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Viper - the Anti-plagiarism Scanner

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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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  • 1.0 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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  • 1.0 stars

    "Not working!!"

    December 4, 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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  • 1.0 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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  • 1.0 stars

    "Not worth the time"

    May 3, 2012  |   By AppUploads

    Version: Viper - the Anti-plagiarism Scanner 3.0.04

    Pros

    it was free

    Cons

    did not work

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  • 1.0 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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  • 1.0 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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