GFI VIPRE Internet Security 2013 Review: Looks Simple, but Packs a Punch
Last week, Computer Active’s Kelvyn Taylor released a promising review of GFI’s newly released and enhanced VIPRE Internet Security 2013, which includes all security features of VIPRE Antivirus 2013; VIPRE Easy Update to auto-fix out-of-date software; a firewall to protect against inbound and outbound Internet threats; an anti-spam filter to protect against spam and phishing e-mails; and a bad website blocker to block access to malicious Web pages.
So how does this product fare when given a good, hard testing? Taylor reveals that with a similar overview and layout, it may look simple, but it boasts an entire slew of benefits. “It all looks very straightforward, but there are plenty of advanced settings available,” he explains. “Although the default settings are sensibly chosen not to worry users with unnecessary alerts and warnings…there are some highly technical options, particularly in the firewall,” which are “clearly explained in the very good help file.”
Some additional benefits to this enhanced product include its ability to use very little memory, which Taylor says uses “about 20 MB when idle and 30MB when scanning.” Additionally, “the default Quick Scan only took 30 seconds on our test PC.”
The fact that GFI VIPRE Internet Security relies on a traditional virus definitions database to stay up-to-date on all of the latest and most harmful viruses is also a treat, as it is updated every hour rather than using a constantly updated database kept on the company’s servers, Taylor explains.
Furthermore, “GFI's new Easy Install system automatically checks for conflicting security products and removes them. For example, on our Windows 8 PC it disabled the built-in Windows Defender security software and the Windows Firewall,” Taylor continues, adding that the entire process took only five minutes, but required a reboot.
His conclusion? Taylor concludes that VIPRE Internet Security 2013 is a “competent” suite and one of the most cost-efficient options available on the market today. Bonus: It’s particularly beneficial “for those with more than three PCs to protect.”
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