VIPRE Antivirus Review - UPDATED Sep. 2017
VIPRE anti-malware software is manufactured by ThreatTrack Security Inc., originally established as Sunbelt Software Inc. in 1994. The initial idea was to provide security solutions to the growing number of Windows users and over the next ten-odd years, they did exactly that. Among other products the company launched during this period were iHateSpam, CHSandbox, and CounterSpy, all names anti-malware software aficionados will recognize.
Today, ThreatTrack’s gamut of products is sold under the name VIPRE and, as you will read in this VIPRE Antivirus review, they still know how to protect their users.
Package Information and Features
In this part of our VIPRE Antivirus review, we will cover all the different plans and features that the company behind the products offers to their home and business owners. We wanted to emphasize that the VIPRE Antivirus also comes in special versions for business users, but we will get to that. The VIPRE Antivirus Home version comes in three versions: VIPRE Antivirus 2016, VIPRE Internet Security 2016 and VIPRE Internet Security Pro 2016.
All of the three versions come with the following features included: Edge Protection, Social Watch, Search Guard, Easy Install, Certified antivirus and anti-spyware protection, Anti-spyware protection. Active Protection, Email and instant messaging protection and Removable media scanning.
VIPRE Internet Security 2016 also comes with the following: Two-way firewall protection, Anti-intrusion protection, Anti-spam protection, Bad website blocking and Instant URL lookup.
VIPRE Internet Security Pro 2016 adds Advanced Active Protection, which entails Instant behavioral analysis and Cloud-enabled assessment for improved threat detection and remediation.
The VIPRE business packages come in three versions as well – VIPRE Antivirus Business, VIPRE Business Premium, and VIPRE Endpoint Security.
Now that we have listed the main package options and features, we should probably say a thing or two about how VIPRE Antivirus handles some of the basic tasks that we want our anti-malware software to perform. For example, there is the full system scan which can last for around 45 minutes the first time around. It is very thorough and does not report almost any false positives. Subsequent scans are much shorter, which makes it easier to run them every now and then.
VIPRE Antivirus is also very good at blocking malware and preventing the installation and running of infected executable files. VIPRE is also more than capable of blocking URLs that are dangerous and that can lead to your computer becoming infected with malware.
Today, an antivirus software’s antiphishing capabilities are also extremely important and VIPRE has gone to great lengths to improve their phishing recognition and prevention from some of its past versions that were not so great. More precisely, it did better than the vast majority of other similar solutions on the market. In addition to these basic features, VIPRE can also help secure your email correspondence, as well as your social network profiles.
Ease of Use
One of the things we enjoyed the most while doing this VIPRE Antivirus review was how easy it was to use this piece of software and all of its options. For example, the entire installation consists of simply launching the installer file, putting in your license key, clicking on Agree & Continue and that is that. The user interface has been streamlined as well as we have seen it done and we cannot imagine anyone having troubles using VIPRE solutions.
Reliability and Performance
In the few weeks we spent actively doing our VIPRE Antivirus review, we didn’t encounter any problems with the software as such. In fact, it was much less resource-consuming than many of the competitor solutions on the market. It has definitely been optimized well and it should not make your PC or device struggle for any reason.
VIPRE Antivirus boasts a U.S.-based support team and trust us when we tell you that this is important. They have a toll-free number and several features on their website that are aimed at making the customer experience even better. For instance, they encourage their users to send them infected files so that their database becomes better and they have a tool called VIPRE Rescue that you can download if your computer is already infected.
VIPRE Antivirus pricing system can get a bit complicated at times because the prices will vary depending on the type of package you purchase, the number of devices you wish to protect and the number of years you intend to remain their user. If you find the right combination, you can get your VIPRE Antivirus for just $29.99. We suggest you do your research well before you purchase a “plan”.
As you may have figured out already, we really like VIPRE Antivirus. That being said, check out our Top 10 Best Antivirus Software Of 2016 page and find the antiviruses that are even better.