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Vipre Antivirus

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 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:

    2.8 stars

    out of 6 votes

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

    "Not as good as everyone thinks"

    October 21, 2011  |   By almoria

    Version: Vipre Antivirus 4.0.4280

    Pros

    Has good features.
    Fast scan.
    Good detection.

    Cons

    Blocked 20% of zero day threats.
    Removed inefficiently 30% of an infested system.

    Summary

    Not good at all.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "The best of all similar software"

    October 8, 2011  |   By Gervaise3

    Version: Vipre Antivirus 4.0.4280

    Pros

    Fast and does not drag down performance of the PC like Norton and other s and it catches stuff quickly.

    Cons

    Once in a while it gets caught up in thinking a site is bad when it is not. It does not like the Johns Hopkins Medical Center for some reason and blocks most of it.

    Summary

    Buy it and dump the other junk in the market

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Good Antivirus"

    October 6, 2011  |   By scooter-154

    Version: Vipre Antivirus 4.0.4280

    Pros

    Removed viruses Norton missed! My laptop is so much faster with VIPRE.

    Cons

    I can't think of a single one.

    Summary

    VIPRE saved me after Norton let me down. VIPRE is awesome.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "It doesn't have a free version."

    October 4, 2011  |   By Lucarette9

    Version: Vipre Antivirus 4.0.4280

    Pros

    Don't know yet

    Cons

    Don't know yet

    Summary

    I love Sunbelt so one way to support them is to give them a friendly advice that free AV version plays a big role for a premium product's popularity and rapid growth.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Excellent protection, excellent service by Sunbelt!"

    October 3, 2011  |   By gems1221

    Version: Vipre Antivirus 4.0.4280

    Pros

    Vipre doesn't limit the number of users
    We have 6 family members, 8 working computers;
    Vipre is on all 8 w/o add'l cost!

    Cons

    Occasionly it used to shut down w/o us knowing,
    that's since been resolved.
    As far as programs go, I think Vipre's the best!

    Summary

    I first had the opportunity to try and review Viper as a member of the Amazon Vine community a few years ago.
    Vipre runs in the background, while not slowing the computer down.
    The icon is blue in the tray when working, green when scanning, & the icon isn't visible in the tray when Vipre is off.
    Installs and runs seamlessly. Even if the program expires, it continues to alert you to suspicious activity! It doesn't update the definitions, but who would?! What other software does that!?
    Unlike all the other protection programs, Vipre doesn't limit you to a certain number of installations/users! It can be installed on ALL the computers we own!
    In our family of 6, we have 8 computers - 4 are dedicated to family business use - i.e. taxes, financial, handcrafted jewelry sales, rosters, volunteer work, etc... We don't want to use those for other purposes.
    We had tried all the major anti-virus software,internet security software, anti-spyware software programs which we were aware of - Norton, McAfee, AVG (free and good), AVAST, Trend, and Bitdefender. I've used only Vipre on all of our computers since then w/o question! It's just THAT good!
    Because of those types of things, in combo w/the excellent protection, Vipre has won numerous awards since it's inception. http://www.sunbeltsoftware.com
    Vipre is available for the home user, business user, & has developer products as well.
    Vipre is Microsoft Gold certified.
    Vipre has all the qualities we want in AV software, & does a great job protecting all of our computers!

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Problem software"

    October 1, 2011  |   By iamconan

    Version: Vipre Antivirus 4.0.4280

    Pros

    none,so far.

    Cons

    see below...

    Summary

    Software does not load the majority of web pages. Several tool options have to be left unchecked to make surfing the web easier.

    Start up/shutdown of computer takes longer than most software's. Web surfing is slowed down. Do not uninstall software to try another, then try to reinstall Vipre premium again, it will not work the same as prior. Constant problem.

    If you need tech support, it is a hit or miss situation, sometimes they answer back and most of the time not. If you do get an answer, it is a generic answer, not specific to help your situation.

    I would not use or purchase again.

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