- Management of Endpoint protection made easy.
- Low resource consumption.
- So far it's caught anything that has been thrown at it, both test and actual viruses.
- Very aggressive on pricing.
- No cloud portal yet.
- Vipre Antivirus constantly scans your computer in the background without a need for user intervention.
- In one program Vipre can successfully protect all your computing devices from both malicious virus attacks as where vicious spyware intrusions.
- You won't feel any slowness or sluggishness with Vipre installed & running in the background while you continue to use your computing devices.
- Though Vipre supports various modern Windows versions such as Windows 7, 8 & 10, it does not support Windows XP which are still in use by some XP die-hard users.
- Vipre currently does not provide a web portal for online chat support.
- Unfortunately Vipre does not provide an option for parental controls to prevent kids from accidentally or purposely uninstalling the virus/spyware protection.
- Software Patching - It just works. Rather well, actually. Flash, Java, etc are all kept up to date on my 400+ computers so I don't have to worry about them.
- Auto-installs. Vipre periodically scans the network for new computers on the Domain and installs itself to help automate protection.
- Management - It's easy to create deployable packages to give to our field techs. This ensures computers off-WAN are protected and report into the central server.
- Upgrades - client upgrades don't appear to be automatic. I've recently had to be quite hands-on in upgrading client versions from 9x to 10x.
- Control interface - the server control interface needs some work. And it has for years. It is definitely better, but it's a bit slow, and sometimes will randomly wipe the list of computers with which I'm working and rebuild it slowly.
- Automation is key with this software. It makes deployment so simple.
- Detection and reporting are excellent. We get an email when any threat is detected, and we can check threat history any time.
- Control - we can remotely perform some basic tasks on workstations via the console. Reboots, messages, etc.
- Maintenance - the server is fairly simple to maintain. It doesn't require too much hands-on. It just... runs.
- Virus Protection You have to have Virus protection and that's the base of Vipre
- Email Protection for the email client - Anti-Phishing. Another layer of protection
- Web protection - Another layer to help protect you. You can also put in exception lists as well as block websites.
- We receive a lot of notices from Vipre. This is probably less of a negative but more of a nuisance as we admins get spammed by the amount of Virus that are detected.
- Occasionally you have to reinstall the clients if they stop updating.
- Occasionally you have to force agent/definition updates. It's much better when it works automatically.
- The home Internet suite for users is very complete and is the best I've ever seen.
- Vipre consistently wins in AV contests against all the major brands.
- The console allows me to find machines that are unprotected or behind in updates and push directly to them, with the proper authentication.
- It can be used with its email plugin to offer further protection right at the email level
- When using older versions of Outlook I have seen the plugin cause sluggish behavior and hangs, in 2007 and 2010 versions specifically.
- For some business applications, there are .dll's and libraries and application .exe's that can be misidentified as virus or trojans. While it is fairly easy to whitelist these once discovered, new implementors should be aware that they will need to carefully look through their initial virus scan reports to find and whitelist these items.
I have not run Vipre in a setting of over 150 desktops and 50 servers, so I do not know if there are performance issues rolling out to 1000's of desktops.
All servers, workstations, and laptops are protected through Vipre (even our remote folks). Currently, we use email protection and antivirus. We will soon be looking at implementing the advanced protection, as well as the patch management feature.
Our environment is 6 physical sites, in 5 states, networked via mesh-VPN between each site.
- When things go well, the agent installer and auto-policy-assignment are wonderful.
- Vipre has also been great at catching and removing malicious URLs from our users' emails.
- The User Interface is clean and organized, which makes managing each site an easy task from the console.
- I recently ran into an issue where my agents starting hopping from site to site. They were winding up in policies that weren't created or used, as well as reporting to the wrong servers. We never got to the bottom of how it happened, but correcting it took about three weeks of working with Vipre.
- You cannot remove default policies. I created custom policies on purpose, and wanted to get rid of their default policies (This is where the agents kept going, in the issue I mentioned previously), but no luck.
- There are lots of good features and commands that can be sent from the console to the agent, but there aren't really any options for resetting or recovering an agent that has gone loopy. To correct the issue mentioned earlier, I had to COMPLETELY remove Vipre from the clients, and then re-add them from the console. Complete removal required uninstall, reboot, delete folders left behind, delete registry keys. This worked on MOST workstations, but for the rest, I had to request the Removal Tool from Vipre.
Vipre is a fairly robust solution, so if the money's not an issue, I'd say grab it up. If you're on a budget, and this doesn't fit into it, then that's when I would suspect this to not be a good fit, as there are cheaper options out there - though you're going to be doing a little more footwork supporting each PC if/when it needs it.
- Easy to install. Very lightweight software and installs and sets up while your not attending it.
- Cloud Endpoint is very simple to setup and VIPRE's expert protection settings are out of the box.
- Very simple to manage. The cloud based software shows a dashboard of all the connected devices and it is easy to add or remove global policies.
- It would be nice as a VIPRE Reseller to stop having to send out renewal emails to my clients that purchase VIPRe through me when the renewal is 2-3 months away from expiration.
- It would be nice as a supporter of VIPRE if there is a support section that offers snippets of code to assist in allowing programs and ports in the firewall.
- VIPRE is very easy to install and maintain. I have migrated Vipre from Windows Data Center server 2008R2 to a Windows DC Server 2016, and it was a very simple process.
- Client resource use is very low. Users do not even know it is there until it blocks the bad stuff.
- Customer support has always been very prompt and helpful whenever I've needed them.
- Adding anti-virus exclusions are a real pain because you can only import them one at a time. I wish I could import a .txt file.
- I have had problems with false positives in the past, especially as of recently. It has even quarantined its own threat definition files from all of our PCs!
- The management console gets stuck and freezes every now and then, especially during agent push.
- I have tried to deploy VIPRE using MDT, but with no success. It would be nice if I could deploy it with the rest of my image.
My company has been using VIPRE Bus Premium on its clients for several years. It has a fairly easy to use interface once you spend a little time getting familiar with it.
It has a nice management console that lets you not only see what is happening at all clients, but also road warriors that are not on your LAN. That feature has been very helpful for managing our mobile devices.
- Patch management - customizable and automatic.
- Discovers all old antivirus software on your network, uninstalls it and then installs itself.
- Can be set to auto install on every computer in your domain. We don't use that feature but it could be useful in certain settings.
- Virtual environment - currently you just have to install the client on your virtual machines as well. This is not useful for linked clones. If Vipre came out with an agentless solution for VMs I would purchase it right away.
Statistics taken from experience shows that Vipre is able to block about 95% of medium to high critical threats.
There was a surge of cryptolocker variations ( still ongoing today unfortunately ) that were not detected by Vipre Business or home editions. Typically, cryptolocker or cryptowall, is able to sneak through users emails who act as file attachments and when opened, wreaks havoc on file servers and other critical systems. Ensure you have a backup in place.
- Blocks web browser hijacks and trojans. Able to remove immediately without any further actions. This is a great feature also available in home editions of Vipre as it protects the end user online from sites that sometimes do not get blocked but the content that it anonymously delivers is blocked.
- Detects and blocks trojan worms. There was a case of one workstation that had a trojan.vundo, of which it installs adware pop ups on users operating system. Before this workstation had Vipre installed, we were running other antivirus programs that were not able to detect the cause of the adware problems on this machine. We installed Vipre, ran a full scan and detected the trojan and other registry components and the system was clean. No reinstall of the OS was needed
- Able to scan file attachments from your Outlook or other email client applications. This is a great feature as it is capable of detecting behind .zip files that could maybe contain a malicious executable file. You do get prompts whether you know this file was sent to your from a trusted source. Most of the time, Vipre knows the file is malicious and deletes this from your system.
- Uses a high percentage of RAM when running a full scan. It affects older systems but not on new systems.
- Vipre could use a "safe pay" method when paying bills online. SSL certificates are secure from a site that implements this but it would give a peace of mind to consumers that the bills you pay online and all personal information is protected in and outside of the public internet.
- Needs an offline media or method to boot to a cd to remove threats. If such feature is available, Vipre would be a great tool for site technicians to clean up threats that can't be removed once the workstation is running the operating system.
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