Vipre Internet Security 2015 review
Vipre Internet Security 2015 review
Download and Installation
Vipre Internet Security 2015 can be downloaded from the official Vipreantivirus website; it is an online installer (about 7 MB in size), so you need an active Internet connection to get the full EXE file and install it successfully. The trial version of the program has not got any limitations; you can use it without any restriction for 30 days. The price of Vipre Internet Security 2015 varies; it depends on the number of PCs and years. One year license for one PC costs $ 49.99, two years- $ 69.99, etc.; lifetime subscription for one PC is sold at $ 99.99.
The installation procedure is not difficult, but it takes some time to complete. After clicking on the installer, you will be greeted with Welcome page where you should accept the terms of the license agreement; then the program will check for any antivirus program because it may cause conflicts with Vipre. After that the program starts downloading and installing all necessary components.
The Interface of the Program
Vipre Internet Security 2015 consists of three tabs- My Vipre, Account and Manage.
My Vipre tab is divided into two panes; there are status details on the left pane, from where you can get info about security status of the computer, i.e. information about last and next scan, updates and firewall. On the right pane you can view two drop-down tiles for performing quick, full, custom and scheduled scans of the computer.
Account tab includes account info about product key and expiration date of the current license. In addition, you can also contact Vipre support team and view the latest news related to the product.
Manage tab consists of five sections- Antivirus (it allows you to configure some antivirus settings, for example, quarantined items, real-time protection, Catch Up Scan, and so on); Updates (this section deals with updates and lets you control them to keep the system up-to-date), Emails (it contains tools for managing mailboxes and activating some functions of the program, for example, spam filtering, anti-phishing, etc.), Firewall (it includes options for managing Firewall and its rules) and Privacy (it contains three tools for protecting Facebook account from viruses, erasing sensitive data securely and cleaning privacy traces).
The Main Features of the Program
Vipre Internet Security 2015 offers the following scan types: Quick Scan, Full Scan and Custom Scan. The scan of the computer can be run automatically according to specified schedule or manually.
Quick Scan is recommended as the fastest way to make sure that the basic components of the system are not affected by viruses. During Quick Scan the program scans all active processes, system files and registry, etc., i.e. only those areas of the computer which are subject to infection by malicious programs. Duration of this scan type is quite fast; in most of the cases it takes no longer than 3 minutes to perform the quick scan of the system. (Vipre Internet Security 2015 managed to scan my computer in just 2 minutes and 44 seconds).
During Full Scan all areas of the computer are thoroughly searched for viruses and other malware. Of course, it takes a lot of time to complete (in any case, it depends on quantity of items on the computer and the processor speed), but offers more reliable and thorough results. The program performed the Full Scan of my computer in one hour and 21 minutes.
Custom Scan lets you define those categories that you want to be scanned, i.e. Running programs (enabled by default), Windows registry, Cookies, Rootkits, Archived and Compressed files. In addition, you have the possibility to add manually a new location or file for scanning.
The program allows you to not only perform manual scan of the system, but also configure and run Scheduled Scan at specified time. All you need is to select the desired scan type, exact time and any day of the week from Sunday to Saturday.
You can configure each scan mode using a different set of parameters. Vipre Internet Security 2015 allows you to activate so called Catch Up Scan (i.e. the program will perform a quick scan if a scheduled scan is missed) or Second Layer Scan (i.e. the program will run a full scan of the system if a quick scan finds any malware). Both these features are disabled by default; if you need them, they will be easily enabled with just one click of the mouse and provide you with an additional layer of protection.
Every day we connect a lot of different devices to the computer (for example, USB sticks, memory cards, and so on). It is possible that they may contain viruses and other malicious threats. Vipre Internet Security 2015 includes a special module that scans removable devices for malware and automatically disinfects and quarantines them. If you are among those people who use removable devices on a daily basis, you can take full advantage of this great feature.
The program has got a very necessary module which is of use and interest for laptop or notebook users; it is called Battery Saver and allows them to reduce battery usage by delaying updates and scheduled scans when a notebook is not plugged in.
As a rule, after performing a scan and detecting any malware, Vipre Internet Security 2015 allows you to disinfect, quarantine or delete found threats on the one hand and allow them on the other hand. But if you want the program to handle threats automatically without your participation, you can activate a special program’s module that will automatically disinfect, delete or quarantine malware.
Active Protection– Vipre Internet Security 2015 provides you with real time protection. The program runs in the background while you are working or browsing websites on the Internet and constantly monitors and scans opened and executed files without slowing down your computer.
Updates are very essential for proper and safe functioning of the system; so it is highly recommended to keep an antivirus and other applications updated because it is a well-known fact that the un-updated system is exposed to security risks. With the help of Vipre Internet Security 2015 you can configure threat definition updates by specifying the exact check time (for example, every 15 minutes, daily, manually, and so on).
Additionally, you have the possibility to scan for outdated software applications installed on the computer such as Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Adobe Reader, etc. and apply all necessary updates and patches.
The program also provides you with information about all important Windows updates and allows you to apply the latest patches to the system and keep it secure from threats.
You can give Vipre support team details about suspicious and unknown threats using a special module called ThreatNet Updates which allows you to upload them for further analysis.
In addition, you have the possibility to use a proxy server for updating your applications and virus definitions.
Anti-phishing– Vipre Internet Security 2015 uses an advanced set of technologies for protecting you against online fraud and identity theft. Thanks to leading detecting mechanism, the program notifies and warns you of fraudulent websites that are specially created by hackers for stealing confidential information (for example, passwords, payment information, and so on).
Antispam– Your mailbox is packed out with a lot of advertising messages from unknown senders? You are tired of removing these messages manually? Quit that and give this boring job to Vipre Internet Security 2015. It filters all incoming emails based on the analysis of the message content or sender reputation and labels them as spam if they are suspicious.
Email Protection– the program constantly monitors and scans all incoming and outgoing mails for viruses and automatically quarantines them. Currently Vipre Internet Security 2015 supports only Microsoft Outlook and Windows Mail, but you have the possibility to use another mail client by specifying its ports and Inbound (POP3) and Outbound (SMTP) parameters.
Web Filtering– Vipre Internet Security 2015 protects from Internet threats; it constantly filters downloadable content, blocks dangerous websites, tracking scripts, banners, etc. The program allows you to manage websites, i.e. block those websites that might be dangerous for the computer, or, on the contrary, allow access to those ones that are safe and needed for everyday use.
Firewall Protection– with the help of Vipre Firewall you can control and manage all incoming and outgoing Internet traffic on the computer. The program allows you to configure firewall rules flexibly and meet them to your special requirements and needs. You have the possibility to set up specific rules for any applications, services, ports, etc., for example, completely block or allow any of them.
Intrusion Detection System or simply IDS is a necessary protection element from network attacks and it provides an additional layer of security for the computer. Vipre Internet Security 2015 offers three different priority levels- Low, Medium and High and each of them may be configured according to your preferences.
HIPS is short for Host Intrusion Prevention System. This module is designed for protection against running a malicious program on the computer for it may contain viruses and other harmful components. Unlike antivirus which uses constantly updated virus definitions for detecting malware, HIPS uses behavioral analysis, i.e. if the program detects something suspicious in the application, it blocks it from running.
Vipre Internet Security 2015 contains three additional tools for protecting a computer user from privacy threats; they are as follows:
Social Watch– Facebook is a favorite website for a lot of Internet users; so it is recommended to keep it safe from malware. With the help of this tool you can protect your Facebook account and page from viruses. After activating this feature, you can scan your Facebook timeline for malicious content. The program will perform scans (according to your preferences) every hour, once a week, etc. and send you private messages on Facebook and inform about all found security and privacy threats.
Secure File Eraser– if you have got a lot of confidential files and want to eliminate any trace of them from the computer, you can take full advantage of this tool. After activating this feature, you will be able permanently and securely delete any sensitive data just with the right click of the mouse. Nobody will restore it even using advance applications.
History Cleaner– this tool allows you to clean browser cache, cookies, history of visited websites, etc. (all modern browsers are supported), Windows clipboard, the history of opened files in such well-known and popular applications as Adobe Reader, Microsoft Office, and so on.
Windows XP- Windows 8.1
1 GHz computer with at least 512 MB of RAM
300 MB of free hard disk space
Active Internet connection for updating virus definitions
What is new in Vipre Internet Security 2015
Redesigned management screen
New notifications styles
New Firewall drivers
New threat engine
Vipre Internet Security 2015 offers reliable protection against viruses, spyware, rootkits, malicious websites, etc., using powerful detecting and malware removing technologies and not slowing down the performance and speed of the computer.
The program includes all necessary features such as Firewall (it protects your PC from network attacks and monitors access to the network and ports), Web Protection (it blocks access to the malicious and phishing websites), File Protection (it constantly monitors the system in real time using advanced antivirus engine), Mail Protection (it checks incoming messages for viruses on the one hand and blocks mail spam and phishing on the other hand) and the component Vipre Easy Update (for keeping installed applications and Windows updated).
In addition, Vipre Internet Security 2015 also offers some other tools such as the protection of Facebook account, file eraser and privacy cleaner.
Vipre Internet Security 2015 is an excellent security application and it is among the best internet security products.
1. Advanced scanning engine which allows you to detect and disinfect all kind of malware
2. Reliable real-time web, mail and file protection
3. Powerful two-way firewall
4. Some additional tool
And so on
It does not have a parental control feature