Online Protection: MailGuard, WebGuard, Firewall and Parental Control by Avira
In this Avira Premium Security suite product review, I have enabled AntiVir WebGuard, MailGuard, Parental Control and Firewall protections. All of these are doing what it has to do. The firewall protection properly detects trusted vendor's applications but continues to firewall other applications, signed or not signed software. Its neat alert (see image at the left) that will not confuse AntiVir customers for it displays if the application making the connection is a signed application. Note that any unsigned applications means you need to ensure that you are familiar with the program that is making a connection. It could be malware so don't rush in allowing the connection if AntiVir firewall shows an alert. Some malware will use stolen or fake certificates so be careful in allowing anything that Avira Firewall does not trust yet. The alerts by the firewall are non-obtrusive and the connection is not allowed unless you make your selection.
You can use AntiVir firewall to lock the hosts file in Windows that malware often hijacks to redirect or prevent you from visiting legitimate and trusted websites. There is an option to show blocked data from IP addresses, port scans, flooding and applications blocked.
The MailGuard or anti-spam in Avira did not detect all the spam I allow it to check, but it impressed me for not giving a false detection on good emails which means I did not lose important messages from my contacts or new emails that are not in my contact list.
Parents and guardians can take advantage of the parental control in Avira for it provides easy configuration. You have the option to block harmful or adult websites so the kids in the house are protected from such contents. You can also restrict the surfing time when the logged-in user is a child.
AntiVir WebGuard is impressive for it blocks unwanted, rogue and malicious websites. Any links you try visiting or click are checked for malicious content, including safe or unsafe downloads. It's not perfect, but WebGuard catches a lot of rogue and malicious pages.