Even from the first glance, VIPRE Internet Security 2013 is very similar to the 2012 version. The features of v2012 are there, with a few new features, but no abrupt change in the user interface. I like that.
One of the things that I really appreciate about VIPRE is that the license covers a period of time, with new versions being covered by the existing license. I still remember frustration with some AV products of past years, where you bought the particular program version — and if a new version came out, you had to purchase an upgrade at that time in order to get the benefits of the program improvements.
VIPRE Internet Security 2013 would have downloaded to my computer and allowed me to install it over my existing VIPRE Internet Security 2012 — with no difficulty and no additional charge.
Instead, still at no charge, I jumped the gun on the automatic upgrade, went to the VIPRE site, downloaded the 2013 trial. Since the trial is the same program but without a license code, when I installed it over my existing VIPRE Internet Security 2012 installation, it installed quickly and smoothly. It recognized my existing license code and all of my customized settings, as I expected it to do.
Any time you install anti-virus / anti-malware / firewall programs, you have to reboot. That’s because these programs link so closely into Windows that the currently running program can’t be easily removed, so the reboot was not a surprise.
The main screen, shown below, looks almost exactly like the previous version. The main difference is that the Scan Now and Update Now buttons have been removed. They’re not really missing — just click on the round icon with the checkmark in it that’s beside each selection.
The Scan tab has a new feature to it, the Use VIPRE Rapid Scan™ box that is checked by default.
There’s an important link on this page. It’s the Scan Options link in the bottom left-hand side. Click on it for additional options, including whether VIPRE should automatically handle the things it finds, or should let you decide what to do with them.
The Firewall tab has similar links as those in version 2012. I don’t see any significant visible changes here.
Settings takes you to the Firewall tab of the Settings dialog box. Connections gives a listing of TCP/IP connections by port number that are active on this computer. Firewall history gives some summaries of what the firewall has blocked.
The Manage tab shows us two new features.
First, we have an opportunity to check for updates to the VIPRE software as well as the definitions. The previous versions would only check for updates to the definitions.
The other new feature is called Easy Update. It’s function is to check software, at least common software, to make sure that the security updates are installed. It will, by default, install any of the updates it finds.
The Easy Updates Settings page will allow you to turn off the automatic updating and separate the tasks of finding the updates and actually installing them.
Since the Automatic settings does not give an option to see what updates are found and decide whether to install them or not, I prefer to turn off the automatic updating. After the updating is complete, the Automatic Update will display what programs were updated and the new version numbers.
The Tools tab has the same features as the previous version.
The Secure FIle Eraser can be installed to as a right-click option for Windows. History Cleaner is a privacy cleaner that covers a number of popular web browsers and other programs.
PC Explorer is an easy way to locate a number of the programs running on your computer.
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The Bottom Line:
VIPRE Internet Security 2013 is an incremental upgrade of the security suite that I prefer, that I use, and that my family uses. I’m pleased with the new version.
You can try a free 30-day trial of VIPRE Internet Security 2013 or of VIPRE Antivirus 2013 here.