Internet security with bite
GFI Vipre Internet Security 2012 is advertised as ‘antivirus that doesn't slow down your PC'. Any potential performance impact on your computer is one of the most important aspects to consider when choosing security software, especially if your computer has a modest specification.
The software can be bought as a single user licence, which includes virus definition and product updates for just one PC, or as a Home Site licence for only £10 more – this covers up to ten PCs for one year. The Home Site licence is good value if you have several PCs in your household.
We found GFI's claim that Internet Security will not slow down your PC to be well founded. On our netbook, with a modest 1.6GHz Intel Atom processor, the effect on the Windows start up time was negligible. The program did not slow down our netbook while it ran in the background either, even when set to the maximum level of protection offered. We also liked how the program required little user intervention. It updated itself and the firewall allowed us to use common internet applications such as Spotify without having to adjust settings.
Besides anti-virus, firewall and anti-phishing modules, there is a selection of useful extra features, which were easy to use and worked well. Upon inserting a USB memory key, the program offers to scan it automatically, reducing the risk of infecting your PC. Internet Security will automatically suspend scheduled virus scans and updates while your laptop is not plugged into mains power to conserve its battery life.
There is an option to reduce the priority of a scan so it uses fewer system resources and the program can filter web page advertisements. You can also clear browsing history, previous searches and records of previously opened files in a wide range of programs, all with one click.
Internet Security has an elegant and easy-to-use interface that explains most settings. However, a few of the advanced options were confusing and not properly explained. Overall, though, it's an excellent choice.
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Fast, feature packed and powerful while remaining easy to use
Minimal impact on PC performance; good value; simple to use
Advanced settings may confuse some users
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