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Exactly What I Wanted. Fantastic.

  • Jul 15, 2009
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I don't usually buy anti-virus software. If I use anything, I'll put a free version of something on my computer, but I find the best way to stay spyware and virus-free is simply to understand what I'm doing when I'm doing it. In other words, I practice safe computing.

That said, if something can help me along through my occasional lapses in judgment I'm all for it (oh, and I have kids too....so there's that). I'm all for it, that is, as long as I know what it's doing, what I can expect, and it doesn't slow my computer down or get in my way. Vipre meets ALL of these requirements.

I recently tested Kaspersky and was extremely underwhelmed. It was intrusive, it sucked down resources, and it crashed a few times. This is on a quad core computer with no extraneous programs whatsoever. Vipre, however, works beautifully.

Installation and set-up were a piece of cake. After a reboot, I went through the set-up wizard, which clearly explained every aspect of the software. Upon completion, I clicked a link that took me to the Vipre site, where I watched a video demo of the program. Since one of my biggest complaints about other anti-virus programs is that it can be convoluted to find out exactly what each setting does, the set-up and post set-up video were a welcome treat. Every aspect of the program is clear and easy to understand.

The interface itself is also clean and uncluttered, clearly explaining what's going on and how to make changes to tweak the program to my needs. Scheduling scans is incredibly easy (you can set up as many events as you wish, assigning each to be a quick scan, a deep scan, or a custom scan), so I was able to get it to scan exactly to my preferences. Another nice feature here is that it will wake the computer from sleep to perform a scan, eliminating missed overnight scans that need to be made up while I'm actually using the computer.

But even if I DID have to run a full scan while using the computer, it's no big deal. Because the claims of low overhead in terms of both processor and memory are true. This is the lightest A/V program I've ever tested.

As for the anti-spyware portion of the program, it's an updated version of the award-winning program CounterSpy, so I feel like I'm in good hands there. NOTE: Vipre does not have a firewall. This doesn't bother me, but it's something to keep in mind if you need one. However, one feature it DOES have that sets it apart from others is a secure delete function that can be attached to the context menu. I love the idea of a digital shredder, so this is a plus for me.

So: fast scans, light on resources, award-winning anti-spy component, easy to use and understand, secure delete, wake-to-scan.....what's not to like? Then you add in the fact that for $49 you get a license for EVERY computer in your house, and it's clear to me that Vipre is a total winner.

Highest recommendation.

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High-performance antivirus + antispyware that doesn¿t slow down your PC! User surveys show the biggest frustration with existing antivirus solutions is bloat and high resource usage. VIPRE Antivirus + Antispyware runs seamlessly without significantly impairing your PC¿s performance and is designed for an improved user experience, keeping notification pop-ups and warnings to a minimum. The Home Site License covers every computer in your house! VIPRE Antivirus + Antispyware is fast and light on system resources, with everything you need and nothing you don¿t! VIPRE is designed to be a high-performance product, without compromising on detection and cleaning of viruses, trojans, worms, and spyware.
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