Update: This offer is now only 1 month free.
For McAfee I posted that I would not touch it with a 10 foot pole. For Avira, I am considering ditching my Kaspersky AV for it! Avira is amongst the best of the best when it comes to computer security. Even Avira Free AV provides amazing protection for $0. And a chance at a free 6 months license to Premium edition is a god send. I highly suggest every one takes advantage of this opportunity. Remember this is not Avira Free AV. This is Avira Premium AV. A 6 months license. For free. If you don’t believe me, read up on tests done by av-comparatives.org. The following are the differences between Avira Free AV and Avira Premium AV:
Avira Free AV
AntiVir protection against viruses, worms and Trojans
AntiDialer protection against expensive dialers
AntiRootkit protection against hidden rootkits
Faster Scanning up to 20% faster
New User Interface
AntiPhishing protection against phishing
Avira Premium AV
In addition to everything mentioned above for Avira Free AV, Premium includes
AntiSpyware protection against spyware and adware
WebGuard protection against malicious websites
AntiDrive-by stops malware downloads while surfing
RescueSystem creates a bootable rescue CD
Enhanced email protection for POP3 and SMTP
Fast Premium update server
Okay so now down to the good stuff. How to get 6 month license for Avira Premium AV for free:
Update: Just for your information, this free 6 months license is provided to us by PC-Welt, a German magazine. Please visit them, even if you cant read what they say, to thank them for the offer by giving them more website hits or something.
Visit this website and fill out the form. Be sure to use a valid email address. It is in German:
Once you have filled everything out, hit the “Submit Request” or “Linez Anfordern” button. There seems to be some sort of connection problem so after you hit the “Submit Request” button your browser may take a very long time to load the next page eventually ending in a 404 error of some sorts. But don’t worry that is no problem. After you hit the “Submit Request” button and the next page has loaded into a 404 error, close out the window. Even if you don’t get a 404 error and the next page does load properly, close out the window. Check your email that you entered in the form on the German Avira website. You should have an email (which will be in German) from “Avira <email@example.com>”. The subject line will be “Ihre Avira Testlizenz?”. The email looks like this:
As I mentioned, the gmail is in German. Don’t worry we don’t need to translate the email – we are only interested in the attachment. There is file attached to the email called “HBEDV.KEY”. Download this file and keep it in a safe place on your computer that you will remember. This file is what will activate your 6 license when you are installing Avira Premium AV.
Now download Avira AntiVirus from here. After Avira is done downloading, install Avira. During the installation process, you will come across a screen where you will have to enter an activation code. The window will be like so – we are interested in the area I have boxed in red:
Click on “HBEDV.KEY”. A window will then pop up allowing you to browse your computer. Navigate to where you placed the “HBEDV.KEY” file that you downloaded from the email. Select it and enter it into the program. Then hit “Next”. The next window that pops up will confirm that you have activated Avira Premium AV successfully:
If you see the window in the above screenshot, congratulations you now are the proud owner of Avira Premium AntiVirus – for 6 months at least =D. Just hit “Next” and let the installation finish. Welcome to the Avira fan club =D.
Before we go, there is one more house keeping chore to do. This is optional, but recommended:
Go to https://license.avira.com/en/login.html. Click on “Forgot Password”:
That will bring you to a window where you can enter an email. Enter the email you entered earlier when signing up for the 6 months license and shit “Send me a new password”:
Now check your email for an email from “Avira customer account <firstname.lastname@example.org>” with the subject line “New password for your Avira customer account?”. It will look like the following:
Click on that first link, the one that is boxed in read in the above screenshot. That will bring you to your account page on Avira’s website:
From this page you will be able to manage all your Avira licenses including the 6 month free license you recieved today. The first thing you want to do, however, is change password!
That is it. If you have any questions or face any problems, feel free to ask me. I will try to help to the best of my ability.