New subscriber Bette Poppe wrote me to ask about VIPRE:
Hi, I read your review on VIPRE, I am a home use only computer user, I am thinking about buying this product– do I need firewall too? I have McAfee and do not like it, it really slows down my computer when scanning and downloading up dates.
Are you still using this product or do you think something else would be better. Thank You for your time. PS I am not a real computer savvy user.
I wrote back to Bette to tell her that, yes, she needs to be running a software firewall as well as antivirus and antispyware.
In answer to her direct question as to whether I’m using VIPRE or not, absolutely, yes, I am. I use VIPRE Antivirus Premium on all my Windows computers and on my family’s computers.
I’ve written a number of articles on the importance of using a software firewall, especially one that controls traffic in both directions (outbound as well as inbound).
The following are a couple that address the issue: