ViRobot Review

Overview

ViRobot is an all-in-one internet and overall security product designed to keep your computer and entire family safe no matter what activities the computer is used for. It offers a lot of powerful tools and features, including a dual scan engine which identifies and then removes a wide range of security threats including viruses, Trojans, worms, spyware, key loggers, and other forms of malware. Better still, there are a number of internet specific protections including a smart firewall, protection against phishing and spam, and even a full set of parental controls.

 

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Features and Highlights

Having an all-in-one anti-virus program makes things simpler in many respects. For instance, there is no need to try and decide which features or tools are more important or more ‘needed,’ since you will receive everything with this option. The functionality begins with the dual scanning engines, which include a proprietary offering along with the famous BitDefender scanning technology. This means that more actual threats are identified and removed from your system before they do any real damage. Some forms of malware are even detected based on heuristic scan technology (the program is identified based on how it acts or evolves). These also combine to help lower the total resource usage, allowing you to still perform any normal function while the anti-virus is running unobtrusively in the background.

There are also a number of pretty creative and unique features in the software. For example, oftentimes malicious code is hidden in scripts and iframe code directly on websites. ViRobot is capable of identifying and blocking these types of codes. Additionally, the software will automatically scan and monitor removable devices like usb drives, preventing anything potentially harmful from attacking your system. One of the best free extras is the system optimization/vulnerability scan.

Internet Security Suite

One of the nice features of anything aimed at protecting computers while online is parental controls. This means being able to establish usage profiles and control what type of access each person has. Protecting against phishing and other online scams is also included with the ViRobot package. There is a tool designed to protect against your system being ‘zombied,’ or taken over by malicious programs. Thanks to advanced technology, once a file is deleted, it is wiped clean, so that not even a system restore will be able to gain access to those suspicious files or folders.

Pricing Concerns

The price for the ViRobot Internet Security is a very respectable $44.99. Normally, this would put the product right in the middle of the pack in terms of industry average prices. However, this also includes a license to protect 3 different computers for an entire year. This mean that this would be the equivalent of a business edition product (normally at about double the price). Of course, it is also helpful to consider the fact that you are receiving first class protection from a huge variety of threats. Nothing will be able to get onto your system while running this program, which is the ultimate goal.

Customer Support

There are numerous options for customer support available regarding ViRobot. The site itself offers the ability to go through both a product brochure and manual. That could be enough for a quick fix, but there is also an email inquiry form, although a number of users have reported that replies can be a long time in coming. There are some frequently asked questions on the site, but at the moment there does not appear to be any type of phone or live chat support offered.

Ease of Use

Fortunately, using the software is simple and easy, so there should not be any need to contact support. Installing the program is essentially a traditional windows install process, only taking a minute or two. The user interface is also fairly easy to maneuver, although it might require a bit getting used to. There are a number of clearly marked tabs on the interface which lead to important functions. Opening the settings will also bring up a whole new program window.

Bottom Line

The software offers a lot of protection and will appeal to a wide audience. The dual scanning engine and ability to really control the processes make this somewhat unique.

 

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