Overall Score 95%

VIPRE Antivirus Software
  • Excellent PC Antivirus Protection - Keeps your computer safe from viruses and other malware.
  • Low System Resource Usage - Won't slow your computer down.
  • Search Guard™ Browser Protection - Protects you from dangerous links and websites.
  • Social Watch™ Social Network Protection - Scans your Facebook page for dangerous malware links.
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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 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.

  • VIPRE Antivirus
    VIPRE Box
  • 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 performs better than expected. While we still recommend VIPRE Internet Security 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 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 this year? 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%

  • VIPRE Antivirus
    VIPRE Box
  • 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 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 wins our Editor's Choice Award for this year.

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 Watch™ Scans your social network feeds for potentially dangerous links and posts.
Search Guard™ Helps identify links that could yield viruses or other malware.
Active Protection™ Checks for previously unknown threats that could infect your PC.
USB scanning Scans USB devices you connect to your PC. A vital security feature overlooked by many.

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Explanation of Features

  • Malware Protection: Viruses, spyware, and trojans are all considered "malware" these days. Which software offers maximum protection against all forms of malware?
  • Low Resource Usage: Protecting a PC is important. Doing it while using as little CPU and memory is just as important.
  • Social Network Protection: There are just as many threats on Facebook and Twitter as well as other social sites. Good social network scanning is important.
  • USB Scanning: USB and other portable drives are one of the most dangerous and neglected points of entry for viruses and other malware. Good USB scanning is vital.
  • Email Scanning: Email has a long history of being an easy entry point for malware. Being able to detect and block threats to your PC is important.
  • Easy to Use: Is the software easy to use? Do the settings make sense? Is the software well organized? How well does the software compare?
  • Tech Support: No one wants to call tech support. Ever. If you do need to contact support, are they helpful, responsive, and accountable?