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VIPRE Antivirus 2012

CNET Editors' review

The well-regarded Vipre antivirus software comes in different versions for home and business users. We recently tried Vipre Antivirus 2012, which is optimized for home users. In addition to the fast and thorough Vipre antivirus engine, this shareware package includes antirootkit and antispyware capabilities, email protection, removable media scanning, and real-time active protection from emerging threats. It works well with other antivirus solutions installed, too, and supports SSL and TLS with Outlook and Outlook Express. Vipre Antivirus 2012 is free to try for 30 days.

Vipre sets up quickly and easily for an antivirus tool. Scanning your system is always the first step in antivirus protection, but we clicked Update first to get the latest virus definitions. Of course, Vipre checks for updates automatically, too. Three scan settings are available: Quick Scan, Deep Scan, and a targeted Custom Scan. You should always use a full scan as a baseline when setting up a new antivirus solution, so we selected Deep Scan and pressed Scan Now. The scan is quite thorough and takes as long as other full antivirus scans, or longer, but we wanted it deep, not fast. (The everyday Quick Scan is much speedier.) Vipre takes the cautious approach to potential threats, automatically quarantining files it deems a threat, though of course there's an Always Allowed list and other configuration options. Vipre's Deep Scan isolated some adware that wasn't dangerous but wasn't exactly welcome, either, and we were delighted to give it the heave-ho. Vipre includes some useful extra modules: a Secure File Eraser, a History Cleaner, and PC Explorer, which identifies specific files and processes that may be suspicious. You can add safe items to the Always Allowed list from PC Explorer.

With so many competent antivirus tools available as freeware, why pay for Vipre Antivirus 2012? Well, if there's any program worth paying for to get better performance or features, it's your security software, especially your antivirus solution. Things like built-in extras and advanced technical support make a difference. Users' needs vary, but Vipre's 30-day trial lets you see for yourself if it's the antivirus solution you need.

Editors' note: This is a review of the trial version of Vipre Antivirus 2012 5.0.

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All User Reviews
  • All versions:

    3.7 stars

    out of 222 votes

    • 5 star: 125
    • 4 star: 24
    • 3 star: 9
    • 2 star: 13
    • 1 star: 51
  • Current version:

    2.5 stars

    out of 26 votes

    • 5 star: 8
    • 4 star: 2
    • 3 star: 0
    • 2 star: 2
    • 1 star: 14
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  • 1.0 stars

    "Not Free and Tons of updates."

    August 5, 2012  |   By MeowWws

    Version: VIPRE Antivirus 2012 5.0

    Pros

    -A lot of updates
    -More updates plz I am on 56kbps

    Cons

    -A lot of warning indicator that can never be disabled.
    -therefore, a lot of exclamation mark that cannot be hide, it will finds it way to inform you. just like a virus!

    Summary

    Such an inferior product with tons of pop up asking you to secure your system thus renew my license really tells me that even keeping viruses at my system is much better off than having this application that not only degenerate the looks of my system, rather my psychological state of system readiness.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Best antivirus"

    June 27, 2012  |   By daniel_harrison

    Version: VIPRE Antivirus 2012 5.0

    Pros

    it always best in CNET review

    Cons

    take long to scan depend on how much space you have

    Summary

    THUMB UP!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Vipre Internet Security 2012"

    May 19, 2012  |   By AndreTrindade

    Version: VIPRE Antivirus 2012 5.0

    Pros

    i am going to point out some good evidence that Vipre internet Security 2012 can stand the top 1 between the famous Norton Internet Security and Norton 360.

    -Vipre Does let our pc running light/fast it doesnt consumes cpu that much like that knowned antivirus Bitdefender or Kaspersky
    Vipre antivirus for what i saw here on the cnet some said "it doesn't do nothing on background that's why it's light"
    Wrong.. Vipre has permanent monitor of your background and he does detect any suspicious virus or cracks that you want to put on your system to have that program free.

    -Vipre is among on myself and for my knownledge compared to Norton Internet Security i had test out a lot of antivirus like bitdefender (buggy and heavy) Kaspersky(consumes a lot of ram and doesnt desinfect your pc completely from virus)

    They are optimized to recognize new viruses that seems suspicious to the scan,even they can break to decrypt files to verify for virus

    Cons

    Vipre Company has not release a full database for UnBlocked/Blocked Websites in other means this means that vipre blocks one website wrong yet.

    Summary

    The many antivirus i had it and i've test it both on my experience along this years that worth to have there position on the top are Vipre Internet Security and Norton Why this? It is clearly that both work fine on detection of virus,malware and others.. They are optimized to recognize new viruses that seems suspicious to the scan,even they can break to decrypt files to verify for virus

    This Antivirus is worth to buy, it is yet on the development but still has inspected it as an 97% overall rate of capture virus, still does need to improve in some areas, some bugs and performance correction.
    I must say for 2 years ive been using this antivirus and im free of virus on my computer,side along i use Emsisoft Anti Malware.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "WILL SEARCH SOMEWHERE ELSE WHEN ITS TIME TO RENEW"

    April 26, 2012  |   By dex25

    Version: VIPRE Antivirus 2012 5.0

    Pros

    *doesn't seem to slow computer down(Probably because it DOES NOTHING)
    *firewalls good

    THATS IT

    Cons

    it seems fast because it does nothing
    * detected only 3 viruses in one YEAR(even malwarebytes detected at least 2 viruses a MONTH)
    * does nothing it lets viruses WALK INTO YOUR computer while it sits there retardedly.(if that's a word)

    Summary

    NEVER AGAIN

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Allowed Malware"

    April 3, 2012  |   By soonermagee

    Version: VIPRE Antivirus 2012 5.0

    Pros

    I thought it worked well.

    Cons

    Allowed the ever-so-popular SmartHDD Malware on my computer and it took me FOREVER to get it off.

    Summary

    I'm not a computer genius so I rely on reviews to purchase programs of this nature. I paid for the whole shabang as I thought it was great, had great reviews on here, and it seemed to update everything and scan nightly. All of a sudden the Smart HDD malware took everything over and it was a PIA to fix and it took me hours. I'll be getting rid of this from my computer STAT.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Awesome AV"

    April 1, 2012  |   By k5kid

    Version: VIPRE Antivirus 2012 5.0

    Pros

    -Lite on resources
    -Doesn't slow your system down
    -Not a nagger AV
    -Runs quietly in the background and does a good job
    -Good value
    -Real phone support if you need it, but you won't.

    Cons

    I can't find any

    Summary

    This is great AV software. It runs in the background doing its job efficiently and doesn't nag you to death. I have been using it for at least three generations on multiple household computers and it has only been improved with each generation.

    I haven't had any negative experiences with Vipre as some of the other reviewers claim.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Very bad AV"

    April 1, 2012  |   By michael_booyah

    Version: VIPRE Antivirus 2012 5.0

    Pros

    nothing................................

    Cons

    im using the 30-day trial:
    1) its only give me 15 days instead of 30
    2)clogging my system, slowing internet, blocked many sites, destroyed my cfosspeed softwares, using over 90% of CPU,my computer hangs and freeze
    3)very hard to get rid..using youruninstaller- for the first time give me a BSOD

    Summary

    don't go near it

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Much Better"

    March 18, 2012  |   By pnoyzzzz

    Version: VIPRE Antivirus 2012 5.0

    Pros

    More Detections
    Blocks BAD Website's
    Super Lite...

    Cons

    The GUI cant keep up with other AV, so simple

    Summary

    It has power that other's can't do, Its super lite on system

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Probably the worst program ever installed"

    February 19, 2012  |   By zebra148--2008

    Version: VIPRE Antivirus 2012 5.0

    Pros

    Could not find anything good

    Cons

    was super hard to set up, a memory hog, as bad as Norton. Increased my boot time 5x's slower than ever been. I also removed after 1 day and have requested a refund....Blocked micrsoft word....for crying out loud

    Summary

    stay away from this one try something else...bad....bad....bad

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  • 1.0 stars

    "**** BOUGHT IT!! IT SUCKS & SUCKS & SUCKS ****"

    February 12, 2012  |   By Shannon-56

    Version: VIPRE Antivirus 2012 5.0

    Pros

    Easy to install. Great History cleaner.

    Cons

    Slows both computer down: 32sec boot time on one (windows vista), 51sec boot time on other (windows 7). Specs came straight from windows trouble shooter. There is no weekend phone support sucks. Vipre had a average antivirus in 2011 for the money. The 2012 version is worse than a free anti virus. Mastercard will be getting my phone call shortley. REFUND REFUND

    Summary

    I bought Vipre in 2010 ran it for 2yrs. With a few minor problems. My subscripiton expired so I bought a 2012 for 2yr. 2012 SUCKS & SUCKS. I am very disapointed in cnet for there review on this antivirus. I am going to have to research somewhere else for reviews.

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