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Vipre Antivirus + Antispyware

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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:

    3.4 stars

    out of 18 votes

    • 5 star: 7
    • 4 star: 3
    • 3 star: 2
    • 2 star: 2
    • 1 star: 4
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  • 5.0 stars

    "Best so far"

    October 11, 2009  |   By Eric65109

    Version: Vipre Antivirus + Antispyware 3.1.2416

    Pros

    Over the last 15 years we had McAfee, Norton, AVG and the free edition of Panda. Also had CW Shreader, Adware, Spybot and none ot them have worked as well as Vipre. We have three computers on this virus program and no problems for a 6 months.

    Cons

    None so far

    Summary

    Great program and runs in the back ground with very little resources, not like all the other prograns that really slow down all three of our computers! Won't ever go back to the other programs. All the other have let in virus's and other spyware. This has worked like a charm!!!

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  • 4.0 stars

    "VIPRE is the Best"

    October 7, 2009  |   By jbwal27

    Version: Vipre Antivirus + Antispyware 3.1.2416

    Pros

    Low on system resources. Provides top of the line protection without putting a dent in your wallet. You will not find a better Technical Support Call Center.

    Cons

    It has allowed a few infections to slip through, but that is more my fault because I have downloaded and/or installed something from an untrustworthy source. I know better than to blame VIPRE. Hint, don't use P2P programs and avoid infections.

    Summary

    Many of the negative reviews on this site are from average PC users who already have heavily infected machines and blame VIPRE for not solving all of their problems. A real PC Tech knows that one program is not enough. As an I.T. Tech, I use VIPRE and SpywareBlaster to prevent infection and use Malwarebytes (free version) as a secondary scanner. I have four PC's and they are clean as a whistle. Hint, boot your PC into Safe Mode and scan for infections.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "It's just okay."

    September 3, 2009  |   By windyplain

    Version: Vipre Antivirus + Antispyware 3.1.2416

    Pros

    It's a virus + antispyware rolled into 1.

    Cons

    I kept it updated, still got infected several tiimes, even though it ran at startup with High Active Protection + did scans regularly. It's not worth the money. It's a system resource hog on an old computer. Def. files are huge for manual update.

    Summary

    I use ClamWin now & am happier & use something else for malware.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Ineffective..Bleepingcomputer and Malwarebytes fixed it"

    August 20, 2009  |   By arkarel

    Version: Vipre Antivirus + Antispyware 3.1.2416

    Pros

    Quick response on telephone calls to Tech Support. American (easy to understand) tech support.

    Cons

    Ineffective. Finally I gave up and went to Bleepingcomputer.com. They told me how to stop the problem processes and told me to download and use Malwarebytes. Downloaded free. FIXED ALL PROBLEMS...I bought it!

    Summary

    INEFFECTIVE....located no problem files despite serious infections. I had a BAD redirection problem and "Total Security" malware which pretty much crippled my nice new Samsung netbook. I read good review in CNET and downloaded Counterspy. Tech then told me that Counterspy could not repair my problem...I really needed to upgrade to VIPRE. So I did. It scanned....NOTHING FOUND although my computer was totally screwed up. Two days of tech calls and scans with other company's products. Finally I gave up and went to Bleepingcomputer.com and Malwarebytes. Downloaded free. FIXED ALL PROBLEMS...I bought it!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Very Good , Protection"

    July 31, 2009  |   By MasterGhost77

    Version: Vipre Antivirus + Antispyware 3.1.2416

    Pros

    Does not use loads system resources , As far as I'm concerned Ive tryed every security package i can get my hands on and this has the best removal and catch rating of them all. Vipre beats all others hands down.

    Cons

    Nothing to say that's bad about this software.

    Summary

    Very easy too use , Very well thought out , Well done too Sunbelt.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Should be Free for what it does"

    July 13, 2009  |   By System_Support_Gal

    Version: Vipre Antivirus + Antispyware 3.1.2416

    Pros

    This product had excellent media coverage, however, they were inaccurate.

    Cons

    This product has allowed thru some spyware, password trappers, worms, etc. It does not have a scan on boot option and does not clean up well at all. It should be free while they work out the bugs. It is over priced and not very good in my opinion.

    Summary

    Will not recommend and will not buy.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Great AV program... Wish it were FREE!"

    June 8, 2009  |   By ahart23

    Version: Vipre Antivirus + Antispyware 3.1.2416

    Pros

    Very good AV protection. Easy to use, simple interface, very thorough and reliable protection!

    Cons

    All in all, there are some FREE apps available that perform JUST AS GOOD if not BETTER!

    Summary

    It's a great app; however, I will not spring to spend money for it when Avast is still FREE.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "DOWNLOAD AT YOUR OWN RISK"

    June 6, 2009  |   By zizimatizi

    Version: Vipre Antivirus + Antispyware 3.1.2416

    Pros

    RUBBISH......................................................................

    Cons

    4UCKED UP...................................................

    Summary

    HAD TO BUY A BETTER SPYWARE SWEEPER TO CLEAN MY PC FROM THE MESS CREATED BY THIS SO CALLED VIPRE..DAMN!!!!!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Best protection against viruses and spyware!!"

    May 21, 2009  |   By ppritts

    Version: Vipre Antivirus + Antispyware 3.1.2416

    Pros

    -scans include rootkit protection
    -offers three scans: quick, deep, custom
    -deep scan of all processes and files is quick
    -customer service is "top-of-the-line"
    -frequent auto-updates
    -does not slow down my computer
    -no false positives (so far)

    Cons

    None I can think of so far.

    Summary

    I have used Vipre from the first day it was released. Back then, I was using CounterSpy from Sunbelt as my anti-spyware product and Norton as my anti-virus. CounterSpy worked great for me so as soon as they finished Vipre (CounterSpy combined with the new anti-virus), I DUMPED Norton and have used Vipre as my ONLY anti-virus, anti-spyware product running in real time. I was running Windows XP at that time.
    Vipre's increased computer speed and small "footprint" (compared to Norton) was outstanding! It updates its signatures and features twice a day (on average). You can't even tell this is taking place (except for a small, lower right corner notification). In the two years I have had Vipre, there have been no false positives. I do deep scans of my entire system (now Vista) twice a week. My deep scans take about 30 minutes. I also run on-demand scans from other programs like MalwareBytes as well as on-line Internet scans from E-set and Kaspersky. Vipre is my ONLY real time virus and spyware protection.
    I have been virus and spyware free since I installed Vipre. Based on your input to its questions, it builds a whitelist and blacklist of the programs running on your computer. It is VERY easy to edit these lists (called "always allowed" and "always blocked").
    Customer service is superb! Last week I submitted a question about Vipre's compatibility with another program I was having trouble with. They answered back in only TWO HOURS with a solution that solved my problem. They have always responded with fast, accurate answers to the very few times I have needed their customer service.
    You can do manual updates; start scans; shut down the program; or open it by right-clicking the icon in the tray by the clock.
    I highly recommend Vipre!!

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Crashed my computer when I installed."

    April 30, 2009  |   By dobsdv

    Version: Vipre Antivirus + Antispyware 3.1.2416

    Pros

    I don't really, honestly know....

    Cons

    As I said, it crashed. DO NOT RUN WITH INSTALLED ANTI VIRUS ON YOUR COMPUTER

    Summary

    This is not necessarily negative. I just don't know if it's good, because it doesn't work in conjunction with my installed anti virus program. Could be a good program for you.

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