VIPRE Anti-Virus and The Importance of Anti-Virus

Importance of Anti-Virus

We’ve all heard of anti-virus, but we don’t all know exactly what it does or why we need it.  We know it protects us, but from what?

An anti-virus is a key layer of protection for our computers.  Many think that they know what they are doing and won’t go anywhere near potential virus sites and files, but being careful in your browsing simply isn’t enough.  Anti-virus is essential for any computer anywhere as long as it is connected to the internet or will have a USB device at any point.  Infected files can be spread in numerous ways, potentially even through websites that we consider to be “safe”.

A firewall is a key part of our computers safety,  but it isn’t enough.  Anti-virus protects your computer in the event that infected files come through the firewall.  We are always connecting jump drives, cell phones, and cameras to our PC’s, and these are devices that could pick up infected files from other computers or apps which can transfer easily to our PC’s when connected.

There are hundred’s of anti-virus products on the market, but not all are created equal.  Pretty much all of these products should stop nearly all infected files, but a certain few are faster, easier to work with, and take up less of your computer’s speed.  Many products can also be annoying and obnoxious, giving us constant pop-ups and notifications.  Many of you at some point have probably had a PC that came with an anti-virus installed on it such as McAfee or Norton and you’ve gotten notifications every 5 minutes bothering you with updates or issues.

Here at SOS Support, our favorite products are those that run quietly in the background, still protecting our PC, but leaving us alone as well unless there is an actual problem that needs addressed.

For almost 10 years at SOS we have primarily been using VIPRE Antivirus, which is in our opinion one of the very best products on the market.


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VIPRE is effective, easy to use, and lightweight, meaning you will barely know that it is running.  In our years using it both for ourselves and our clients we have loved it.  Ever since it’s release several years ago, VIPRE has been very popular among IT Support companies and businesses around the world.  It has been less well known commercially as they have chosen to market their product more towards the business and tech world.

Here at SOS Support, we offer Managed Anti-Virus Services that take advantage of VIPRE’s great features.  This means that VIPRE will be installed on your computer, and our IT technicians will be able to monitor its status, receiving alerts if anything goes wrong.  It also means that we will always be making sure that VIPRE is up to date and running properly.

Not interested in Managed Anti-Virus?  VIPRE is also available commercialy online at their website.

If you have any questions at all about Anti-Virus and if you are properly protected, contact us anytime at SOS Support, your IT specialists in Salt Lake City, UT.

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