Vipre Antivirus Premium – recommended

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.  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.  Runs as well on a little WinXP netbook as it does on a quad processor Win7 Pro desktop machine.  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.  When running a scan, it doesn’t render the computer unusable, like OneCare did for me.

One of the really cool features?  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.  I think we have five or six computers registered here, including some pretty old ones.  In case you’re not sure, you can download a fully functional (non-crippled) 30 day trial version.  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.

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