Webroot Antivirus

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Nearly half of all consumers worldwide have been victims of cybercrime. Every link clicked, email opened, app downloaded, and network joined is an opportunity for hackers to compromise your personal data. Even established threats like ransomware are continuously evolving, and new threats like cryptojacking are being added to an already diverse threat landscape. Webroot offers complete protection from viruses and identity theft for all your devices, without slowing you down.

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Webroot Antivirus SUMMARY

Webroot Antivirus Pros

  • User-friendliness
  • Plenty of functions
  • Lots of extra tools

Webroot Antivirus Cons

  • 14-day trial
  • Some threats still go through
  • Scattered settings

Webroot Antivirus PRICING

Webroot SecureAnywhere antivirus review

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Webroot Inc. was founded in 1997. It launched an app for blocking spyware called Webroot Spy Sweeper in 2002, and in 2006 it added antivirus protection, then in 2011 service for Android and iOS mobile devices emerged. Later on, new generation of Windows products was launched including SecureAnywhere antivirus, Essentials, Complete 2012. In February 2019 the acquisition of Webroot by US-based Carbonite company was finalised.

Webroot has become one of the top and most competitive antivirus software on the market, and it claims to provide very fast scanning, going to extent of naming competitors they will beat - MalwareBytes, Trend Micro, Norton, Kaspersky, McAfee. We shall check. It is called “SecureAnywhere”, although simply known as Webroot antivirus, and it does not occupy much space on a hard drive due to cloud virus database.

Webroot offers the following benefits:

  • Identity theft protection
  • Real-time protection for secure browsing
  • Anti-phishing
  • Fast scanning process
  • Webcam protection
  • 70-day money-back guarantee
  • Customer service

Specifications:

VendorWebroot Inc. (website)
Newest version (for Windows)v.9.0.26.61 out September 2019
Operating systemsWindows, MacOS, Android, iOS
Installer file size4.4 MB
Menu languages13
Key modulesAntivirus, Firewall, Anti-phishing
Extra featuresWeb manager, Privacy protection, Webcam protection
LicenseTrial / Subscription
Pricing$29.99 (1 Year, 1 Device)$37.49 (1 Year, 3 Devices)

There are three products (packages) to choose from: Webroot Antivirus, Internet Security Plus, Internet Security Complete.

  1. Antivirus includes fast scanning, identity theft / ransomware / phishing protection. It supports Windows and Mac OS.
  2. Internet Security Plus includes all antivirus features plus login/password management. It is compatible with PC, Mac, Android, iOS.
  3. Internet Security Complete, with additional 25 Gb cloud storage and web traces elimination.
AntivirusInternet Security PlusInternet Security Complete
1 Device3 Devices3 Devices5 Devices5 Devices
1 Year$9,99$37,49$44,99$69,99$59,99
2 Years$59,99$79,99$99,99$109,99$129,99
3 Years$89,99$109,99$139,99$159,99$179,99

Payment options are credit card or PayPal. Free 14-day trial is available as well.

Wsainstall.exe installation file occupies 3,77 Mb. Webroot antivirus supports English, Japanese, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Dutch, Korean, Russian and more languages. After language selection, a window for license key is displayed (if you do not know it, click “Help me find my keycode”) and then “Install options”. In Install options window you can:

  1. Select installation location
  2. Create a desktop shortcut
  3. Change the name of directory and “Randomize the installed”
  4. Protect the file / processes / memory from changes
  5. Change language
  6. Set up proxy

Webroot main welcoming window right after installation warns a user that scan is required:

Upon pressing PC Security elements (real-time protection, firewall) on/off, we are prompted to input captcha (with default settings). Let’s start a fast scan by pressing “Scan my Computer” and it takes 1 minute 10 seconds. Well, not exactly 20 seconds as advertised, yet 1 minute for a fast system check isn’t bad either. It notifies that our OS is clean but we should consider device performance issues. More detailed tests follow shortly.

Let’s take a look at Webroot interface (documentation is available here):

General info on system security: last scan date, next scheduled scan, number of previous scans, subscription period, and, of course, “Scan My Computer” button for a fast scan.

  1. Information about Webroot with a button leading to the official website.
  2. Window commands, and redirection to user documentation.
  3. Opens a window with advanced settings.
  4. Quick set up, all the blocks use spoilers for compact arrangement, plus an option for advanced settings via small icon.

Advanced settings (4) contain: General - automatically download and apply updates, start menu shortcut, etc.; Scan scheduler - scan on boot-up when off at the scheduled time, hide progress window, etc.; Scan settings - enable rootkit detection, scan archived files, detect PUA, etc.; Shields - automatically quarantine previously blocked files, block untrusted access to user data, prevent HOSTs file modification attempts.

Quick settings (5) include: PC Security with 3 options (real-time protection, web surfing protection, firewall) plus 3 advanced tabs which are “Scan & Shields”, “Quarantine” and “Block/Allow Files”; Identity Protection - identity and phishing protection on/off. Also Backup & Sync, Password manager features, however only available for Internet Security Plus and Complete editions.

To use Webroot antivirus on MacOS devices, system requirements are: Mac OS X Lion / Mountain Lion/ Mavericks / Yosemite / El Capitan / Sierra / High Sierra, 128 MB RAM minimum, Internet access, Apple Safari 7.0 or higher / Firefox / Google Chrome. The interface and features for Mac are similar to Windows.

Download the installer file, open wsamac.dmg to run the installer. Activate the product, the system will show a “System extension blocked” message - press OK. Note: macOS High Sierra 10.13 has one particular aspect - a user has to approve new third-party kernel extensions, and when installing antivirus for the first time, has to allow system extensions to complete installation.

Instructions on how to approve system extensions are displayed, or you can do this in System Preferences > Security & Privacy > General. Press Allow, then go back to installation and press Retry.

Note: if you press the Continue button without updating the Security & Privacy settings, SecureAnywhere antivirus for Mac will be installed, but real-time shield disabled. To enable it, open Webroot and just turn Real-time Shield on - this, again, will prompt Settings change described above.

Enter email or click “Ask me later” to skip and proceed. When making changes to SecureAnywhere, enter Apple system password. In the next panel, you can create a Webroot account, and in the following panel you can install a Safari extension for protection from potentially harmful websites.

Webroot is installed via Google Play Store. Find Webroot app, download and run APk file, accept the Terms of Use and allow access to files, SMS, calls. Now, activate Webroot, as it will ask to view the list of apps and suggest to install additional SecureWeb browser and Lost Device Protection. This is optional, no need to do so.

Webroot notifies that device is protected and suggests to scan for threats. Scanning takes a couple of seconds, producing system status information and the status of protection modules. Webroot Android interface contains Settings, Run scan, Antivirus, Quarantine, Secure web browsing, Lost device protection, etc.

Our test stand used: laptop ASUS F555LJ, Intel Core i3-4005U, 12GB RAM (4+8), SSD 254GB, Windows 10 Pro x64.

Test 1: Resources consumption. To compare, here is how our task manager data looked like at system startup moment: CPU utilization 4%, memory 17%, speed 1,69 GHz, 148 processes.

And here is the data with full system scanning by Webroot under way: CPU utilization 53%, memory 20%, speed 1,69 GHz, 155 processes. So, CPU was affected the most, and with such a load, typical commonly used laptops won’t work comfortably while scanning lasts.

Test 2: EICAR test virus detection. This virus is not dangerous to PC/laptop and user data, it is used only to test an antivirus. In any directory, we create a *.txt document containing the next line:

X5O!P%@AP[4\PZX54(P^)7CC)7}$EICAR-STANDARD-ANTIVIRUS-TEST-FILE!$H+H*

..and then try to save it. Webroot Antivirus reacted immediately, deleted the file as soon as it had been saved, and displayed the following notification:

Test 3: Phishing websites. To run this test, a Webroot browser extension has to be installed. In our case, we had it in Chrome. Then we conducted a simple search that could bring a user to phishing or malicious websites, e.g. search queries like “proxy server free”, “download free”, “hacking software download”.

If we ignore Webroot warning marks about potential threat and click it, or try to open a site via direct link, we get a popup warning about high risk or malicious site. So, Webroot is able to see suspicious websites during the search already and even before a user tries to open it. It works for Google, Bing, and Yahoo. All in all, very effective and useful.

Test 4: scanning speed. Quick scan lasted about 2 minutes in our case, checked over 10,000 files and found several threats, including a trojan. We approved a default “Remove” option, clicked “Continue”, and after a while Webroot performed automatic recurring system scan, which took 1.5 minutes and had found nothing more. Full system scan lasted roughly 35 minutes.

Overall impression of this Webroot product is positive. It works in the background, analyses websites, detects threats, also warns about potential threats, analyses all processes and traffic, it has a firewall too. Webroot antivirus scans faster than competitor software and, this is important, occupies very small space on a drive, as well as does not require manual updating because of Webroot cloud service. There are only 2 files in directory, and one can change its name during installation to tighten security.

Interface is welcoming, has multiple languages and settings are plenty and flexible. The basic protection is as good as Complete version, only without extras such as password manager, backup and sync. Web account management is convenient and will be especially useful for corporate customers.

Now, about flaws. It would be great to have an option to select and add files to exclusion list after scanning (Webroot suggests only 2 options - delete potential threats or remove later). Spam-filter and parental control would be a nice addition too. Mobile app has proper functionality (antivirus, search, blocking, remote control, safe browser) although design has room for improvement. Support service does not offer live chat, only communication via email, however managers are fast in replying - our question was addressed in 7 minutes.

Name of product Pros

  • Performance and high speed
  • Good background resource consumption
  • Firewall in basic version
  • No need to update databases
  • Comprehensive protection of PC and mobile devices
  • One central web manager

Name of product Cons

  • No parental control and spam-filter
  • No exclusion / ignore list feature
  • No live technical support channel
  • Mobile app interface outdated
ElementRatingSummary
Interface4Nice and convenient on Windows/Mac, but not Android
Functionality4Standard antivirus set for common tasks
Real-time protection5Effective and informative
Scanner5Scans quickly, detects most threats
Resource consumption2Tough on PC/laptop resources while scanning
Support4Responsive and quickly, yet interaction not convenient
Price4Increases significantly by the number of devices
Total3.5 / 5Decent but not perfect

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Webroot Antivirus  USER REVIEWS (13)

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  • NEVIGO Published at Aug 25, 05:23
    Published at Aug 25, 05:23
    4.5
    • Quality
      5
    • Functionality
      5
    • Ease of use
      4
    • Ability
      4

    Next generation antivirus

    Webroot is very light antivirus software. You can`t even feel if it`s installed or not. You can work comfortably with your computer while fast scanning - there are no freezes or hangups. Webroot does not slow-down the PC. Also, it has a great malware blocking engine. I think this is a new way to protect against malware.
    • Pros
      • Does not slow-down a PC
      • Powerful anti-malware engine
    • Cons
      • No
  • PROTOSSBUG Published at Nov 29, 19:16
    Published at Nov 29, 19:16
    4
    • Quality
      4
    • Functionality
      4
    • Ease of use
      5
    • Ability
      3

    Can not uninstall the software

    I can not advise this software. Do not buy it and do not install. I can not tell this software is bad. No, it offers a good protection level and does not slow down a computer. I have a problem with Webroot: after my license expired, I could not enter a new license key. I can`t uninstall it and safely install the new version. Does the company think that their program should never be uninstalled?
    • Pros
      • Does not slow-down a PC;
    • Cons
      • There are bugs with uninstalling and entering the new license
  • 727STRETCH Published at Nov 5, 05:12
    Published at Nov 5, 05:12
    5
    • Quality
      5
    • Functionality
      5
    • Ease of use
      5
    • Ability
      5

    Great not well known antivirus

    I think this is a great antivirus and it is a pity that this is not well known guard. I use Webroot on my not very powerful Dell "2-in-1" and recommend installing it on computers with less than 8GB of RAM. Webroot does not need a lot of system resources and offers a powerful protection. None of the computers on which I installed the antivirus had infections and setup problems. I also occasionally use Malwarebytes to scan my system for better protection.
    • Pros
      • Small system requriments
      • Powerful protection
    • Cons
      • No
  • Weevie Published at Sep 2, 00:19
    Published at Sep 2, 00:19
    4.25
    • Quality
      5
    • Functionality
      5
    • Ease of use
      3
    • Ability
      4

    Webroot does its job very well

    That is very interesting you can buy Webroot not only from their website and from other places that usually offer lower prices. I also bought it from another store. Before using Webroot I used basic Windows antivirus (almost a year), then Bitdefender for several years until it got too bloated. Webroot does its job very well. I think its interface could have been better.I don`t like its main window that shows the different modules. But it provides good protection, so I don`t plan on looking for another antivirus.
    • Pros
      • Haven`t missed any threats yet
    • Cons
      • Interface
  • tru_grits Published at Dec 3, 15:51
    Published at Dec 3, 15:51
    5
    • Quality
      5
    • Functionality
      5
    • Ease of use
      5
    • Ability
      5

    I`ve been using Webroot for five years

    Aforetime, I liked Kaspersky and I was a big fan. But one day it missed ransomware, that damaged my computer. It blocked my Windows and required money. I had to clean the hard drive and reinstall the OS. It happened five years ago, and I`ve started using Webroot ever since. So, Five years I have perfect protection. It is very light for my system and stops all trojans and malware.
    • Pros
      • Excellent protection
      • Leaves no trace in the system
    • Cons
      • No
  • Lol Published at Jun 7, 01:13
    Published at Jun 7, 01:13
    5
    • Quality
      5
    • Functionality
      5
    • Ease of use
      5
    • Ability
      5

    I have not seen better antivirus yet

    I am a Webroot purchaser. I have decided to renew my Webroot license for another three years. Why not for a year but for three? I like it very much, think it is the best antivirus, at least I have not seen better antivirus yet. Webroot is a light and easy-to-use program.
    • Pros
      • Easy-to-use
      • Lightweight
      • Great protection
    • Cons
      • There is not for me
  • A.J. Stringham Published at Nov 21, 18:42
    Published at Nov 21, 18:42
    4.75
    • Quality
      5
    • Functionality
      5
    • Ease of use
      5
    • Ability
      4

    I am pleasantly impressed and recommend everyone

    Waw! I am very impressed with Webroot. I especially liked Webroot`s protection based on behavior analyze, it is non-definition base protection. I don`t think it will disappoint me in the future. I recommend everyone switch if they have not already done so. I am happy that have installed it.
    • Pros
      • Non-definition based protection
    • Cons
      • Currently not find yet
  • David Humlicek Published at Jun 22, 03:34
    Published at Jun 22, 03:34
    5
    • Quality
      5
    • Functionality
      5
    • Ease of use
      5
    • Ability
      5

    Webroot is the best antivirus

    Hello, I want to share my thoughts on antivirus. as I am an IT specialist I hope you will be interested. I have used and tested many different antiviruses (like Norton or McAfee) and I think Webroot is the best among the antivirus software. It does not require a lot of system resources, is very light program, does not slow down the computer. Webroot has an excellent protection engine and is very effective.
    • Pros
      • Does not slow down the computer
      • It requires small system resources
      • A very light program
      • Is very effective
      • Provides great protection.
    • Cons
      • none
  • Langor1 Published at Dec 29, 12:59
    Published at Dec 29, 12:59
    3
    • Quality
      2
    • Functionality
      2
    • Ease of use
      4
    • Ability
      4

    Webroot regularly misses threats backdoors and Trojans

    My law company uses Webroot for protection. It employs 40 people and everyone has a computer. Webroot regularly misses some threats (backdoors and Trojans). I know that because other products identify them.Therefore, to protect the integrity of the system, another guard must be started. I recommend using additional antivirus software as permanent protection or periodically scan the system.
    • Pros
      • A light program
    • Cons
      • misses some threats
  • Lakers_Fan_LA Published at Oct 2, 06:03
    Published at Oct 2, 06:03
    4
    • Quality
      5
    • Functionality
      5
    • Ease of use
      5
    • Ability
      1

    Great software and terrible Customer support.

    This is a great software that makes my system very secure. I have no claim to Webroot work, but this does not concern to their Customer Support - it is terrible! I needed to add five licenses to my account. This is not a home account, but an enterprise account. I needed it, but I couldn`t do it, because their website did not have the ability to do that. I contacted Customer Support and they replied that there is only one their employee who can do this. Yeah, that is great, but this employee never answers. Great story, isn`t it?
    • Pros
      • Provedes a perfect protection
    • Cons
      • Customer support
  • Andrea Patane Published at Mar 12, 08:19
    Published at Mar 12, 08:19
    5
    • Quality
      5
    • Functionality
      5
    • Ease of use
      5
    • Ability
      5

    It works faster and much better than McAfee.

    Webroot SecureAnywhere antivirus software is very good antivirus. These words are not water, they are based on my experience and my parents` experience, because it is installed on both PC: on my notebook and on my parents` computer. It works faster and much better than our previous antivirus (McAfee Antivirus Plus). Try yourself and write your impressions.
    • Pros
      • Works fast
    • Cons
      • No
  • Bill Laughlin Published at Nov 20, 02:04
    Published at Nov 20, 02:04
    1
    • Quality
      1
    • Functionality
      1
    • Ease of use
      1
    • Ability
      1

    It will lock your PC unless you renew your license.

    I persistently recommend - do not buy it! If you use this antivirus and will decide not to continue using Webroot (I mean if you decide not renew the license). When your license expires, if you do not renew it, they will lock your computer. And what is it? I will answer you! This is rubbish what does not have to contaminate your PC!
    • Pros
      • None
    • Cons
      • Lock PC after expired the license
  • Julio C Published at Sep 28, 11:15
    Published at Sep 28, 11:15
    4.25
    • Quality
      5
    • Functionality
      4
    • Ease of use
      4
    • Ability
      4

    I am pleased with Webroot.

    Greetings to those who read this. My laptop now has Webroot installed. So now I have Webroot protection and I am pleased with that. I like it because Webroot is very light and fast. It does not make any hangups on my system. But there is downside: navigating the settings is a bit tricky
    • Pros
      • It is fast and light
      • There are no hangups on my PC
    • Cons
      • Navigating the settings is a bit tricky