Vipre is a boutique name when it comes to antivirus protection. It’s on par with Bitdefender, though the software is not for free. Unlike the former, Vipre boasts an award-winning malware protection suite. Does it live up to these marketing claims? Read the review below to find out:
Vipre At a Glance
Vipre Security started off as Sunbelt Software in the early nineties in Clearwater, Florida. The company initially sold digital security solutions under the brand name ThreatTrack. In 2010, the company was acquired by GFI Software and got the brand name we now associate it with. In 2017, Vipre was once again sold to J2 Global, its current owner.
Vipre has focused on antivirus and email security from the start. Currently, Vipre malware protection focuses on three aspects: ransomware, computer viruses, and online identity theft. Vipre offers separate products for business clients focusing on email security, endpoint protection, and something called “real-time threat intelligence.” This review focuses on Vipre’s consumer products.
Vipre’s home protection range includes three packages: Antivirus Plus, Advanced Security, and the Security Bundle. There’s an Identity Shield you can add to any of these packages for an extra fee. Vipre doesn’t offer a free version of its antivirus software, though you can download a free trial.
The Advanced Security package is the standard edition. It comes with the following features:
- Tested and certified antivirus protection
- Real-time protection
- Ransomware protection
- Cloud-based features
- Vipre firewall
- Anti-spam tools
- Customer support based in the U.S.
The Antivirus Plus is a stripped-down version of Advanced Security with only antivirus and ransomware protection with cloud-enabled tools. The premium Security Bundle offers webcam and microphone protection, plus file protection.
Here is a list of the strongest suites of Vipre:
Good Independent Testing Results
Vipre malware protection received high scores in 2017 from AV-Comparatives, an independent organization that tests the performance of antivirus programs. The scores for the latest edition of the software isn’t available yet, but you can largely assume that it would be similar as Vipre hasn’t undergone a major overhaul.
Simple User Interface
Unlike most antivirus software, Vipre is fairly simple to use. It has easy-to-understand features and the user interface isn’t exactly brimming with features. You can run a scan or schedule a scan. There are no confusing customization options. Simple features can often be detrimental to antivirus software. But in Vipre’s case, everything is easy and neat.
Vipre can run on a PC without slowing down the system significantly. Note that there would be a system impact with Vipre. However, it’s very minimal. You would barely notice the antivirus software running in the background. This is largely due to Vipre’s simplistic design. On the positive side, you can browse the web, use a word processor, or even do some gaming without your computer freezing.
Because Vipre started out mainly as a spam filtering company, you still get this feature in the antivirus program. The Vipre email filtering tool works with Microsoft Outlook, either on the PC or the Mac version. It works with Firefox Thunderbird as well. It’s a fairly useful tool to keep unwanted emails out of your inboxes.
The file shredder is essential for removing all traces of a file from your system. Not all antivirus programs come with one, so this is definitely a welcome plus.
Vipre is definitely one of the low-cost antivirus programs out there. It doesn’t have a lot of features, so you can get basic malware protection at a much cheaper rate than what most top-tier software offer.
These are the main things Vipre lacks:
Available Only for Desktops
Vipre is only available for desktop computers. The company’s website specifies that you need to own a computer that runs either Windows or macOS. Vipre doesn’t specify whether you can run the software on Android or iOS, but you would have to assume it doesn’t. There’s no way to extend support to handheld devices in addition to your computer.
Webcam and Microphone Protection isn’t Standard
Top-tier malware protection software offers tools against webcam or microphone hijackings as standard practice. These tools are so widely available that they are barely advertised. However, with Vipre, webcam and microphone protection is only available in the most expensive package. You would have to pay about $30 more just for these rather standard features.
Limited to a Single PC
So far, the biggest downside is that Vipre limits use to just one computer. It runs only on Windows or macOS, but you can’t use the antivirus on any other device running the same operating system. Most antivirus packages offer extended device support with premium pricing. Not Vipre. Even the most expensive package is limited to just one PC.
ID Shield Sold Separately
Vipre offers a tool called ID shield to protect your identity when browsing the net. Unfortunately, this is not included with the antivirus packaging. Instead, you have to buy it separately for an additional fee. It’s a downside, given that most other malware protection programs include built-in identity protection with subscriptions.
Vipre has a cloud-based AI tool to keep its system updated on the latest threats. This is available for the advanced and premium antivirus packages. Don’t confuse this with cloud backup. It’s not available on Vipre. However, you will be better protected from online threats thanks to this feature.
Getting Vipre Antivirus in 2019 and Beyond
Vipre is a fairly straightforward and affordable antivirus program for regular users. It has its limitations though. Vipre won’t protect you across devices. It lacks features like VPNs and password managers. But for some, this level of simplicity is quite desirable.
Vipre won’t confuse you with an array of options. It can do with some additional privacy features, though. However, you can benefit from necessary features like email filtering and ransomware protection. Vipre can be a great bargain given that it tests so well for the low price tag.
If you want a VPN, password manager, smart TV protection and more with your antivirus program, Vipre will not be for you. But if you are looking for an antivirus with low system impact that’s quite easy to use, then Vipre might be what you are looking for.
Vipre is a boutique name when it comes to antivirus protection. It’s on par with Bitdefender, though the software is not for free. Unlike the former, Vipre boasts an award-winning malware protection suite. Does it live up to these marketing claims?
- Good Independent Testing Results
- Simple User Interface
- Non-Intensive Performance
- Email Filtering
- File Shredder
- Budget-Friendly Pricing
- Available Only for Desktops
- Webcam and Microphone Protection isn’t Standard
- Limited to a Single PC