VIPRE Essentials Overview

Written By Marissa Fegan (Super Administrator)

Updated at August 4th, 2020

VIPRE Essentials provides you with the most important protection available to you while you're online. Whether you're shopping online or simply browsing the web, VIPRE Essentials manages the digital breadcrumbs your computer leaves behind to protect you and your online privacy. 

What's Included

If your computer is running... You will be able to use...
Windows 10 in S mode VIPRE Privacy Shield Edge Add-on
Windows 7, 8, or 10 not in S mode
  • VIPRE Antivirus Plus
  • VIPRE Privacy Shield

These products are licensed for install on a single Windows computer for 3 years.


VIPRE Essentials provides security while online by:

  • Helping to protect your privacy while shopping online, browsing, etc
  • Removing your online digital footprints
  • Blocking annoying ads
  • Including free U.S. based support

Select a topic below to get started:

Privacy Shield Edge Add-on

VIPRE Privacy Shield Edge Add-on is a standalone browser extension for Windows 10 in S mode.


VIPRE Privacy Shield protects your privacy by preventing websites from generating a valid profile of who you are to track your online behavior in order to deliver "personalized ads" without your consent. Additionally, our Ad Blocking feature will allow you to surf the web safely and conveniently without being annoyed by flashing banners and distracting ads.

Features Include:

  • Fingerprinting log detection and protection
  • Hiding personal information
  • Deleting personal information
  • Masking browsing preferences
  • Blocking third-party trackers
  • Hiding browser data
  • Ad-blocker

System Requirements Edit section

Operating System Browser
Windows 10 in S mode Microsoft Edge version 79 or higher


Please view the animated image below and read the instructions carefully before attempting installation.

Animated image showing steps 2 - 5 below

To install VIPRE Privacy Shield Edge Add-on:

  1. From within Microsoft Edge, navigate to Edge Add-ons 
    • This will open in a new browser tab so you can easily click back to these instructions as needed
    • If your version of Edge is out of date, you may be prompted to install the latest version
  2. Click on the blue Get button in the upper-right corner of your web browser
  3. Click on the Add extension button in the popup window
  4. In the upper-right corner of your  browser window, click on the blue VIPRE logo  
  5. Enter the license key found inside your VIPRE Essentials Product Information card and click OK

Frequently Asked Questions 

What is Windows 10 S?
Windows 10 in S mode is a more limited, locked-down version of the Windows OS (operating system). In S mode, you can only install apps from the Microsoft Store and you can only browse the web using Microsoft Edge.

How can I tell if my Windows 10 computer is in S mode?
Go to your computer's Settings, click System, then select About at the bottom. On the right side of the window, look for Windows Specifications. If you see the words "in S mode" next to Edition, your computer is in S mode. 

How do I switch out of Windows 10 in S mode?
Refer to Microsoft's article on how to switch out of S mode in Windows 10. Please be aware, if you make the switch, you will not be able to go back to Windows 10 in S mode.

If I leave Windows 10 in S mode, how do I get the other VIPRE software that is part of VIPRE Essentials?
Refer to our content on how to install VIPRE Antivirus Plus and VIPRE Privacy Shield.
Remove Privacy Shield Edge Add-on


To remove the VIPRE Privacy Shield Edge Add-on:

  1. From within Microsoft Edge, right-click on the blue VIPRE logo  
  2. Select Remove from Microsoft Edge
  3. Click Remove to confirm and complete removal of the add-on


VIPRE Antivirus Plus

You're about to install VIPRE Antivirus Plus on your computer, but before we begin, let's review what you'll need to ensure VIPRE will install properly on your computer.

What do I need to install VIPRE?

This section will explain the software and hardware requirements for installing VIPRE Advanced Security for Home - Windows.

Software Requirements

First, click the button below to download VIPRE.

Download VIPRE Antivirus Plus

Next, after downloading VIPRE, you'll need the 25-character product key that was provided to you when you completed your purchase. You should have received your product key via email, and the product will be a mix of letters and numbers in the following format: XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX.


Before installing VIPRE, you’ll need to uninstall any existing antivirus applications you currently have installed on your computer.

  • Click here to remove apps in Windows 11
  • Click here to remove apps in Windows 10

Hardware Requirements

The computer you want to install VIPRE on will need to meet a set of minimum requirements, like having Windows 10 or higher, at least 1 GB of RAM, and a minimum of 1 GB available storage on your hard drive. For complete details regarding system requirements, click here.

We also strongly recommend access to a high-speed Internet connection as well as uninstalling any Antivirus program you may already have on your computer.

Now that you have all the requirements to complete a successful installation, let's begin!

Installing VIPRE Antivirus Plus

  1. Navigate to where you have downloaded and saved the VIPRE file called vipre-antivirus-plus.exe and double-click to open it
  2. If you are prompted by Windows User Account Control asking if you want to allow VIPRE to make changes to your computer, click Yes
  3. VIPRE Setup will appear; enter the product key you received via email
    • Ensure that you have read the End User License Agreement before clicking Agree and Continue
    • If you do not want VIPRE to be installed in its default directory, select Change where VIPRE is installed at the bottom of VIPRE Setup
  4. Select Agree and Continue

Now, at this point, VIPRE scans your computer for other antivirus programs you might still have installed. If VIPRE doesn't find any other antivirus programs, VIPRE will begin installing. If VIPRE does find another antivirus program, you will be prompted to uninstall it before VIPRE begins installing.

Once installation is complete, click Continue to VIPRE.

Congratulations! Installation is now complete.


VIPRE Privacy Shield

Once you have obtained VIPRE Privacy Shield (previously VIPRE Identity Shield), these steps will walk you through the installation.


Please follow the steps below to install and register VIPRE Privacy Shield:

  1. Download VIPRE Privacy Shield by clicking here.
  2. If prompted by your browser, save the .exe file.
  3. Go to the location where you saved the installation file and double-click VIPREPrivacyShieldSetup.exe.
    • In Windows, it will be saved to your Downloads folder by default.
  4. In the Security Warning window, select Yes or Run.
  5. In the Setup Wizard window, select Install.
    • The installation of Privacy Shield will begin. Once the installation is complete, VIPRE Privacy Shield will automatically open.  
  6. Register VIPRE Privacy Shield by selecting Register Now.
  7. Enter your License Key and click Activate.

You're done! VIPRE Privacy Shield will begin scanning automatically and report back with all relevant issues and concerns about your private information.




Please note, the only Privacy Shield browser extension that exists is for Microsoft Edge. No other browsers are supported at this time.