Vipre AntiVirus Home Edition


Vipre Antivirus


Low-Resource Antivirus that won’t slow down your PC

GFI Software realizes that as a PC user, you face very real threats of virus infections, spyware and malware that can steal your personal, sensitive, and financial data. User surveys show the biggest frustration with existing antivirus solutions is high system resource usage, slow boot times, endless pop-ups and an inability to deal effectively with certain types of malware.
*A different approach to malware protection

We developed the VIPRE® Antivirus product line to give you lean and mean security that delivers antivirus and antispyware protection and malicious website filtering technologies that protect you from today’s malware threats.Today, traditional viruses make up only about four percent of the total current malware universe – and these are relatively easy to detect and remove. Protecting your PC against the new wave of malware – including threats that lurk on websites, in email, or on social networking sites like Facebook or MySpace – requires new technology to stay one step ahead of organized cyber criminals. Many older antivirus products responded by retooling their existing antivirus products and adding new layers of capabilities, rather than building better, more efficient software. The result? Bloatware that dramatically slows down your PC and hinders your ability to work, check email, or browse the Internet.GFI’s approach is different: We translated our years of experience in researching, detecting, and remediating sophisticated malware into a next-generation threat protection technology, VIPRE, without building on older generation antivirus products. VIPRE Antivirus is fast, efficient technology that runs seamlessly without significantly impairing system performance. It is designed for an unobtrusive user experience, keeping notification pop-ups and warnings to a minimum.

How does VIPRE Antivirus Home Perform?

Why choose VIPRE Antivirus?

* High-performance technology that won’t slow down your PC

* More efficient scanning intelligence than older tools

* Easy-to-use interface

* Next-generation malware detection technologies protect against zero-day threats

* Scans email for malware threats

* Cutting-edge Active Protection™ guards you 24/7

* VIPRE has three extra bonus tools: a history cleaner, a secure file eraser, and the PC Explorer for advanced users


GFI VIPRE Antivirus Home is available in two editions:

VIPRE Antivirus Home: Includes antivirus and antispyware protection

VIPRE Antivirus Home Premium: Includes antivirus, antispyware, firewall and malicious web filtering

Note: GFI VIPRE Antivirus Home and GFI VIPRE Antivirus Home Premium are currently available in English; localized versions will be available shortly.

The features below are available with both editions unless otherwise noted. (Features available exclusively within a particular edition are listed further on in this page.)

Proprietary anti-malware detection engine uses next-generation technology
At VIPRE’s core is an anti-malware engine that merges the detection of viruses, worms, spyware, Trojans, bots, and rootkits into a single efficient and powerful system. VIPRE Antivirus utilizes an advanced technology stack to perform high speed threat scanning to analyze information for malware threats in a short period of time with limited performance impact on the end-user’s PC.

Real-time monitoring and protection against zero-day threats

VIPRE delivers real-time monitoring and protection against known and unknown malware threats and leverages a number of proprietary malware detection methods, including dynamic code translation (the fastest method of file emulation), heuristics, behavioral analysis and traditional signature-based methods.

VIPRE analyzes the behavior of malware using the following technologies:

Active Protection™ – Real-time detection that works automatically inside the Windows kernel, watching for malware and stopping it before it has a chance to execute on a user’s system.
MX-Virtualization™ (MX-V) – This built-in MX-V malware analysis technology rapidly analyzes potential malware by observing its behavior in a virtual environment so that malware is caught before it actually executes on a user’s machine. Because MX-V uses the high-speed emulation technique, Dynamic Translation, it is extremely fast – able to do its work without compromising system performance. The integration of MX-V helps protect users against many unidentified or new variants of malware.
Genscan™ and Cobra™ heuristics – Uses dynamic pattern assessment to determine if a sample is malware.

Integrated email security
VIPRE includes comprehensive protection against email viruses, with direct support for Outlook, Outlook Express and Windows Mail; and support for any email program that uses POP3 and SMTP. Additionally, the built-in antiphishing feature blocks access to phishing websites by stripping out emails that contain phishing links.

Real-time live threat data integration
VIPRE benefits from multiple sources for its threat definition updates with live threat data from GFI Labs integrated directly into VIPRE. GFI Labs processes tens of thousands of malware samples a day and leverages the following:

ThreatNet™ – GFI Software’s user community of hundreds of thousands of VIPRE consumer users that anonymously send information on possible threats to GFI.
GFI Sandbox™ – A leading automated malware behavior analysis tool for fast and autonomous analysis of large volumes of malware samples.
ThreatTrack™ – GFI Labs’ data feeds that include the latest malicious URLs used to block bad websites and phishing emails.

Powerful, scanning agent technology
VIPRE provides superior scanning intelligence that is Checkmark Anti-Virus Desktop certified and VB100 certified. VIPRE delivers high detection rates and fast updates for new exploits.

Advanced anti-rootkit technology
The product finds and disables malicious hidden processes, threats, modules, services, files or Alternate Data Streams (ADS) on a user’s system.

Auto-scan removable drives
For self-running media such as USB drives, VIPRE scans autorun.inf and associated files, plus all files on any removable device when it is inserted.


VIPRE is compatible with Windows 2000, XP, Server 2003, Vista, Server 2008, Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7, 32- and 64 bit.

Features of VIPRE Antivirus Home Premium

Integrated personal firewall and web filtering in “Premium” version

The VIPRE Antivirus Home Premium delivers a firewall, host-based intrusion prevention (HIPS), network intrusion prevention (NIPS), and an intrusion detection system (IDS) that proactively protects your PC against exploits and zero-day threats. Web filtering technologies include:

Ad blocking – Block malicious or third-party advertisements to reduce web page clutter
Script blocking – Optionally block Java script, VB scripts, and ActiveX controls
Bad URL blocking – Bad website blocking
Anti-phishing – Blocks access to known phishing websites
Boot Time firewall – This feature limits access on the PC to only certain resources upon loading

The bi-directional firewall protects you from any undesirable incoming and outgoing traffic and can run in “Simple” or “Learning” mode with the ability to create customized rules while in either mode.

Simple Mode: Suited for most users who simply want basic firewall protection and not have to do anything more to manage it. All you need to do is keep the firewall enabled in the default Simple Mode.
Learning Mode: If you’re an advanced user, running the firewall in Learning Mode will enable you to teach VIPRE how to respond to incoming and outgoing traffic. With frequent pop-up notifications, you decide how VIPRE behaves and your preferences can be saved as rules.


GFI Software realizes that as a PC user, you face very real threats of virus infections, spyware and malware that can steal your personal, sensitive, and financial data. User surveys show the biggest frustration with existing antivirus solutions is high system resource usage, slow boot times, endless pop-ups and an inability to deal effectively with certain types of malware.

GFI VIPRE Antivirus Home

User guide

Quick start guide

GFI VIPRE Antivirus Home Premium

Getting Started

Quick Start Guide

System requirements

Windows Server 2008 (32/64-bit)
NEW: compatible with Windows 7 (32/64-bit), and also compatible with XP mode in W7. License applies per machine, no extra license needed for XP mode.
Windows Vista+ (All flavors) 32 and 64-bit
Windows Server 2003 (32/64-bit)
Windows XP SP1, SP2, SP3 (Home, Pro, Media Center, Tablet) 32 and 64-bit
Windows 2000 SP4 RollUp 1
A minimum of 512MB RAM
Supported Email Applications: Outlook 2000+, Outlook Express 5.0+, Windows Mail on Vista, and SMTP and POP3 (Thunderbird, IncrediMail, Eudora, etc. We support SSL only in Outlook and Outlook Express.)
Installation of VIPRE is not supported on Windows 95, 98, NT, or ME, Macintosh or Linux

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