VIPRE products are an extension of Threat Track, a security branch of GFI Software. The company began as Sunbelt Software in 1994 and was acquired by GFI Software in 2010. Over the years, Threat Track product development has focused on security solutions for the Windows user base, with anti-spyware and anti-spam features as a part of the initial VIPRE anti-virus launched in 2008. Threat Track is headquartered in Clearwater, FL, with operations in Washington D.C., the Philippines, Spain, and Australia.

 

Rank Chart
Price
Security Quality
Our Score
#1
$24.99-44.99
7.3
#2
$39.99-69.99
6.3
#3
$39.99-69.99
5.8
#17
anti virus
$39.99-69.99
3.7

The Good

Threat Track is a leader in internet security, with reliable protective technology development as the foundation for VIPRE anti-virus products. Perhaps most notable is the automated malware analysis sandbox, which tests files safety in a realistic virtual environment without threatening a user’s operating system. The company’s real-time, cloud-based threat intelligence informs the way VIPRE’s protection works.

VIPRE’s Internet Security package includes all of the main features we look for in an anti-virus, including social network protection, email protection, independent firewall, and anti-spam. VIPRE scans Facebook pages and alerts you of suspicious links, which protects both the customer and his or her Facebook friends. Several email providers are also protected from malicious links as well as spam in general, whether it’s dangerous or simply annoying. VIPRE comes with its own firewall, which guards your PC and network, which can stand alone or support a firewall you already have. VIPRE also features anti-rootkit technology and search engine results scanning.

The Bad

VIPRE’s social network protection is great for Facebook, but isn’t yet configured for Twitter, YouTube, or any other social media sharing sites. If Threat Track extended its VIPRE protection to Mac and iOS mobile and tablet users it would open up more opportunities.

The Bottom Line

Threat Track’s VIPRE anti-virus line is equipped with the features found to be most crucial for computer protection. VIPRE’s system performance impact is minimal and its threat protection is powerful. Plus, the multi-device Internet Security option is a steal, protecting up to 10 PCs for the same price some other companies charge you for one PC.

Price (*subject to change)

  • Internet Security $49.99 (1 PC, 1 year)
  • Internet Security $69.99 (10 PCs, 1 year)
  • Antivirus $39.99 (1 PC, 1 year)
  • Antivirus $59.99 (10 PCs, 1 year)
  • Backup CD $9.95
  • Premium Mobile Security $19.99 (1 device, 1 year)

Free trial offer

VIPRE products can be downloaded for a 30-day free trial.

Mobile protection

  • Antivirus – Detects and blocks malware that can steal your personal information
  • Online Backup – Stores photos, contacts, and other files online for easy access and transfers
  • Anti-Theft – Remotely lock, locate, or wipe your lost or stolen device
  • Activity Monitor – Tracks text and call histories, device location, and online footprint

Security

  • Social Network Protection – Scans Facebook profile and pages for suspicious links that could lead to malware such as viruses or Trojans
  • Email and Chat Protection – Protects against email viruses and threats in Outlook, Outlook Express, Windows Mail, and any email program using POP3 and SMTP
  • Removable Media Scanning – Prevents threats that may be transferred by external devices such as USB flash drives
  • Two-Way Firewall – Protects you from internet traffic by guarding your PC and network
  • Anti-Spam – Filters out phishing scams, malicious URLs, and other unwanted email
  • Safe Searching – Identifies search engine links that could infect your PC

AV-Comparative/AV-Test

The May 2013 AV-Comparative report gave VIPRE an Advanced award for performance. The operating system was “very fast” in all aspects except in first run file copying and installing applications, where it was simply “fast.” December 2013’s real-world protection test yielded a standard protection score for VIPRE—about average for the industry.

The 2013 AV-Test for VIPRE revealed that the product has good usability as far as false positives go, above industry protection against 0-day and reference set malware attacks, and, interestingly, somewhat lower than average system performance.

Tune-up & Speed

Threat Track does not offer any PC tune-up services, though the company does claim that the product impact on operating system speed is negligible—a claim backed up by AV-Comparative results.

Time in Business

VIPRE’s mother company, Threat Track, was founded as Sunbelt Software 20+ years ago in 1994. (1994)

Foreign

Threat Track is headquartered in Clearwater, FL.  

Customer Service

Threat Track’s customer support service allows you to chat with a live representative or submit a support ticket to reserve your spot for help. There are separate contact numbers listed for sales support and home and consumer support, which are clearly laid out on the website. We appreciate the company’s easily navigable website, including the contact links and knowledge base, which includes webinar recordings and other consumer education resources.

Minimum PC requirements

  • Windows XP Service Pack 3 (32- or 64-bit)
  • Windows Vista Service Pack 1 (32- or 64-bit)
  • Windows 7 (32- or 64-bit)
  • Windows 8 (32- or 64-bit)
  • 512 RAM

Mobile

  • Android 2.2 and up

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    October 5th, 2015 Harrisburg, PA

    This is for Vipre Internet Security 2015 Lifetime. Beyond a doubt, this is the most obnoxious and intrusive anti-virus/internet security software I’ve ever used. I receive constant, annoying messages to inform me that Vipre has protected me from a Trojan virus. I get about 30 or 40 of these balloon messages per day whether I’m online or off, makes no difference. Vipre support has had me scan my entire computer, using VipreRescue. When that didn’t help, they had me remove Vipre from my computer and reinstall it. Still, same problem with one improvement, however. At least, I’m not getting the constant Vipre message that I need to restart my computer to get rid of some phony infestation. Vipre has been worse for me than any actual viruses I’ve had over the years. Currently, I have Vipre turned OFF, and it will probably remain that way until I can find a different anti-virus program to replace it.

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    April 30th, 2015

    This is a must have program .

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