Review: Vipre Antivirus V4 is a security product which is a hot topic of discussion in the various security communities today. It’s not a very old player in the market as the most established security brands but this does not mean it is less than those giants.
The setup file is very small which is around 15-16 Mb. That’s because it doesn’t contain any signatures in the setup file. The installation of Vipre AV was neither very speedy nor slow. It went smoothly and after installation it immediately started downloading signatures from the server. So those having slower internet might have to wait for some more time till it downloads the latest updates. After full update a reboot is required.
During initial configurations, Vipre asked some basic question like whether to enable email protection etc. The Firewall component displayed 3 modes from which I selected Learning Mode. Normal users may select basic mode where popups are not shown and decision of connection establishment is made automatically whereas learning mode asked about various connections being made. So, those who want control of the connections may find it very good feature to have full access to decision control for their network.
After the installation comes the interface. The interface is very simple, clean and straight forward. It’s a benefit for those who are confused by various menus of the security applications. This clean and simple interface is also presented as its strength on its website and various other reviewing sites.
The front screen gives you information about various system statuses. It has
SCAN STATUS: which tells you about the last scan done.
ACTIVE PROTECTION: which informs whether the real time protection is ON?
EMAIL PROTECTION: This informs you about email monitoring status.
UPDATES: This tells you about the last update date and time.
FIREWALL: This displays information about Firewall working.
Each of the above items has Settings tab attached to them so that you can quickly review and edit the settings related to them.
The scan tab can be used for doing deep, quick and custom scan. The scan option below provides you with complete settings for scan. You can review and change settings such as you can change setting to scan archives in deep scan.
The firewall tabs displays you with various firewall controls. First is setting, which is most important component and displays the firewall settings. The firewall setting seems very straight forward and easy to configure.
Another important setting is web filter settings. With this you can block 3rd party advertisements, VB Scripts, JAVA scripts. These are turned off by default but you can control these settings accordingly. The most talked and most desired feature which is HIPS is turned off by default but you can turn it on. It is normally turned off because it would give you lot of trouble and popups and may flag legitimate files also, so normal users might get confused by these. But for those who want to prevent 0-day malware, HIPS is recommended to be turned ON.
The other firewall setting provides you with in/out bytes through your PC. The connection menu gives you details about each connection being made.
The Manage Tab is most easy to understand. You can view history, quarantine items, allowed and blocked items. These are same as normally present in all security application.
The tools tab is a bonus. It gives some out of the box features. The secure file eraser is used to erase data completely so that it could not be possible to retrieve it back by any means. The history cleaner is used for cleaning browsing history, temporary files etc. the PC Explorer presents you options such as start-up items, running processes, host files etc. These provide you with detail drill down approach letting you know more about the system settings. These are more useful for people with good knowledge of computers or security.
The performance factor is what makes VIPRE distinct from all other PC suites. The website displays big and bold that it’s fastest application in market. I cannot confirm it but it do looks the fastest on what I have tested in my system. I did not experience much slowdown in running any programs etc. the boot time also was not hit badly. RAM was also moderately used , particularly during update but interestingly the memory usage is not much during scans which is normally around 100-200 MB for other products where in VIPRE case it was around 60 -70 MB for Vipre. So, for those looking for a fast security application would find Vipre as their best combination.
Detection is of paramount importance for an antivirus. Viper has performed well in various tests. It may have not scored outstanding results but it always managed to score well. In latest AV-TEST it performed very well and earned the AV-Test certification. Similarly it also scored well in the VB100 overall product detection for the year 2010. It is not a contender in AV-Comparatives which is a setback as it’s normally looked upon as one of the best independent test lab.
Vipre is one such product which cannot be ignored. With very good malware prevention score, simple user interface, super performance and cheap price for multiple PC at home, it does definitely deserve to find a place on your computer.
The con would be not to great GUI for some people and perhaps better repair of malware on infected PC. Inclusion of features like sandboxing would be very much welcomed.
I would give it a 4/5 rating and recommend it to be installed.
You can visit Vipre Av official site to purchase it : http://vipreantivirus.com/
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