VIPRE Antivirus 2013 Review
VIPRE Internet Security products are relatively new to the IT industry; the range has only been on offer since 2008, via parent company ThreatTrack / GFI. VIPRE’s approach is clean and minimalist, with an appealingly straightforward website promoting the product.
It’s not often that we review a fairly unknown piece of software and report back that it was a joy to use, but VIPRE Antivirus 2013 is as close to perfect as anyone could hope for. It’s not one of the most richly featured products out there, but it IS one of the best. As such, it really should be on your shortlist.
The VIPRE product range is nice and simple, with a choice between an Antivirus product (on which we concentrate here) and a more expensive Internet Security product.
VIPRE’s subscription options are slightly unusual, and consist of a one-year package for a single PC, a one-year package for up to 10 PCs and a lifetime subscription for a single PC. Pricing is very competitive, and all in US Dollars.
With a single year, single PC subscription costing $39.99, the lifetime subscription at $79.99 seems like extraordinary value, but of course this is dependent on the assumption that the company will remain in business for whatever may constitute “a lifetime.” The one-year subscription for ten PCs costs $59.99, again a very tempting (if rather unusual) price point.
A free 30-day trial of VIPRE is available, and we took advantage of this in order to complete our review.
VIPRE doesn’t go overboard in describing software features. In fact, the features list is quite mundane – not that this should necessarily be viewed as a criticism.
Key features are as follows:
“All in One” Security: VIPRE is designed to protect against all kinds of different threats, specifically: “viruses, spyware, rootkits, bots, Trojans and all other types of malware.”
Easy Install: This claims to eliminate any conflicts during installation.
Removable Device Scanning: VIPRE automatically scans USB drives and other external storage devices as soon as they are plugged in. As we introduce our test viruses via removable media, we are always very interested to see how well this feature works in practice.
Secure File Eraser: Something of a supplementary utility, VIPRE includes the ability to securely erase files from the right-click menu, so they cannot be restored by specialist software.
Email Scanning: Usually included in antivirus software, this scans messages within popular email client programs.
Anti Rootkit: This claims to protect against “hard to reach” malware.
On the face of it, VIPRE’s features list could be that of any entry-level antivirus product. As always, we rely on our own testing to come to our own conclusions, but it is fair to say that there are other products with more innovations. However, this doesn’t always mean they are more effective in daily use. With this in mind we proceeded to install the product.
Installation and Configuration
With used a machine running a clean, updated install of Windows 7 Pro to complete our review.
First, we downloaded the 30-day trial from the vendor’s website. We were required to supply an email address to access the download:
This resulted in our receiving an email containing a custom link to access the 8MB download.
We ran the installer and accepted the license agreement.
The installer then scanned for conflicting program files, a very quick process, and then proceeded to download more application data.
We also noticed the installer downloading “threat definitions” during the process. We always like to see programs that are properly up to date when you first run them.
Once the installation completed (which only took a few minutes), we were asked to confirm whether we were happy to join the “ThreatNet” program. We were also told that “we rock,” which is always nice!
We hit the “Explore VIPRE” button to look at the program interface. Our first impressions were really positive: the interface was extremely clean and simple:
We next had a look through all of the “Settings” menus. Despite the minimalist front-end, there were some surprisingly detailed options available “under the hood.”
At this point, we were finding ourselves very much in favour of VIPRE’s balance between surface simplicity and advanced configurability. However, all of this is irrelevant without good test results, so we decided to proceed to our real-life tests.
As VIPRE Antivirus 2013 includes pre-scanning of USB keys, we were hopeful that the software would catch all of the threats on our highly infected device. However, many far better-known programs have failed this test.
We inserted the key and waited for the quick driver install. Immediately afterwards, VIPRE Antivirus offered to scan the device.
The USB device’s activity light flashed away for a while, but we were surprised not to see any notifications from VIPRE at all. However, we then clicked into the program’s interface and received the welcome news that the software had protected us from 3 “risks.”
We obviously wanted to confirm that these were the three known threats on our infected USB key. We found the logs in the program’s “Manage” menu, and confirmed that the software had found and quarantined every threat! We then confirmed, by browsing to our USB key, that all the viruses had been removed.
This was a truly superb performance – perhaps the best we’d seen from any product. We were completely protected from all the threats, including our fake Google Chrome installer, which has managed to confuse far better-known software products.
Even though we knew our machine to be clean, we kicked off a manual scan to assess VIPRE’s CPU and memory utilisation.
RAM usage was low, only peaking at around 50MB. CPU usage averaged out at about 30%, but didn’t seem to impact our machine’s performance when we tried running other programs.
VIPRE Antivirus 2013 was already doing very well in our review, but took things to the next level when we looked into the support options.
All the desirable options were present and correct and, pleasingly, all equally available to those using demo versions.
Support options for VIPRE consist of self service knowledge-base and forum support, ticket support, live chat and phone support in a large range of countries.
- Perfect test results
- Fast, easy install
- Low software footprint
- Extensive support options (for demo users too)
- Low cost for long-term and multiple PC subscriptions
We weren’t so sure about
- Basic feature set
- Slightly unusual pricing options
We’ll get straight to the point: VIPRE Antivirus 2013 is one of our favourite antivirus products. It’s simple, fast, well-priced, and lacks bloatware.
Most importantly, however, it works perfectly, and picked up all of our test viruses with no fuss or inconvenience.
Yes, there are more fully featured products available, but we’d seriously advise potential purchasers to think about what they really need. A lot of the more bloated packages duplicate functionality that’s now bundled within Web browsing software.
VIPRE is a superb product that deserves a wide audience – we strongly recommend you give it a try.