Vipre Antivirus Forces You to Uninstall Spybot?

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By Lowell Heddings on August 27th, 2010

We’ve always been fans of the anti-malware utility Spybot, and now it looks like they are under attack from competing software vendors, which are forcing you to uninstall Spybot during their installation.

From the Spybot news blog, this has already been going on from McAfee, Trend Micro, and Kaspersky, and now Vipre Antivirus has tuned in to the fun:

The current version of Vipre Antivirus from Sunbelt Software is forcing to uninstall Spybot-S&D during their own installation process. But there are no known compatibility problems.

You can avoid the uninstall in their installation wizard by pressing “Next” instead of “Go to uninstall” or “Show me how”. Then you will be asked “There are other Antivirus products still installed on your computer. Are you sure you want to continue?” There press “Yes”, then Spybot-S&D will stay on your computer.

On a much more fun note, here’s an easter egg in Spybot that lets you play a game.

Warning! Vipre forces to uninstall Spybot-S&D! [Spybot]

Lowell Heddings, better known online as the How-To Geek, spends all his free time bringing you fresh geekery on a daily basis. You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 08/27/10
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