Its job is to block malicious or unauthorized network traffic from crossing the firewall into a protected network.
The most common examples of a firewall are most consumer and small-business routers.
You can’t disable this, even by uninstalling the Avira Phantom VPN software.
However, if you’re willing to put up with those rather occasional ads, you can disable almost everything else using these instructions.
These devices not only allow multiple computers to be connected to a single internet connection, but they act as a type of firewall, protecting against malicious traffic from the internet.
There are also dedicated hardware appliances that act only as firewalls, and there is software that can be installed on PCs to act as a firewall as well.
That’s just the price you pay for using the free security suite.
Avira will also display an advertisement encouraging you to sign up for its Avira Phantom VPN service whenever you connect to an open Wi-Fi network.
Upon being installed, the software adds a Windows Service which is designed to run continuously in the background.
Avira’s Phantom VPN and System Speed-Up tools aren’t part of the Avira antivirus software itself, but may come installed alongside it.
If you just have the free version, these tools won’t actually do much unless you pay for the “Pro” version.
Avast Free Antivirus Avast offers to install Dropbox during installation.
It will do so unless you uncheck the "install Dropbox" box on the configure page during installation.