Vipre Antivirus review
You might have never heard about Vipre Antivirus, and that’s quite understandable. Even though the tool has received much praise from such independent testing organizations like AV-Comparatives, its name isn’t ingrained in the public consciousness just yet.
In this Vipre Antivirus review, I’ll analyze this antimalware software in terms of features, virus detection rates, price, and ease of use. Let’s see whether Vipre truly deserves to explode in popularity in the future.
|Free version:||30-day trial|
|Price:||from $14.99/year, 5 devices|
|Platforms:||Windows, Mac, Android|
Vipre pros and cons
- High virus detection rates
- Lots of customization options
- Many features
- Ad and tracker blocking
- The Bundle plan includes a VPN
- Data breach scanner
- A subscription covers five devices
- 30-day free trial version
- Mixed results in phishing detection
- Relatively high CPU usage during scans
- No application for iOS
- Significant price increase after the first year
Vipre security features
Advanced Active Protection
Vipre's Advanced Active Protection is just a fancy name for real-time protection, which is a core feature of any antivirus and antimalware application. And Vipre makes it work quite well.
The antivirus scores really highly in the independent virus detection tests by AV-Comparatives. During the most recent testing period, it detected 96.8% of threats and produced only four false positives. In other words, Vipre has a very high chance of detecting a threat before it’s able to make any changes to your device.
I did find some test results that show Vipre having a bad time detecting phishing scams. However, I can't vouch for the methodology behind the tests, so take this with a grain of salt.
You can choose between a full scan, quick scan, and a custom scan. During the full scan, Vipre was using up to 4.9% CPU, which is quite a lot in comparison with other antivirus apps like McAfee.
Also, even though you can see the history of the scans performed, there’s no way to see how long the scan lasted.
The scans themselves are highly customizable. For example, you can scan removable drives, exclude various applications from scans, and let Vipre automatically perform a second layer scan if the quick scan spots a threat.
When Vipre Antivirus detects malware, it immediately puts them into the quarantine folder. Here, you can see the type and threat level of the quarantined threat.
Once Vipre banishes the piece of malware into quarantine, it can’t harm your device anymore. However, if you think that an item isn’t dangerous, you can mark it as safe so that it doesn’t get quarantined anymore.
Edge Protection and web filtering
Edge Protection is a Windows-only feature that stops exploits and other threats from infecting your PC through a browser (Firefox, Google Chrome, Edge). Basically, it detects pages that use potentially malicious code.
Meanwhile, the web filtering feature simply blocks the websites that Vipre deems dangerous.
These features allow for some customization, letting you make a list of the domain names that you believe to be completely safe.
The email protection feature of Vipre will be useful for those who use Outlook. You can manually add email addresses that you want to be marked as spam. The feature also scans the incoming email for viruses and automatically puts threats into quarantine.
You can also keep the anti-phishing toggle on if you want the program to automatically detect suspicious emails that might try to get personal information from you.
Secure File Eraser
This feature lets you completely erase the unwanted files from your computer. To do that, simply right-click on the folder or file you want to get rid of and choose the appropriate command.
Just keep in mind that, once deleted, the file is gone forever.
Vipre Antivirus has a built-in firewall that you can use instead of your Windows firewall. It allows for a lot of customization options (more than an average user can handle).
You can manage your networks, create exception rules, log firewall events, protect your PC from threats coming from the same network, and customize the firewall even further.
That being said, if you don’t really understand what’s going on when seeing all the firewall settings, you’re better off just using your built-in Windows firewall. In addition to this, some independent tests have shown that Vipre’s firewall does a slightly worse job at handling threats than its Windows counterpart.
Vipre Privacy Shield
Virpe Privacy Shield is a separate app that you get with the Ultimate Security Bundle.
It’s got lots of features to help you keep your privacy to yourself. For example, it allows you to block access to your webcam and microphone. Also, it blocks ads and trackers, making your browsing experience safer and less annoying.
It also comes with a very simple password manager that lets you keep the login credentials of your favorite websites. In addition, Vipre Privacy Shield allows you to scan all of the popular browsers to see how many trackers are active on each of them.
You can also use the app to place your documents in an encrypted vault and check whether your email or password have been involved in any data breaches.
Internet Shield VPN
You get the Internet Shield VPN as a separate application compatible with Windows, Mac, Android, and iOS devices. Even though it’s quite simple, I find it slightly better than most VPN apps included in antivirus suites.
That’s because there are no data and bandwidth limits. Also, you can choose between a few different tunneling protocols: IKEv2, OpenVPN UDP, and OpenVPN TCP. You can even change the level of encryption (AES 256/128) and use obfuscated OpenVPN servers.
However, compared to the majority of standalone VPN applications, the software is a bit mediocre. The speeds are inconsistent, sometimes dropping quite significantly when connected to remote servers. Also, the app was unable to connect to certain servers at all.
On the bright side, the VPN was able to unblock the US library of Netflix, as well as various Youtube videos. I couldn’t unblock DAZN or BBC iPlayer, though.
All in all, Internet Shield VPN is a nice addition to the whole Vipre Suite, but you might want to download another VPN app if you use a VPN daily for work or security reasons.
Plans and pricing
When you decide you want to give Vipre Antivirus a shot, keep in mind that there are three different plans you can choose from. The more expensive the subscription, the more features you’ll get.
|Antivirus Plus||Real-time protection, device scans, Windows only||From $14.99/year|
|Advanced Security||Real-time protection, device scans, Windows and Mac supported, anti-spam, firewall||From $23.99/year|
|Ultimate Security Bundle||Real-time protection, device scans, Windows, Mac, and Android supported, anti-spam, firewall, browsing track cleaner, webcam and microphone blocker, Dark Web scanner, sensitive document auditing, unlimited VPN||From $39.99/year|
It’s also important to note that the most basic plan (Antivirus Plus) supports only Windows devices. The Advanced Security subscription adds macOS into the equation, while the Ultimate Security Bundle supports Windows, Mac, and Android operating systems, while also letting you use the VPN on iOS devices.
Here’s another thing you need to know. The price mentioned in the table is valid only for the first year of subscription - you’ll pay more for the second year and onward:
- Antivirus Plus - $14.99 for the first year, then - $54.99 a year
- Advanced Security - $23.99 for the first year, then - $74.99 a year
- Ultimate Security Bundle - $39.99 for the first year, then - $139.99 a year
All plans cover five devices and have a 30-day money-back guarantee. You can pay with a credit card, PayPal, PayNearMe, wire transfer, or check/money order.
Keep in mind that, when paying for Vipre Antivirus, you have to tick a box agreeing to the automatic yearly renewal terms. This means that you’ll need to manually cancel the subscription if you don’t want to use Vipre after a year anymore.
Free trial version
It’s good to know that you don’t actually need to pay for Vipre if you simply want to test its antivirus protection capabilities. That’s because you can simply download a 30-day free trial of Vipre Advanced Security, Vipre Antivirus Plus, Vipre Privacy Shield, and Vipre Android Security.
It’s quite a generous move on the part of Vipre, as many antivirus products give you only seven days to try their software.
Is Vipre worth the money?
I’d say it’s worth paying for Vipre Antivirus for the first year when the subscription is the cheapest. After that, the cost can get you a more extensive antivirus package elsewhere.
My main concern is the limited selection of supported devices. Also, even though the most expensive plan includes a full-fledged VPN, it’s actually quite basic. In this case, I’d rather invest in a security tool and a quality VPN (like NordVPN) separately.
Ease of use and setup
Just like expected from a modern antivirus tool, Vipre is a breeze to install. However, don’t forget that it will ask you for permission to remove any other antivirus software during the installation process. This is quite normal, as two antimalware solutions don't often coexist very well.
The Windows application of Vipre could use some polish, though. In my eyes, the design looks a bit outdated. Even though there are seven options for a background color theme, most of them don’t make the app look very appealing.
Also, Vipre might seem a bit confusing for people who aren’t familiar with antivirus tools. There are so many configuration options to choose from that it might scare off some of the less tech-savvy users.
On the other hand, those who know what they’re doing might thrive when faced with the abundance of customization choices.
Overall, I liked the macOS application better despite the lack of some features like the file shredder. It looks much more modern, and I hope that Vipre’s Windows app will soon follow suit.
When it comes to the VPN application, it looks quite clean and user-friendly. However, the design of its Settings section suspiciously reminds me of PureVPN - even the font is the same.
Vipre mobile app
The Android app of Vipre has more extra features than the main desktop application. These include Theft prevention (which will help you find your device in case it’s lost or stolen), App Lock (which restricts access to selected applications), and an email breach checker.
Overall, the app design looks way more modern than its desktop counterpart. However, there’s a catch.
After looking at the reviews on Google Play, I found one review, which mentioned that the app is a ripoff of Bitdefender’s Android application. Naturally, I took a look at the screenshots of the Bitdefender app and found out that they were truly almost identical. The only differences were the logo and the fact that Bitdefender had the VPN functionality built directly into the app.
I reached out to Vipre’s customer support to ask why this was the case. They clarified that their Android app is Bitdefender’s white label product that they license. This is actually great because Bitdefender is an awesome product in its own right.
Now, about the iOS application for Vipre - or the lack of it. The thing is, you can only use Vipre Antivirus on your iPhone or iPad only if you have a Business subscription. Still, there’s no dedicated app for that - the user has to manage iOS protection through the Vipre Business Console, which is less than ideal.
It goes without saying that Vipre is not the best solution for iOS devices. If you want extra protection, you’ll be better off checking this list of the best antivirus software for iOS.
The only dedicated app for iPhone users from Vipre is Internet Shield VPN.
There are two ways of contacting the customer support of Vipre. You can either create a ticket or simply call them by phone.
There’s also a chat bot but it could use some more development.
I tried to contact the support via their ticket form about the fact that I was unable to access some of the features included in my account. Granted, that that was a mistake on my end: I thought that Privacy Shield and Internet Shield VPN were the same app, which wasn’t the case.
Unfortunately, I was unable to log into the account that I created for the ticket, and the password reset function didn’t work. So, I sent them an email manually after finding their customer support email address and I got a reply within 30 minutes.
How good is Vipre antivirus?
Vipre Antivirus is definitely a good tool for your computer. The application offers good protection against viruses and malware, has a bunch of security features, and includes a VPN that’s capable of unblocking Netflix.
That being said, it does have its faults. I’d appreciate it if Vipre offered better coverage for other operating systems (right now, it’s too Windows-oriented), launched a live chat, and modernized its user interface.
All in all, it’s a decent application for those who want to protect multiple Windows devices and feel the need for lots of customization options.
Does Vipre remove malware?
Yes. Vipre Antivirus scans your devices and removes malware, spyware, and other threats. In other words, the software will clear your PC or phone even if it’s already infected. It’s best to perform a full system scan for that.
Is Vipre safe?
Yes. Vipre is a reputable antimalware and antivirus tool tested by security experts like AV-Comparatives. Of course, you should download the application from its official site to avoid any risks.
Is Vipre Antivirus compatible with Windows 10?
Yes, Vipre Antivirus is compatible with Windows 10. In fact, it also works with Windows 8.1 and Windows 7. However, it won’t work with older versions of Windows.
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