So I've been using VIPRE's Antivirus and Antispyware software for a couple months now and have been extremely pleased, then they out of the blue approached me to sponsor this site in exchange for a review of their software. As I have a B.S. and M.S. in computer science (so this is somewhat in my field of expertise) and I genuinely have been pleased with their Antivirus/Antispyware software since I downloaded and installed it, I was more than happy to agree to let them sponsor Today I Found Out. (I have a policy against doing sponsored articles for companies where I don't like their product or don't think I'm going to like it, regardless of what they offer me).
For the general highlights: 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.
As to my specific review from the few months I've been using it, it definitely doesn't bog down my system any during day to day use, and surprisingly not even when scans are running. (I actually have never noticed when scans have been run. But according to it, it has been running them on a regular basis since I installed it.)
This is in stark contrast to 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.
Just to be a little more thorough, I had it to run a full "deep" scan on my laptop so I could actually pay attention while doing my normal stuff on my computer. 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. ;-) And, note, my laptop isn't some top of the line new one; it's a 2 year old mid-level HP.
When I first installed VIPRE a couple months ago, it actually even found some things on my machine that Norton didn't, including an Adware installer that apparently has been on my machine for some time at that point. Who knew?
Beyond the above, nothing really much to say about it. It's an antivirus / antispyware package that doesn't bog down my system and seems to do a good job at what it's supposed to do, which shouldn't be surprising with the whole "ICSA and VB100 certified" business mentioned above. It won't make you breakfast in bed; but not having to spend a day re-doing my system because of a virus getting passed my antivirus software is kind of the next best thing.
You can try VIPRE free by simply clicking the "download free trial" button here: vipreantivirus.com/free-antivirus-trial/
It's quick and easy to download and install, so you can test out the speed on your system and see if it perhaps finds something your current antivirus/antimalware software didn't.
You can check out more at their website (vipreantivirus.com) and by going here: http://www.facebook.com/GFIVIPREAntivirus
- 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.