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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 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:

    3.1 stars

    out of 10 votes

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

    "Best AV out there IMO"

    May 14, 2010  |   By DrStone7

    Version: Vipre Antivirus 4.0.3248

    Pros

    Great AV tool, catches everything including viruses that were missed by Norton and AVG. Great product and support, can't say enough good things about them and I am a computer professional with years of desktop support experence.

    Cons

    No cons with this tool.

    Summary

    Small foot print, excelent AV.

    Used on Vista and Win7 for several months now.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "WOW!! Its GOOD!"

    April 17, 2010  |   By slimfofo

    Version: Vipre Antivirus 4.0.3248

    Pros

    first i was confused coz vipre is not popular
    then check it on cnet . rated 5 star??
    i tried it well this software is verygood
    can block viruses! no need to scan pc thats the protection i wanted

    Cons

    70mb ram usage. i hope it will be lessen

    Summary

    ONE OF THE BEST! GOOD THING I TRIED

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Stay away."

    April 17, 2010  |   By spirit_chaser

    Version: Vipre Antivirus 4.0.3248

    Pros

    Still looking for one.

    Cons

    Does what it wants to do not what you want it to. Terrible tech support.

    Summary

    Had to fight with it from the start. It. blocked a program on my computer even though I put it on my "allways allow" list. Couldn't get it to let me use the program no matter what I tried. Also, it blocked one of my Windows security programs. E-mailed tech support and it's been two weeks now without an answer. Decided to just uninstall it and it blocked me from getting to my control panel and programs list. Like it knew what I was trying to do. Had to find another way into the control panel to finally uninstall it. After that everything was back to normal and working fine. Glad it was only the free trial version. Big waste of money if you buy it.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Missed Trojans, Uninstall caused problems."

    April 9, 2010  |   By jstevenscpb

    Version: Vipre Antivirus 4.0.3248

    Pros

    It works hard to deliver the goods.

    Cons

    Missed major problems other free products caught. Notification setting is a pain and distraction. Only seemed to stop safe processes. Uninstall would not work do to missing file so had to go through time consuming manual unistall with file killers.

    Summary

    Wouldn't use it for free let alone purchase it. Has the right concept but fails to deliver more than hype and appearance.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "finally antivirus software that does not slow my pc"

    April 4, 2010  |   By vipre_antivirus_user

    Version: Vipre Antivirus 4.0.3248

    Pros

    vipre antivirus identified threats on my pc once installed & removed them. it works really well, fast, without slowing down my systems processes. i paid $49.95 to cover my 3 pcs & 1 laptop. i called for support, they spoke american, and were great.

    Cons

    the support was only available till 9pm est, which is fine. i would rather speak to an american who understands my english, then the far east support people who i have to repeat my requests using other software like norton, eset, mcafee (tried them).

    Summary

    i originally bought counterspy antispyware, the forerunner of vipre antivirus from counterspy.com a site that had brief to the point details about vipre, and although my family does not go to sites we think are dangerous, i felt it was time to get some extra protection just in case we should get hit with a virus by email, or sharing a flashdrive, or whatever. anyway, i used norton 360 and i also used eset nod for a year, and with norton, my desktops were always problematic in the morning, when i started to work on my computers, as you could hear the antivirus software working like it was chewing up the hard drive (weird but it sounded like they were turning gears painfully). . . eset and mcafee were not much better, while i felt mcafee was offering good protection, when getting updates or when scanning, i could not browse the web or open ms word or excel without slowly coming to halt.

    anyway, i have been using vipre for about 17 months now, and my computers run fast and clean, like they are finely tuned.

    as for the comments from above on cnet.com, saying they received no support. the support i received was simple explanations, from great telephone support to great email support, so i think they were just complaining. vipre antivirus is awesome.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "piece of @*!?"

    April 4, 2010  |   By jim70bone

    Version: Vipre Antivirus 4.0.3248

    Pros

    trial version worked great

    Cons

    purchased version would not perform manual scan (quick or deep)
    poor customer/tech support

    Summary

    I was really hopeful after reading all the positive reviews. I purchased two licenses. Should have paid more attention to the negative reviews in hindsight. The funny thing was when I called to get a refund they were very quick to oblige without even asking why I wasn't satisfied. Oh well so much for customer satisfaction...LOL

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Non-existent support"

    April 2, 2010  |   By loades

    Version: Vipre Antivirus 4.0.3248

    Pros

    Easy setup and simple to use.

    Cons

    I sent an e-mail to support, after 2 weeks they replied apologising for the
    delay and included an FAQ! I replied that the FAQ didn't answer my
    question and then, after another 10 days, my 30 day trial ran out without
    having heard from them.

    Summary

    Non-existent support on a paid for product is not acceptable to me. Avoid!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Silent Ninja of the anti-virus world"

    April 2, 2010  |   By deltargon

    Version: Vipre Antivirus 4.0.3248

    Pros

    Comprehensive scan, host based intrusion detection system, centrally managed configuration and reporting. During the "Deep scan" the anti-virus ate an average of 4.5% of my CPU.

    Cons

    It is so simple the users will try and use it by themselves.

    Summary

    Don't take my word for it. Download it, TRY IT, Study it and see if its right for you.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Best AntiVirus software I have ever used!!! Recommend!"

    March 14, 2010  |   By bird95134

    Version: Vipre Antivirus 4.0.3248

    Pros

    As claimed, light foot print on computer resources - both memory and CPU utilization.

    Cons

    Virus defintion update status date/time is EST time zone based. Not a big deal, would rather see the last update in the time zone that is local, i.e. mine.

    Summary

    Impressed. Replaced Bit-defender on all PCs in my house and all are running faster now.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Not For Dial up Connection's"

    March 13, 2010  |   By Gold Dust

    Version: Vipre Antivirus 4.0.3248

    Pros

    It Is Made In The USA.

    Cons

    Could Not Download The Detections Or The Updates So That I Could Use It. Must Have At Less A 56Kbps Connection Speed In Order To Use It.

    Summary

    I Contacted The Sunbelt Technical Support, And I Told Them That I Do Not Have A Connection Speed Of 56Kbps Or Higher I Told Them That I Would Be Lucky If It Was 46Kbps, This Is What They Told Me ("Thank you for contacting Sunbelt technical support. Yes you may still be able to run VIPRE the only problem that could arise is the fact that updating the software may not happened or could be very slow if it does happen.")
    Well If You Can Not Update VIPRE You Should Not Use It Because VIPRE Would Be No Good, Without Updates Or Detections To Download!

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