Viper - the Anti-plagiarism Scanner

Viper - the Anti-plagiarism Scanner

Download Editors' Rating:
3
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Average User Rating:
2.5
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Quick Specs

  • Version:
    3.0.04
  • Total Downloads:
    802,677
  • Date Added:
    May 10, 2011
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    1.21MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    563
  • Platform:
    Windows
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Editors' Review

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Viper - the Anti-plagiarism Scanner, promises to scan uploaded documents for plagiarism, a serious issue in academic, business, and publishing spheres. Like other services of its type, it's aimed primarily at students and is intended to reduce the copying and shopping of term papers and essays. Also like the others, it offers free and paid subscription services, both of which offer the same level of checking from the same database and other similar and virtually identical services. The chief difference is what happens to your work nine months later.

On the one hand, Viper is easy to use and seems fairly effective at identifying plagiarized passages and flagging potentially similar passages, misidentified or misattributed quotes, and other suspicious hits for follow-ups. We downloaded and set up the Viper client and logged in to its network via our username and password. As a new user, we could choose the paid or free service; we chose the free service, which involved three steps: add our documents to scan, scan against files on our computer (if we wanted to), and scan for plagiarism on the Internet and/or Viper's database. We uploaded a document, which involved picking a category for it from an extensive drop-down list, and quickly moved through the program's steps. We clicked Start, and Viper noted that our document was queued for processing. Thankfully, our document contained no issues, but the scans can identify a number of potential issues, and the online documentation does a good job explaining each and its consequences. We like the ability to limit scans to the Internet, which can check for illegally republished content.

On the other hand, Viper's free service only keeps your essays private for nine months, after which your work is published in the company's "student essay database" to help other students "learn from your work as an example." Constant offers of editing services and other fee-based options merit caution, too. While the program's documentation asserts that you retain copyright over submitted essays, the only thing that's clear to us is that material you submit for free plagiarism scans is published by the software maker nine months later. Some things sound good at the time, but nine months later, they don't seem so hot. Be sure to read the fine print as carefully as you proofread your own essays.

 
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User Reviews
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1 stars

"Not worth it"

March 22, 2014  |  By BennyAcid5

 |  Version: Viper - the Anti-plagiarism Scanner 3.0.04

Pros

There are no pros, it may be free but it's one of the worst programs out there

Cons

Everything to do with the program is suspicious.

They actually upload your essay within 3 months, contrary to what they say on the website about 9 month waiting period.

Summary

Having spy removal on PC is a good option.

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1 stars

"Not working!!"

December 04, 2013  |  By YinyeeSwarovski

 |  Version: Viper - the Anti-plagiarism Scanner 3.0.04

Pros

a garbage work!

Cons

Not working at all!!!!!!!

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1 stars

"DO NOT WASTE YOUR TIME DOWNLOADING THIS USELESS PROGRAM"

July 17, 2012  |  By jmene006

 |  Version: Viper - the Anti-plagiarism Scanner 3.0.04

Pros

"free" APPARENTLY

Cons

waste of time does not work.

Summary

HIGHLY DISAPPOINTED. I NOT ONLY WASTED MY TIME DOWNLOADING IT BUT REMOVING IT FROM MY COMPUTER AND RUNNING THE SPYWARE REMOVAL AFTER.

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1 stars

"Not worth the time"

May 03, 2012  |  By AppUploads

 |  Version: Viper - the Anti-plagiarism Scanner 3.0.04

Pros

it was free

Cons

did not work

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1 stars

"No use for Open University"

January 12, 2012  |  By 09374867

 |  Version: Viper - the Anti-plagiarism Scanner 3.0.04

Pros

None for Open University use

Cons

Using Viper contravenes the Open University Code of Practice for Student Discipline SD1.9: Encouraging or enabling plagiarism. This is a disciplinary offence for which a penalty may be imposed.

This is because your uploaded essay may be published by Viper, thereby enabling plagiarism.

Summary

Don't take the risk !

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1 stars

"Not able to use!"

August 30, 2011  |  By gechodesigns

 |  Version: Viper - the Anti-plagiarism Scanner 3.0.04

Pros

I am an IT pro and have my network set up with more than enough rules to allow this program out. The problem doesn't lie with anyone's network. It has to do with this thing being a poorly coded piece of garbage. Do yourself a favor and don't bother!

Cons

The whole thing is a con. If you read what you get for using it for free... They'll use your essay after a bit.

Summary

Don't bother downloading. It doesn't work. I spent hours trying to make it work. The customer support is a joke, and the comments over there are good for a hoot.

Updated on Aug 30, 2011

Received this email... Looks like they try to hide problems and hush-hush them. My advice... Avoid this company.

Hi there,

Thanks for your feedback about Viper. Rather than leave your comments
on our blog, for a response, you could have contacted
support@scanmyessay.com.

There are certainly a small number of users on facebook who have
reported problems. There are also 4,000+ users who scan their essays
each day without any problems. The users experiencing problems are a
very small number in comparison and we are usually able to help them -
most of the common problems are addressed on our 'contact' page on our
website.

As I said, thanks for your feedback but really I think your comments
could have been more constructive.

Kind regards

Jen
Angel (Viper)

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 3.0.04
Version 3.0.04 improves reliability and stability.
General
Publisher Academic Answers
Publisher web site http://www.scanmyessay.com
Release Date May 10, 2011
Date Added May 10, 2011
Version 3.0.04
Category
Category Educational Software
Subcategory Teaching Tools
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 7, Windows, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 95
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 1.21MB
File Name viperclientsetup_aca.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 802,677
Downloads Last Week 563
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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