What is the Avira Protection Cloud?

The daily new threats on the net request from your virus protection real masterly achievements while scanning, detecting and blocking malware. With the cloud scanning we move your PC security to the Avira Protection Cloud and free your system’s resources for work, web, communication and games. Your system protection is therefore on the "highest level" with fast scans and real-time updated virus information.

While activating the Protection Cloud the Avira application on your PC will send a digital fingerprint of an executable suspicious file (*.exe or *.dll) found on the PC direct to the Avira Protection Cloud. There, the fingerprint will be analyzed and an information status as clean or malware will be send back to the Avira application on the PC. If the file is classified as malware, the Avira application removes the threat.

The file exchange between the user’s PC and the Protection Cloud is always encrypted and data is only used for malware analysis. Sharing this data with third parties is prohibited.

To enable/disable the Protection Cloud open the Avira Control Center. Go to Extras → Configuration → enable Expert mode → General → Advanced protection → Protection Cloud → Enable Protection Cloud.


At the end of each cloud scan, there is a report that includes all information about scanned and uploaded files. The cloud scanner can be customized so that a user must confirm each upload and can deselect data that shouldn't be uploaded. Full reports can be found at Avira Control Center → Reports → Scan Reports.

Affected products

  • Avira Professional Security [Windows]
  • Avira Antivirus Premium 2013 [Windows]
  • Avira Internet Security [Windows]
  • Created : Wednesday, November 28, 2012
  • Last updated: Thursday, August 8, 2013
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