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Ratings
 
Price/Value
8.5/10
Protection
9/10
Repair
9/10
User Interface
9/10
Technical Support
9.5/10
Software Updates
9/10
Features
9/10
90%
Overall Score

Defending more than 4 million computers worldwide, VIPRE Antivirus has been nudging its way in to the market since 2008. Developed by ThreatTrack Security Inc., the main focus for VIPRE is to provide top-end security without compromising speed or performance. As one of the first products on the market to combine antivirus and anti-spyware into one solution, today VIPRE anti virus protects users from the 200,000+ new daily threats.

New to VIPRE Antivirus, the 2014 version offers Social Watch and Search Guard. Social Watch scans users Facebook page for malicious links that could infect their computer, and Search Guard helps users browse safely without worrying about viruses, Trojans or other online threats.

A comprehensive and high-performance product, VIPRE has stepped up its game with this year’s version without compromising the program’s ability to maintain a light footprint, even during scans.

Price/Value

On par with most antivirus products, VIPRE Antivirus 2014 hits the market at $39.99 for coverage on 1 PC for 1 year. Users will get the classic antivirus, spyware, rootkits, bots, Trojans and other online threat detection / removal, as well as added bonuses like a secure file eraser - allowing users to permanently delete all traces of a file - an automatic removable device scanner, their new Social Watch and Search Guard technology, and more.

Where the best value is with this product is the customer service - it’s all free. With an online knowledgebase, live support chat, and phone support at no extra cost, users won’t have to fork out extra cash if they encounter problems. Perhaps the best value of all, if new variants of a virus can't be removed by VIPRE, they offer free remote service to remove it manually - something other companies charge about $100 for.

Protection

In terms of protecting a user’s computer, VIPRE anti virus stands right up there with the big players. Right from installation, the program scans the computer to detect and remove malicious files. Using the technology it was built for, the high-performance anti-malware engine combines antivirus and anti-spyware into one harmonized system, giving users robust security without compromising PC performance.

VIPRE’s Active Protection technology scans for threats in real-time, ensuring a user’s computer is protected against email-borne viruses, and for users that are constantly plugging in external hard drives, USB and other flash media, the automatic removable device scanner has you covered.

For users with a PC so infected they can’t even install VIPRE, VIPRE Rescue software can be used to disinfect their system, and VIPRE can than be installed.

Repair

VIPRE’s all-in-one style setup detects and removes viruses, spyware, bots, Trojans, rootkits and all other types of internet security issues. If new variants of a virus can't be removed by the VIPRE software, the friendly customer support offers free virus removal, and best of all, users won’t need to take their computers into a store; everything can be done via remote connection.

User Interface

The user interface for VIPRE Antivirus 2014 is very simplistic and easy to use. Sections are clearly labelled, and the advanced functions are available for skilled users without being in your face, so inexperienced users won’t accidentally mess around with settings.

Users can see the progress of a scan, risks detected, what the risks mean and how severe it is to the computer. While the interface may not be as appealing as some others, the key here is to get the job done thoroughly and quickly, and VIPRE anti virus gets that done.

Technical Support

Supporting their customers is where VIPRE really shines. You would expect with completely free support, there would be long wait times and limited access, but VIPRE Antivirus offers support via an online knowledgebase, live chat, community forum, phone, and if you still can’t find an answer, users can submit a case online. Unlike many other companies, VIPRE phone support is free - with toll-free numbers for 23 different countries. Their online support also has the ability to remotely connect to a user to help with virus removal - another free service.

Software Updates

The program downloads the latest updates upon installation, so users are protected against the latest threats immediately. After installation, definition updates are then downloaded several times a day and on every reboot.

Users also have the ability to manually download and install full definition updates. This can be handy if the computer they want to scan doesn’t have internet access to download new definitions. The file can be downloaded onto a removable storage device and uploaded to the desired computer.

Features

Included with VIPRE Antivirus 2014 are some useful features like PC Explorer, Secure File Eraser, History Cleaner, Social Watch, and Search Guard.

PC Explorer gives users access to settings on their computer that are normally hidden. Advanced users can use this functionality to add programs to their Always Allowed list.

Secure File Eraser allows users to permanently and securely erase all traces of a file. A useful “Erase Files” option is added to your Windows Explorer menu for easy access.

History Cleaner eliminates browsing and search history, including history stored by popular applications.

Social Watch monitors a user’s Facebook page for malicious links, then alerts the user to any threats if found.

Search Guard identifies links that are potentially harmful to a user’s computer. It helps users browse the web with confidence they won’t be infected by a virus, Trojan or other online threat.


Final Verdict

Overall, VIPRE Antivirus 2014 checks all the marks when it comes to securing users from online threats. The new features along with their promise to provide a powerful antivirus product without slowing down performance makes VIPRE a product that can go head-to-head with the big names.