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.

Once the Avira Antivirus is installed, the Protection Cloud is activated by default.
If the Protection Cloud is disabled (for unknown reasons ), you can re-enable the option via the Avira Control Center.

Enable Protection Cloud

  1. Double-click the Avira icon in the taskbar.
  2. Locate the "Antivirus" and click Open.
  3. Click the Settings icon in the lower left corner of the Avira user interface.
  4. In the left menu, click General → Advanced protection.
  5. "Enable Protection Cloud" check box.
  6. Confirm the change with OK.


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 the user must confirm each upload and can deselect data that shouldn't be uploaded.

Affected products

  • Avira Free Antivirus [Windows]
  • Avira Antivirus Pro [Windows]
  • Avira Prime (unlimited devices) [Windows]
  • Avira Optimization Suite [Windows]
  • Avira Total Security Suite [Windows]
  • Avira Internet Security Suite [Windows]
  • Created : Wednesday, November 28, 2012
  • Last updated: Friday, October 6, 2017
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