VIPRE Antivirus and Antispyware Software Giveaway

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of GFI for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

I’m giving away one free  Antivirus + Antispyware software license.  To enter in the contest, simply leave a comment below stating why you need free anti-virus software.

A winner will be randomly chosen from those entries seven days from the post date for this article listed above and if you when, you’ll get an email from me with the software license keycode.

VIPRE has the lowest surveyed infection rate of any antivirus vendor and is an ICSA and VB100 certified anti-virus software provider.  This means that their anti-virus software was independently tested and shown to detect 100% of virus and malware samples thrown at it and generated no false positives while scanning and that it also provides a complete suite of tools to protect the user from virus and other computer attacks (anti-virus, anti-spyware, anti-rootkit, firewall, secure file eraser, etc.).

The other key point that puts VIPRE above its competitors is that, unlike most other premium virus protection software out there, it does not bog down your system and takes a minimalistic approach to using system resources to accomplish its job of real-time protection of your machine.

VIPRE also comes with free U.S. based technical support and has a 96% customer satisfaction rate.

I’ve been using VIPRE for a couple weeks now and have been pretty impressed overall.  It definitely doesn’t seem to bog down my system any when scans are running, unlike a certain former antivirus software I used to use *cough.. Norton*, which had a tendency to bring my computer to a screeching halt if you just looked at the icon funny.  Even when running a full “deep” scan on my laptop, I didn’t notice any performance difference while it was running, and the only noticeable sign my laptop gave that it was working harder than normal was the fan kicked on while the scan was running.  I can live with that. 😉

As a bonus, it actually found some things on my machine that Norton didn’t, including an Adware installer that apparently has been on my machine for some time.

You can try VIPRE free by simply clicking the “download free trial” button here,  and of course, if you leave a comment below, you’ll have a chance to win the non-trial version for free.

You can check out more at their website (vipreantivirus.com) or by going here: http://www.facebook.com/GFIVIPREAntivirus

Bonus Facts:

  • The term “virus”, as referring to self replicating computer programs, was coined by Frederick Cohen who was a student at California’s School of Engineering.  He wrote such a program for a class. This “virus” was a parasitic application that would seize control of the computer and replicate itself on the machine.  He then specifically described his “computer virus” as: “a program that can ‘infect’ other programs by modifying them to include a possibly evolved copy of itself.”  Cohen went on to be one of the first people to outline proper virus defense techniques.  He also demonstrated in 1987 that no algorithm could ever detect all possible viruses.
  • Though it wasn’t called such at the time, one of the first ever computer viruses was called “Creeper” and was written by Bob Thomas in 1971.  He wrote this virus to demonstrate the potential of such “mobile” computer programs.  The virus itself wasn’t destructive and simply printed the message “I’m the creeper, catch me if you can!”.  Creeper spread about on ARPANET, the pre-cursor to the Internet.  It worked by finding open connections and transferring itself to other machines.  It would also attempt to remove itself from the machine that it was just on, if it could, to further be non-intrusive.  The Creeper was ultimately “caught” by a program called “the reaper” which was designed to find and remove any instances of the creeper out there.
  • While terms like “Computer Worm” and “Computer Virus” are fairly commonly known, one less commonly heard term is “Computer Wabbit”.  This is a program that is self replicating, like a compute virus, but does not infect any host programs or files.  The wabbits simply multiply themselves continually until eventually causing the system to crash from lack of resources.  The term “wabbit” itself references how rabbits breed incredibly quickly and can take over an area until the environment can no longer sustain them.  Pronouncing it “wabbit” is thought to be in homage to Elmer Fudd’s pronunciation of “rabbit”.
  • Computer viruses/worms don’t inherently have to be bad for your system.  Some viruses are designed to improve your system as they infect it.  For instance, as noted previously, the Reeper, which was designed to go out and destroy all instances of the Creeper it found.  Another virus designed by Cohen would spread itself on a system to all executable files.  Rather than harm them though, it would simply compress them, freeing up storage space.
  • One of the most expensive worms to date, causing several billion dollars of damages, was the “Love Bug” released in 2000.  This bug spread itself around by sending itself to all emails in a user’s address book when the user clicked to open the “love letter” purportedly sent from someone they know.  The love bug originated in the Philippines, created by a 24 year old student who was never convicted of anything because, at the time, there were no laws against what he did in the Philippines.

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  • Steve Kaufman

    Very much want to try it!!!!!!!!

  • CountMe

    Nice Giveaway.
    Count Me in Please.

    https://twitter.com/HereSpam/status/232214120391380992

  • Jonathan

    I would be interested in this so that I can better protect my wife’s laptop!

  • Asriel Rusdyawan

    Thanks for this Giveaway Dude. Vipre is the best Security Solution for me..:-)
    Please count me in too.

  • Kristin

    Hook me up with free antivirus and antispyware software please! It is time to renew my Norton Spyware but the VIPRE sounds better.

  • suyanto

    it is powerful antivirus..

  • Nor

    I could totally use an anti-virus right now, I was just looking into my options as the my current Bit-defender expires in 2 weeks. Would be perfect timing to win one! =)

  • T4G0R

    Please, count me in..
    Thanks..

  • dimek

    Please count me in. I need this antivirus

  • Justin Vannoy

    I cannot think of a more important role in one’s life than to be some sort of teacher to the children of our world. No matter what career path a person pursues or ends up in, they are all somehow affected by a teacher in their life. Whether it be a friend/family member providing teachings to a small child, or a public school teacher, which is sadly underrated and overlooked by our government, resulting in overworked and underpaid professionals. This problem hits close to home for me in that my wife has been a public school teacher for over 10 years now. The salaries and budgets determined by the government leaves a constant restraint on the supplies needed for teaching, especially for smaller children when so many lesson plans require certain materials to inspire learning. My wife seeing this problem has pushed her into searching the internet often for ideas and any “free” resources that may be there for teachers. As a result, our home PC is left venerable to the viruses/spyware that lurk in the attractiveness of websites that advertise “free” in many of the search engines. My wife not being the most technical person in the world, does not see the dangers in downloading everything that’s “nicely wrapped” for desperate souls eager to provide for children. Our most recent adventure involved her downloading an “amazing,” “free,” and “most reliable” app for her iPod that would “make learning math fun for all ages!” The only math it included was: Justin had one uninfected Windows 7 machine, when you add one ugly virus, what does he have left? Answer = A really shiny paperweight. Thus, my need for VIPRE Antivirus and Antispyware software is a great need indeed. Thank you for your time and consideration.

  • sankar

    Thanks for the giveaway.i belive that security in this digital era is necessary.hence for the protection i need the antivirus

  • Rolan

    Sure would like to win one. i have MSE but would prefer software made by Sunbelt. thanks very much.

  • Jake

    Man I sure could use this, I have eight viruses on my computer RIGHT NOW!!

  • Alex
  • Andrey

    Thanks for giveaway.
    VIPRE is very good antivirus.

  • Lukas

    Because my PC is full of viruses that drive me crazy.

  • Omar

    My computer is about to die, and I would appreciate a free anti-virus.

  • sankar

    i need something to present my sister for her new computer..

  • Steven

    I am a Marine and would like to use it on my wifes computer. My wife has had to raise 2 kids during my deployments. It would be great to give her this small gift.

  • Abdul

    In this digital era we neeed both the anti virus and anti spyware if not those adware cookies install autmatically by some web site could slow down the PC. I count on to get “VIPRE”

  • Spartan

    FREE….. 😛

  • Jen

    Because I don’t have health insurance to pay for a flu shot. 😛
    (yes, I am joking) But give it to someone else, I use a mac.

  • dan

    it, the best.
    count me please

  • briareoushex

    Vipre antivirus handy in pc security.
    Count me in.Thank u.

  • Daven Hiskey

    The Contest is now closed. I used the a random number generator (http://andrew.hedges.name/experiments/random/) to select the winning comment and it was *drum roll* Justin Vannoy. Congratulations. I’ll be emailing you the software key within the next day or so.