Avira offers a suite of free and paid security tools including antivirus software, mobile security apps that help protect your device or find a lost or stolen phone, and browser add-ons.

Now the company is developing its own web browser with security tools built in.

avira browser

Avira Browser is an open source web browser based on Google’s Chromium (which is the open source version of Chrome). It runs on Windows, Mac, or Linux and you can sign up to beta test the browser y joining the Avira Beta community.

While you could just install the Avira extension for Chrome, the company says the Avira browser will offer more features, more options, and better security.

Among other things, the browser will use Avira’s database to let you know when you’re visiting dangerous web sites, make sure you’re connecting to websites using secure connections, and block unwanted scripts from running.

The browser’s designed to do all of that without any user intervention, but Avira says advanced users will be able to adjust the settings, install Chrome-compatible browser extensions, or make other changes.

via Caschys Blog

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2 replies on “Antivirus company Avira is developing a web browser”

  1. I am curious how this will be on resources. Chrome (Chromium) is NOT known for being resource friendly, especially on RAM. I am curious if this will be another process taking up cycles. I also wonder how this really benefits the end user. I agree, layered protection is the best. I always tell my client that a firewall plus client protection is a great first step. This layers browser AV on top of client protection. Sometimes this can cause conflicts especially when the Client AV wants to monitor the browser. I definitely wouldn’t uninstall client protection for a souped up browser. Both Chrome and IE (Edge) have built-in rudimentary AV protection and you will have another client installed, I just don’t see a huge benefit here.

    1. This will be Chromium with 3 additional extensions pre-installed. So the resource consumption will be the same.

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