Pros / VIPRE’s Social Watch protects against threats that try to sneak in while you’re using social media websites.
Cons / This is a basic antivirus program that doesn’t include any extra protection or privacy tools.
Verdict / VIPRE Advanced Security is good entry-level protection that effectively detects and blocks malware, as well as threats from email, instant messaging and removable media.
VIPRE Advanced Security is included in our review of the best antivirus software because of its proven ability to detect and prevent malware regardless if it tries to sneak in through a website, email, instant messaging or a USB portable device. It is effective at detecting and removing ransomware, spyware, rootkits, bots and Trojans. It also identifies any websites known to infect visitors’ PCs and will alert you before you click into one.
This virus scanner does not quite score as high as other antivirus programs when tested by third-party laboratories. However, it is more secure and effective than Windows Defender, the free Windows security program.
VIPRE also showed a bit of slowdown on test computers during virus scans while testers continued to work on the devices downloading software, copying data, and installing and running applications. We also performed several resource loss tests while running VIPRE and included sending email, watching videos and playing games online. We didn’t see as much of a slowdown as third-party testers, and the lag we did see wasn’t enough to really interrupt our online activities.
We found during our in-home tests that VIPRE was very effective at finding and removing security threats, even on older computer models running older versions of Windows, including Windows Vista. VIPRE Advanced Security is powerful at blocking phishing schemes that are aimed at stealing personal information and using it to steal your identity. This antivirus software also has vulnerable software detection, letting you know when a program is out of date and needs the newest version installed in order to plug any holes in your system where malware can sneak in.
One of the unique tools in this software is its Social Watch feature. When this is enabled, VIPRE will scan any information that attempts to sneak in through social media sites. This is an important feature since many new threats are beginning to piggyback on links, stories, images and games accessed through social media networks.
The extra protection tools that other antivirus programs either include or have available are not available through VIPRE. We didn’t see any sign of parental controls, a password manager or safe banking features. This software also doesn’t have mobile protection for smartphones or tablets.
As a customer, you have access to a support portal that includes FAQs, a user community and other support tools. You can send an email request to support personnel or connect 24/7 via telephone. Live chat is also available through the user portal.
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Third-party testing demonstrates that VIPRE is better than average at stopping widespread malware, including ransomware. VIPRE’s malware detection does come at the cost of some performance, causing some slowdown on test computers during virus scans. Help and support are excellent and include telephone and online chat access. Its social protection tool, Social Watch, is designed specifically to monitor internet threats that come through social media pages.