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VIPRE Antivirus 2016

Editor's Choice

The Case for VIPRE

  • In business 23 years (1992)
  • Excellent realtime protection
  • Low resource usage
  • Best technical support
  • 30-day money back guarantee

Despite having a less than ideal interface, VIPRE 2016 gets the most important stuff right.

Make no mistake, there are a lot of good antivirus products technologically. VIPRE Antivirus 2016 is one them.

What separates VIPRE from the competition though is that besides having good technology to prevent and remove viruses, it also has excellent, free U.S.-based phone tech support.

In a world where nearly every company charge for support and does it off-shore, to most consumers this is a big deal.

That's why it wins our 2016 Editor's Choice Award.

by Kevin R. Smith, Co-Editor
Virus & Spyware Protection: 96%

VIPRE Antivirus scored the highest marks in our tests this year for virus and malware protection.

We ran VIPRE through a series of tests like we do with all the software we review, and VIPRE made it through with only a few bumps along the way.

For our first battery of tests, we infected our testing PCs with fresh installs of Windows with large malware sets that included viruses, various trojans, adware, rogueware, and the like.

We then activated VIPRE and ran a full-system scan and measured the results.

VIPRE Antivirus 2016 found, and either deleted or cleaned, over 95% of the malicious software we put in there. Given that the tests are conducted on several computers with different versions of Windows, this was impressive.

On some installations we found some malware—mostly adware—that slipped through and tried to activate upon reboot.

When these programs tried running VIPRE caught and blocked them from running.

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  • SCORE: 95%
Aside from seeing a small handful of malware get through the initial filter, only to be blocked later, there were also some adware desktop icons remaining on our computers.

VIPRE had neutralized most of them, rendering them useless, but two activated.

We targeted those for a scans on those test PCs, and VIPRE got rid of them. It's unclear why VIPRE didn't catch these the first time, but compared to the competition, VIPRE Antivirus was better at both virus blocking and malware removal.

On to our real-time antivirus tests.

With a fresh, updated version of VIPRE Antivirus (and fresh Windows installations), we attempted to download and install another large sample set of various malware to assess its performance.

We tried to open and install them as fast as possible, but as we saw other good competitors do, VIPRE was deleting most before we could even click on them. We managed to open a few, but when we tried to install them, VIPRE immediately blocked them. Impressive.

After a reboot, our testing PCs ran as well as before. We did, however, find a few leftover malware samples lying around, but when we tried to open them, nothing happened. Even though the icons remained, VIPRE had neutralized the underlying malware. Still, it would have been better if VIPRE wiped them out completely to begin with.

For a basic antivirus program, VIPRE Antivirus 2016 performs better than expected. While we still recommend VIPRE Internet Security 2016 for maximum protection, VIPRE Antivirus is still a better choice than most competitors.

One other thing we test that VIPRE aced: USB scanning. VIPRE is one of only two programs we tested (ESET is the other) that automatically scans USB devices and protects against infections that come via USB.

Given that USB devices are everywhere it's baffling to us that outside of VIPRE and ESET this feature is impossible to find.

Resource Usage: 94%

During our resource usage tests, VIPRE Antivirus 2016 scored well. When running idle in the background, VIPRE was virtually undetectable.

When we ran a full-system scan, overall system resources were affected by about 10%, which is about where the best competitors do, too; however, full scans were done more efficiently, taking significantly less time (as much as 35% in our tests) than most competitors with similar resource use.

As for usability, there was no noticeable system drag or resource impact when performing common computer functions like web surfing or downloading large files. Even with multiple browsers and multiple tabs open, usability remained very good.

User Interface: 89%

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VIPRE's user interface remains our least favorite feature. This "new" interface is perfectly usable, but it's not as good as the best competitors. To be fair, this design is a huge step forward from the previous design; we just hope for a bigger leap next year.

That said, the user interface is still modern and easy to use with each section clearly labeled.

Is it the best interface out there for 2016? No. It's functional. It gets the job done.

Technical Support: 100%

Technical support remains one of VIPRE's strongest points. You may think you'll never need support. Hopefully you're right.

But if you do, getting good support, that's easy to reach, is everything.

When we tested their support, we were always speaking to a technician in five minutes or less.

Wait times are one thing, but competency is another, and here, too, VIPRE impressed us.

Since we began testing antivirus software over nine years ago, VIPRE has been the only software that consistently earned our trust in this category.

Whether you need help installing it or help removing a virus, VIPRE's phone support is always free and based in the U.S.

And, while competitors like ESET and Norton also offer free support now, as far as we're concerned VIPRE is the gold standard in this category.

Conclusion - Overall Score: 95%

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  • SCORE: 95%
  • Excellent virus and malware protection
  • Fast running, low resource use
  • Best technical support
  • Easy-to-use interface
Even though we're not huge fans of its interface, VIPRE Antivirus 2016 proves to be a head above the rest this year, delivering excellent performance and protection.

Despite our best efforts to thwart its antivirus engine, VIPRE was able to defeat nearly all viruses, adware, and other malware we pitted against it.

We found it to be both fast and lightweight on each version of Windows we tested VIPRE on, with minimal drag on PC performance.

Their commitment to 100% free technical support is commendable in an industry that continues to outsource nearly everything overseas (VIPRE is based in Clearwater, Florida.)

Verdict: VIPRE Antivirus 2016 wins our Editor's Choice Award for 2016.

Software Version 2016
Supported Operating System (OS) Windows 10, 8.1, 8, 7, Vista, XP
Minimum RAM Required 512 MB
Minimum Space Required 300 MB
Required Processor Speed 1 GHz
Money-back Guarantee 30 Days
Software Manufacturer ThreatTrack Security
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Home Screen
Social Watch
Secure File Eraser
Scan Selection
Website Warning
Easy Installation
Secure file eraser Permanently deletes sensitive files so hackers can't exploit them.
Social network protection Scans your social network feeds for potentially dangerous links and posts.
USB scanning Scans USB devices you connect to your PC. A vital security feature overlooked by many.