VIPRE Antivirus from GFI Software is antivirus software that installs easily and performs scans efficiently. It protects against viruses and spyware. It also maintains your security during emailing and instant messaging sessions. Because removable media are a source of malware, VIPRE scans items such as USB thumb drives when it detects they have been inserted. VIPRE tests well at third party test labs and it provides good technical support to its users.

The current version of VIPRE, 2014, has not been tested at AV-Test labs. However VIPRE was in Windows 7 tests conducted by AV-Test labs during the autumn of 2012. At that time, VIPRE scored 3.5 points out of 6 for preventing infections. VIPRE scored a respectable 4.5 out of 6 for repairing infected PCs. VIPRE a score of 4 out of 6 for usability. The tests conducted at AV-Test are comprehensive. The protection tests examine the performance in the face of unknown as well as known malware. The tests that check ability to repair compromised systems go so far as to see whether every instance of an infection has been rolled back. And the tests that consider usability take into account whether the antivirus software can correctly identify good code from bad so that perfectly safe files are not identified as dangerous.

VIPRE Antivirus removes conflicts with any other security programs that it finds during installation. After installation, VIPRE scans drives to find pre-existing malware so it can remove any threats. After the initial scan, the scans are speedy. VIPRE protects against threats that occur during web surfing or emailing. It also identifies any threats that attempt to enter via removable media.

The GFI lab at its headquarters makes itself vulnerable to all potential zero-day threats so that it can know what is attacking the installed base. It sends out updates based on threats it receives. And it receives all the threats that hit VIPRE users so that GFI can update the entire installed base of millions of users.

When you subscribe you get access to threat-definition updates, software upgrades, technical support and VIPRE Security News. The technical support team is responsive and conscientious. The team takes technical support requests from 3 a.m. to 6 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, and responds within hours. GFI also provides live chat support and telephone access.

VIPRE Antivirus Summary:
4.4/10

GFI's VIPRE Antivirus looks great, installs easily, scans quickly and protects effectively. Third-party test results show that it guards against malware threats and disinfects compromised machines while being easy to use. Technical support is excellent.

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VIPRE Antivirus 2014

Pros
VIPRE Antivirus protects against viruses and spyware as well as threats from email, instant messaging and removable media.

Cons
Third-party lab results are not the very best.

The Verdict
: 4.38/10

VIPRE Antivirus is effective security software to protect home users.