After years of struggling with Symantec/Norton, McAfee, and Microsoft OneCare, last year I finally found what I consider to be one of the best PC antivirus products on the market: Sunbelt Software’s VIPRE Antivirus.
At the time, my only complaint was they didn’t have a 64-bit firewall.Â Now, with their latest offering, VIPRE Antivirus Premium, they do.
It’s light-weight, runs like a dream, and found little embedded malware bits way off in my USB archive drives — stuff that NONE of the other products ever picked up.
VIPRE isn’t a memory hog.Â Runs as well on a little WinXP netbook as it does on a quad processor Win7 Pro desktop machine.Â Does a great job of keeping itself updated, watches for rootkits, malware, bad processes, viruses on USB sticks, email attacks and browser intruders — including a check at boot time.Â When running a scan, it doesn’t render the computer unusable, like OneCare did for me.
One of the really cool features?Â You can get a home site license for one reasonable price, allowing you to install the program on as many computers as you and your immediate family own.Â I think we have five or six computers registered here, including some pretty old ones.Â In case you’re not sure, you can download a fully functional (non-crippled) 30 day trial version.Â And from what I’ve seen, it’ll even uninstall cleanly, which is something McAfee refused to do (I had to do a system restore).
I have yet to find anything that ever worked half as well as VIPRE does.