I've been a very long time and loyal user of AVIRA antivirus, which I recommended all the time on forums. AVIRA at the time was a company run in Germany, extremely reliable, giving you full control of what you want to do and most importantly, a high detection rate.
Unfortunately, some years ago they were acquired (allegedly) by a US company and since then things went downhill pretty fast - They completely changed the user interface and of course many of the options you could disable before were no longer there. AVIRA went from a company giving you full control to a company that shoves installed utilities down your throat, not even ASKING you first what components you want to install, even if you do not want to. Instead of the single AntiVirus Pro component, they started forcing you to install their FULL security suite which is essentially BLOATWARE. You could manage to uninstall some of it, with great difficulty, but they leave traces on your system and some simply cannot be.
A cool feature of the old AVIRA, it allowed you to configure how the software deals with threats. For example, if it found something suspicious or a threat, it allowed YOU, the paying customer to decide the ACTIONS to take. So you could configure the options to "Ask me always", which brings up options to ignore, deny access or move to quarantine, but NO, not anymore, it now moves everything to quarantine, BUT WAIT, not only that, it decides to delete some stuff too, because when you go to the quarantine it's empty !!!! There are many instances where it finds false positives, so you want to have full control over that, NOPE. and the stuff it does put into quarantine, you cannot immediately move it to exceptions, nope, you have to manually add those bloody exceptions.
Also AVIRA then decides they want to run periodic scans of my system at scheduled interval, BUT disallow me to remove scheduled tasks - very bad idea, why in the bloody hell would I want to scan my system everyday unless something new is added, so that is very bad.............. AND oh yeah, the LOGS, on old AVIRA, you could control logs, their locations, the storage limit. Today with AVIRA' you cannot, they remove tons of customisation options that are critical. Do I know where logs are stored NOPE, can I search for them manually, sure, but I get folders with tons of logs which one. Can I access report logs directly from AVIRA, nope.
So surprised yet AVIRA has become more and more expensive over the years......
So enough is enough - My licence is up for renewal in 30 days, I decided to take my business elsewhere.
Now I use BitDefender's AntiVirus Plus component, sure it still does not have all of the c ustomisation features old AVIRA did, it's more simplified interface, BUT it is much lighter than AVIRA, much better at stopping threats, and more effective at catching specific threats, and it has a cool feature - if a threat or suspicion is moved to quarantine, you can instantly add it to the exceptions.
My only complaint for now is the occasional pop-up recommendations to install other of their products, I should not get forced adverts if I am a paying customer. So for now this is what I will be using.
AVIRA is not alone though, Microsoft's own Defender also automatically moves or deletes threats......what ever happened to "ASKING" first ?
Also BitDefender unfortunately forces you to remove malwarebytes, though there are easy ways around that, you must remove it first, install bitdefender, turn off all monitoring, install malwarebytes, and add exceptions.
I use BItDefender and malwarebytes premium for optimal security now, paid user for both, they do not give me quite the amount of options I used to have with old avira, but it is still a far cry better than AVIRA.
Malwarebytes Premium does offer me all those options though.