Vipre’s main user interface is basic but functional. Large icons note whether or not there are issues by denoting each status with a green check mark or a red ‘X’. As you can see in figure 2, I haven’t yet completed a system scan.
Users can click on the blue links next to each status area or the buttons along the top of the application to initiate scans, manage Vipre or utilize some of the built in tools.
System scans can be run as either a quick scan or a deep scan. The quick scan on my test computer ran pretty quickly - only taking about 2 minutes to complete. As you can see in figure 3, if any risks are found you have several options for handling them. You can choose to have the system take a recommended action, quarantine the files, remove them, allow once or always allow. This gives you the flexibility to manage ‘risks’ on your terms instead of being forced to delete something the antivirus vendor deems a risk.
Clicking on the Risk Details button will give you an explanation as to why Vipre thinks it’s a risk along with a list of files noted as part of the risk (figure 4).
The management tab allows you to view your scan history, manage your quarantine, black list or white list applications and manage your scan schedules (figure 5). Everything was pretty self explanatory and I found that it wasn’t necessary to fiddle around with the default settings. By default, deep scans are scheduled to run every day at 1am. This can easily be changed to better suit your schedule if so desired.
The Tools tab gives three options – secure eraser, history cleaner and PC explorer (figure 6). Secure eraser adds a new item to your right-click menu allowing you to securely delete files. It’s a nice feature to have but without any kind of configuration or advanced features, you’ll find there are better secure erase tools out there. Take a look at Donna Buenaventura’s article on the best free secure delete applications to learn more.
The second tool offered is the history cleaner. This utility is able to delete tracking history or recently used documents lists from many different applications including web browsers, Adobe Acrobat applications and Microsoft Office. It’s a neat idea, but I’m not sure how useful it would be. I do have to wonder about long term support of this utility as many of the supported applications are older versions. For example, only Office 2000 through Office 2007 was supported. It’s a free tool to use, but feels half-hearted.
The third tool, PC explorer, gives you easy access to various ‘hidden’ files and settings such as the Windows Hosts file, Internet Explorer plugins and Browser Helper Objects. Granted many of these things can be found on your own by digging in to difference applications, but I found it useful to have these all in a single place.