Avira Rolls Out SP2, Adds WebGuard Protection to Its Free Antivirus
Article by George Norman
On 04 Jul 2011
Avira, company that offers home and business security software solutions and is best known for its free antivirus product, announced recently that it rolled out its Service Pack 2 (SP2) upgrade to the millions of people who use its free and its paid antivirus product. Avira rolled out SP2 to its English and German speaking users for now; SP2 for other languages will be released throughout the summer.

One of the new bits SP2 brings to the table is the introduction of WebGuard, which was previously available only to customers of Avira’s paid security software. WebGuard is now available to users of Avira’s free antivirus.

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WebGuard is a safe-surfing component that provides protection against compromised websites. It acts as a proxy and prevents users from downloading malicious code from an infected or rogue website. WebGuard is available to all the users who choose to install the Avira SearchFree toolbar.

“On any given day millions of websites become victim to a security breach, exposing site visitors to drive-by downloads and malware infections, or tricking them with phishing scams into disclosing personal information. Avira has therefore decided to include the WebGuard component – previously given only to paying customers – to all customers for free,” said Travis Witteveen, COO Markets & Operations at Avira GmbH. “It’s an additional layer of protection that we feel all customers should have, and it’s our way of letting customers live even more free on the Internet.”

I mentioned above that WebGuard is just one of the new bits SP2 brings to the table. Here are a few other enhancements SP2 has to offer:
  • Enhanced detection and protection based on the latest research on behavior-based and heuristic detection.
  • Enhanced Generic Repair and One-Click Removal functionality.
  • Improved rootkit detection and more aggressive tracking of hidden malware.
  • Avira WebGuard offers an expanded notification page whenever it blocks a harmful website.
  • A more detailed scan log.
  • The SearchFree toolbar helps users keep their WebGuard version current. The toolbar works with Internet Explorer and Firefox.
  • More detailed help files and user manual.

If you would like to get the free antivirus product Avira AntiVir Personal, just click here.

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