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

Avira protects people in the connected world – enabling everyone to manage, secure, and improve their digital lives. The Avira umbrella covers a portfolio of security and performance applications for Windows, Android, Mac, and iOS. In addition, the reach of our protective technologies extends through OEM partnerships. Our security solutions consistently achieve best-in-class results in independent tests for detection, performance, and usability. Avira is a privately-owned company that employs 500 people. Its headquarters are near Lake Constance, in Tettnang, Germany, and the company has additional offices in Romania, India, Singapore, China, Japan & the United States. A portion of Avira's sales support the Auerbach Foundation, which assists education, children, and families in need. For more information about Avira visit