Friday, October 17, 2008

Avira speeds up its virus scanner

Avira is releasing an update of its scan engine which increases the speed of virus search by another 20 percent

Tettnang, 17 October 2008 – More power: The IT security specialists at Avira have managed to increase the speed of its already fast anti-virus solution by an additional 20 percent. The engine update will be distributed automatically to private and business customers.

The developers have written new code to deal with the reading and writing files. This has accelerated the reading rate and reduced the number prompts and output requests made to the hardware. The programmers have also optimized the internal administration of modules when scanning, which makes scan runs approximately 20 percent faster on an average end-user system. These enhancements have also been added to the Avira Professional solutions for networks.

The Avira virus scanner was already one of the fastest products on the market. The IT security expert underlines this with the new optimizations that enhance the scanner. “An anti-virus solution is useless if the user deactivates it because of slow performance. It needs to be user-friendly, fast and remain in the background”, says Tjark Auerbach, founder and CEO of Avira. “We attach great importance to the fact that our solutions are fast, have high detection rates and use very little system resources. With automatic updates and fast scanning the user should be protected without noticing any impact on his computer and benefit from worry free computing.

About Avira

More than 100 million consumers and small businesses depend upon Avira’s security expertise and award-winning antivirus software, making the company the number-two market share leader globally. Avira is ranked #1 in technology innovation according to ABI Research; recommended by Consumer Reports for its free antivirus software; cited by OPSWAT as the #1 fastest-growing antivirus vendor in 2012 and the #2 largest vendor worldwide in 2011; and has received a nearly unbroken string of Virus Bulletin VB100 awards for the past decade.

Avira provides IT-security protection to computers, smartphones, servers and networks, delivered as both software and cloud-based services. Visit