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Vipre Antivirus + Antispyware

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:

    4.1 stars

    out of 27 votes

    • 5 star: 17
    • 4 star: 3
    • 3 star: 3
    • 2 star: 1
    • 1 star: 3
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  • 4.0 stars

    "Excellent Software"

    February 2, 2009  |   By torami

    Version: Vipre Antivirus + Antispyware 3.1.2315

    Pros

    Excellent Software

    Cons

    Excellent Software

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  • 5.0 stars

    "It's awesome. It rocks."

    January 9, 2009  |   By mkeswani

    Version: Vipre Antivirus + Antispyware 3.1.2315

    Pros

    Easier to use than the rest - don't have to do anything. Doesn't offer hundreds of config options. Is for home users. Not over taking over windows like norton. Not in your face all the time. It works. It detects stuff.

    Cons

    Cookie. Tracking cookies. I don't care about the cookies. Everyday with the cookies - daily scan.

    Summary

    I bought it before trying it out. I've been using all the freeware anti virus apps for so long, I knew vipre was going to be the one. I am not surprised by it's performance. It is expected. Just like you've always been expecting your antivirus to be. It overrules avira, avg, avast, nod, norton (everything overrules norton), bit defender? Come on, no one left. Kaspersky - it's heavy. Vipre - he's not heavy, he's my brother.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "It's very Fast , Effective and light on Resources."

    January 2, 2009  |   By gtstorm

    Version: Vipre Antivirus + Antispyware 3.1.2315

    Pros

    Fast, Reliable, User Friendly, First Class Custumer Support, Good Value ,Looks Very cool and Trendy.

    Cons

    NOTHING AT ALL

    Summary

    I Really Think VIPRE is The Only True AntiVirus Software Worth To Buy On Windows Vista x86 and Vista x64 base Computers.VIPRE is a True WARRIOR.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Almost Unbeatable"

    December 19, 2008  |   By MrPink1975

    Version: Vipre Antivirus + Antispyware 3.1.2315

    Pros

    Very light on your system , Very fast scans , and a great tool set . Vipre is also very user friendly .

    Cons

    Absolutely none . Does exactly what it's supposed to do and then some .

    Summary

    I've used lots of anti-virus software and this is in a tie for 1st with ESET-NOD 32 . Both are very effective , very fast , and very light on your system . Vipre is just a little bit lighter and has a great tool set . Simply put , it's awesome !!!

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  • 2.0 stars

    "It isn't what they say it is"

    December 12, 2008  |   By purigen

    Version: Vipre Antivirus + Antispyware 3.1.2315

    Pros

    I liked what I heard and the way it looks

    Cons

    Once I enabled active protection my PC slowed to a crawl. I started with the recommended setting (medium) and hardly anything worked, them I went to low which just made everything work real slow.

    Summary

    It's a big let down from all that I read about it

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  • 1.0 stars

    "CPU hog & User Interface dumbed down"

    October 22, 2008  |   By jkoerner

    Version: Vipre Antivirus + Antispyware 3.1.2315

    Pros

    Cool name. Bravo to Marketing dept. WIsh same could be said of engineering dept.

    Cons

    Periodically goes nuts and grabs 90-99% of CPU cycles.

    Summary

    User interface has been "dumbed down" with no option for advanced users to control it. Too early to know how effective it is - no empirical data yet from independent testing labs. Sunbelt's recent track record on fixing known, serious problems is not good. Sad to see a formerly good company go downhill.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "BEWARE OF THIS PRODUCT"

    October 19, 2008  |   By culloden370

    Version: Vipre Antivirus + Antispyware 3.1.2315

    Pros

    I like to see it wiped from my computer

    Cons

    Didnt have time to explore in great detail , becse it thot file "browseui.dll " was avirus.This rsultd in my comp failing to start properly.Luckily I was able to access "Tsk Mnger" and trawl files looking for what resembled a restore .exe file.

    Summary

    Dumped a s quickly as installed due to programmes poor judgement. Please have some technical expertise if installing

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Been using vipre for 8 days, and I love it!"

    October 15, 2008  |   By kunoichi24

    Version: Vipre Antivirus + Antispyware 3.1.2315

    Pros

    Vipre is super light on your system - when it runs a scan, you can continue working without lag.

    Cons

    I haven't found any yet

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Outruns All competition used to date!"

    October 12, 2008  |   By davidlewis7

    Version: Vipre Antivirus + Antispyware 3.1.2315

    Pros

    Vipre is thorough and affords you excellent full-time coverage at a very afford>able price. Tried the "best"; Norton, Windows One Care, Windows Defender, F-secure. No one and nothing else does the job this program does, or loads up your HD less.

    Cons

    Still waitng to find ONE. Ran the trial and liked it So well, I am now a subscriber. I personally have never run anything else like it, not even close.

    Summary

    IF you've been looking for a comprehensive anti-virus/ spyware program that you can count on to get the job totally done and not steal precious resources, this IS the one you've been looking for! Took it for a spin at the advice of CNET's editor ("Picks of the Week") and it was the greatest improvement since the inception of solid state circuitry!

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Buenas características externas pero no detecta"

    September 30, 2008  |   By rgonzalezco

    Version: Vipre Antivirus + Antispyware 3.1.2315

    Pros

    ¡Buena apariencia externa y facilidad de uso

    Cons

    No detectó algunos problemas que si detectaron otros productos

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