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#1 WouldBePolymath

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Posted 30 April 2016 - 09:49 PM

A month or so ago I upgraded from Avira Free Antivirus to Avira Antivirus Pro, so I guess that's why I have now received an ad via email for Avira Phantom VPN (see attachment).  There's a free version and a "premium" one.

 

Does anyone have experience with this?  Can you surf with or without it at your own discretion?  Is 1 GB a month (maximum amount for the free version) too little?

 

Thanks for any help.

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Posted 01 May 2016 - 02:54 PM

I never used it. However, most of the features for the free and pro version are provided here.

The service actually provides for using up to 500MB per month but doubles to 1GB of data per month on an unlimited number of devices if you register with Avira. Unlimited data cost about $78 per year for Phantom VPN Pro so it depends on how much you use/need.
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Posted 02 May 2016 - 03:06 PM

Because I like to test...  B)

 

Machine: Windows 7 (SP1) x64

 

The installation of "Avira Phantom VPN" installs "Avira Launcher" in your task-bar. From within that launcher you can install any Avira software, I just installed "Avira Phantom VPN". You can also make an account from within that same launcher which opens a webpage in your browser. I made an account and logged into the application.

 

After that I started "Avira Phantom VPN" and saw that I had 1GB data limit per month. There is a small Settings window that gives you the choise between a dozen servers and a few other settings.

 

Positive:

Speed: 40-45Mbs Download and 3-3.5Mbs Upload (ISP line speed 50/4 Mbs).

OpenVPN (256 bit encryption) and server side DNS servers.

They say they don't monitor your surf behavior.

So this is a real VPN and not some cheap proxy...

 

Negative:

I didn't ask for "Avira Launcher" (1 service + 1 startup item extra).

Avira collects a hardware profile of your machine, they call it your "Protected Device"...

 

My personal opinion:

Good VPN: nice speeds and good security!

Privacy is always a week point when you get limited data because they have to monitor and keep track of you to know how much you have used up!

 

Hope this helps you decide!  :wink:



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Posted 04 May 2016 - 05:48 PM

Thanks to both quietman7 and GNULINUX.  I've installed and used Avira Phantom VPN Free, and I like it, but so far I've been unable to find out how to register the product so I can get the full 1 GB of traffic per month.  From what I can see, others have also tried to find this out, but failed.



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Posted 04 May 2016 - 06:35 PM

And it appears support is only provied for Premium Products.

You can try asking at the Avira Feedback Community.
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Posted 05 May 2016 - 04:48 AM

I'm on Linux ATM but as I remember you should be able to login by clicking on the "Avira Launcher" in your task-bar/tray. This should open a webpage where you can login (use your existing Avira login) or make a new account.
 
Let me know if you don't find it, I'll reboot to Windows and post a screenshot if necessary...  :wink:
 
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Posted 05 May 2016 - 09:03 AM

OK, I succeeded in registering Avira Phantom VPN Free by the following means:

 

Go to Avira's Experts Home page at https://answers.avira.com/en/experts.

 

Select an expert by whom's name it says "Contact Me" rather than "Start Chat".  That means that that expert isn't currently available, so you'll have to send them an email.

 

When that expert's page comes up, slick on "Contact < expert's name >".

 

A message box appears.  Type "How do I register Avira Phantom VPN Free so I can get the full 1 GB of traffic per month?" into the message field.

 

Below that, enter your email address into the email address field.

 

When you finish entering your email address, the "X" at the end of the email address field changes to a check mark (like the Nike "swoosh" logo).  A speech balloon emanates from the check mark that says "Click to register with the email address you entered."

 

Click on the check mark.

 

That's it, you're registered, your available monthly traffic jumps from 500 MG to 1 GB, but you'll receive no email to confirm this.



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Posted 05 May 2016 - 09:30 AM

You would think a well known vendor like Avira would make this process easier to find if they wanted to attract more folks.

Anyway glad you sorted it out.
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Posted 05 May 2016 - 09:41 AM

LOL, I had no trouble registering by following the method described in my previous post...

 

Oh well, glad you got it working!  :thumbup2:

 

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