The Good: Great for all-round protection, containing facilities to secure e-mails, USB drives and other peripherals, while providing protection for online browsing and a firewall. With its purchase comes a 10 installation license, for home use, allowing you to install it on 10 PCs for one purchase, a generous offer. Great dedicated customer support.
The Bad: Not as great at detecting some viruses or malware as the top two pieces of software on this list.
The Verdict: A strong and useful security program, but not perfect. Great all-round protection, with your computer and your browsing being protected, along with removable media. Dedicated and passionate customer service increases the appeal of VIPRE.
VIPRE is an easy-to-use all-round package for protecting your PC. It has automatic detection of other legitimate security programs on your computer during installation, preventing conflicts which can often arise with other programs. This is a somewhat unusual but very positive feature making installation a breeze. It is an intuitive and very functional program, that provides great usability and good protection from anything from viruses and malware to rootkits.
VIPRE is a very low-resource virus scanner, meaning upon start-up and during use it impacts so little on computer performance that users will not notice it working or whenever it is doing scans. This is welcome for all users, as PC users will find their programs not being slowed down, and laptop users will notice minimum impact on their battery life. VIPRE is not, however, Mac-compatible, but is available for users of Windows XP SP3 through to and including Windows 8.
VIPRE contains standard internet protection software, such as identifying suspicious links online before you go to the site. Automatic scanning of removable devices and clever monitoring of the PC by VIPRE make it a very hands-off program and suitable for casual users not wanting to be involved with any technical areas or setups.
VIPRE also includes a number of privacy-enhancing features, making it great for securing your PC not just from viruses, but from other users or anyone who might have access to your PC, authorised or unauthorised. It contains options to erase browsing history from many common programs, as well as adding an option to Windows Explorer right-click menus to erase a file and any traces of it permanently, making it great for computers with sensitive information that may need to be disposed of for good. Rounding out VIPRE’s quality viruscanner is the ability to automatically screen social media links on places like Facebook. As such, VIPRE is a comprehensive package that provides great everyday protection and good protection while browsing.
At least 512MB of RAM running 32- or 64-bit versions of either:
1GB of memory, a broadband internet connection, and latest Windows and Internet Explorer updates.
Supported email clients (applies to email protection):