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    Vipre Anti-virus Black Friday Special

    Sunbelt Software is having a Black Friday special on its Vipre anti-virus and anti-spyware software. On Friday only, the cost will be $9.95 instead of the $29.95. Other deals are available for those who already have Vipre.

    I have not used this software. Does anyone here have any comments (good or bad) regarding Vipre?

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    Re: Vipre Anti-virus Black Friday Special

    Hi Paul, I just switched to it from the paid version of AVG. I still have a year of subscription with AVG but I had problems with version 8 and AVG support was totally useless in sorting them out. I tried out Avira and Vipre and settled for Vipre because I was getting too many false positives with Avira. I also prefer Vipres controls to Avira which seems more complex to use. I used to use Counterspy when it first came out. I think Vipre is much better. I have one or two small issues with it - like it wants to update before it will do on-demand scanning and it stays open after doing on demand scanning but other than that it seems fine. You are not supposed to run it with other anti-virus software running which could be something of a concern if you believe in layered defences as I do. It warned me about having Spybot R&D installed but I have never run Teatimer and haven't encountered a problem using it with Vipre without Teatimer . I also have ProcessGuard running and Online Armor which have HIPS functions and Vipre is OK with them as well. I actually bought Vipre before the special offer but have taken advantage of the offer to get three copies for family members. For some reason I got a further discount so ended up paying just 6$ for each one. The license is good until you use it to activate Vipre so I'll be able to use them as online Christmas presents. As far as I can tell it is possible to buy a licence and not use it until next year so that could be a good way to get two years for the price of one.

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    Chris (Hunt)

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    Re: Vipre Anti-virus Black Friday Special

    <hr>You are not supposed to run it with other anti-virus software running which could be something of a concern if you believe in layered defences as I do.<hr>
    I thought that it was never a good idea to run more than one anti-virus program.

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    Re: Vipre Anti-virus Black Friday Special

    >I thought that it was never a good idea to run more than one anti-virus program

    It's not. But, that applies to straight-up AV programs. Spybot S&D is not an AV program, but an anti-malware program, as are the others mentioned. If you run 2 AV programs (like Symantec, McAfee, AVG, Avast!, etc) they will NOT work and play well together.
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    Re: Vipre Anti-virus Black Friday Special

    Edited by HansV to correct a link tag

    It depends what you mean by run. Sunbelt are very specific that if you use Vipre you should not use its Active Protection module. If you are running another antivirus program. They even have a a presentation about it. I got a warning about ProcessGuard and Spybot R&D when installing Vipre. ProcessGuard is active all the time but I only use Spybot to run on demand scans. I have Vipres Active Protection running at Medium which is their recommended setting. Despite having ProcessGuard running I've not noticed any slow downs.

    I think Sunbelt are to be commended for being up front about potential problems with using Vipre with other programs. AVG on the other hand said nothing. I had problems with Spybot R & D when I used version 8 and their response was to tell me to get rid of it. No warning before installation and I wasn't using Teatimer just the basic program. Since I had other problems with version 8 of AVG I decided to get rid of that instead. I went back to 7.5 and now I've got rid of it altogether.

    I think there is an unfortunate trend nowadays that Vendors are forcing users to put all their eggs in one basket. Previously it has always been possible to have more than one program installed and run more than one scan on downloaded files. I believe this is good practise since no single Anti Virus program can stop everything. A combination can get closer but the trend towards suites makes this more difficult.

    I currently use Vipre, Spybot S&D and the free version of Malwarebytes for downloaded files. I have ProcessGuard, Online Armor and Vipre running all the time. I used to have Boclean going as well but uninstalled it to install the latest version and then never got around to it.

    Chris (Hunt)

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    Re: Vipre Anti-virus Black Friday Special

    Thanks for your input, Chris. I found it very helpful. I guess your buying this product for family members is as good a recommendation as you can get.

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    Re: Vipre Anti-virus Black Friday Special

    By run, I mean just that. Two AV programs actively running and protecting your computer from virus attacks at the same time. They trip over each other at best and cause system instability and crashes the rest of the time. What good is an AV program if it is nott actively protecting you ???

    The presentation you linked to said exactly that. This has been standard advice ever since there was more than one AV program available. Perhaps I missed your point.
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    Re: Vipre Anti-virus Black Friday Special

    Hi, my point was that Sunbelt warn about the problem very clearly before purchase whereas AVG don't. Vipre also warned me during installation, AVG didn't. Vipre said it might have a problem with Spybot S&D though teatimer the active protection element of Spybot S & D wasn't installed. In that respect, Vipre was over cautious but I guess that is better than AVG which gave no warning and then proceeded to mess my system up to the point where I felt a disc image restore was my best option. I guess what I'm saying is that I find Vipre better than AVG 8.0 and Sunbelt support much much better and less arrogant than AVG.

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    Re: Vipre Anti-virus Black Friday Special

    I agree that AVG dropped the ball with version 8 and took their sweet time acknowledging and fixing it.

    While it's good that Vipre lets you know ahead of time that there may be problems with other protection software packages, if they know it's a problem, why don't they fix it before they release the software rather than tell people that their sofware doesn't work well with a certain protection software that you have already installed and come to depend on to protect you. In the end, it's a matter of personal preference when it comes to protection software packages, often coming down to the lesser of 2 evils. <img src=/S/shrug.gif border=0 alt=shrug width=39 height=15>
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    Re: Vipre Anti-virus Black Friday Special

    I agree that personal preference often plays a major part when it comes to protection software and that choosing between two or even three evils is not uncommon. Perhaps it is because malware is getting more and more sophisticated and embedding itself deeper and deeper into the system that protection software has to do likewise. This probably increases the difficulty of getting different software defence mechanisms to work well together. On the other hand there is a tendency for vendors to push protection suites as a way of increasing revenue. I don't like this trend of forcing us to put all our computer eggs in one security basket. I guess the most important piece of protection software is backup software. I've often had to restore my system after discovering that one piece of protection software doesn't suite the way I work or go well with the software I have. When it comes to protection software I prefer using a disc image to trying to uninstall it.

    Chris (Hunt)

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