Vipre finds itself in the same boat as Trend Micro. It put in a reasonably consistent malware-detection performance, but a few too many so-so results left it trailing the pack of familiar-name security software brands. See also: Group test: what's the best Android antivirus?
AV-Test found Vipre capable of detecting more than 90 percent of malware in 10 of its 19 malware categories, and more than 65 percent in a further eight. Its performance was less impressive with KungFu, a Trojan with backdoor functionality that can exploit unpatched Android handsets, where it detected between 40- and 65 percent of threats.
Setup involves creating an online account, after which you scan the whole smartphone for any rogue files. Refreshingly, you don’t have to wait while Vipre does this. Installed apps can be scanned in isolation if you prefer. Activation protection checks apps as they’re downloaded, while scheduled scanning is active by default.
Allowing administrator privileges lets Vipre remotely lock and wipe your phone if it goes missing. It also periodically tracks your device’s whereabouts, as the Activity Monitor reveals. Call, text and browsing history can be tracked here, too.
However, Vipre lacks parental controls, a website checker, and any form of data or contacts backup options.
This beta software crashed while scanning, but the interface was easy to use and cleanly laid out. Vipre also needs to up the ante slightly with its malware detection.