage)

At least 512 MB RAM under Windows XP

At least 1024 MB RAM under Windows Vista, Windows 7

For the program installation: Administrator rights

For all installations: Windows Internet Explorer 6.0 or higher

Internet connection where appropriate (see Installation)
Avira SearchFree Toolbar

Operating system




Windows XP, newest SP (32 or 64 bit) or
Windows Vista, newest SP (32 or 64 bit) or
Windows 7, newest SP (32 or 64 bit)
Web browser



Windows Internet Explorer 6.0 or higher
Mozilla Firefox 3.0 or higher
Google Chrome 18.0 or higher
Note
If necessary, please uninstall any previously installed search toolbars before
you install the Avira SearchFree Toolbar. Otherwise you will not be able to
install the Avira SearchFree Toolbar.
Information for Windows Vista users
On Windows XP, many users work with administrator rights. However, this is not desirable
from the point of view of security because it is then easy for viruses and unwanted
programs to infiltrate computers.
For this reason, Microsoft is introducing the "User Account Control" with Windows Vista.
This offers more protection for users who are logged in as administrators: thus in Windows
Vista, an administrator only has the privileges of a normal user at first. Actions for which
administrator rights are required are clearly marked in Windows Vista with an information
icon. In addition, the user must explicitly confirm the required action. Privileges will only
then be increased and the administrative task will be performed by the operating system
after this permission has been obtained.
The Avira product requires administrator rights for some actions in Windows Vista. These
actions are marked with the following symbol: . If this symbol also appears on a button,
administrator rights are required to carry out this action. If your current user account does
not have administrator rights, the Windows Vista dialog of the User Account Control asks
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you to enter the administrator password. If you do not have an administrator password,
you cannot carry out this action.
2.3 Licensing and Upgrade
In order to be able to use your Avira product, you require a license. You thereby accept the
license terms.
The license is issued via a digital license code in the form of a .KEY file. This digital
license code is the key to your personal license. It contains exact details of which
programs are licensed to you and for what period of time. A digital license code can
therefore also contain the license for more than one product.
If you purchased your Avira product on the Internet, or via a program CD/DVD, the digital
license code is sent to you by email.
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3. Installation and uninstallation
This chapter contains information relating to the installation and uninstallation of your Avira
product.

see Chapter: Pre-Setup: Requirements, preparing the computer for installation

see Chapter: Express installation: Standard installation according to default settings

see Chapter: Custom installation: Configurable installation

see Chapter: Configuration Wizard

see Chapter: Change installation

see Chapter: Installation modules

see Chapter: Uninstallation: Uninstall
3.1 Installation types
During installation you can select a setup type in the installation wizard:
Express

The program files are installed into a default folder in C:\Program Files.

Your Avira product will be installed with default settings. You have the option of defining
custom settings using the configuration wizard.
Custom

You can choose to install individual program components (see Chapter Installation and
uninstallation > Installation modules).

A target folder can be selected for the program files to be installed.

You can disable Create a desktop icon and program group in the Start menu.

Using the configuration wizard, you can define custom settings for your Avira product
and initiate a short system scan that is performed automatically after installation.
3.2 Pre-Setup
Note
Before installation, check whether your computer fulfills all the minimum system
requirements. If your computer satisfies all requirements, you can install the
Avira product.
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Note
When installing on a server operating system, the Real-Time Protection and the
files protection are not available.
Pre-Setup
Close your email program. It is also recommended to end all running applications.
Make sure that no other virus protection solutions are installed. The automatic
protection functions of various security solutions may interfere with each other.
The Avira product will search for any possible incompatible software on your
computer.
If potentially incompatible software is detected Avira generates a list of these
programs.
It is recommended to remove these software programs in order not to endanger
the stability of your computer.
Select from the list the check boxes of all those programs that should be removed
automatically from your computer and click Next.
You have to confirm manually the uninstallation of some programs. Select the
programs and click Next.
The uninstallation of one or more of the selected programs requires a restart of
your computer. After rebooting the installation will continue.
Warning
Your computer will not be protected until the installation of the Avira product is
finished.
Installation
The installation program runs in self-explanatory dialog mode. Every window contains a
certain selection of buttons to control the installation process.
The most important buttons are assigned the following functions:

OK: Confirm action.

Abort: Abort action.

Next: Go to next step.

Back: Go to previous step.
Establish an Internet connection: The Internet connection is necessary for performing
the following installation steps:

Downloading the current program file and scan engine as well as the latest virus
definition files via the installation program (for Internet-based installation)
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
Where appropriate, carrying out an update after completed installation
Keep the activation code or license file for your Avira product handy when you want
to activate the program.
Note
Internet-based installation:
For the Internet-based installation of the program, an installation program is
provided that loads the current program file prior to installation by the Avira
web servers. This process ensures that your Avira product is installed with
the latest virus definition file.
Installation with an installation package:
The installation package contains both the installation program and all
necessary program files. No language selection for your Avira product is
available for installation with an installation package. We recommend that
you carry out an update of the virus definition file after installation.
3.3 Express installation
Installing your Avira product:
Start the installation program by double-clicking the installation file you have downloaded
from the Internet or insert the program CD.
Internet-based installation
The Welcome screen appears.
Click Next to continue with the installation.
The dialog Language selection appears.
Select the language you want to use to install your Avira product and confirm your
language selection by clicking Next.
The dialog box Download appears. All files necessary for installation are
downloaded from the Avira web servers. The Download window closes after
conclusion of the download.
Installation with an installation package
The window Preparing installation appears.
The installation file is extracted. The installation routine is started.
The dialog box Choose installation type appears.
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Note
By default Express installation is preset. All standard components will be
installed which you may not configure. If you would like to execute a customized
installation, please refer to the chapter: Installation and uninstallation > Custom
installation.
Confirm that you accept the End User License Agreement. For reading the detailed
text of the End User License Agreement, click the EULA link.
Click Next.
The dialog box Join the millions of Avira users who already use Avira
SearchFree appears.
If you do not want to install the Avira SearchFree Toolbar, please unmark the
checkbox with the Avira SearchFree Toolbar and Avira SearchFree Updater End
User License Agreement, and the one that defines Avira SearchFree
(search.avira.com) as your browser homepage.
Note
If necessary, please uninstall any previously installed search toolbars before
you install the Avira SearchFree Toolbar. Otherwise you will not be able to
install the Avira SearchFree Toolbar.
Click Next.
The installation progress is displayed by a green bar.
Click Finish to end setup process and close the License Wizard.
The Avira Tray Icon is placed in the taskbar.
In order to ensure effective protection for your computer, the module Updater will
search for possible updates.
The Luke Filewalker window opens and a short system scan is performed. The
status of the scan as well as the results are displayed.
If after the scan you are asked to restart your computer, click Yes to ensure that your
system is fully protected.
After a successful installation, we recommend that you check the program is up-to-date in
the Status field of the Control Center.
If your Avira product shows that your computer is not secure, click Fix problem.
The dialog Restore protection opens.
Activate the preset options in order to maximize the security of your system.
If appropriate, perform a complete system scan afterwards.
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3.4 Custom installation
Installing your Avira product:
Start the installation program by double-clicking the installation file you have downloaded
from the Internet or insert the program CD.
Internet-based installation
The Welcome screen appears.
Click Next to continue with the installation.
The dialog Language selection appears.
Select the language you want to use to install your Avira product and confirm your
language selection by clicking Next.
The dialog box Download appears. All files necessary for installation are
downloaded from the Avira web servers. The Download window closes after
conclusion of the download.
Installation with an installation package
The window Preparing installation appears.
The installation file is extracted. The installation routine is started.
The dialog box Choose installation type appears.
Note
By default Express installation is preset. All standard components will be
installed which you may not configure. If you would like to execute an Express
installation, please refer to the chapter: Installation and uninstallation > Express
installation.
Choose Custom to install individual program components.
Confirm that you accept the End User License Agreement. For reading the detailed
text of the End User License Agreement, click the EULA link.
Click Next.
The dialog box Join the millions of Avira users who already use Avira
SearchFree appears.
If you do not want to install the Avira SearchFree Toolbar, please unmark the
checkbox with the Avira SearchFree Toolbar and the Avira SearchFree Updater End
User License Agreement, and the one that defines Avira SearchFree
(search.avira.com) as your browser homepage.
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Note
If necessary, please uninstall any previously installed search toolbars before
you install the Avira SearchFree Toolbar. Otherwise you will not be able to
install the Avira SearchFree Toolbar.
Click Next.
The Choose Destination Folder window opens.
The default folder will be C:\Program Files\Avira\AntiVir Desktop\
Click Next to continue.
-ORUse the Browse button to select a different destination folder and confirm by clicking
Next.
The Install components dialog appears.
Select or deselect components from the list and confirm with Next to proceed.
In the following dialog box you can decide whether to create a desktop shortcut
and/or a program group in the Start menu.
Click Next.
Click Finish to end setup process.
The Installation Wizard is closed and the Configuration Wizard will open.
3.5 Configuration Wizard
At the end of a user-defined installation, the configuration wizard is opened. The
configuration wizard enables you to define custom settings for your Avira product.
Click Next in the welcome window of the configuration wizard to begin configuration
of the program.
The Configure AHeAD dialog box enables you to select a detection level for the
AHeAD technology. The detection level selected is used for the System Scanner
(On-demand scan) and Real-Time Protection (On-access scan) AHeAD
technology settings.
Select a detection level and continue the installation by clicking Next.
In the following dialog box Select extended threat categories, you can adapt
the protective functions of your Avira product to the threat categories specified.
Where appropriate, activate further threat categories and continue the installation by
clicking Next.
If you have selected the Avira Real-Time Protection installation module, the
Real-Time Protection start mode dialog box appears. You can stipulate the
Real-Time Protection start time. At each computer reboot, the Real-Time
Protection will be started in the start mode specified.
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Note
The specified Real-Time Protection start mode is saved in the registry and
cannot be changed via Configuration.
Note
If the default start mode for Real-Time Protection (Normal start) has been
chosen and the logon process upon startup is carried out fast, programs
configured to start automatically upon startup might not be scanned, because
they might be up and running before the Real-Time Protection has been started
completely.
Enable the required option and continue the configuration by clicking Next.
In the following System scan dialog box, a quick system scan can be enabled or
disabled. The quick system scan is performed after the configuration has been
completed and before the computer is rebooted, and scans running programs
and the most important system files for viruses and malware.
Enable or disable the Quick system scan option and continue the configuration by
clicking Next.
In the following dialog box, you can complete the configuration by clicking Finish
The specified and selected settings are accepted.
If you have enabled the Quick system scan option, the Luke Filewalker
window opens. The Scanner performs a quick system scan.
If you are asked to restart your computer after the scan, click Yes to ensure that your
system is fully protected.
After a successful installation, we recommend that you check whether the program is upto-date in the Status field of the Control Center.
If your Avira product shows that your computer is not secure, click Fix problem.
The dialog Restore protection opens.
Activate the preset options in order to maximize the security of your system.
If appropriate, perform a complete system scan afterwards.
3.6 Change installation
You have the option of adding or removing individual program components of the current
Avira product installation (see Chapter Installation and uninstallation > Installation
modules).
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If you wish to add or remove modules of the current installation, you can use the option
Add or Remove Programs in the Windows control panel to Change/Remove
programs.
Select your Avira product and click Change. In the Welcome dialog of the program, select
the option Modify. You will be guided through the installation changes.
Note
If you uninstall the Avira SearchFree Toolbar, Web Protection is also
uninstalled.
3.7 Installation modules
In a user-defined installation or a change installation, the following installation modules can
be selected, added or removed.

Avira Free Antivirus
This module contains all components required for successful installation of your Avira
product.

Real-Time Protection
The Avira Real-Time Protection runs in the background. It monitors and repairs, if
possible, files during operations such as open, write and copy in on-access mode.
Whenever a user carries out a file operation (e.g. load document, execute, copy), the
Avira product automatically scans the file. Renaming a file does not trigger a scan by
Avira Real-Time Protection.

Rootkits Protection
Avira Rootkits Protection checks whether software is already installed on your computer
that can no longer be detected with conventional methods of malware protection after
penetrating the computer system.

Web Protection (for Avira Free Antivirus users, only in combination with the Avira
SearchFree Toolbar)
When surfing the Internet, you are using your web browser to request data from a web
server. The data transferred from the web server (HTML files, script and image files,
Flash files, video and music streams, etc.) will normally be moved directly into the
browser cache for display in the web browser, meaning that an on-access scan as
performed by Avira Real-Time Protection is not possible. This could allow viruses and
unwanted programs to access your computer system. Web Protection is what is known
as an HTTP proxy which monitors the ports used for data transfer (80, 8080, 3128) and
scans the transferred data for viruses and unwanted programs. Depending on the
configuration, the program may process the affected files automatically or prompt the
user for a specific action.

Shell Extension
The Shell Extension generates an entry Scan selected files with Avira in the context
menu of the Windows Explorer (right-hand mouse button). With this entry you can
directly scan files or directories.
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3.8 Uninstallation
If you wish to remove the Avira product from your computer, you can use the option Add
or Remove Programs to Change/Remove programs in the Windows Control Panel.
To uninstall your Avira product (e.g. in Windows 7):
Open the Control Panel via the Windows Start menu.
Double click on Programs and Features.
Select your Avira product in the list and click Uninstall.
You will be asked if you really want to remove the program.
Click Yes to confirm.
All components of the program will be removed.
Click Finish to complete uninstallation.
Where appropriate, a dialog box appears recommending that your computer be
restarted.
Click Yes to confirm.
The Avira product is now uninstalled and all directories, files and registry entries
for the program are deleted when your computer is restarted.
Note
The Avira SearchFree Toolbar is not included in the uninstallation program and
must be uninstalled separately by following the steps detailed above. To do this
in Firefox the Avira SearchFree Toolbar must be enabled via the Add-On
Manager. After uninstallation the search toolbar is no longer integrated in your
web browser.
Note
If you uninstall the Avira SearchFree Toolbar, Web Protection is also
uninstalled.
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Overview of Avira Free Antivirus
4. Overview of Avira Free Antivirus
This chapter contains an overview of the functionality and operation of your Avira product.
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see Chapter Interface and operation
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see Chapter Avira SearchFree Toolbar
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see Chapter How to...?
4.1 User interface and operation
You operate your Avira product via three program interface elements:
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Control Center: monitoring and controlling the Avira product
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Configuration: Configuring the Avira product
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Tray Icon in the system tray of the taskbar: Opening the Control Center and other
functions
4.1.1 Control Center
The Control Center is designed to monitor the protection status of your computer systems
and control and operate the protection components and functions of your Avira product.
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The Control Center window is divided into three areas: The Menu bar, the Navigation bar
and the detail window Status:
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Menu bar: In the Control Center menu bar, you can access general program functions
and information on the program.
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Navigation area: In the navigation area, you can easily swap between the individual
sections of the Control Center. The individual sections contain information and functions
of the program components and are arranged in the navigation bar according to activity.
Example: Activity PC PROTECTION - Section Real-Time Protection.
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Status: The Control Center opens with the Status view, where you can see at a glance,
if your computer is safe, and you have an overview of the active modules, the date of
the last backup and the date of the last system scan. The Status view also contains
buttons for starting features or actions, such as starting or stopping the Real-Time
Protection.
Starting and closing of Control Center
To start the Control Center the following options are available:
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Double-click the program icon on your desktop
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Via the program entry in the Start > Programs menu.
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Via the Tray Icon of your Avira product.
Close the Control Center via the menu command Close in the menu File or by clicking on
the close tab in the Control Center.
Operate Control Center
To navigate in the Control Center
Select an activity in the navigation bar.
The activity opens and other sections appear. The first section of the activity is
selected and displayed in the view.
If necessary, click another section to display this in the detail window.
Note
You can activate the keyboard navigation in the menu bar with the help of the
[Alt] key. If navigation is activated, you can move within the menu with the
arrow keys. With the Return key you activate the active menu item.
To open or close menus in the Control Center, or to navigate within the menus,
you can also use the following key combinations: [Alt] + underlined letter in the
menu or menu command. Hold down the [Alt] key if you want to access a
menu, a menu command or a submenu.
To process data or objects displayed in the detail window:
Highlight the data or object you wish to edit.
To highlight multiple elements (elements in columns), hold down the control key or
the shift key while selecting the elements.
Click the appropriate button in the upper bar of the detail window to edit the object.
Control Center overview
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Status: Clicking on the Status bar gives you an overview of the product's functionality
and performance (see Status).
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The Status section lets you see at a glance which modules are active and provides
information on the last update performed.
PC PROTECTION: In this section you will find the components for checking the files on
your computer system for viruses and malware.
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The System Scanner section enables you to easily configure and start an on-demand
scan. Predefined profiles enable a scan with already adapted default options. In the
same way it is possible to adapt the scan for viruses and unwanted programs to your
personal requirements with the help of manual selection (will be saved).
The Real-Time Protection section displays information on scanned files, as well as
other statistical data, which can be reset at any time, and enables access to the
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report file. More detailed information on the last virus or unwanted program detected
can be obtained practically "at the push of a button".
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INTERNET PROTECTION: In this section you will find the components to protect your
computer system against viruses and malware from the Internet, and against
unauthorized network access.
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CHILD PROTECTION: In this section you will find the components to ensure a safe
Internet experience for your children.
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SocialShield: From this section you will be redirected to the SocialShield access.
SocialShield informs parents of their children's activities online. It checks their social
network accounts for comments, photos etc. that may influence the child's reputation
in a negative way or may indicate that the child is in danger.
MOBILE PROTECTION: From this section you will be redirected to the online access
for Android devices.
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The Web Protection section displays information on scanned URLs and detected
viruses, as well as other statistical data, which can be reset at any time and enables
access to the report file. More detailed information on the last virus or unwanted
program detected can be obtained practically "at the push of a button".
Avira Free Android Security manages all your android-based devices.
ADMINISTRATION: In this section you will find tools for isolating and managing
suspicious or infected files, and for planning recurring tasks.
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The Quarantine section contains the so-called quarantine manager. This is the
central point for files already placed in quarantine or for suspect files that you would
like to place in quarantine. It is also possible to send a selected file to the Avira
Malware Research Center by email.
The Scheduler section enables you to configure scheduled scanning and update jobs
as well as backup jobs and to adapt or delete existing jobs.
The Reports section enables you to view the results of actions performed.
The Events section enables you to view events generated by certain program
modules.
4.1.2 Configuration
You can define settings for your Avira product in the Configuration. After installation, your
Avira product is configured with standard settings, ensuring optimal protection for your
computer system. However, your computer system or your specific requirements for your
Avira product may mean you need to adapt the protective components of the program.
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The Configuration opens a dialog box: You can save your configuration settings via the
OK or Apply buttons, delete your settings by clicking the Cancel button or restore your
default configuration settings using the Default values button. You can select individual
configuration sections in the left-hand navigation bar.
Accessing the Configuration
You have several options for accessing the configuration:
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via the Windows control panel.
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via the Windows Security Center - from Windows XP Service Pack 2.
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via the Tray Icon of your Avira product.
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in the Control Center via the menu item Extras > Configuration.
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in the Control Center via the Configuration button.
Note
If you are accessing configuration via the Configuration button in the Control
Center, go to the Configuration register of the section which is active in the
Control Center. Expert mode must be activated to select individual
configuration registers. In this case, a dialog appears asking you to activate
expert mode.
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Configuration operation
Navigate in the configuration window as you would in Windows Explorer:
Click an entry in the tree structure to display this configuration section in the detail
window.
Click the plus symbol in front of an entry to expand the configuration section and
display configuration subsections in the tree structure.
To hide configuration subsections, click on the minus symbol in front of the
expanded configuration section.
Note
To enable or disable Configuration options and use the buttons, you can also
use the following key combinations: [Alt] + underlined letter in the option name
or button description.
Note
All configuration sections are only displayed in expert mode. Activate expert
mode to view all configuration sections. Expert mode can be protected by a
password that must be defined during activation.
If you want to confirm your Configuration settings:
Click OK.
The configuration window is closed and the settings are accepted.
- OR Click Accept.
The settings are applied. The configuration window remains open.
If you want to finish configuration without confirming your settings:
Click Cancel.
The configuration window is closed and the settings are discarded.
If you want to restore all configuration settings to default values:
Click Restore defaults.
All settings of the configuration are restored to default values. All amendments
and custom entries are lost when default settings are restored.
Overview of configuration options
The following configuration options are available:
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System Scanner: Configuration of on-demand scan
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Real-Time Protection: Configuration of on-access scan
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Set-up of product updates
Restart settings
Proxy settings
Web Protection: Configuration of Web Protection
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Scan options
Action on detection
Further actions
On-access scan exceptions
On-access scan heuristics
Report function setting
Update: Configuration of the update settings, set-up of product updates
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Action on detection
Archive scan options
System scan exceptions
System scan heuristics
Report function setting
Scan options, enabling and disabling the Web Protection
Action on detection
Blocked access: Unwanted file types and MIME types
Web Protection scan exceptions: URLs, file types, MIME types
Web Protection heuristics
Report function setting
General:
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Threat categories for System Scanner and Real-Time Protection
Application filter: Block or allow applications
Password protection for access to the Control Center and the Configuration
Security: block autostart function, complete system scan status display, product
protection, protect Windows hosts file
WMI: Enable WMI support
Event log configuration
Configuration of report functions
Setting of directories used
4.1.3 Tray icon
After installation, you will see the tray icon of your Avira product in the system tray of the
taskbar:
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Icon Description
Avira Real-Time Protection is
enabled
Avira Real-Time Protection is
disabled
The tray icon displays the status of the Real-Time Protection service.
Central functions of your Avira product can be quickly accessed via the context menu of
the tray icon. To open the context menu, click the tray icon with the right-hand mouse
button.
Entries in the context menu
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Enable Real-Time Protection: Enables or disables the Avira Real-Time Protection.
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Enable Web Protection: Enables or disables the Avira Web Protection.
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Start Avira Free Antivirus: Opens the Control Center.
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Configure Avira Free Antivirus: Opens the Configuration.
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My messages: Opens a slide-up with the current information about your Avira product.
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Start update Starts an update.
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Help: opens the Online Help.
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Experts Market - Ask for help: opens the Experts Market - Ask for help website where
you can ask for help or offer your help to other users.
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About Avira Free Antivirus: Opens a dialog box with information on your Avira
product: Product information, Version information, License information.
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Avira on the Internet: Opens the Avira web portal on the Internet. The condition for this
is that you have an active connection to the Internet.
4.2 Avira SeachFree Toolbar
Avira SearchFree Toolbar includes two main components: Avira SearchFree and the
Toolbar.
The Avira SearchFree Toolbar is installed as an add-on. When the browser is first
accessed (in Firefox and Internet Explorer) a message will pop-up, asking you for
permission to install the toolbar. You will have to accept in order to complete a successful
installation of Avira SearchFree Toolbar.
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Avira SearchFree is a search engine and contains a clickable Avira logo linked to the Avira
website and web, image and video channels. This allows Avira users a safer Internet
navigation.
The toolbar, integrated in your web browser, consists of a search box, an Avira logo linked
to the Avira website, two status displays, three widgets and the Options menu.
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Search toolbar
Use the search toolbar for free to quickly search the Internet using the Avira search
engine.
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Status display
The status displays provide information on the status of the Web Protection and the
current update status of your Avira product and helps you identify which actions you
need to take to protect your PC.
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Widgets
Avira offers you three widgets to the most important Internet-related functions. With one
click you have direct access to Facebook and your email, or you can ensure safe web
browsing (Firefox and Internet Explorer only).
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Options
You can use the Options menu to access the toolbar options, clear the history, find
toolbar help and information and also uninstall the Avira SearchFree Toolbar directly via
the web browser (Firefox and Internet Explorer only).
4.2.1 Use
Avira SearchFree
You can use Avira SearchFree to define any number of terms to browse the Internet.
Enter the term in the search box and press the Enter key or click on Search. The Avira
SearchFree engine then searches the Internet for you and displays all hits in the browser
window.
To find out how to custom configure Avira SearchFree in Internet Explorer, Firefox and
Chrome, go to Options.
Status display
Web Protection
You can use the following icons and messages to identify which actions you need to take
to protect your PC:
Web Protection
If you move the cursor over the icon, the following message appears: Avira Web
Protection is active. Your browsing is protected.
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No further action is necessary.
Web Protection is inactive
If you move the cursor over the icon, the following message appears: Avira Web
Protection is off. Click to find out how to turn it on.
You will be redirected to one of our Knowledge Base articles.
No Web Protection
If you move the cursor over the icon, one of the following messages appears:
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You do not have Avira Web Protection installed. Click to find out how to protect your browsing.
This message will appear if you install incorrectly or uninstall the Avira Antivirus.
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Web Protection is included for free with Avira Antivirus. Click to find out how to install it.
This message will appear if you do not install Web Protection or if you uninstall it.
In both cases, you will be redirected to the Avira homepage, where you can
download the Avira product .
Error
If you move the cursor over the icon, the following message appears: Avira reported an
error. Click to contact Support for help.
Click the gray icon or text to go to the Avira Support page.
Widgets
Avira SearchFree contains three widgets with the most important functions for the
nowadays Internet web browsing: Facebook, E-mail and Browser Security.
Facebook
This function allows you to receive all the messages from Facebook and to be always
updated.
Email
If you click the email symbol in the toolbar, a dropdown list will be shown. You can choose
between the most commonly used email providers.
Browser Security
This widget has been conceived to offer you in one click all the Internet security options
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you may need on daily basis. This option is only available for Firefox and Internet Explorer.
Also the names of the functions sometimes change from one browser to another:
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Pop-up Blocker
If this option is activated, all pop-up windows will be blocked.
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Block Cookies
If you activate this option, no cookies will be saved on your computer.
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Private Browsing (Firefox) / InPrivate Browsing (Internet Explorer)
Enable this option if you do not want to leave any personal information on the Internet
while you surf. This option is not available for Internet Explorer 7 and 8.
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Clear Recent History (Firefox) / Delete Browsing History (Internet Explorer)
With this option you will erase all traces of your Internet activities.
Website Safety Advisor
The Website Safety Advisor offers you a safety ranking while navigating.
You can assess the reputation of the website you are visiting, and check if it poses a low
or a high risk to your security.
This widget also provides further information on the website, like who is the domain owner,
or why the website has been categorized as safe or risky.
The status of the Website Safety Advisor is displayed in the Toolbar and in your search
results, as an Avira tray icon in combination with other icons:
Safe
A green check mark for safe websites.
Low risk
A yellow exclamation mark for websites representing a low risk.
High risk
A red stop sign for websites representing a high risk to your security.
Unknown
A grey question mark will appear when the status is unknown.
Verifying
This sign will appear while verifying the status of a website.
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Browser Tracking Blocker
With the Browser Tracking Blocker you can stop trackers from collecting information about
you while you are surfing.
The widget allows you to choose which trackers to block and which ones to allow.
The tracking companies are classified in three categories:
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Social Networks
Ad Networks
Other companies
4.2.2 Options
Avira SearchFree Toolbar is compatible with Internet Explorer, Firefox and Google
Chrome and can be configured in the three web browsers:
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Internet Explorer configuration options
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Firefox configuration options
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Google Chrome configuration options
Internet Explorer
In Internet Explorer, the following configuration options for the Avira SearchFree Toolbar
are available in the Options menu:
Toolbar options
Search
Avira search engine
In the Avira search engine menu, you can select which search engine to use for the
search. Search engines are available for the USA, Brazil, Germany, Spain, Europe,
France, Italy, the Netherlands, Russia and the United Kingdom.
Open searches in
In the Open searches in option menu, you can select where the search result should
be displayed; in the Current window, in a New window or on a New tab.
Display recent searches
If the Display recent searches option is enabled, you can display previous search
terms under the text entry box of the search toolbar.
Auto clear recent search history when I close the browser
Enable the option Auto clear recent search history when I close the browser if you
do not want to save previous searches and want to clear the history when you close
the web browser.
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More options
Select toolbar language
Under Select toolbar language you can select the language in which Avira
SearchFree Toolbar is displayed. The toolbar is available in English, German,
Spanish, French, Italian, Portuguese and Dutch.
Note
Where possible, the default Avira SearchFree Toolbar language corresponds to
that of your program. If the toolbar is not available in your language, the default
language is English.
Show button text labels
Disable the Show button text labels option if you want to hide the text next to the
Avira SearchFree Toolbar icons.
Clear history
Enable the Clear history option if you do not want to save previous searches and
want to clear the history immediately.
Help
Click on Help to access the website containing frequently asked questions (FAQs)
relating to the toolbar.
Uninstall
You can also uninstall Avira SearchFree Toolbar directly in Internet Explorer:
Uninstallation via the web browser
About
Click on About to display which version of Avira SearchFree Toolbar is installed.
Firefox
In the Firefox web browser, the following configuration options for the Avira SearchFree
Toolbar are available in the Options menu:
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Toolbar options
Search
Select Avira search engine
In the Avira search engine menu, you can select which search engine to use for the
search. Search engines are available for the USA, Brazil, Germany, Spain, Europe,
France, Italy, the Netherlands, Russia and the United Kingdom.
Display recent searches
If the Display recent searches option enabled, you can display previous search terms
by clicking on the arrow in the search toolbar. Select a term if you want to display the
search result again.
Auto clear recent search history when I close the browser
Enable the option Auto clear recent search history when I close the browser if you
do not want to save previous searches and want to clear the history when you close
the web browser.
Display Avira search results when I type keywords or invalid URLs into the
browser address bar
If this option is enabled, a search is initiated and the search result displayed every time
you enter keywords or an invalid URL into the web browser's address bar.
More options
Select toolbar language
Under Select toolbar language you can select the language in which Avira
SearchFree Toolbar is displayed. The toolbar is available in English, German,
Spanish, French, Italian, Portuguese and Dutch.
Note
Where possible, the default Avira SearchFree Toolbar language corresponds to
that of your program. If the toolbar is not available in your language, the default
language is English.
Show button text labels
Disable the Show button text labels option if you want to hide the text next to the
Avira SearchFree Toolbar icons.
Clear history
Enable the Clear history option if you do not want to save previous searches and
want to clear the history immediately.
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Help
Click on Help to access the website containing frequently asked questions (FAQs)
relating to the toolbar.
Uninstall
You can also uninstall Avira SearchFree Toolbar directly in Firefox: Uninstallation via
the web browser.
About
Click on About to display which version of Avira SearchFree Toolbar is installed.
Google Chrome
In the Chrome web browser, the following configuration options for Avira SearchFree
Toolbar are available under the menu of the red Avira umbrella:
Help
Click on Help to access the website containing frequently asked questions (FAQs)
relating to the toolbar.
Uninstall instructions
Here you will be linked to the articles that contain all the information you need to
uninstall the toolbar.
About
Click on About to display which version of the Avira SearchFree Toolbar is installed.
Show/ Hide the Avira SearchFree Toolbar
Click here to hide or show Avira SearchFree Toolbar on your web browser.
4.2.3 Uninstallation
To uninstall your Avira SearchFree Toolbar (e.g. in Windows 7):
Open the Control Panel via the Windows Start menu.
Double click on Programs and Features.
Select the Avira SearchFree Toolbar plus Web Protection in the list and click
Uninstall.
You will be asked if you really want to uninstall this product.
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Click Yes to confirm.
Avira SearchFree Toolbar plus Web Protection is uninstalled and all directories,
files and registry entries for the Avira SearchFree Toolbar plus Web Protection
are deleted when your computer is restarted.
Uninstallation via the web browser
You also have the option of uninstalling the Avira SearchFree Toolbar directly in the
browser. This option is only available for Firefox and Internet Explorer:
In the search toolbar open the Options menu.
Click Uninstall.
If you have opened your web browser, you will now be asked to close it.
Close the web browser and click OK.
Avira SearchFree Toolbar plus Web Protection is uninstalled and all directories,
files and registry entries for the Avira SearchFree Toolbar plus Web Protection
are deleted when your computer is restarted.
Note
If you uninstall the Avira SearchFree Toolbar, Web Protection is also
uninstalled.
Note
Note that to uninstall the Avira SearchFree Toolbar, the toolbar must be
enabled in the Add-On Manager.
Uninstallation as add-on
Because the toolbar is installed as an add-on, it can obviously also be uninstall as one:
Firefox
Click Tools > Add-ons > Extensions. From there you can manage the Avira Add-on:
activate or deactivate the toolbar and uninstall.
Internet Explorer
Go to Manage Add-ons > Toolbars und Extensions. Here you can either activate and
deactivate your Avira SearchFree Toolbar, or uninstall it.
Google Chrome
Click Options > Extensions and manage easily your toolbar: activate, deactivate or
uninstall it.
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4.3 How to...?
The chapters "How to...?" offer short instructions about license and product activation as
well as information on the most important functions of your Avira product. The selected
short articles serve as an overview about the functionality of your Avira product. They do
not substitute the detailed information of each section of this help center.
4.3.1 Perform automatic updates
To create a job with the Avira Scheduler to update your Avira product automatically:
In the Control Center, select the section ADMINISTRATION > Scheduler.
Click the
Insert new job icon.
The dialog box Name and description of the job appears.
Give the job a name and, where appropriate, a description.
Click Next.
The dialog box Type of job is displayed.
Select Update job from the list.
Click Next.
The dialog box Time of job appears.
Select a time for the update:
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Immediately
Daily
Weekly
Interval
Single
Note
We recommend regular and frequent updates. The recommended update
interval is: 6 hours.
Where appropriate, specify a date according to the selection.
Where appropriate, select additional options (availability depends on type of job):
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Repeat job if time has expired
Past jobs are performed that could not be performed at the required time, for
example because the computer was switched off.
Click Next.
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The dialog box Select display mode appears.
Select the display mode of the job window:
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Invisible: No job window
Minimize: progress bar only
Maximize: Entire job window
Click Finish.
Your newly created job appears on the start page of the ADMINISTRATION >
Scheduler section with the status enabled (check mark).
Where appropriate, deactivate jobs that are not to be performed.
Use the following icons to further define your jobs:
View properties of a job
Edit job
Delete job
Start job
Stop job
4.3.2 Start a manual update
You have various options for starting an update manually: When an update is started
manually, the virus definition file and scan engine are always updated. A product update
can only take place if you have activated the option Download and install product
updates automatically in the configuration under PC protection > Update > Product
update
To start an update of your Avira product manually:
With the right-hand mouse button, click the Avira tray icon in the taskbar.
A context menu appears.
Select Start update.
The Updater dialog box appears.
- OR In the Control Center, select Status.
In the Last update field, click on the Start update link.
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The Updater dialog box appears.
- OR In the Control Center, in the Update menu, select the menu command Start update.
The Updater dialog box appears.
Note
We recommend regular automatic updates. The recommended update interval
is: 6 hours.
Note
You can also carry out a manual update directly via the Windows security
center.
4.3.3 Using a scan profile to scan for viruses and malware
A scan profile is a set of drives and directories to be scanned.
The following options are available for scanning via a scan profile:
Use predefined scan profile
If the predefined scan profile corresponds to your requirements.
Customize and apply scan profile (manual selection)
If you want to scan with a customized scan profile.
Depending on the operating system, various icons are available for starting a scan profile:
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In Windows XP:
This icon starts the scan via a scan profile.
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In Windows Vista:
In Microsoft Windows Vista, the Control Center only has limited rights at the moment,
e.g. for access to directories and files. Certain actions and file accesses can only be
performed in the Control Center with extended administrator rights. These extended
administrator rights must be granted at the start of each scan via a scan profile.
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This icon starts a limited scan via a scan profile. Only directories and files that
Windows Vista has granted access rights to are scanned.
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This icon starts the scan with extended administrator rights. After confirmation, all
directories and files in the selected scan profile are scanned.
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To scan for viruses and malware with a scan profile:
Go to Control Center and select the section PC PROTECTION >System Scanner.
Predefined scan profiles appear.
Select one of the predefined scan profiles.
-ORAdapt the scan profile Manual selection.
Click the icon (Windows XP:
or Windows Vista:
).
The Luke Filewalker window appears and a system scan is started.
When the scan is completed, the results are displayed.
If you want to adapt a scan profile:
In the scan profile, expand Manual Selection the file tree so that all the drives you
want to scan are open:
Highlight the nodes you want to scan by clicking on the box
4.3.4 Scan for viruses and malware using drag & drop
To scan for viruses and malware systematically using drag & drop:
The Control Center of your Avira product has been opened.
Highlight the file you want to scan.
Use the left-hand mouse button to drag the highlighted file into the Control Center.
The Luke Filewalker window appears and a system scan is started.
When the scan is completed, the results are displayed.
4.3.5 Scan for viruses and malware via the context menu
To scan for viruses and malware systematically via the context menu:
Click with the right-hand mouse button (e.g. in Windows Explorer, on the desktop or
in an open Windows directory) on the file you want to scan.
The Windows Explorer context menu appears.
Select Scan selected files with Avira in the context menu.
The Luke Filewalker window appears and a system scan is started.
When the scan is completed, the results are displayed.
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4.3.6 Automatically scan for viruses and malware
Note
After installation, the scan job Full system scan is created in the Scheduler: A
complete system scan is automatically performed at a recommended interval.
To create a job to automatically scan for viruses and malware:
In the Control Center, select the section ADMINISTRATION > Scheduler.
Click the icon
.
The dialog box Name and description of job appears.
Give the job a name and, where appropriate, a description.
Click Next.
The dialog box Type of job appears.
Select Scan job.
Click Next.
The dialog box Selection of the profile appears.
Select the profile to be scanned.
Click Next.
The dialog box Time of the job appears.
Select a time for the scan:





Immediately
Daily
Weekly
Interval
Single
Where appropriate, specify a date according to the selection.
Where appropriate, select the following additional options (availability depends on job
type):
Repeat job if the time has already expired
Past jobs are performed that could not be performed at the required time, for example
because the computer was switched off.
Click Next.
The dialog box Selection of the display mode appears.
Select the display mode of the job window:

Invisible: No job window
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
Minimized: progress bar only
Maximized: Entire job window
Select the Shut down computer if job is done option if you want the computer to
shut down automatically when the scan is finished. This option is only available if the
display mode is set to minimized or maximized.
Click Finish.
Your newly created job appears on the start page of the ADMINISTRATION >
Scheduler section with the status enabled (check mark).
Where appropriate, deactivate jobs that are not to be performed.
Use the following icons to further define your jobs:
View properties of a job
Edit job
Delete job
Start job
Stop job
4.3.7 Targeted scan for Rootkits and active malware
To scan for active rootkits, use the predefined scan profile Scan for Rootkits and active
malware.
To scan for active rootkits systematically:
Go to Control Center and select the section PC PROTECTION > System Scanner.
Predefined scan profiles appear.
Select the predefined scan profile Scan for Rootkits and active malware.
Where appropriate, highlight other nodes and directories to be scanned by clicking
the check box of the directory level.
Click the icon (Windows XP:
or Windows Vista:
).
The Luke Filewalker window appears and a system scan is started.
When the scan is completed, the results are displayed.
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4.3.8 React to detected viruses and malware
For the individual protection components of your Avira product, you can define how your
Avira product reacts to a detected virus or unwanted program in the Configuration under
the section Action on detection.
There are no configurable action options with the Real-Time Protection component. When
a virus or unwanted program is detected, you will receive a desktop notification. In the
desktop notification you can remove the detected malware or forward the malware using
the Details button to the System Scanner component for further virus management. The
System Scanner opens a window containing notification of the detection, which gives you
various options for managing the affected file via a context menu (see Detection > System
Scanner):
Action options for the System Scanner:
Interactive
In interactive action mode, the results of the System Scanner scan are displayed in a
dialog box. This option is enabled as the default setting.
In the case of System Scanner scan, you will receive an alert with a list of the
affected files when the scan is complete. You can use the content-sensitive menu to
select an action to be executed for the various infected files. You can execute the
standard actions for all infected files or cancel the System Scanner.
Automatic
In automatic action mode, when a virus or unwanted program is detected the action
you selected in this area is executed automatically.
Action options for Web Protection:
Interactive
In interactive action mode, if a virus or unwanted program is detected, a dialog box
appears in which you can select what to do with the infected object. This option is
enabled as the default setting.
Automatic
In automatic action mode, when a virus or unwanted program is detected the action
you selected in this area is executed automatically.
In interactive action mode, you can react to detected viruses and unwanted programs by
selecting an action for the infected object in the alert and executing the selected action by
clicking Confirm.
The following actions for handling infected objects are available for selection:
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Note
Which actions are available for selection depends on the operating system, the
protection components (Avira Real-Time Protection, Avira Mail Protection, Avira
Web Protection) reporting the detection, and the type of malware detected.
Actions of the System Scanner:
Repair
The file is repaired.
This option is only available if the infected file can be repaired.
Rename
The file is renamed with a *.vir extension. Direct access to these files (e.g. with doubleclick) is therefore no longer possible. Files can be repaired and given their original
name at a later time.
Quarantine
The file is packaged into a special format (*.qua) and moved to the Quarantine
directory INFECTED on your hard disk, so that direct access is no longer possible.
Files in this directory can be repaired in Quarantine at a later data or, if necessary,
sent to Avira.
Delete
The file will be deleted. If a boot sector virus is detected, this can be deleted by
deleting the boot sector. A new boot sector is written.
Ignore
No further action is taken. The infected file remains active on your computer.
Warning
This could result in loss of data and damage to the operating system! Only
select the Ignore option in exceptional cases.
Always ignore
Action option for Real-Time Protection detections: No further action is taken by RealTime Protection. Access to the file is permitted. All further access to this file is
permitted and no further notifications will be provided until the computer is restarted or
the virus definition file is updated.
Copy to quarantine
Action option for a rootkits detection: The detection is copied to quarantine.
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Repair boot sector | Download repair tool
Action options when infected boot sectors are detected: A number of options are
available for repairing infected diskette drives. If your Avira product is unable to
perform the repair, you can download a special tool for detecting and removing boot
sector viruses.
Note
If you carry out actions on running processes, the processes in question are
terminated before the actions are performed.
The website requested from the web server and/or any data or files transferred are
moved to quarantine. The affected file can be recovered from quarantine manager if it
has an informative value or - if necessary - sent to the Avira Malware Research
Center.
4.3.9 Handling quarantined files (*.qua)
To handle quarantined files:
In the Control Center, select the section ADMINISTRATION > Quarantine section.
Check which files are involved, so that, if necessary, you can reload the original back
onto your computer from another location.
If you want to see more information on a file:
Highlight the file and click on
.
The dialog box Properties appears with more information on the file.
If you want to rescan a file:
Scanning a file is recommended if the virus definition file of your Avira product has been
updated and a false positive report is suspected. This enables you to confirm a false
positive with a rescan and restore the file.
Highlight the file and click on
.
The file is scanned for viruses and malware using the system scan settings.
After the scan, the dialog Rescan statistics appears which displays statistics on
the status of the file before and after the rescan.
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To delete a file:
Highlight the file and click on
.
You have to confirm your choice with Yes.
If you want to upload the file to a Avira Malware Research Center web server for analysis:
Highlight the file you want to upload.
Click on
.
A dialog opens with a form for inputting your contact data.
Enter all the required data.
Select a type: Suspicious file or Suspicion of false positive.
Select a response format: HTML, Text, HTML & Text.
Click OK.
The file is uploaded to a Avira Malware Research Center web server in
compressed form.
Note
In the following cases, analysis by the Avira Malware Research Center is
recommended:
Heuristic hits (Suspicious file): During a scan, a file has been classified as
suspicious by your Avira product and moved to quarantine: Analysis of the file
by the Avira Malware Research Center has been recommended in the virus
detection dialog box or in the report file generated by the scan.
Note
The size of the files you upload is limited to 20 MB uncompressed or 8 MB
compressed.
Note
You can only upload one file at a time.
If you want to export the properties of a quarantined object to a text file:
Highlight the quarantined object and click on
.
The text file quarantaene - Notepad opens containing the data from the selected
quarantined object.
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Save the text file.
You can also restore the files in quarantine (see Chapter: Quarantine: Restoring files in
quarantine).
4.3.10 Restore the files in quarantine
Different icons control the restore procedure, depending on the operating system:


In Windows XP:

This icon restores the files to their original directory.

This icon restores the files to a directory of your choice.
In Windows Vista:
In Microsoft Windows Vista, the Control Center only has limited rights at the moment,
e.g. for access to directories and files. Certain actions and file accesses can only be
performed in the Control Center with extended administrator rights. These extended
administrator rights must be granted at the start of each scan via a scan profile.


This icon restores the files to a directory of your choice.
This icon restores the files to their original directory. If extended administrator
rights are necessary to access this directory, a corresponding request appears.
To restore files in quarantine:
Warning
This could result in loss of data and damage to the operating system of the
computer! Only use the function Restore selected object in exceptional cases.
Only restore files that could be repaired by a new scan.
File rescanned and repaired.
In the Control Center, select the section ADMINISTRATION > Quarantine section.
Note
Emails and email attachments can only be restored using the option
file extension is *.eml.
if the
To restore a file to its original location:
Highlight the file and click the icon (Windows XP:
, Windows Vista
).
This option is not available for emails.
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Emails and email attachments can only be restored using the option
file extension is *.eml.
if the
A message appears asking if you want to restore the file.
Click Yes.
The file is restored to the directory it was in before it was moved to quarantine.
To restore a file to a specified directory:
Highlight the file and click on
.
A message appears asking if you want to restore the file.
Click Yes.
The Windows default window Save As for selecting the directory appears.
Select the directory to restore the file to and confirm.
The file is restored to the selected directory.
4.3.11 Move suspicious files to quarantine
To move a suspect file to quarantine manually:
In the Control Center, select the section ADMINISTRATION > Quarantine section.
Click on
.
The Windows default window for selecting a file appears.
Select the file and confirm with Open.
The file is moved to quarantine.
You can scan files in quarantine with the Avira System Scanner (see Chapter: Quarantine:
Handling quarantined files (*.qua)).
4.3.12 Scan profile: Amend or delete file type in a scan profile
To stipulate additional file types to be scanned or exclude specific file types from the scan
in a scan profile (only possible for manual selection ):
In the Control Center, go to the PC PROTECTION > System Scanner section.
With the right-hand mouse button, click on the scan profile you want to edit.
A context menu appears.
Select File filter.
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Expand the context menu further by clicking on the small triangle on the right-hand
side of the context menu.
The entries Default, Scan all files and User-defined appear.
Select User-defined.
The File extensions dialog box appears with a list of all file types to be scanned
with the scan profile.
If you want to exclude a file type from the scan:
Highlight the file type and click Delete.
If you want to add a file type to the scan:
Highlight a file type.
Click Insert and enter the file extension of file type into the input box.
Use a maximum of 10 characters and do not enter the leading dot. Wildcards (*
and ? ) are allowed.
4.3.13 Create desktop shortcut for scan profile
You can start a system scan directly from your desktop via a desktop shortcut to a scan
profile without accessing your Avira product’s Control Center.
To create a desktop shortcut to the scan profile:
In the Control Center, go to the PC PROTECTION > System Scanner section.
Select the scan profile for which you want to create a shortcut.
Click the icon
.
The desktop shortcut is created.
4.3.14 Filter events
Events that have been generated by program components of your Avira product are
displayed in the Control Center under ADMINISTRATION > Events (analogous to the
event display of your Windows operating system). The program components, in
alphabetical order, are the following:

Helper Service

Real-Time Protection

Scheduler

System Scanner

Updater

Web Protection
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The following event types are displayed:

Information

Warning

Error

Detection
To filter displayed events:
In the Control Center, select the section ADMINISTRATION > Events.
Check the box of the program components to display the events of the activated
components.
- OR Uncheck the box of the program components to hide the events of the deactivated
components.
Check the event type box to display these events.
- OR Uncheck the event type box to hide these events.
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5. System Scanner
With the System Scanner component, you can carry out targeted scans (on-demand
scans) for viruses and unwanted programs. The following options are available for
scanning for infected files:

System scan via context menu
The system scan via the context menu (right-hand mouse button - entry Scan selected
files with Avira) is recommended if, for example, you wish to scan individual files and
directories. Another advantage is that it is not necessary to first start the Control Center
for a system scan via the context menu.

System scan via drag & drop
When a file or directory is dragged into the program window of the Control Center, the
System Scanner scans the file or directory and all sub-directories it contains. This
procedure is recommended if you wish to scan individual files and directories that you
have saved, for example, on your desktop.

System scan via profiles
This procedure is recommended if you wish to regularly scan certain directories and
drives (e.g. your work directory or drives on which you regularly store new files). You do
not then need to select these directories and drives again for every new scan, you
simply select using the relevant profile.

System scan via the Scheduler
The Scheduler enables you to carry out time-controlled scans.
Special processes are required when scanning for rootkits, boot sector viruses, and when
scanning active processes. The following options are available:

Scan for rootkits via the scan profile Scan for Rootkits and active malware

Scan active processes via the scan profile Active processes

Scan for boot sector viruses via the menu command Boot records scan... in the menu
Extras
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6. Updates
The effectiveness of anti-virus software depends on how up-to-date the program is, in
particular the virus definition file and the scan engine. To carry out regular updates, the
Updater component is integrated into your Avira product. The Updater ensures that your
Avira product is always up-to-date and able to deal with the new viruses that appear every
day. Updater updates the following components:

Virus definition file:
The virus definition file contains the virus patterns of the harmful programs which are
used by your Avira product to scan for viruses and malware and repair infected
objects.

Scan engine:
The scan engine contains the methods used by your Avira product to scan for viruses
and malware.

Program files (product update):
Update packages for product updates make extra functions available to the individual
program components.
An update checks whether the virus definition file and scan engine are up-to-date and if
necessary implements an update. Depending on the settings in the configuration, the
Updater also carries out a product update or informs you of the product updates available.
After a product update, you may have to restart your computer system. If only the virus
definition file and scan engine are updated, the computer does not have to be restarted.
Note
For security reasons, the Updater checks whether the Windows hosts file of
your computer was altered, whether the Update URL, for example, was
manipulated by malware and is diverting the Updater to unwanted download
sites. If the Windows hosts file has been manipulated, this is shown in the
Updater report file.
An update is automatically performed in the following interval: 6 hours.
In the Control Center under Scheduler, you can create additional update jobs that are
performed by Updater at the specified intervals. You also have the option to start an
update manually:

in the Control Center: in the Update menu and in the Status section

via the context menu of the tray icon
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Updates can be obtained from the Internet via a Web server of the manufacturer. The
existing network connection is the default connection to the download servers of Avira.
You can change this default setting in the Configuration under General > Update.
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7. FAQ, Tips
This chapter contains important information on troubleshooting and further tips on using
your Avira product.

see Chapter Help in case of a problem

see Chapter Shortcuts

see Chapter Windows Security Center (Windows XP and Vista) or Windows Action
Center (Windows 7)
7.1 Help in case of a problem
Here you will find information on causes and solutions of possible problems.

The error message Connection failed while downloading the file ... appears when
attempting to start an update.

Viruses and malware cannot be moved or deleted.

The status of the tray icon is disabled.

The computer is extremely slow when I perform a data back-up.

My firewall reports Avira Real-Time Protection immediately after activation.

Webchat is not operational: Chat messages will not be displayed
The error message Connection failed while downloading the file ... appears when
attempting to start an update.
Reason: Your Internet connection is inactive. No connection to the web server on the
Internet can therefore be established.
Test whether other Internet services such as WWW or email work. If not, re-establish
the Internet connection.
Reason: The proxy server cannot be reached.
Check whether the login for the proxy server has changed and adapt it to your
configuration if necessary.
Reason: The update.exe file is not fully approved by your personal firewall.
Ensure that the update.exe file is fully approved by your personal firewall.
Otherwise:
Check your settings in the Configuration (expert mode) under PC Protection >
Update.
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Viruses and malware cannot be moved or deleted.
Reason: The file was loaded by windows and is active.
Update your Avira product.
If you use the Windows XP operating system, deactivate System Restore.
Start the computer in Safe Mode.
Start the Configuration of your Avira product (expert mode).
Select System Scanner > Scan > Files > All files and confirm the window with OK.
Start a scan of all local drives.
Start the computer in Normal Mode.
Carry out a scan in Normal Mode.
If no other viruses or malware have been found, activate System Restore if it is
available and to be used.
The status of the tray icon is disabled.
Reason: Avira Real-Time Protection is disabled.
In the Control Center click Status and enable the Real-Time Protection in the PC
Protection area .
-OROpen the context menu with a right-click on the Tray Icon. Click Real-Time
Protection enable.
Reason: Avira Real-Time Protection is blocked by a firewall.
Define a general approval for Avira Real-Time Protection in the configuration of your
firewall. Avira Real-Time Protection only works with the address 127.0.0.1
(localhost). An Internet connection is not established.
Otherwise:
Check the startup type of the Avira Real-Time Protection service. If necessary,
enable the service: In the taskbar, select Start > Settings > Control Panel. Start the
configuration panel Services with a double-click (under Windows XP the services
applet is located in the sub-directory Administrative Tools). Find the entry Avira RealTime Protection. Automatic must be entered as the startup type and Started as
the status. If necessary, start the service manually by selecting the relevant line and
the button Start. If an error message appears, please check the event display.
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The computer is extremely slow when I perform a data back-up.
Reason: During the backup procedure, Avira Real-Time Protection scans all files being
used by the backup procedure.
Select Real-Time Protection > Scan > Exceptions in the Configuration (expert
mode) and enter the process names of the back-up software.
My firewall reports Avira Real-Time Protection
Reason: Communication with Avira Real-Time Protection occurs via the TCP/IP Internet
protocol. A firewall monitors all connections via this protocol.
Define a general approval for Avira Real-Time Protection. Avira Real-Time Protection
only works with the address 127.0.0.1 (localhost). An Internet connection is not
established.
Note
We recommend regularly installing Microsoft updates to close any gaps in
security.
Webchat is not operational: Chat messages are not displayed; data are being loaded in
the browser.
This phenomenon may occur during chats, which are based on the HTTP protocol with
'transfer-encoding: chunked’.
Reason: Web Protection checks the sent data completely for viruses and undesired
programs first, before the data are loaded into the web browser. During a data transfer
with ‘transfer-encoding: chunked’, Web Protection cannot determine the message length
or the data volume.
Enter the configuration of the URL of the web chats as an exception (see
Configuration: Web Protection > Scan > Exceptions).
7.2 Shortcuts
Keyboard commands - also called shortcuts - offer a fast possibility to navigate through the
program, to retrieve individual modules and to start actions.
Below we provide you with an overview of the available keyboard commands. Please find
further indications regarding the functionality in the corresponding chapter of the help.
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7.2.1 In dialog boxes
Shortcut
Description
Ctrl + Tab
Ctrl + Page down
Navigation in the Control Center
Go to next section.
Ctrl + Shift + Tab
Ctrl + Page up
Navigation in the Control Center
Go to previous section.
Navigation in the configuration sections
First, use the mouse to set the focus on a configuration section.
Change between the options in a marked drop-down list or
between several options in a group of options.
Tab
Change to the next option or options group.
Shift + Tab
Change to the previous option or options group.
Space
Activate or deactivate a check box, if the active option is a
check box.
Alt + underlined
letter
Select option or start command.
Alt + ↓
Open selected drop-down list.
F4
Esc
Close selected drop-down list.
Cancel command and close dialog.
Enter
Start command for the active option or button.
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7.2.2 In the help
Shortcut
Description
Alt + Space
Display system menu.
Alt + Tab
Shift between the help and the other opened windows.
Alt + F4
Close help.
Shift + F10
Display context menu of the help.
Ctrl + Tab
Go to next section in the navigation window.
Ctrl + Shift + Tab
Go to previous section in the navigation window.
Page up
Change to the subject, which is displayed above in the contents, in
the index or in the list of the search results.
Page down
Change to the subject, which is displayed below the current subject
in the contents, in the index or in the list of the search results.
Page up
Page down
Browse through a subject.
7.2.3 In the Control Center
General
Shortcut
Description
F1
Display help
Alt + F4
Close Control Center
F5
Refresh
F8
Open configuration
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F9
Start update
Scan section
Shortcut
Description
F3
Start scan with the selected profile
F4
Create desktop link for the selected profile
Quarantine section
Shortcut
Description
F2
Rescan object
F3
Restore object
F4
Send object
F6
Restore object to...
Return
Properties
Ins
Add file
Del
Delete object
Scheduler section
Shortcut
Description
F2
Edit job
Return
Properties
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Ins
Insert new job
Del
Delete job
Reports section
Shortcut
Description
F3
Display report file
F4
Print report file
Return
Display report
Del
Delete report(s)
Events section
Shortcut
Description
F3
Export event(s)
Return
Show event
Del
Delete event(s)
7.3 Windows Security Center
- Windows XP Service Pack 2 or higher -
7.3.1 General
The Windows Security Center checks the status of a computer for important security
aspects.
If a problem is detected with one of these important points (e.g. an outdated anti-virus
program), the Security Center issues an alert and gives recommendations on how to
protect your computer better.
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7.3.2 The Windows Security Center and your Avira product
Virus protection software / Protection against malicious software
You may receive the following information from the Windows Security Center with regard
to your virus protection:

Virus protection NOT FOUND

Virus protection OUT OF DATE

Virus protection ON

Virus protection OFF

Virus protection NOT MONITORED
Virus protection NOT FOUND
This information of the Windows Security Center appears when the Windows Security
Center has not found any anti-virus software on your computer.
Note
Install your Avira product on your computer to protect it against viruses and
other unwanted programs!
Virus protection OUT OF DATE
If you have already installed Windows XP Service Pack 2 or Windows Vista and then
install your Avira product or you install Windows XP Service Pack 2 or Windows Vista on a
system on which your Avira product has already been installed, you will receive the
following message:
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Note
In order for the Windows Security Center to recognize your Avira product as upto-date, an update must be performed after installation. Update your system by
carrying out an update.
Virus protection ON
After installing your Avira product and performing a subsequent update, you will receive
the following message:
Your Avira product is now up-to-date and the Avira Real-Time Protection is enabled.
Virus protection OFF
You receive the following message if you disable the Avira Real-Time Protection or stop
the Real-Time Protection service.
Note
You can enable or disabled Avira Real-Time Protection in the Status section of
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the Control Center. You can also see that the Avira Real-Time Protection is
enabled if the red umbrella in your taskbar is open.
Virus protection NOT MONITORED
If you receive the following message from the Windows Security Center, you have decided
that you want to monitor your anti-virus software yourself.
Note
This function is not supported by Windows Vista.
Note
The Windows Security Center is supported by your Avira product. You can
enable this option at any time via the Recommendations button.
Note
Even if you have installed Windows XP Service Pack 2 or Windows Vista, you
still require a virus protection solution. Although Windows monitors your antivirus software, it does not contain any anti-virus functions itself. Therefore you
would not be protected against viruses and other malware without an additional
anti-virus solution!
7.4 Windows Action Center
- Windows 7 -
7.4.1 General
Note:
In Windows 7 the Windows Security Center has been renamed to Windows
Action Center. Under this section you will find the status of all your security
options.
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The Windows Action Center checks the status of a computer for important security
aspects. You can access it directly by clicking the little flag in your taskbar or under
Control Panel > Action Center.
If a problem is detected with one of these important points (e.g. an outdated anti-virus
program), the Action Center issues an alert and gives recommendations on how to protect
your computer better. This means, that if everything works correctly, you won't be bothered
with messages. You still can have a look at the security status of your computer in the
Windows Action Center, under the Security item.
The Windows Action Center also gives you the option of managing the installed
programs and to choose between them (e.g. View installed antispyware programs).
You can even turn off the warning messages under Change Action Center settings (e.g.
Turn off messages about spyware and related protection).
7.4.2 The Windows Action Center and your Avira product
Virus protection software
You may receive the following information from the Windows Action Center with regard to
your virus protection:
Virus protection

Avira Desktop reports that it is UP TO DATE and virus scanning is ON.

Avira Desktop reports that virus scanning is temporarily TURNED OFF.

Avira Desktop reports that it is OUT OF DATE.

Windows DID NOT FIND antivirus software on this computer.
Avira Desktop reports that it is UP TO DATE and virus scanning is ON
After installation of your Avira product and a subsequent update, you will not receive any
messages from the Windows Action Center. But if you go to Action Center > Security
you can see: Avira Desktop reports that it is up to date and virus scanning is on. This
means that your Avira product is now up-to-date and the Avira Real-Time Protection is
enabled.
Avira Desktop reports that virus scanning is temporarily TURNED OFF
You receive the following message if you disable the Avira Real-Time Protection or stop
the Real-Time Protection service.
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Note
You can enable or disable Avira Real-Time Protection in the Status section of
the Avira Control Center. You can also see that the Avira Real-Time
Protection is enabled if the red umbrella in your taskbar is open. It is also
possible to activate the Avira product by clicking the Turn on now button on the
Windows Action Center message. You will receive a notification asking your
permission to run Avira. Click on Yes, I trust the publisher and want to run this
program and Real-Time Protection will be enabled again.
Avira Desktop reports that it is OUT OF DATE
If you install your Avira product on Windows 7 or if you upgrade an older Windows
operating system, on which your Avira product is already installed, to Windows 7, then you
will receive the following message:
Note
In order for the Windows Action Center to recognize your Avira product as upto-date, an update must be performed after installation. Update your Avira
Product by carrying out an update.
Windows DID NOT FIND antivirus software on this computer
This information of the Windows Action Center appears, when the Windows Action Center
has not found any anti-virus software on your computer.
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Note
Install your Avira product on your computer to protect it against viruses and
other unwanted programs!
Spyware and unwanted software protection
You may receive the following information from the Windows Action Center with regard to
your spyware protection:
Spyware and unwanted software protection

Avira Desktop reports that it is TURNED ON.

Avira Desktop reports that it is temporarily TURNED OFF.

Windows Defender is OUT OF DATE.
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Windows Defender is TURNED OFF.
Avira Desktop reports that it is TURNED ON
After the installation of your Avira product and a subsequent update, you will not receive
any messages from the Windows Action Center. But if you go to Action Center >
Security, you can see: Avira Desktop reports that it is turned on. This means that your
Avira product is now up-to-date and the Avira Real-Time Protection is enabled.
Avira Desktop reports that it is TURNED OFF
You receive the following message if you disable the Avira Real-Time Protection or stop
the Real-Time Protection service.
Note
You can enable or disable Avira Real-Time Protection in the Status section of
the Avira Control Center. You can also see that the Avira Real-Time
Protection is enabled if the red umbrella in your taskbar is open. It is also
possible to activate the Avira product by clicking the Turn on now button on the
Windows Action Center message. You will receive a notification asking your
permission to run Avira. Click on Yes, I trust the publisher and want to run this
program and Real-Time Protection will be enabled again.
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Windows Defender is OUT OF DATE
You receive the following message if Windows Defender is activated. If you have already
installed the Avira product, this message should not appear. Please check if the
installation went OK.
Note
Windows Defender is the spyware solution from Windows. It is included and
enabled by default in Windows Vista and Windows 7.
Windows Defender is TURNED OFF
This information of the Windows Action Center appears when the Windows Action Center
has not found any other anti-virus software on your computer than the one that the
operating system integrates by default: Windows Defender. If you have had some antivirus software installed on your computer before, this application has been disabled. If you
have already installed the Avira product, this message should not appear: Avira should be
automatically detected. Please check if the installation went OK.
Note
Even if you have installed Windows 7, you still require a virus protection
solution. Although Windows monitors your anti-virus software, it only contains
Windows Defender and Windows Firewall. They only protect you against some
intrusions and spyware. Therefore you would not be protected against viruses
and other malware without an additional anti-virus solution!
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8. Viruses and more
Avira Free Antivirus not only detects viruses and malware, it can also protect you from
other threats. In this chapter you can find an overview of different kinds of malware and
other threats describing their background, behavior and the unpleasant surprises they
have in store for you.
Related topics:

Threat categories

Viruses and other malware
8.1 Threat categories
Adware
Adware is software that presents banner ads or in pop-up windows through a bar that
appears on a computer screen. These advertisements usually cannot be removed and are
consequently always visible. The connection data allow many conclusions on the usage
behavior and are problematic in terms of data security.
Your Avira product detects Adware. If the Adware option is enabled with a check mark in
the configuration under Threat categories, you receive a corresponding alert if your Avira
product detects adware.
Adware/Spyware
Software that displays advertising or software that sends the user’s personal data to a third
party, often without their knowledge or consent, and for this reason may be unwanted.
Your Avira product recognizes "Adware/Spyware". If the option Adware/Spyware is
enabled with a check mark in the configuration under Threat categories, you receive a
corresponding alert if your Avira product detects adware or spyware.
Application
The term APPL, respectively application, refers to an application which may involve a risk
when used or is of dubious origin.
Your Avira product recognizes "Application (APPL)". If the option Application is enabled
with a check mark in the configuration under Threat categories, you receive a
corresponding alert if your Avira product detects such behavior.
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Backdoor Clients
In order to steal data or manipulate computers, a backdoor server program is smuggled in
unknown to the user. This program can be controlled by a third party using backdoor
control software (client) via the Internet or a network.
Your Avira product recognizes "Backdoor control software". If the Backdoor control
software option is enabled with a check mark in the configuration under Threat categories,
you receive a corresponding alert if your Avira product detects such software.
Dialer
Certain services available in the Internet have to be paid for. They are invoiced in
Germany via dialers with 0190/0900 numbers (or via 09x0 numbers in Austria and
Switzerland; in Germany, the number is set to change to 09x0 in the medium term). Once
installed on the computer, these programs guarantee a connection via a suitable premium
rate number whose scale of charges can vary widely.
The marketing of online content via your telephone bill is legal and can be of advantage to
the user. Genuine dialers leave no room for doubt that they are used deliberately and
intentionally by the user. They are only installed on the user’s computer subject to the
user’s consent, which must be given via a completely unambiguous and clearly visible
labeling or request. The dial-up process of genuine dialers is clearly displayed. Moreover,
genuine dialers tell you the incurred costs exactly and unmistakably.
Unfortunately there are also dialers which install themselves on computers unnoticed, by
dubious means or even with deceptive intent. For example they replace the Internet user’s
default data communication link to the ISP (Internet Service Provider) and dial a costincurring and often horrendously expensive 0190/0900 number every time a connection is
made. The affected user will probably not notice until his next phone bill that an unwanted
0190/0900 dialer program on his computer has dialed a premium rate number with every
connection, resulting in dramatically increased costs.
We recommend that you ask your telephone provider to block this number range directly
for immediate protection against undesired dialers (0190/0900 dialers).
Your Avira product can detect the familiar dialers by default.
If the option Dialers is enabled with a check mark in the configuration under Threat
categories, you receive a corresponding alert if a dialer is detected. You can now simply
delete the potentially unwanted 0190/0900 dialer. However, if it is a wanted dial-up
program, you can declare it an exceptional file and this file is then no longer scanned in
future.
Double Extension Files
Executable files that hide their real file extension in a suspicious way. This camouflage
method is often used by malware.
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Your Avira product recognizes "Double Extension Files". If the option Double Extension
files is enabled with a check mark in the configuration under Threat categories, you
receive a corresponding alert if your Avira product detects such files.
Fraudulent software
Also known as "scareware" or "rogueware", it is a fraudulent software that pretends that
your computer is infected by viruses or malware. This software looks deceptively similar to
professional antivirus software but is meant to raise uncertainty or to scare the user. Its
purpose is to make the victims feel threatened of imminent (unreal) danger and to make
them pay to eliminate it. There are also cases when the victims are lead to believe they
were attacked and they are instructed to carry out an action, which in reality is the real
attack.
Your Avira product detects scareware. If the option Fraudulent software is enabled with a
check mark in the configuration Threat categories, you receive a corresponding alert if
your Avira product detects such files.
Games
There is a place for computer games - but it is not necessarily at work (except perhaps in
the lunch hour). Nevertheless, with the wealth of games downloadable from the Internet, a
fair bit of mine sweeping and Patience playing goes on among company employees and
civil servants. You can download a whole array of games via the Internet. Email games
have also become more popular: numerous variants are circulating, ranging from simple
chess to "fleet exercises" (including torpedo combats): The corresponding moves are sent
to partners via email programs, who answer them.
Studies have shown that the number of working hours devoted to computer games has
long reached economically significant proportions. It is therefore not surprising that more
and more companies are considering ways of banning computer games from workplace
computers.
Your Avira product recognizes computer games. If the Games option is enabled with a
check mark in the configuration under Threat categories, you receive a corresponding alert
if your Avira product detects a game. The game is now over in the truest sense of the
word, because you can simply delete it.
Jokes
Jokes are merely intended to give someone a fright or provide general amusement without
causing harm or reproducing. When a joke program is loaded, the computer will usually
start at some point to play a tune or display something unusual on the screen. Examples of
jokes are the washing machine in the disk drive (DRAIN.COM) or the screen eater
(BUGSRES.COM).
But beware! All symptoms of joke programs may also originate from a virus or Trojan. At
the very least users will get quite a shock or be thrown into such a panic that they
themselves may cause real damage.
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Thanks to the extension of its scanning and identification routines, your Avira product is
able to detect joke programs and eliminate them as unwanted programs if required. If the
option Jokes is enabled with a check mark in the configuration under Threat categories, a
corresponding alert is issued if a joke program is detected.
Phishing
Phishing, also known as "brand spoofing" is a clever form of data theft aimed at customers
or potential customers of Internet service providers, banks, online banking services,
registration authorities.
When submitting your email address on the Internet, filling in online forms, accessing
newsgroups or websites, your data can be stolen by "Internet crawling spiders" and then
used without your permission to commit fraud or other crimes.
Your Avira product recognizes "Phishing". If the option Phishing is enabled with a check
mark in the configuration under Threat categories, you receive a corresponding alert if
your Avira product detects such behavior.
Programs that violate the private domain
Software that may be able to compromise the security of your system, initiate unwanted
program activities, damage your privacy or spy on your user behavior and could therefore
be unwanted.
Your Avira product detects "Security Privacy Risk" software. If the option Programs that
violate the private domain is enabled with a check mark in the configuration under
Threat categories, you receive a corresponding alert if your Avira product detects such
software.
Unusual Runtime Packers
Files that have been compressed with an unusual runtime packer and that can therefore
be classified as potentially suspicious.
Your Avira product recognizes "Unusual runtime packers". If the option Unusual runtime
packers is enabled with a check mark in the configuration under Threat categories, you
receive a corresponding alert if your Avira product detects such packers.
8.2 Viruses and other malware
Adware
Adware is software that presents banner ads or in pop-up windows through a bar that
appears on a computer screen. These advertisements usually cannot be removed and are
consequently always visible. The connection data allow many conclusions on the usage
behavior and are problematic in terms of data security.
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Backdoors
A backdoor can gain access to a computer by bypassing the computer access security
mechanisms.
A program that is being executed in the background generally enables the attacker almost
unlimited rights. User's personal data can be spied with the backdoor's help.. But are
mainly used to install further computer viruses or worms on the relevant system.
Boot viruses
The boot or master boot sector of hard disks is mainly infected by boot sector viruses.
They overwrite important information necessary for the system execution. One of the
awkward consequences: the computer system cannot be loaded any more…
Bot-Net
A bot-net is defined as a remote network of PCs (on the Internet) that is composed of bots
that communicate with each other. A bot-net can comprise a collection of cracked
machines running programs (usually referred to as worms, Trojans) under a common
command and control infrastructure. Bot-nets serve various purposes, including denial-ofservice attacks etc., usually without the affected PC user's knowledge. The main potential
of bot-nets is that the networks can achieve grow to thousands of computers and their total
bandwidth exceeds most conventional Internet accesses.
Exploit
An exploit (security gap) is a computer program or script that takes advantage of a bug,
glitch or vulnerability leading to privilege escalation or denial of service on a computer
system. One form of exploitation for example is an attack from the Internet with the help of
manipulated data packages. Programs can be infiltrated in order to obtain higher access.
Fraudulent software
Also known as "scareware" or "rogueware", it is a fraudulent software that pretends that
your computer is infected by viruses or malware. This software looks deceptively similar to
professional Antivirus software but is meant to raise uncertainty or to scare the user. Its
purpose is to make the victims feel threatened of imminent (unreal) danger and to make
them pay to eliminate it. There are also cases when the victims are lead to believe they
were attacked and they are instructed to carry out an action, which in reality is the real
attack.
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Hoaxes
For several years, Internet and other network users have received alerts about viruses that
are purportedly spread via email. These alerts are spread via email with the request that
they should be sent to the highest possible number of colleagues and to other users, in
order to warn everyone against the "danger".
Honeypot
A honeypot is a service (program or server) installed in a network. Its function is to monitor
a network and log attacks. This service is unknown to the legitimate user - because of this
reason he is never addressed. If an attacker examines a network for the weak points and
uses the services which are offered by a honeypot, it is logged and an alert is triggered.
Macro viruses
Macro viruses are small programs that are written in the macro language of an application
(e.g. WordBasic under WinWord 6.0) and that can normally only spread within documents
of this application. Because of this, they are also called document viruses. In order to be
active, they need that the corresponding applications are activated and that one of the
infected macros has been executed. Unlike "normal" viruses, macro viruses consequently
do not attack executable files but they do attack the documents of the corresponding host
application.
Pharming
Pharming is a manipulation of the host file of web browsers to divert enquiries to spoofed
websites. This is a further development of classic phishing. Pharming fraudsters operate
their own large server farms on which fake websites are stored. Pharming has established
itself as an umbrella term for various types of DNS attacks. In the case of a manipulation
of the host file, a specific manipulation of a system is carried out with the aid of a Trojan or
virus. The result is that the system can now only access fake websites, even if the correct
web address is entered.
Phishing
Phishing means angling for personal details of the Internet user. Phishers generally send
their victims apparently official letters such as emails that are intended to induce them to
reveal confidential information to the culprits in good faith, in particular user names and
passwords or PINs and TANs of online banking accounts. With the stolen access details,
the phishers can assume the identities of the victims and carry out transactions in their
name. What is clear is that: banks and insurance companies never ask for credit card
numbers, PINs, TANs or other access details by email, SMS or telephone.
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Polymorph viruses
Polymorph viruses are the real masters of disguise. They change their own programming
codes - and are therefore very hard to detect.
Program viruses
A computer virus is a program that is capable of attaching itself to other programs after
being executed and cause an infection. Viruses multiply themselves unlike logic bombs
and Trojans. In contrast to a worm, a virus always requires a program as host, where the
virus deposits its virulent code. The program execution of the host itself is not changed as
a rule.
Rootkits
A rootkit is a collection of software tools that are installed after a computer system has
been infiltrated to conceal logins of the infiltrator, hide processes and record data generally speaking: to make themselves invisible. They attempt to update already installed
spy programs and reinstall deleted spyware.
Script viruses and worms
Such viruses are extremely easy to program and they can spread - if the required
technology is on hand - within a few hours via email round the globe.
Script viruses and worms use one of the script languages, such as Javascript, VBScript
etc., to insert themselves in other, new scripts or to spread themselves by calling operating
system functions. This frequently happens via email or through the exchange of files
(documents).
A worm is a program that multiplies itself but that does not infect the host. Worms cannot
consequently form part of other program sequences. Worms are often the only possibility
to infiltrate any kind of damaging programs on systems with restrictive security measures.
Spyware
Spyware are so called spy programs that intercept or take partial control of a computer's
operation without the user's informed consent. Spyware is designed to exploit infected
computers for commercial gain.
Trojan horses (short Trojans)
Trojans are pretty common nowadays. Trojans include programs that pretend to have a
particular function, but that show their real image after execution and carry out a different
function that, in most cases, is destructive. Trojan horses cannot multiply themselves,
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which differentiates them from viruses and worms. Most of them have an interesting name
(SEX.EXE or STARTME.EXE) with the intention to induce the user to start the Trojan.
Immediately after execution they become active and can, for example, format the hard
disk. A dropper is a special form of Trojan that 'drops' viruses, i.e. embeds viruses on the
computer system.
Zombie
A zombie PC is a computer that is infected with malware programs and that enables
hackers to abuse computers via remote control for criminal purposes. On command, the
affected PC starts denial-of-service (DoS) attacks, for example, or sends spam and
phishing emails.
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9. Info and Service
This chapter contains information on how to contact us.

see Chapter Contact address

see Chapter Technical support

see Chapter Suspicious files

see Chapter Report false positives
9.1 Contact address
If you have any questions or requests concerning the Avira product range, we will be
pleased to help you. For our contact addresses, please refer to the Control Center under
Help > About Avira Free Antivirus.
9.2 Technical support
Avira support provides reliable assistance in answering your questions or solving a
technical problem.
All necessary information on our comprehensive support service can be obtained from our
website:
http://www.avira.com/personal-support
So that we can provide you with fast, reliable help, you should have the following
information ready:

Version information. You can find this information in the program interface under the
menu item Help > About Avira Free Antivirus > Version information. See Version
information.

Operating system version and any Service Packs installed.

Installed software packages, e.g. anti-virus software of other vendors.

Exact messages of the program or of the report file.
9.3 Suspicious file
Suspect files or viruses that may not yet be detected or removed by our products can be
sent to us. We provide you with several ways of doing this.
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
Identify the file in the quarantine manager of the Control Center and select the item
Send file via the context menu or the corresponding button.

Send the required file packed (WinZIP, PKZip, Arj, etc.) in the attachment of an email to
the following address:
[email protected]
As some email gateways work with anti-virus software, you should also provide the
file(s) with a password (please remember to tell us the password).
9.4 Reporting false positives
If you believe that your Avira product is reporting a detection in a file that is most likely
"clean", send the relevant file packed (WinZIP, PKZip, Arj, etc.) as an email attachment to
the following address:
[email protected]
As some email gateways work with anti-virus software, you should also provide the file(s)
with a password (please remember to tell us the password).
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10.
Reference: Configuration options
The configuration reference documents all available configuration options.
10.1 System Scanner
The System Scanner section of configuration is responsible for the configuration of the
on-demand scan. (Options available in expert mode only.)
10.1.1 Scan
You can define the behavior of the on-demand scan routine (options available in expert
mode only). If you select certain directories to be scanned, depending on the configuration,
the System Scanner scans:

with a certain scanning priority,

also boot sectors and main memory,

all or selected files in the directory.
Files
The System Scanner can use a filter to scan only those files with a certain extension
(type).
All files
If this option is enabled, all files are scanned for viruses or unwanted programs,
irrespective of their content and file extension. The filter is not used.
Note
If All files is enabled, the button File extensions cannot be selected.
Use smart extensions
If this option is enabled, the selection of the files scanned for viruses or unwanted
programs is automatically chosen by the program. This means that your Avira program
decides whether the files are scanned or not based on their content. This procedure is
somewhat slower than Use file extension list, but more secure, since not only on the
basis of the file extension is scanned. This option is enabled as the default setting and
is recommended.
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Note
If Use smart extensions is enabled, the button File extensions cannot be
selected.
Use file extension list
If this option is enabled, only files with a specified extension are scanned. All file types
that may contain viruses and unwanted programs are preset. The list can be edited
manually via the button "File extension".
Note
If this option is enabled and you have deleted all entries from the list with file
extensions, this is indicated with the text "No file extensions" under the button
File extensions.
File extensions
With the aid of this button, a dialog box is opened in which all file extensions are
displayed that are scanned in "Use file extension list" mode. Default entries are set
for the extensions, but entries can be added or deleted.
Note
Please note that the default list may vary from version to version.
Additional settings
Scan boot sectors of selected drives
If this option is enabled, the System Scanner scans the boot sectors of the drives
selected for the system scan. This option is enabled as the default setting.
Scan master boot sectors
If this option is enabled, the System Scanner scans the master boot sectors of the
hard disk(s) used in the system.
Ignore offline files
If this option is enabled, the direct scan ignores so-called offline files completely during
a scan. This means that these files are not scanned for viruses and unwanted
programs. Offline files are files that were physically moved by a so-called Hierarchical
Storage Management System (HSMS) from the hard disk onto a tape, for example.
This option is enabled as the default setting.
Integrity checking of system files
When this option is enabled, the most important Windows system files are subjected to
a particularly secure check for changes by malware during every on-demand scan. If
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an amended file is detected, this is reported as suspect. This function uses a lot of
computer capacity. That is why the option is disabled as the default setting.
Note
This option is only available with Windows Vista and higher.
Note
This option should not be used if you are using third-party tools that modify
system files and adapt the boot or start screen to your own requirements.
Examples of such tools are skinpacks, TuneUp utilities or Vista Customization.
Optimized scan
When the option is enabled, the processor capacity is optimally utilized during a
System Scanner scan. For performance reasons, an optimized scan is only logged on
standard level.
Note
This option is only available on multi-processor systems.
Follow symbolic links
If this option is enabled, System Scanner performs a scan that follows all symbolic
links in the scan profile or selected directory and scans the linked files for viruses and
malware.
Note
The option does not include any shortcuts, but refers exclusively to symbolic
links (generated by mklink.exe) or Junction Points (generated by junction.exe)
that are transparent in the file system.
Search for Rootkits before scan
If this option is enabled and a scan is started, the System Scanner scans the Windows
system directory for active rootkits in a so-called shortcut. This process does not scan
your computer for active rootkits as comprehensively as the scan profile "Scan for
rootkits", but it is significantly quicker to perform.
Note
The rootkits scan is not available for Windows XP 64 bit !
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Scan Registry
If this option is enabled, the Registry is scanned for references to malware.
Scan process
Allow stopping the Scanner
If this option is enabled, the scan for viruses or unwanted programs can be terminated
at any time with the button "Stop" in the "Luke Filewalker" window. If you have
disabled this setting, the Stop button in the "Luke Filewalker" window has a gray
background. Premature ending of a scan process is thus not possible! This option is
enabled as the default setting.
Scanner priority
With the on-demand scan, the System Scanner distinguishes between priority levels.
This is only effective if several processes are running simultaneously on the
workstation. The selection affects the scanning speed.
low
The System Scanner is only allocated processor time by the operating system, if no
other process requires computation time, i.e. as long as only the System Scanner is
running, the speed is maximum. All in all, work with other programs is optimal: The
computer responds more quickly if other programs require computation time while the
System Scanner continues running in the background.
normal
The System Scanner is executed with normal priority. All processes are allocated the
same amount of processor time by the operating system. This option is enabled as the
default setting and is recommended. Under certain circumstances, work with other
applications may be affected.
high
The System Scanner has the highest priority. Simultaneous work with other
applications is almost impossible. However, the System Scanner completes its scan at
maximum speed.
Action on detection
You can define the actions to be performed by System Scanner when a virus or unwanted
program is detected. (Options available in expert mode only.)
Interactive
If this option is enabled, the results of the System Scanner scan are displayed in a
dialog box. When carrying out a scan with the System Scanner, you will receive an
alert with a list of the affected files at the end of the scan. You can use the contentsensitive menu to select an action to be executed for the various infected files. You
can execute the standard actions for all infected files or cancel the System Scanner.
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Note
The action Quarantine is preselected by default in the System Scanner
notification. Further actions can be selected via a context menu.
Automatic
If this option is enabled, no dialog box in case of a virus detection appears. The
System Scanner reacts according to the settings you predefine in this section as
primary and secondary action.
Copy file to quarantine before action
If this option is enabled, the System Scanner creates a backup copy before carrying
out the requested primary or secondary action. The back-up copy is saved in
Quarantine, where the file can be restored if it is of informative value. You can also
send the backup copy to the Avira Malware Research Center for further investigation.
Primary action
Primary action is the action performed when the System Scanner finds a virus or an
unwanted program. If the option "Repair" is selected but the affected file cannot be
repaired, the action selected under "Secondary action" is performed.
Note
The option Secondary action can only be selected if the setting Repair was
selected under Primary action.
Repair
If this option is enabled, the System Scanner repairs affected files automatically. If the
System Scanner cannot repair an affected file, it carries out the action selected under
Secondary action.
Note
An automatic repair is recommended, but means that the System Scanner
modifies files on the workstation.
Rename
If this option is enabled, the System Scanner renames the file. Direct access to these
files (e.g. with double-click) is therefore no longer possible. Files can later be repaired
and given their original names again.
Quarantine
If this option is enabled, the System Scanner moves the file to the quarantine. These
files can later be repaired or - if necessary - sent to the Avira Malware Research
Center.
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Delete
If this option is enabled, the file is deleted.
Ignore
If this option is enabled, access to the file is allowed and the file is left as it is.
Warning
The affected file remains active on your workstation! It may cause serious
damage on your workstation!
Secondary action
The option "Secondary action" can only be selected if the setting Repair was
selected under "Primary action". With this option it can now be decided what is to be
done with the affected file if it cannot be repaired.
Rename
If this option is enabled, the System Scanner renames the file. Direct access to these
files (e.g. with double-click) is therefore no longer possible. Files can later be repaired
and given their original names again.
Quarantine
If this option is enabled, the System Scanner moves the file to Quarantine. These files
can later be repaired or - if necessary - sent to the Avira Malware Research Center.
Delete
If this option is enabled, the file is deleted.
Ignore
If this option is enabled, access to the file is allowed and the file is left as it is.
Warning
The affected file remains active on your workstation! It may cause serious
damage on your workstation!
Note
If you have selected Delete or as the primary or secondary action, you should
note the following: In the case of heuristic hits, the affected files are not deleted,
but are instead moved to quarantine.
Archives
When scanning archives, the System Scanner uses a recursive scan: Archives in archives
are also unpacked and scanned for viruses and unwanted programs. The files are
scanned, decompressed and scanned again. (Options available in expert mode only.)
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Scan archives
If this option is enabled, the selected archives in the archive list are scanned. This
option is enabled as the default setting.
All archive types
If this option is enabled, all archive types in the archive list are selected and scanned.
Smart Extensions
If this option is enabled, the System Scanner detects whether a file is a packed file
format (archive), even if the file extension differs from the usual extensions, and scans
the archive. However every file must be opened for this, which reduces the scanning
speed. Example: If a *.zip archive has the file extension *.xyz, the System Scanner
also unpacks this archive and scans it. This option is enabled as the default setting.
Note
Only those archive types marked in the archive list are supported.
Limit recursion depth
Unpacking and scanning recursive archives can require a great deal of computer time
and resources. If this option is enabled, you limit the depth of the scan in multi-packed
archives to a certain number of packing levels (maximum recursion depth). This saves
time and computer resources.
Note
In order to find a virus or an unwanted program in an archive, the System
Scanner must scan up to the recursion level in which the virus or the unwanted
program is located.
Maximum recursion depth
In order to enter the maximum recursion depth, the option Limit recursion depth must
be enabled.
You can either enter the requested recursion depth directly or by means of the right
arrow key on the entry field. The permitted values are 1 to 99. The standard value is
20 which is recommended.
Default values
The button restores the pre-defined values for scanning archives.
Archives
In this display area you can set which archives the System Scanner should scan. For
this, you must select the relevant entries.
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Exceptions
File objects to be omitted for the System Scanner (Options available in expert mode only.)
The list in this window contains files and paths that should not be included by the System
Scanner in the scan for viruses or unwanted programs.
Please enter as few exceptions as possible here and really only files that, for whatever
reason, should not be included in a normal scan. We recommend that you always scan
these files for viruses or unwanted programs before they are included in this list!
Note
The entries in the list must not result in more than 6000 characters in total.
Warning
These files are not included in a scan!
Note
The files included in this list are recorded in the report file. Please check the
report file from time to time for unscanned files, as perhaps the reason you
excluded a file here no longer exists. In this case you should remove the name
of this file from this list again.
Input box
In this input box you can enter the name of the file object that is not included in the ondemand scan. No file object is entered as the default setting.
The button opens a window in which you can select the required file or the required
path.
When you have entered a file name with its complete path, only this file is not scanned
for infection. If you have entered a file name without a path, all files with this name
(irrespective of the path or drive) are not scanned.
Add
With this button, you can add the file object entered in the input box to the display
window.
Delete
The button deletes a selected entry from the list. This button is inactive if no entry is
selected.
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Heuristic
This configuration section contains the settings for the heuristic of the scan
engine. (Options available in expert mode only.)
Avira products contain very powerful heuristics that can proactively uncover unknown
malware, i.e. before a special virus signature to combat the damaging element has been
created and before a virus guard update has been sent. Virus detection involves an
extensive analysis and investigation of the affected codes for functions typical of malware.
If the code being scanned exhibits these characteristic features, it is reported as being
suspicious. This does not necessarily mean that the code is in fact malware. False
positives do sometimes occur. The decision on how to handle affected code is to be made
by the user, e.g. based on his or her knowledge of whether the source of the code is
trustworthy or not.
Macrovirus heuristic
Macrovirus heuristic
Your Avira product contains a highly powerful macrovirus heuristic. If this option is
enabled, all macros in the relevant document are deleted in the event of a repair,
alternatively suspect documents are only reported, i.e. you receive an alert. This
option is enabled as the default setting and is recommended.
Advanced Heuristic Analysis and Detection (AHeAD)
Enable AHeAD
Your Avira program contains a very powerful heuristic in the form of Avira AHeAD
technology, which can also detect unknown (new) malware. If this option is enabled,
you can define how "aggressive" this heuristic should be. This option is enabled as the
default setting.
Low detection level
If this option is enabled, slightly less unknown malware is detected, the risk of false
alerts is low in this case.
Medium detection level
This option combines a strong detection level with a low risk of false alerts. Medium is
the default setting if you have selected the use of this heuristic.
High detection level
If this option is enabled, significantly more unknown malware is detected, but there are
also likely to be false positives.
10.1.2 Report
The System Scanner has a comprehensive reporting function. You thus obtain precise
information on the results of an on-demand scan. The report file contains all entries of the
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system as well as alerts and messages of the on-demand scan. (Options available in
expert mode only.)
Note
To be able to establish what actions the System Scanner has performed, when
viruses or unwanted programs have been detected, you should activate the
report file in the expert-mode configuration.
Reporting
Off
If this option is enabled, the System Scanner does not report the actions and results of
the on-demand scan.
Default
When this option is activated, the System Scanner logs the path and names of the
concerning files. In addition, the configuration for the current scan, version information
and information on the licensee is written in the report file.
Extended
When this option is activated, the System Scanner logs alerts and tips in addition to
the default information.
Complete
When this option is activated, the System Scanner also logs all scanned files. In
addition, all files involved as well as alerts and tips are included in the report file.
Note
If you have to send us a report file at any time (for troubleshooting), please
create this report file in this mode.
10.2 Real-Time Protection
The Real-Time Protection section of the configuration is responsible for the configuration
of the on-access scan. (Options available in expert mode only.)
10.2.1 Scan
You will normally want to monitor your system constantly. To this end, use the Real-Time
Protection (= on-access System Scanner). You can thus scan all files that are copied or
opened on the computer "on the fly", for viruses and unwanted programs. (Options
available in expert mode only.)
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Files
The Real-Time Protection can use a filter to scan only those files with a certain extension
(type).
All files
If this option is enabled, all files are scanned for viruses or unwanted programs,
irrespective of their content and their file extension.
Note
If All files is enabled, the File extensions button cannot be selected.
Use smart extensions
If this option is enabled, the selection of the files scanned for viruses or unwanted
programs is automatically chosen by the program. This means that the program
decides whether the files are scanned or not based on their content. This procedure is
somewhat slower than Use file extension list, but more secure, since not only on the
basis of the file extension is scanned.
Note
If Use smart extensions is enabled, the File extensions button cannot be
selected.
Use file extension list
If this option is enabled, only files with a specified extension are scanned. All file types
that may contain viruses and unwanted programs are preset. The list can be edited
manually via the "File extensions" button. This option is enabled as the default
setting and is recommended.
Note
If this option is enabled and you have deleted all entries from the list with file
extensions, this is indicated with the text "No file extensions" under the File
extensions button.
File extensions
With the aid of this button, a dialog box is opened in which all file extensions are
displayed that are scanned in "Use file extension list" mode. Default entries are set
for the extensions, but entries can be added or deleted.
Note
Please note that the file extension list may vary from version to version.
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Scan mode
Here the time for scanning of a file is defined.
Scan when reading
If this option is enabled, the Real-Time Protection scans the files before they are read
or executed by the application or the operating system.
Scan when writing
If this option is enabled, the Real-Time Protection scans a file when writing. You can
only access the file again after this process has been completed.
Scan when reading and writing
If this option is enabled, the Real-Time Protection scans files before opening, reading
and executing and after writing. This option is enabled as the default setting and is
recommended.
Archives
Scan archives
If this option is enabled, then archives will be scanned. Compressed files are scanned,
then decompressed and scanned again. This option is deactivated by default. The
archive scan is restricted by the recursion depth, the number of files to be scanned
and the archive size. You can set the maximum recursion depth, the number of files to
be scanned and the maximum archive size.
Note
This option is deactivated by default, since the process puts heavy demands on
the computer's performance. It is generally recommended that archives be
checked using an on-demand scan.
Max. recursion depth
When scanning archives, the Real-Time Protection uses a recursive scan: Archives in
archives are also unpacked and scanned for viruses and unwanted programs. You can
define the recursion depth. The default value for the recursion depth is 1 and is
recommended: all files that are directly located in the main archive are scanned.
Max. number of files
When scanning archives, you can restrict the scan to a maximum number of files in
the archive. The default value for the maximum number of files to be scanned is 10
and is recommended.
Max. size (KB)
When scanning archives, you can restrict the scan to a maximum archive size to be
unpacked. The standard value of 1000 KB is recommended.
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Action on detection
Use event log
If this option is enabled, an entry is added to the Windows event log for every
detection. The events can be called up in the Windows event viewer. This option is
enabled as the default setting. (Option available in expert mode only.)
Exceptions
With these options you can configure exception objects for the Real-Time Protection (onaccess scan). The relevant objects are then not included in the on-access scan. The RealTime Protection can ignore file accesses to these objects during the on-access scan via
the list of processes to be omitted. This is useful, for example, with databases or backup
solutions. (Options available in expert mode only.)
Please note the following when specifying processes and file objects to be omitted: The list
is processed from top to bottom. The longer the list is, the more processor time is required
for processing the list for each access. Therefore, keep the list as short as possible.
Processes to be omitted by the Real-Time Protection
All file accesses of processes in this list are excluded from monitoring by Real-Time
Protection.
Input box
In this field, enter the name of the process that is to be ignored by the real-time scan.
No process is entered as the default setting.
The specified path and file name of the process should contain a maximum of 255
characters. You can enter up to 128 processes. The entries in the list must not result
in more than 6000 characters in total.
When entering the process, Unicode symbols are accepted. You can therefore enter
process or directory names containing special symbols.
Drive information must be entered as follows: [Drive letter]:\
The colon symbol (:) is only used to specify drives.
When specifying the process, you can use the wildcards * (any number of characters)
and ? (a single character).
C:\Program
C:\Program
C:\Program
C:\Program
Files\Application\application.exe
Files\Application\applicatio?.exe
Files\Application\applic*.exe
Files\Application\*.exe
To avoid the process being excluded globally from monitoring by Real-Time
Protection, specifications exclusively comprising the following characters are invalid: *
(asterisk), ? (question mark), / (forward slash), \ (backslash), . (dot), : (colon).
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You have the option of excluding processes from monitoring by the Real-Time
Protection without full path details. For example: application.exe
This however only applies to processes where the executable files are located on hard
disk drives.
Do not specify any exceptions for processes where the executable files are located on
dynamic drives. Dynamic drives are used for removable disks, such as CDs, DVDs or
USB sticks.
Warning
Please note that all file accesses done by processes recorded in the list are
excluded from the scan for viruses and unwanted programs!
The button opens a window in which you can select an executable file.
Processes
The "Processes" button opens the "Process selection" window in which the running
processes are displayed.
Add
With this button, you can add the process entered in the input box to the display
window.
Delete
With this button you can delete a selected process from the display window.
File objects to be omitted by the Real-Time Protection
All file accesses to objects in this list are excluded from monitoring by the Real-Time
Protection.
Input box
In this box you can enter the name of the file object that is not included in the onaccess scan. No file object is entered as the default setting.
The entries in the list must have no more than 6000 characters in total.
When specifying file objects to be omitted, you can use the wildcards* (any number of
characters) and ?? (a single character): Individual file extensions can also be excluded
(including wildcards):
C:\Directory\*.mdb
*.mdb
*.md?
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*.xls*
C:\Directory\*.log
Directory names must end with a backslash \ .
If a directory is excluded, all its sub-directories are automatically also excluded.
For each drive you can specify a maximum of 20 exceptions by entering the complete
path (starting with the drive letter). For example:
C:\Program Files\Application\Name.log
The maximum number of exceptions without a complete path is 64. For example:
*.log
In case of dynamic drives that are mounted as a directory on another drive, the alias of
the operating system for the integrated drive in the list of the exceptions has to be
used, e.g.:
\Device\HarddiskDmVolumes\PhysicalDmVolumes\BlockVolume1\
If you use the mount point itself, for example, C:\DynDrive, the dynamic drive will be
scanned nonetheless. You can determine the alias of the operating system to be used
from the Real-Time Protection report file.
The button opens a window in which you can select the file object to be excluded.
Add
With this button, you can add the file object entered in the input box to the display
window.
Delete
With this button you can delete a selected file object from the display window.
Please note the further information when specifying exceptions:
In order to also exclude objects when they are accessed with short DOS file names (DOS
name convention 8.3), the relevant short file name must also be entered in the list.
A file name that contains wildcards may not be terminated with a backslash. For example:
C:\Program Files\Application\applic*.exe\
This entry is not valid and not treated as an exception!
You can locate the path Real-Time Protection uses to scan for infected files in the RealTime Protection report file. Indicate exactly the same path in the list of exceptions.
Proceed as follows: Set the protocol function of the Real-Time Protection to Complete in
the configuration under Real-Time Protection > Report. Now access the files, folders,
mounted drives with the activated Real-Time Protection. You can now read the path to be
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used from the Real-Time Protection report file. The report file can be accessed in the
Control Center under Local protection > Real-Time Protection.
Heuristic
This configuration section contains the settings for the heuristic of the scan
engine. (Options available in expert mode only.)
Avira products contain very powerful heuristics that can proactively uncover unknown
malware, i.e. before a special virus signature to combat the damaging element has been
created and before a virus guard update has been sent. Virus detection involves an
extensive analysis and investigation of the affected codes for functions typical of malware.
If the code being scanned exhibits these characteristic features, it is reported as being
suspicious. This does not necessarily mean that the code is in fact malware. False
positives do sometimes occur. The decision on how to handle affected code is to be made
by the user, e.g. based on his or her knowledge of whether the source of the code is
trustworthy or not.
Macrovirus heuristics
Macrovirus heuristics
Your Avira product contains a highly powerful macrovirus heuristic. If this option is
enabled, all macros in the relevant document are deleted in the event of a repair,
alternatively suspect documents are only reported, i.e. you receive an alert. This
option is enabled as the default setting and is recommended.
Advanced Heuristic Analysis and Detection (AHeAD)
Enable AHeAD
Your Avira program contains a very powerful heuristic in the form of Avira AHeAD
technology, which can also detect unknown (new) malware. If this option is enabled,
you can define how "aggressive" this heuristic should be. This option is enabled as the
default setting.
Low detection level
If this option is enabled, slightly less unknown malware is detected, the risk of false
alerts is low in this case.
Medium detection level
This option combines a strong detection level with a low risk of false alerts. Medium is
the default setting if you have selected the use of this heuristic.
High detection level
If this option is enabled, significantly more unknown malware is detected, but there are
also likely to be false positives.
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10.2.2 Report
Real-Time Protection includes an extensive logging function to provide the user or
administrator with exact notes about the type and manner of a detection. (Options
available in expert mode only.)
Reporting
This group allows for the content of the report file to be determined.
Off
If this option is enabled, then Real-Time Protection does not create a log.
It is recommended that you should turn off the logging function only in exceptional
cases, such as if you are executing trials with multiple viruses or unwanted programs.
Default
If this option is enabled, Real-Time Protection records important information
(concerning detections, alerts and errors) in the report file, with less important
information ignored for improved clarity. This option is enabled as the default setting.
Extended
If this option is enabled, Real-Time Protection logs less important information to the
report file as well.
Complete
If this option is enabled, Real-Time Protection logs all available information in the
report file, including file size, file type, date, etc.
Limit report file
Limit size to n MB
If this option is enabled, the report file can be limited to a certain size. Permitted values
are between 1 and 100 MB. Around 50 kilobytes of extra space are allowed when
limiting the size of the report file to minimize the use of system resources. If the size of
the log file exceeds the indicated size by more than 50 kilobytes, then old entries are
deleted until the indicated size minus 50 kilobytes is reached.
Back up report file before shortening
If this option is enabled, the report file is backed up before shortening.
Write configuration to report file
If this option is enabled, the configuration of the on-access scan is recorded in the
report file.
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Note
If you have not specified any report file restriction, a new report file is
automatically created when the report file reaches 100MB. A backup of the old
report file is created. Up to three backups of old report files are saved. The
oldest backups are deleted first.
10.3 Update
In the Update section you can configure the automatic receiving of updates. You can
specify various update intervals.
Automatic update
All n Day(s) / Hour(s) / Minute(s)
In this box you can specify the interval at which the automatic update is performed. To
change the update interval, highlight one of the time options in the box and change it
using the arrow key to the right of the input box.
Repeat job if the time has already expired
If this option is enabled, past update jobs are performed that could not be performed at
the time specified, for example because the computer was switched off. (Option
available in expert mode only.)
10.3.1 Product update
Under Product update, configure how product updates or the notification of available
product updates are handled. (Options available in expert mode only.)
Product updates
Download and install product updates automatically
If this option is enabled, product updates are downloaded and automatically installed
by the Update component as soon as they become available. Updates to the virus
definition file and scan engine are performed independently of this setting. The
conditions for this option are: complete configuration of the update and an open
connection to a download server.
Download product updates. If a restart is necessary, install the update after the
system restart, otherwise install it immediately
If this option is enabled, product updates will be downloaded as soon as they become
available. If no restart is necessary, the update is installed automatically after the
update file is downloaded. If a product update requires you to restart your computer, it
will be executed at the next user-controlled system reboot and not immediately after
the download of the update file. This has the advantage that the restart is not
performed while users are working at their computers. Updates to the virus definition
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file and scan engine are performed independently of this setting. The conditions for
this option are: complete configuration of the update and an open connection to a
download server.
Notify user if product updates are available
If this option is enabled, you will only be notified when new product updates become
available. Updates to the virus definition file and scan engine are performed
independently of this setting. The conditions for this option are: complete configuration
of the update and an open connection to a download server. You will receive
notifications via a desktop popup window and via an alert from the Updater in the
Control Center under Overview > Events.
Notify once again after n day(s)
If the product update was not installed after the initial notification, enter in this box the
number of days that are to elapse before you are again notified that product updates
are available.
Do not download product updates
If this option is enabled, no automatic product updates or notifications of available
product updates by the Updater are performed. Updates to the virus definition file and
search engine are performed independently of this setting.
Warning
An update of the virus definition file and of the search engine is performed
during every update process independent of the settings for the product update
(see Chapter Updates).
Note
If you have enabled an option for an automatic product update, you can
configure further restart notification and cancellation options under Restart
settings. (Options available in expert mode only.)
10.3.2 Restart settings
When a product update for your Avira product is performed, you may have to restart your
computer system. If you have selected automatic product updates under Local protection >
Update > Product update, you can choose between the different restart notification and
restart cancellation options under Restart settings. (Options available in expert mode
only.)
Note
Note that your restart settings allow you to choose between two options for
executing a product update requiring a computer restart in the configuration
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under Local protection > Update > Product update.
Download and install product updates automatically: The update and the
restart are performed while users are working on their computers. If you have
enabled this option, it may be useful to select restart routines with a cancel
option or reminder function.
Download product updates. If a restart is necessary, install the update
after the system restart, otherwise install it immediately: the update and the
restart are performed after users have started up their computers and logged in.
Automatic restart routines are recommended for this option.
Restart the computer after n Seconds (with countdown messages, cannot be
canceled)
If this option is enabled, the restart which is necessary after a product update has
been executed is performed automatically at the specified interval. A countdown
message appears with no option for canceling the computer restart.
Periodic restart reminder
If this option is enabled, the restart which is necessary after a product update has
been executed is not performed automatically. At the specified interval, you will
receive restart notifications without cancel options. These notifications let you confirm
the computer restart or select another time for the reminder.
Query whether computer should be restarted
If this option is enabled, the restart which is necessary after a product update has
been executed is not performed automatically. You will receive only one message,
which offers the option to perform a restart directly or cancel the restart routine.
Restart computer without query
If this option is enabled, the restart which is necessary after a product update has
been executed is performed automatically. You will not receive any notification.
10.3.3 Web server
Web server
The update can be performed directly via a web server on the Internet. (Options available
in expert mode only.)
Web server connection
Use existing connection (network)
This setting is displayed if your connection is used via a network.
Use the following connection
This setting is displayed if you define your connection individually.
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The Updater automatically detects which connection options are available. Connection
options that are not available are grayed out and cannot be activated. A dial-up
connection can be established manually via a phone book entry in Windows, for
example.
User
Enter the user name of the selected account.
Password
Enter the password for this account. For security reasons, the actual characters you
type in this space are replaced by asterisks (*).
Note
If you have forgotten an existing Internet account name or password, contact
your Internet Service Provider.
Note
The automatic dial-up of the updater through so-called dial-up tools (e.g.
SmartSurfer, Oleco, etc.) is currently not yet available.
Terminate a dial-up connection that was set up for the update
If this option is enabled, the dial-up connection made for the update is automatically
interrupted again as soon as the download has been successfully performed.
Note
This option is not available under Vista and Windows 7. Under these operating
systems the dial-up connection opened for the update is always terminated as
soon as the download has been performed.
Proxy settings
Proxy server
Do not use a proxy server
If this option is enabled, your connection to the web server is not established via a
proxy server.
Use proxy system settings
When the option is enabled, the current Windows system settings are used for the
connection to the web server via a proxy server. Configure the Windows system
settings to use a proxy server under Control panel > Internet options >
Connections > LAN settings. You can also access the Internet options in the Extras
menu in Internet Explorer.
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Warning
If you are using a proxy server which requires authentication, enter all the
required data under the option Use this proxy server. The Use proxy system
settings option can only be used for proxy servers without authentication.
Use this proxy server
If your web server connection is set up via a proxy server, you can enter the relevant
information here.
Address
Enter the computer name or IP address of the proxy server you want to use to connect
to the web server.
Port
Please enter the port number of the proxy server you want to use to connect to the
web server.
Login name
Enter a user name to log in on the proxy server.
Login password
Enter the relevant password for logging in on the proxy server here. For security
reasons, the actual characters you type in this space are replaced by asterisks (*).
Examples:
Address: proxy.domain.com Port: 8080
Address: 192.168.1.100 Port: 3128
10.4 Web Protection
The Web Protection section under Configuration > Internet Protection is responsible
for the configuration of the Web Protection.
10.4.1 Scan
Web Protection protects you against viruses or malware that reach your computer from
web pages that you load on your web browser from the Internet. The Scan options can be
used to set the behavior of the Web Protection component. (Options available in expert
mode only.)
Scan
Enable IPv6 support
If this option is enabled, Internet Protocol version 6 is supported by the Web
Protection.
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Drive-by protection
Drive-by protection allows you to make settings to block I-Frames, also known as inline
frames. I-Frames are HTML elements, i.e. elements of Internet pages that delimit an area
of a web page. I-Frames can be used to load and display different web content - usually
other URLs - as independent documents in a sub-window of the browser. I-Frames are
mostly used for banner advertising. In some cases, I-Frames are used to conceal
malware. In these cases the area of the I-Frame is mostly invisible or almost invisible in
the browser. The Block suspicious I-frames option allows you to check and block the
loading of I-Frames.
Block suspicious I-frames
If this option is enabled, I-Frames on the web pages you request are scanned
according to certain criteria. If there are suspect I-Frames on a requested web page,
the I-Frame is blocked. An error message is displayed in the I-Frame window.
Action on detection
You can define the actions to be performed by Web Protection when a virus or unwanted
program is detected. (Options available in expert mode only.)
Interactive
If this option is enabled, a dialog box appears when a virus or unwanted program is
detected during an on-demand scan, in which you can choose what is to be done with
the affected file. This option is enabled as the default setting.
Show progress bar
If this option is enabled, a desktop notification appears with a download progress bar if
a download of website content exceeds a 20 second timeout. This desktop notification
is designed in particular for downloading websites with larger data volumes: If you are
surfing with Web Protection, website contents are not downloaded incrementally in the
Internet browser, as they are scanned for viruses and malware before being displayed
in the Internet browser. This option is disabled as the default setting.
Click here for more information.
Automatic
If this option is enabled, no dialog box in case of a virus detection appears. Web
Protection reacts according to the settings you predefine in this section as primary and
secondary action.
Primary action
The primary action is the action performed when Web Protection finds a virus or an
unwanted program.
Deny access
The website requested from the web server and/ or any data or files transferred are
not sent to your web browser. An error message to notify you that access has been
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denied is displayed in the web browser. Web Protection logs the detection to the report
file if the report function is activated.
Move to quarantine
In the event of a virus or malware being detected, the website requested from the web
server and/ or the transferred data and files are moved into quarantine. The affected
file can be recovered from the quarantine manager if it has any informative value or - if
necessary - sent to the Avira Malware Research Center.
Ignore
The website requested from the web server and/ or the data and files that were
transferred are forwarded on by Web Protection to your web browser. Access to the
file is permitted and the file is ignored.
Warning
The affected file remains active on your workstation! It may cause serious
damage on your workstation!
Blocked requests
In Blocked requests you can specify the file types and MIME types (content types for the
transferred data) to be blocked by Web Protection. Web Protection prevents the transfer of
data from the Internet to your computer system. (Options available in expert mode only.)
Web Protection blocks the following file types / MIME-Types
All file types and MIME types (content types for the transferred data) in the list are blocked
by Web Protection.
Input box
In this box, enter the names of the MIME types and file types you want Web Protection
to block. For file types, enter the file extension, e.g. .htm. For MIME types, indicate the
media type and, where applicable, sub-type. The two statements are separated from
one another by a single slash, e.g. video/mpeg or audio/x-wav.
Note
Files which are already stored on your system as temporary Internet files and
blocked by Web Protection can, however, be downloaded locally from the
Internet by your computer's Internet browser. Temporary Internet files are files
saved on your computer by the Internet browser so that websites can be
accessed more quickly.
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Note
The list of blocked file and MIME types is ignored if they are entered in the list of
excluded file and MIME types under Web Protection > Scan > Exceptions.
Note
No wildcards (* for any number of characters or ? for a single character) can be
used when entering file types and MIME types.
MIME types: Examples for media types:
text = for text files
image = for graphics files
video = for video files
audio = for sound files
application = for files linked to a particular program
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Examples of excluded file and MIME types
application/octet-stream = application/octet-stream MIME type files
(executable files *.bin, *.exe, *.com, *dll, *.class) are blocked by Web Protection.
application/olescript = application/olescript MIME type files (ActiveX scriptfiles *.axs) are blocked by Web Protection.
.exe = All files with the extension .exe (executable files) are blocked by Web
Protection.
.msi = All files with the extension .msi (Windows Installer files) are blocked by Web
Protection.
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Add
The button allows you to copy MIME and file types from the input field into the display
window.
Delete
The button deletes a selected entry from the list. This button is inactive if no entry is
selected.
Exceptions
These options allow you to set exceptions based on MIME types (content types for the
transferred data) and file types for URLs (Internet addresses) for scanning by Web
Protection. The MIME types and URLs specified are ignored by Web Protection, i.e. that
data is not scanned for viruses and malware when it is transferred to your computer
system. (Options available in expert mode only.)
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MIME types skipped by Web Protection
In this field you can select the MIME types (content types for the transferred data) to be
ignored by Web Protection during scanning.
File types/MIME types skipped by Web Protection (user-defined)
All MIME types (content types for the transferred data) in the list are ignored by Web
Protection during scanning.
Input box
In this box you can input the name of the MIME types and file types to be ignored by
Web Protection during scanning. For file types, enter the file extension, e.g. .htm. For
MIME types, indicate the media type and, where applicable, sub-type. The two
statements are separated from one another by a single slash, e.g. video/mpeg or
audio/x-wav.
Note
No wildcards (* for any number of characters or ? for a single character) can be
used when entering file types and MIME types.
Warning
All file types and content types on the exclusion list are downloaded into the
Internet browser without further scanning of the blocked requests (List of file
and MIME types to be blocked in Web Protection > Scan > Blocked requests) or
by Web Protection: For all entries on the exclusion list, the entries on the list of
file and MIME types to be blocked are ignored. No scan for viruses and
malware is performed.
MIME types: Examples for media types:
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text = for text files
image = for graphics files
video = for video files
audio = for sound files
application = for files linked to a particular program
Examples of excluded file and MIME types:
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audio/ = All audio media type files are excluded from Web Protection scans
video/quicktime = All Quicktime sub-type video files (*.qt, *.mov) are excluded
from Web Protection scans
.pdf = All Adobe PDF files are excluded from Web Protection scans.
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Add
The button allows you to copy MIME and file types from the input field into the display
window.
Delete
The button deletes a selected entry from the list. This button is inactive if no entry is
selected.
URLs skipped by Web Protection
All URLs in this list are excluded from Web Protection scans.
Input box
In this box you can input URLs (Internet addresses) to be excluded from Web
Protection scans, e.g. www.domainname.com. You can specify parts of the URL,
using leading or following dots to indicate the domain level: .domainname.com for all
pages and all subdomains of the domain. Indicate websites with any top-level domain
(.com or .net) with a following dot: domainname.. If you indicate a string without a
leading or concluding dot, the string is interpreted as a top-level domain, e.g. net for
all NET domains (www.domain.net).
Note
You can also use the wildcard * for any number of characters when specifying
URLs. You can also use leading or following dots in combination with wildcards
to indicate the domain level:
.domainname.*
*.domainname.com
.*name*.com (valid but not recommended)
Specifications without dots, like *name*, are interpreted as part of a top-level
domain and are not advisable.
Warning
All websites on the list of excluded URLs are downloaded into the Internet
browser without further scanning by Web Protection: No scan for viruses and
malware is performed. Only trusted URLs should therefore be excluded from
Web Protection scans.
Add
The button allows you to copy the URL entered in the input field (Internet address) to
the viewer window.
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Delete
The button deletes a selected entry from the list. This button is inactive if no entry is
selected.
Examples: Skipped URLs
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www.avira.com -OR- www.avira.com/*
= All URLs with the domain www.avira.com are excluded from Web Protection
scans: www.avira.com/en/pages/index.php, www.avira.com/en/support/index.html,
www.avira.com/en/download/index.html, etc.
URLs with the domain www.avira.de are not excluded from Web Protection scans.
avira.com -OR- *.avira.com
= All URLs with the second and top-level domain avira.com are excluded from
Web Protection scans: The specification implies all existing subdomains for
.avira.com: www.avira.com, forum.avira.com, etc.
avira. -OR- *.avira.*
= All URLs with the second-level domain avira are excluded from Web Protection
scans: The specification implies all existing top-level domains or subdomains for
.avira: www.avira.com, www.avira.de, forum.avira.com, etc.
.*domain*.*
All URLs containing a second-level domain with the string domain are excluded from
Web Protection scans: www.domain.com, www.new-domain.de, www.sampledomain1.de, ...
net -OR- *.net
= All URLs with the top-level domain net are excluded from Web Protection scans:
www.name1.net, www.name2.net, etc.
Warning
Enter the URLs you want to exclude from the Web Protection scan as precisely
as possible. Avoid specifying an entire top-level domain or parts of a secondlevel domain because there is a risk that Internet pages that distribute malware
and undesirable programs will be excluded from the Web Protection scan
through global specifications under exclusions. You are recommended to
specify at least the complete second-level domain and the top-level domain:
domainname.com
Heuristic
This configuration section contains the settings for the heuristic of the scan
engine. (Options available in expert mode only.)
Avira products contain very powerful heuristics that can proactively uncover unknown
malware, i.e. before a special virus signature to combat the damaging element has been
created and before a virus guard update has been sent. Virus detection involves an
extensive analysis and investigation of the affected codes for functions typical of malware.
If the code being scanned exhibits these characteristic features, it is reported as being
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suspicious. This does not necessarily mean that the code is in fact malware. False
positives do sometimes occur. The decision on how to handle affected code is to be made
by the user, e.g. based on his or her knowledge of whether the source of the code is
trustworthy or not.
Macrovirus heuristic
Your Avira product contains a highly powerful macrovirus heuristic. If this option is
enabled, all macros in the relevant document are deleted in the event of a repair,
alternatively suspect documents are only reported, i.e. you receive an alert. This
option is enabled as the default setting and is recommended.
Advanced Heuristic Analysis and Detection (AHeAD)
Enable AHeAD
Your Avira program contains a very powerful heuristic in the form of Avira AHeAD
technology, which can also detect unknown (new) malware. If this option is enabled,
you can define how "aggressive" this heuristic should be. This option is enabled as the
default setting.
Low detection level
If this option is enabled, slightly less unknown malware is detected, the risk of false
alerts is low in this case.
Medium detection level
This option combines a strong detection level with a low risk of false alerts. Medium is
the default setting if you have selected the use of this heuristic.
High detection level
If this option is enabled, significantly more unknown malware is detected, but there are
also likely to be false positives.
10.4.2 Report
The Web Protection includes an extensive logging function to provide the user or
administrator with exact notes about the type and manner of a detection.
Reporting
This group allows for the content of the report file to be determined.
Off
If this option is enabled, then Web Protection does not create a log.
It is recommended that you should turn off the logging function only in exceptional
cases, such as if you are executing trials with multiple viruses or unwanted programs.
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Default
If this option is enabled, Web Protection records important information (concerning
detections, alerts and errors) in the report file, with less important information ignored
for improved clarity. This option is enabled as the default setting.
Advanced
If this option is enabled, Web Protection logs less important information to the report
file as well.
Complete
If this option is enabled, Web Protection logs all available information in the report file,
including file size, file type, date, etc.
Limit report file
Limit size to n MB
If this option is enabled, the report file can be limited to a certain size; possible values:
Permitted values are between 1 and 100 MB. Around 50 kilobytes of extra space are
allowed when limiting the size of the report file to minimize the use of system
resources. If the size of the log file exceeds the indicated size by more than 50
kilobytes, old entries are then deleted until the indicated size has been reduced by
20%.
Write configuration in report file
If this option is enabled, the configuration of the on-access scan is recorded in the
report file.
Note
If you have not specified any report file restriction, older entries are
automatically deleted when the report file reaches 100MB. Entries are deleted
until the size of the report file reaches 80 MB.
10.5 Child Protection
Use Avira's CHILD PROTECTION features, to ensure a safe Internet experience for your
children or other persons using your computer.
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With the Social Networks feature, you can monitor your children's activities online. The
Social Networks technology checks their social network accounts for comments, photos
etc. that may influence your child's reputation in a negative way or may indicate that
your child is in danger.
Related topics:
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Social Networks
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10.5.1 Social Networks
This chapter contains comprehensive information on
Creating a Social Network Protection account
Logging into your Social Network Protection account
Creating a Social Network Protection account
Make sure that your computer is connected to the internet.
Click Control Center > View > Child Protection > Social Networks.
Click Get Started Now.
The web browser opens displaying the Avira Social Network Protection website.
If you have a Facebook account, you can now log in to Avira Social Network
Protection by clicking the Facebook logo.
-ORIf you do not have a Facebook account, enter your first name, your last name, your
email address and a password in the required fields and click Get Started.
Note
From now on your email address will serve as your username.
Logging in to an existing Social Network Protection account
Make sure that your computer is connected to the internet.
Click Control Center > View > Child Protection > Social Networks.
Click Log in.
If you have saved the cookie on your system, the web browser opens displaying
your Avira Social Network Protection dashboard.
-ORIf your web browser does not accept cookies or removes them every time your
web browser is closed, you can either log in by clicking on the Facebook logo or
by entering your username and password.
10.6 Mobile Protection
Avira does not only protect your computer system from malware and viruses but also
protects your smartphone, running with Android operating system, from loss and theft.
Using Avira Free Android Security you can also block unwanted calls or SMS. Simply add
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phone numbers from call log, SMS log and your list of contacts to the blacklist, or create
manually a contact you want to block.
10.6.1 Android Security
Avira Free Android Security
Avira Free Android Security consists of two components:
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The app itself, installed on your Android device
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The Avira Android Web Console for registration and feature control
System Requirements
Operating system:
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Android 2.2 (Froyo)
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Android 2.3.x (Gingerbread)
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Android 4.0.x (Ice Cream Sandwich)
Memory:
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1.72 MB free internal memory space.
Browsers:
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Mozilla Firefox
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Google Chrome
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Opera
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Internet Explorer IE7 or higher.
Note
Please note that Java has to be installed, JavaScript has to be enabled and that
working Internet connection is needed.
Features
In order to protect your privacy and to protect your personal data if you cannot find your
device, Avira Free Android Security offers four features via the Avira Android Web
Console:
Remote Scream
You prompt an alarm on your device that lasts 20 seconds.
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Remote Location Tracking
You activate a location command that gives back the location parameters of the
device.
Remote Lock
You may lock your device immediately using a 4 digit PIN.
Remote Wipe
You may remove data from the SIM card or internal and external memory cards. You
may also perform a factory reset of your device via the Web Console.
Note
For triggering a Factory Reset command to delete all data from your device in
case of loss or theft, you have to activate the function Device administrator
during setup.
In order to block certain phone numbers, Avira Free Android Security offers a so-called
blacklist feature on your device.
Blacklist
You may add contacts to the blacklist from call log, SMS log and your list of contacts,
or you may create manually a contact you want to block.
The Web Console
The Avira Android Web Console is a browser based control center designed for managing
the security functions. You will use the Dashboard of the Web Console for handling your
account and for triggering remote features such as Locate Device, Lock, Trigger Scream
or Wipe.
The Avira Android Web Console consists of a title bar, a side bar and the main screen with
several tabs. The title bar displays your login credentials and contains links to the Support
section and to your Account Management. On the side bar your registered devices are
listed. On the main screen of the Web Console you find all security features for the app as
well as information about the Blacklist feature on your device.
Installation and Uninstallation
Installation and Uninstallation of Avira Free Android Security
Download and Installation
Download the Avira Free Android Security app directly from Google Play to your device
and install the app. After successful installation, the new features of the app are introduced
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to you. Afterwards you are asked to register your device on the Avira Free Android
Security Registration Screen. To do so, you may use your Google account or an email
address by a different provider. You need a stable Internet connection for the registration
process.
Tap OK on your device to open the registration form.
Enter your Google account or a different email address.
Tap Accept EULA and Continue to proceed.
Avira will send you a confirmation email for your new Avira Free Android Security
account to the email address you have set. This confirmation email includes a
link enabling you to set your personal password for the log in to the Android Web
Console.
Click the link inside the confirmation email to set a password and to activate the
Android Web Console.
You can now control remotely your devices using the Web Console.
In order to allow Avira Free Android Security to wipe all data with a Factory Reset
command from your device – for example in case of loss or theft – you have to activate the
function Device administrator during setup:
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To activate the function Device administrator, tap the button Enable.
The dialog Activate device administrator will open.
Confirm the activation of Device administrator by tapping the button Activate.
This way you are allowing Avira Free Android Security to erase all data from the
device should you ever want to execute a Factory Reset command.
In the case you are unsure about installing the function Device administrator during
setup, you can always activate this configuration option at a later date. Please perform the
following steps:
Open Avira Free Android Security on your device.
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Tap the button Settings.
You can now see that the option to erase all data by a Factory Reset command
is disabled.
Tap the field Wipe settings.
The Wipe with factory reset dialog will open. You are asked to activate Device
administrator.
Tap the button Enable at the bottom of the dialog.
Confirm the activation of the Device administrator by tapping Activate.
You are now informed that the Wipe with factory reset is enabled.
Note
You may enable or disable the function Device administrator at any time via
the Avira Free Android Security application on your device, by choosing
Settings > Wipe settings > Wipe with factory reset > Enable / Disable.
Installation via PC
You may download Avira Free Android Security app via PC.
Open Google Play on your PC.
Search for the Avira Free Android Security app.
Click Install to download the application to your PC.
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You are asked to sign-in to install the app.
Click Sign In to get access to your Google account.
Type in your login credentials
Click OK to download the application to a selected device.
Avira Free Android Security app will be downloaded to this device.
Click OK to close the download dialog.
The Google Play website opens again and the Installed button displays that the
application is already downloaded to your device.
Uninstallation
To uninstall Avira Free Android Security, two steps should be performed. You have to
uninstall the application from your device and you have to delete the device from your
Avira Android Web Console account.
Note
Please make sure that you have deactivated the function Device administrator
on the device before you uninstall Avira Free Android Security.
If you want to uninstall Avira Free Android Security, use the uninstall wizard of Avira Free
Android Security or go to the Application Management of your device.
If you use the uninstallation wizard, navigate from the Help button to the Go to
uninstallation button.
Tap Help > Uninstall > Go to uninstallation.
The status information screen about device administrator opens.
Tap Device Administrator to deactivate the feature, if necessary.
Tap Continue to proceed with uninstall process.
The uninstallation survey screen opens.
Please select all answers that apply to you.
You can write a more detailed comment in the comment field.
Tap Continue to proceed with uninstallation.
Tap OK to finish the uninstall process.
If you want to uninstall the app via the Application Management of your device, navigate
from the Settings button of your device to the Manage applications function.
Tap the Avira Free Android Security app and choose Uninstall.
Confirm the uninstall process.
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Furthermore you have to delete the device from the Avira Free Android Security Account
of the Web Console.
Open the Avira Web Console.
Click the link Account in the title bar.
Go to the Device Management and open the drop down menu Available devices.
Select the device from which you want to delete the Avira Free Android Security App.
Click Delete device to remove the device from your account.
Renewed Installation
After uninstalling all your devices you are no longer able to access the Avira Web Console.
You may install Avira Free Android Security again on your device by using your previous
email account.
Enter the Web Console with your former login credentials.
You may change your password after login by navigating to the Password
Management.
Choose Account > Password Management, type your new password and confirm
it.
If you cannot remember your password, click the link Forgot your password? at
login.
You are asked to send us your email address and we will send you a recover link
so that you can set your password again.
Creating an Android account
To keep an eye on your device and to protect your personal data by remote controls from
the Web Console, you have to create an Avira Free Android Security account.
Open the Control Center of your Avira product.
Click Control Center > Mobile Protection > Avira Free Android Security.
The Avira Free Android Security download page opens.
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Click Download Now.
The Google Play Android Apps page opens.
Click Install.
You are asked to sign in to download Avira Free Android Security app.
Click Sign in to Google.
Enter your email address and your password.
Click Sign in.
Select the device to which Avira Free Android Security will be downloaded.
Click Install.
The application is downloaded to your device.
Open Avira Free Android Security on your device.
The new features of the app are introduced to you. Afterwards you are asked to
register your device on the Avira Free Android Security Registration Screen. To
do so, you may use your Google account or an email address by a different
provider.
The Your Account screen opens.
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Enter your login credentials.
Tap Accept EULA and Continue to proceed.
Avira will send you a confirmation email for your new account. This information
email includes a link to enabling you to set your personal password for the log in
to Avira Free Android Security Web Console.
Click the link inside the confirmation email to set a password and to activate the
account.
You can now control your devices using the Avira Free Android Security Web
Console: https://android.avira.com
Logging in to your Android account
Click Control Center > Mobile Protection > Avira Free Android Security.
The Avira Free Android Security download page opens.
Click Log in.
The Avira Free Android Security Login page opens.
Enter your registered email address and your password.
Click Log in to open the Web Console with its control functions.
Handling
The Web Console
After successful installation you have to register your device to access the Avira Web
Console.
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The Avira Web Console consists of a title bar, a side bar and the main screen with
several tabs.
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The title bar displays your login credentials and contains links to the Support section
and to your Account management. Furthermore, you may select the language settings
for the Avira Web Console here.
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On the side bar your registered devices are listed.
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Each registered device is displayed on a single field:
Click the Edit button on the device’s field to be forwarded straight to the Settings tab
of the Web Console where you can manage the name and the telephone number of
your device.
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At the bottom of the side bar you find a link to specify and save a personal security
question.
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On the main screen of the Web Console you find all security features to control your
device as well as information about your blacklist content.
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The Tabs of the Web Console screen
The Web Console screen has the following tabs:
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Dashboard
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Locate Device
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Wipe
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Scream
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Lock
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Blacklist
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Settings
The Dashboard of Avira Free Android Security Web Console
The Dashboard tab contains different information about your device as well as control
buttons for triggering actions to secure your device.
Device information
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Brand: The brand of your device.
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Model: The model identity of your device.
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IMEI: The International Mobile Equipment Identity is a unique 15-place number to
identify mobile phones as well as some satellite phones.
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OS version: The version number of your Android Operating System.
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App Version: The version number of the Avira app currently installed. A red warning
symbol is displayed if the version you are using is not up-to-date.
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Dev. Admin.: Shows whether the device administrator is currently enabled. A red
warning symbol is displayed if the function is not enabled.
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Battery: Information of the charging level of the battery in percent.
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Phone no: The phone number stored on the SIM card.
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Network: The mobile network the SIM card belongs to.
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Country: The home country of the SIM card.
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Refresh: The refresh button to update the device information.
Location tracking
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Last located: The time when a device was last tracked, e.g. "5 hours ago", "3 days ago".
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Latitude: The exact latitude of the device’s location.
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Longitude: The exact longitude of the device’s location.
Lock device
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Last action: The last action that was taken via the Web Console, e.g. "Lock".
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Last trigger: The time when a device was last locked / unlocked.
Trigger scream
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Last triggered: The time when an alarm was last sent to a device.
Wipe data
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Last wipe: The time when a device was last wiped.
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Type: The type of wipe action performed on the device.
Blacklist
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Use this feature to block unwanted calls and SMS.
Locate Device
The Locate Device tab displays an extract of Google Maps. Beneath the map the Location
tracking status is shown.
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Click the button Locate your device to start a location tracking for the lost device.
The tracking may take several minutes depending on network performances and
signal strength of the device.
Avira Free Android Security searches the device via GPS, cell tower technology and
wireless LAN.
The elapsed tracking time is shown during the locating process.
As a result, the location of your lost device is pinpointed on a map. You can
zoom in and out on the map.
Wipe
Note
If the version of Avira Free Android Security your are using does not support the
Wipe feature, please update the app on your device as described by our
Knowledgebase. Afterwards you only need to refresh this page to access the
full functionality of the Wipe feature.
On the Wipe tab you find three options to delete data from your device. You also have the
possibility to select a combination of these Wipe options. The Wipe function leads to a
permanent data erasure, i.e. the data destroyed by the wipe procedure cannot be
recovered.
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Note
It is strongly recommended to lock your device in order to trigger a wipe
command. Please backup important data regularly. When there is a need to
wipe the device, there is no opportunity to backup data at that moment.
SIM card
Triggering a SIM Card Wipe will delete all data of your SIM card. All contact data and
SMS stored on the SIM card will be removed. Once deleted, this data cannot be
recovered. Wiping the SIM card will not affect data stored on your device or SD card.
Note
Depending on the card type, a SIM Card Wipe may not always be possible.
Click Wipe SIM Card to delete all data stored on the SIM card.
Confirm the wipe by clicking OK.
The message Your SIM card was successfully wiped! is displayed.
Click OK to close the message and to return to the Wipe tab.
All Storage
Triggering a All Storage Wipe will delete all data stored on your SD card and in the
internal USB storage. Once deleted, this data cannot be recovered. The All Storage Wipe
function will not affect data stored on the SIM card.
Click Wipe Storages to trigger the delete of data stored directly on your device and
SD card.
Confirm the wipe by clicking OK.
The message Your Storage was successfully wiped! is displayed.
Click OK to close the message and to return to the Wipe tab.
Factory Reset
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A Factory Reset will reset your device settings to their default state and also delete all
accounts, applications and application data stored on the device. A Factory Reset will not
affect data stored on the SIM card or SD card.
Note
To trigger a Factory Reset command to delete all data from your device in case
of loss or theft, you have to activate the function Device administrator during
setup.
Click Factory Reset to reset your device settings to their default state.
Confirm this kind of wipe by clicking OK.
Click OK again to continue.
To close the message informing you of the successful Factory Reset, click OK.
Warning
A Factory Reset will also uninstall Avira Free Android Security. You will no
longer be able to send any commands to your device via the Web Console, i.e.
you will not be able to lock or locate your device.
Combo Wipe
With a Combo Wipe you are able to trigger one, two or all three wipe types at the same
time.
Select the wipe types you would like to trigger or click Select all to trigger a
combination of all wipe type at once.
Click Wipe selected.
Confirm your choice by clicking OK.
Depending on your selection and device memory size this action may take up to
60 minutes.
Click OK to continue.
To close the message, informing you of the successful Combo Wipe, click OK.
The result of the three Wipe commands are the following:
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Affected storage
SIM Card Wipe
All Storage Wipe
SMS on device
SMS on SIM
deleted
deleted
Contacts on device
Contacts on SIM
Factory Reset
deleted
deleted
SD card contents
deleted
Internal USB
storage contents
deleted
Accounts, apps,
app data
deleted
Scream
On the Scream tab you trigger a loud alarm emitted by your device. This function will help
you to quickly find your device.
Click the button Trigger Scream to start the scream function.
Confirm the alarm by clicking OK.
Your device will emit a loud noise for 20 seconds. The scream cannot be
terminated or paused during this time.
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Lock
On the Lock tab you have to enter a 4 digit PIN to lock and unlock your device. You may
type in a customized message that will be displayed on the locked screen of your device.
You can add a telephone number that can be called using the Call owner button on the
locked device.
Note
It is strongly recommended to lock your device in order to trigger a wipe
command. Please backup important data regularly. When there is a need to
wipe the device, there is no opportunity to backup data at that moment.
Type in a 4 digit PIN into the Enter PIN field.
Confirm your PIN in the field below.
Click OK to trigger the lock.
You can unlock the device by entering the PIN on the device or by clicking the
Unlock button on the Lock tab of your Web Console account.
You will only be able to unlock your device manually, if you have set a PIN
beforehand. If you have forgotten the PIN you set, you will need to unlock your
device via the Unlock button of your Web Console account.
Type in a customized message into the field Display message when lost suitable
to be displayed on your locked device, e.g. type a text and your email address to
make it easy for the finder to get into contact with you.
Enter a telephone number that can be called using the Call owner button on the
locked device into the field Alternate number to call if found. Use a trustworthy
telephone number, such as your home phone number or a friend’s telephone
number.
Click Lock in order to save the PIN to your device.
Click OK to lock the device.
Click Unlock if you want to unlock your device using the Web Console
Blacklist
If you don't want to be disturbed by certain calls or SMS, you may easily add telephone
numbers to the Blacklist. The feature blocks unwanted calls and SMS. You may add
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numbers from your list of contacts, the call log and the SMS log, or you enter a number
manually.
Adding a number from one of the device's logs to the Blacklist
You may easily add a number to the blacklist from call log, SMS log or your list of
contacts.
Open Avira Free Android Security on your device.
Tap Blacklist.
The Blacklist screen opens.
Tap the button Add.
The Add contact to blacklist screen opens.
Select from which log you want to add a telephone number to the blacklist and tap
the appropriate button.
Tap Cancel if you don't want to add a number to the blacklist.
Touch the appropriate number you want to block.
The Enter contact details screen displays the phone number and the name of
the contact you want to block.
Select a blocking option. You have the option to choose Calls & SMS, just Calls or
only SMS.
Click Save to store the number to the blacklist.
The blocked number is displayed on the Blacklist screen.
Note
If the contact you want to add already exists in Blacklist, you will get an error
message.
Adding a number manually to the Blacklist
You may add a number to the blacklist by typing it manually.
Open Avira Free Android Security on your device.
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Tap Blacklist.
The Blacklist screen opens.
Tap the button Add.
The Add contact to blacklist screen opens.
Tap Create contact manually, if you want to insert a telephone number.
The Enter contact details screen opens.
Touch the field Name to open the keypad for typing in the letters.
Touch the field Phone number to open the keypad for typing in the numbers.
Select a blocking option. You have the option to choose Calls & SMS, just Calls or
only SMS.
Click Save to store the number to the blacklist.
The blocked number is displayed on the Blacklist screen.
Editing a blocked contact
You may edit the telephone number and the name of your blocked contact.
Open Avira Free Android Security on your device.
Tap Blacklist.
The Blacklist screen opens.
Tap the contact you want to edit.
The Edit blocked contact screen opens.
Touch the field Name to open the keypad for editing the name.
Touch the field Phone number to open the keypad for editing the telephone number.
Click Save to store the edited contact to the blacklist.
Click Cancel if you don't want to save the changes you have made.
Blocked events
You may check the history of all blocked contacts on the tab Blocked events. You can
filter the list by certain options. The name of the contact, the date and time of the contact
attempt as well as the way of contacting are displayed.
Tap the button All to select between All, Today or New events.
Tap the button Calls & SMS to see blocked calls and SMS attempts. Choose the
option Calls to check who of your blocked contacts tried to call you. Or select SMS to
call up the phone numbers of blocked short messages.
Delete entries of the Blocked events
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You may delete entries of the Blocked events. Filter the list of blocked events by All,
Today or New and select between Calls & SMS, Calls or just SMS. You may delete
single events as well as all events. For example, if you choose the filter All and Calls, all
blocked calls are displayed on the list. You may now delete all blocked calls of your
contacts at the same time. You have also the option to check single contacts and then
delete the listed calls afterwards.
Tap the contact whose blocked events you want to delete.
The time and the number of incoming blocked calls and/or SMS are displayed.
Touch the SMS field to see the content of blocked SMS.
You can now open and read the short messages.
You can delete single or all SMS.
Tap Select all to mark the whole SMS history for removing process or, check single
SMS.
Tap Delete to erase those short messages or tap Back to stop the deletion.
You are asked to confirm the deletion of blocked SMS.
Tap Delete to remove the selected SMS from history.
Tap Cancel to stop the removing process.
Touch the calls field to see all calls from your blocked contact.
You can now delete a single or all calling events.
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Tap Select all to mark the complete call history for removing process or check
single calls.
Tap Delete to erase those calls or tap Back to stop the deletion.
You are asked to confirm the deletion of blocked calls.
Tap Delete to remove the selected calls from the history.
Tap Cancel to stop the removing process.
Reports
In the pane of the Settings tab you find the Report section that displays all Avira Free
Android Security activities performed using the Web Console.
The logged information is listed by date and time.
An example for the information displayed by the Activity report:
Date
Time
Message
Tuesday, August
07, 2012
3:17
PM
Device information
refreshed successfully
Tuesday, August
07, 2012
2:05
PM
Device located
successfully
Monday, August
13, 2012
6:11
PM
Device unlocked
successfully
Settings
In the pane of the Settings tab you manage the name and the phone number of your
device. Furthermore you can check the Report section here that displays all Avira Free
Android Security activities performed using the Web Console.
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Click the device you want to manage in the side bar.
Type in a name for this device into the Device name field.
Enter the telephone number of this device into the Phone number field.
Click Save changes to save the settings you made for this device.
The Avira Android Web Console displays that the settings were saved
successfully.
Titel bar of the Webconsole
Account Details
The title bar of the Avira Web Console contains the link to your Account where you
manage your account details.
Click the link.
The Account Details pane opens with the following fields:
Date of creation
Displays the date and the time when you registered the account.
First name
You may enter your first name here.
Last name
You may enter your family name here.
Language
Select your preferred language from the dropdown menu.
Country
Select your country of residence from the dropdown menu.
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Account type
Displays, which kind of account you are using, i.e. whether you have purchased the
app or using a free version, etc.
Save Changes
Please click Save Changes to save the account details you have changed.
Password Management
The title bar of the Avira Web Console contains the link to your Account where you
manage your password.
Click the Account link.
The Password Management pane opens with the following fields:
Password
Please enter a new password for your Avira Free Android Security Account.
Password confirmation
Retype the password you have entered in order to confirm it.
Change Password
Please click the button to save the changes you have made.
Account Security
The title bar of the Avira Web Console contains the link to your Account where you
determine a security question. The Security question is designed to add extra security to
your account. It can be used to identify yourself, in case you have lost or forgotten your
login credentials or wish to change your email address.
Click the Account link.
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The Account Security pane opens with the following fields:
Security question
Opens the dropdown menu to select a security question that cannot be answered by
anyone but yourself. Please select a question that suits you personally.
Answer
Type you answer into the field Answer.
Please make sure, you use the correct spelling and a format that you find easy to
remember.
Save Changes
Please click Save Changes to save the answer for your Security question.
Device Management
The title bar of the Avira Web Console contains the link to your Account where you
manage your device.
Click the Account link.
The Device Management pane opens with the following fields:
Available devices
Opens the dropdown menu to select one of your devices.
Delete device
Please click the button to remove the selected device from your account.
HowTo
How do I change my email address?
Should you need to change your email address, please contact the Avira Support. Your
email address cannot only be used to contact you, it functions as your user identity at the
same time. Therefore it cannot be changed by yourself via the Web Console or on the app
on your device.
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How do I keep data stored on my device secure?
The easiest and simplest way to keep your data stored on your device secure, is to lock
your device.
Log in to the Web Console.
Navigate to the Lock tab.
Enter a 4 digit PIN.
Confirm the PIN.
Click Lock.
The PIN can now be used to lock and unlock your device.
Note
The PIN is only temporarily valid. A new PIN is required for every lock/unlock
command.
How do I unlock my device if I have forgotten the PIN/entered an incorrect PIN three
times?
Note
If you have entered an incorrect PIN on your device three times, you have to
unlock the device via the Web Console first. Then you may send another lock
command to your device.
Log in to the Web Console.
Navigate to the Lock tab.
Click the Unlock button.
Your device will be unlocked immediately.
Enter a new 4 digit PIN.
Confirm the PIN.
Click Lock.
Confirm the lock command by clicking OK.
The PIN can now be used to lock and unlock your device.
How do I change my PIN?
You can only change your PIN via the Web Console. It is not possible to change your PIN
via the app itself.
Log in to the Web Console.
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Navigate to the Lock tab.
Enter a 4 digit PIN.
Confirm the PIN.
Click Lock.
The PIN can now be used to lock and unlock your device.
How do I find my device when it is lost or stolen?
If you have lost your device or if it was stolen, Avira Free Android Security offers two
options in order to get back your device:
Trigger a scream
The Trigger Scream functionality is designed to facilitate you in finding your device. It
is particularly useful when you have lost it in your vicinity, for example in your
apartment.
Log in to the Web Console.
Select the tab Scream and click Trigger Scream.
Your device will now emit a loud noise for 20 seconds, to make it easier for you
to find it. The scream will continue for a full 20 seconds and cannot be terminated
or paused during this time. The scream will also be emitted if your device is
muted.
Note
The scream will not be emitted if your device is switched off or out of battery
power.
Locate your device
If you don’t know where you have lost your device or you have reason to believe that it
was stolen, you may track the location of your device.
Note
The tracking process may take up to 3 minutes. You may not trigger the Locate
Device command again while a device is being tracked. But you may trigger a
Locate Device command for a different device registered to your account.
Log in to the Web Console.
Select the tab Locate Device.
An extract of Google Maps is displayed in the Avira Web Console.
Click Locate your device beneath the displayed map.
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The elapsed time is shown during the tracking process. The exact location of
your device will be pinpointed on the map. The geophysical data will be shown
as latitude and longitude.
How do I register a new device to an existing account?
You may add up to 5 devices to your account. All devices, added to the same Google
account or email address via the app, are registered to the same Avira Free Android
Security account, i.e. one email account has one Avira Free Android Security account with
up to 5 different devices.
Use the device you want to add to your account to download Avira Free Android
Security.
Install the app on your device.
Select either the Google Account or enter a different email address and tap Accept
EULA and Continue.
You will receive a confirmation email at that address, confirming the registration
of a new device to your existing Avira Free Android Security Account.
If you log in to the Web Console now, the new device will have been added to
the section All your devices on the left hand side of the Web Console.
You may now click Edit on the device tab to enter the settings in order to change the
name of the device as well as the phone number.
Note
Because there can only be added 5 devices to one Avira Free Android Security
Account, you may only add a new device if you delete one device from your
account and then delete the app from one of the registered devices. First, go to
the Account settings in the Web Console of your Avira Free Android Security
account and select one device from the dropdown list under Device
Management and click Delete device. Then delete the application from the
selected device.
Troubleshooting
Troubleshooting
Messages
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Message
Meaning
Please connect to a mobile or Wi-Fi
network to continue.
No network connections were found
during registration process. Please
enable network connectivity to continue.
The service is currently unavailable.
Please try again later.
The Google service is currently not
available.
Avira Free Android Security has
crashed. Please tap here to help us
fix the issue.
An unexpected error occurred, forcing
the application to stop. By tapping on the
notification and confirming with OK, the
error log will be sent to us automatically.
You need a Google Account to
register your device. Please create
one and try again.
No Google account was found on the
device.
Your Google Account password has
changed. Please open Gmail or
Google Play app to update the
password on the device.
The default Google account on this
device has an invalid password. Please
check if you have changed the
authentification for your Google account.
Please update and synchronize your ondevice password, either by launching the
Gmail or Google Play app.
Too many applications on your
device are using the Google push
service (C2DM). Please uninstall
one and try again.
Google sets a limit for C2DM-enabled
applications installed on a device.
An error has occurred. Please try
again later.
An unknown error has occurred.
There are more than five devices
registered with this account. Please
delete one to add another.
The maximum of five devices registered
to Avira Free Android Security has been
reached.
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This device is no longer registered
with an Avira Free Android Security
Account. The app has therefore
been reset.
Your registration has been reset
because this device was deleted from
the list of registered devices.
A server error has occurred. Please
try again later.
An unknown server error has occurred.
An unexpected error has occurred
forcing the application to stop.
Please help us to fix this issue. Just
click OK and the error log will be
sent to us automatically. You may
also add some comments on this
issue below:
An unexpected error has terminated the
application.
Unexpected error. Please consult
notification bar.
An unexpected error has occurred.
Thank you!
Thank you for reporting the problem, the
information was sent successfully.
In case of loss or theft of your
device Avira Free Android Security
can help you to perform a factory
reset to wipe data from the device.
In order to perform a factory reset,
device administrator must be
activated.
If your device is lost, Avira Free Android
Security can help you wipe data from the
device with a factory reset. To do so, the
Device Administrator function must be
activated.
Wipe via factory reset
enabled/disabled.
The Wipe function with Factory Reset
command is enabled/disabled.
Your device was sucessfully
registered with Avira Free Android
Security!
Avira Free Android Security was
registered successfully!
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An email has been sent to
<[email protected]>. Please
check your email account for
information and further instructions.
An email with activation information has
been sent to <[email protected]>.
Please check it to start your experience
with us!
If you have any questions, please
visit Support Forum or contact us
here at Avira.
If you have any questions, please visit
our Forum or contact us.
Registration failed. Please restart
the app and try again.
An unexpected error has occurred
during registration process. Please
restart the application and try again to
register.
Registration failed. You might be
using technology incompatible with
Avira Free Android Security. Please
restart the app and try again.
Your device might be using a technology
that is not compatible with Avira Free
Android Security. Please refer to the
system requirements that are the
following:
Operating system: Android 2.2 (Froyo) Android 2.3.7 (Gingerbread).
Memory: 1.28 MB free memory space.
Browsers: Mozilla Firefox, Google
Chrome, Opera and Internet Explorer
IE7 or higher.
Contact creation failed
The contact could not be added to the
blacklist because it is already on the list.
Name already exists in blacklist
This name is already on the blacklist,
therefore you can't add it a second time.
Contact already exists in blacklist
This contact is already on the blacklist,
therefore you can't add it a second time.
Number already exists in blacklist
for <John Doe>
This telephone number is already on the
blacklist and can be found under <John
Doe>, therefore you can't add it a
second time.
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Glossary
Abbreviation
Meaning
C2DM
Google’s Android Cloud-to-DeviceMessaging is a service that helps to send
data from servers to the application on your
device.
IMEI
International Mobile Equipment Identity is a
unique number, similar to a unique
fingerprint, to identify your device.
SIM card
Subscriber Identification Module card is a
provider’s card on which different
information is stored, such as the serial
number, the telephone number or your PIN.
PIN
Personal Identification Number, usually a 4
digit number.
OS
The Operating System of your device.
GPS
Global Positioning System is a satellitebased system that provides location and
time data to GPS receivers.
Cell Tower technology
Advanced radio technology that picks up
mobile phone signals and passes them to
other towers, using radio waves.
WiFi
It is a standard that enables the exchange
of data and the wireless access to the
Internet via a network access point.
W-LAN
Wireless Network Access.
Cloud
It is a remote server location and
computing infrastructure. Data stored on
the cloud are not stored locally on your
computer.
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Alternative telephone
number
The telephone number that can be called
from your locked device, using the button
Call owner.
Latitude
Geographic coordinate that specifies the
north-south position on the Earth.
Longitude
Geographic coordinate that specifies the
west-east position on the Earth.
Service
Support
Support service
All necessary information on our comprehensive support service can be obtained from our
website http://www.avira.com.
Community Forum
Before you contact the hotline, we recommend that you visit our user forum at
http://forum.avira.com.
FAQs
Please also read the FAQs section on our website: http://www.avira.com/en/support-forhome-knowledgebase.
Your question may already have been asked and answered by other users in this section.
Contact
Address
Avira Operations GmbH & Co. KG
Kaplaneiweg 1
D-88069 Tettnang
Germany
Internet
You can find further information about us and our products at the following address:
http://www.avira.com
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10.7 General
The Avira product can send messages via email. This is done with the Simple Message
Transfer Protocol (SMTP).
The messages can be triggered by various events. The following components support
email sending:
Note
Please note that ESMTP is not supported. In addition, an encrypted transfer via
TLS (Transport Layer Security) or SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) is currently not
possible.
Email messages
SMTP Server
Enter the name of the host to be used here - either its IP address or the direct host
name.
The maximum possible length of the host name is 127 characters.
For example:
192.168.1.100 or mail.samplecompany.com.
Port
Enter the port to be used here.
Sender address
In this input box, enter the email address of the sender. The maximum length of the
sender's address is 127 characters.
Authentication
Some mail servers expect a program to verify itself to the server (log in) before an email is
sent. Alerts can be transmitted with authentication to an SMTP server via email.
Use authentication
If this option is enabled, a user name and a password can be entered in the relevant
boxes for login (authentication).
Login name:
Enter your user name here.
Password:
Enter the relevant password here. The password is saved in encrypted form. For
security reasons, the actual characters you type in this space are replaced by
asterisks (*).
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Send test email
When you click on the button, the program attempts to send a test email to the sender
address to check the data entered.
10.7.1 Threat categories
Selection of extended threat categories (Options available in expert mode only)
Your Avira product protects you against computer viruses. In addition, you can scan
according to the following extended threat categories.

Adware

Adware/Spyware

Applications

Backdoor Clients

Dialer

Double Extension Files

Fraudulent software

Games

Jokes

Phishing

Programs that violate the private domain

Unusual runtime packers
By clicking on the relevant box, the selected type is enabled (check mark set) or disabled
(no check mark).
Select all
If this option is enabled, all types are enabled.
Default values
This button restores the predefined default values.
Note
If a type is disabled, files recognized as being of the relevant program type are
no longer indicated. No entry is made in the report file.
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10.7.2 Password
You can protect your Avira product in different areas with a password. If a password has
been issued, you will be asked for this password every time you want to open the
protected area.
Password
Enter password
Enter your required password here. For security reasons, the actual characters you
type in this space are replaced by asterisks (*). The password can only have a
maximum of 20 chars. Once the password has been issued, the program refuses
access if an incorrect password is entered. An empty box means "No password".
Confirmation
Confirm the password entered above by entering again here. For security reasons, the
actual characters you type in this space are replaced by asterisks (*).
Note
The password is case-sensitive!
Areas protected by password (Options available in expert mode only)
Your Avira product can protect individual areas with a password. By clicking the relevant
box, the password request can be disabled or re-enabled for individual areas as required.
Password-protected
area
Function
Control Center
If this option is enabled, the pre-defined
password is required to start the Control
Center.
Activate /
deactivate RealTime Protection
If this option is enabled, the pre-defined
password is required to enable or disable
AntiVir Real-Time Protection.
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Activate /
deactivate Web
Protection
If this option is enabled, the pre-defined
password is required to enable/disable Web
Protection.
Quarantine
If this option is enabled, all areas of the
quarantine manager protected by a password
are enabled. By clicking on the relevant box,
the password enquiry can be disabled or
enabled again on request for individual areas.
Restore
affected
objects
If this option is enabled, the pre-defined
password is required to restore an object.
Rescan
affected
objects
If this option is enabled, the pre-defined
password is required to rescan an object.
Affected
object
properties
If this option is enabled, the pre-defined
password is required to display the properties
of an object.
Delete
affected
objects
If this option is enabled, the pre-defined
password is required to delete an object.
Send email to
Avira
If this option is enabled, the pre-defined
password is required to send an object to the
Avira Malware Research Center for
examination.
Configuration
If this option is enabled, configuration of the
program is only possible after entering the predefined password.
Installation /
uninstallation
If this option is enabled, the pre-defined
password is required for installation or
uninstallation of the program.
10.7.3 Security
Options available in expert mode only.
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Autorun
Block autorun function
If this option is enabled, the execution of the Windows autorun function is blocked on
all connected drives, including USB sticks, CD and DVD drives and network drives.
With the Windows autorun function, files on data media or network drives are read
immediately on loading or connection, and files can therefore be started and copied
automatically. This functionality carries with it a high security risk, however, as
malware and unwanted programs can be installed with the automatic start. The
autorun function is especially critical for USB sticks as data on a stick can be changed
at any time.
Exclude CDs and DVDs
When this option is enabled, the autorun function is permitted on CD and DVD drives.
Warning
Only disable the autorun function for CD and DVD drives if you are sure you are
only using trusted data media.
System protection
Protect Windows hosts files from changes
If this option is set to activated, the Windows hosts files are write-protected.
Manipulation is no longer possible. For example, malware is not able to redirect you to
undesired websites. This option is activated as the default setting.
Product protection
Note
The product protection options are not available if the Real-Time Protection has
not been installed using the user-defined installation option.
Protect processes from unwanted termination
If this option is enabled, all processes of the program are protected against unwanted
termination by viruses and malware or against 'uncontrolled' termination by a user, e.g.
via Task-Manager. This option is enabled as the default setting.
Advanced process protection
If this option is enabled, all processes of the program are protected with advanced
options against unwanted termination. Advanced process protection requires
considerably more computer resources than simple process protection. The option is
enabled as the default setting. To disable this option, you have to restart your
computer.
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Note
Password protection is not available for Windows XP 64 bit !
Warning
If process protection is enabled, interaction problems can occur with other
software products. Disable process protection in these cases.
Protect files and registry entries from manipulation
If this option is enabled, all registry entries of the program and all program files (binary
and configuration files) are protected from manipulation. Protection against
manipulation entails preventing write, delete and, in some cases, read access to the
registry entries or program files by users or external programs. To enable this option,
you have to restart your computer.
Warning
Please note that, if this option is disabled, the repair of computers infected with
specific types of malware may fail.
Note
When this option is activated, changes can only be made to the configuration,
including changes to scan or update requests, by means of the user interface.
Note
Protection for files and registration entries is not available for Windows XP 64
bit !
10.7.4 WMI
Options available in expert mode only.
Support for Windows Management Instrumentation
Windows Management Instrumentation is a basic Windows management technology that
uses script and programming languages to allow read and write access, both local and
remote, to settings on Windows systems. Your Avira product supports WMI and provides
data (status information, statistical data, reports, planned requests, etc.) as well as events
via an interface. WMI gives you the option of downloading operating data from the
program
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Enable WMI support
When this option is enabled, you can download operating data from the program via
WMI.
10.7.5 Events
Options available in expert mode only.
Limit size of event database
Limit size to max. n entries
If this option is enabled, the maximum number of events listed in the event database
can be limited to a certain size; possible values: 100 to 10000 entries. If the number of
entered entries is exceeded, the oldest entries are deleted.
Delete all events older than n day(s)
If this option is enabled, events listed in the event database are deleted after a certain
period of time; possible values: 1 to 90 days. This option is enabled as the default
setting, with a value of 30 days.
No limit
When this option has been activated, the size of the event database is not limited.
However, a maximum of 20,000 entries are displayed in the program interface under
Events.
10.7.6 Reports
Options available in expert mode only.
Limit reports
Limit number to max. n piece
When this option is enabled, the maximum number of reports can be limited to a
specific amount. Values between 1 and 300 are permissible. If the specified number is
exceeded, then the oldest report at that time is deleted.
Delete all reports older than n day(s)
If this option is enabled, reports are automatically deleted after a specific number of
days. Permissible values are: 1 to 90 days. This option is enabled as the default
setting, with a value of 30 days.
No limit
If this option is enabled, the number of reports is not restricted.
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10.7.7 Directories
Options available in expert mode only.
Temporary path
Use default system settings
If this option is enabled, the settings of the system are used for handling temporary
files.
Note
You can see where your system saves temporary files - for example with
Windows XP - under: Start > Settings > Control Panel > System > Index
card "Advanced" Button "Environment Variables". The temporary variables
(TEMP, TMP) for the currently registered user and for system variables (TEMP,
TMP) are shown here with their relevant values.
Use following directory
If this option is enabled, the path displayed in the input box is used.
Input box
In this input box, enter the path where the program will store its temporary files.
The button opens a window in which you can select the required temporary path.
Default
The button restores the pre-defined directory for the temporary path.
10.7.8 Acoustic alerts
Options available in expert mode only.
When a virus or malware is detected by the System Scanner or Real-Time Protection, an
acoustic alert is heard in interactive action mode. You can now choose to activate or
deactivate the acoustic alert and select an alternative WAVE file for the alert.
Note
The action mode of the System Scanner is set in the configuration under
System Scanner > Scan > Action on detection.
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No warning
When this option is enabled, there is no acoustic alert when a virus is detected by the
System Scanner or Real-Time Protection.
Use PC speakers (only in interactive mode)
If this option is enabled, there is an acoustic alert with the default signal when a virus
is detected by the System Scanner or Real-Time Protection. The acoustic alert is
sounded on the PC's internal speaker.
Use the following WAVE file (only in interactive mode)
If this option is enabled, there is an acoustic alert with the selected WAVE file when a
virus is detected by the System Scanner or Real-Time Protection. The selected WAVE
file is played over a connected external speaker.
WAVE file
In this input box you can enter the name and the associated path of an audio file of
your choice. The program's default acoustic signal is entered as standard.
The button opens a window in which you can select the required file with the aid of the
file explorer.
Test
This button is used to test the selected WAVE file.
10.7.9 Alerts
Your Avira product generates so-called slide-ups, desktop notifications for specific events,
which give information on successful or failed program sequences such as updates. Under
Alerts you can enable or disable the notifications for specific events.
With desktop notifications, you have the option of disabling the notification directly in the
slide-up. You can reactivate the notification, in the Alerts configuration window.
Update
Alert, if last update is older than n day(s)
In this box, you can enter the maximum number of days allowed to have passed since
the last update. If this number of days has passed, a red icon is displayed for the
update status under Status in the Control Center.
Show notice if the virus definition file is out of date
If this option is enabled, you will obtain an alert if the virus definition file is not up-todate. With the help of the alert option, you can configure the temporal interval for an
alert if the last update is older than n day(s).
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Warnings / Notes with the following situations
Dial-up connection is used
If this option is enabled, you will receive a desktop notification alert if a dialer creates a
dial-up connection on your computer via the telephone or ISDN network. There is a
danger that the connection may have been created by an unknown and unwanted
dialer and that the connection may be chargeable. (see Viruses and more > Threat
categories: Dialer)
Files have been successfully updated
If this option is enabled, you will receive a desktop notification whenever an update
has been successfully performed and files updated.
Update failed
If this option is enabled, you will receive a desktop notification whenever an update
fails: No connection to the download server could be created or the update files could
not be installed.
No update necessary
If this option is enabled, you will receive a desktop notification whenever an update is
started but installation of the files is not necessary as your program is up to date.
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