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A nice Surprise,
This review is from: Webroot SecureAnywhere Antivirus 2012 (3 PCs) [Old Version] (Software)
I have tested many different AntiVirus Software over the last 10 years. Some consume the majority of your system resources and clog your system with giving you little or no protection, where others partially clog and partially protect. Then there is the scanning. I have 3TB of files on my system, most AntiVirus software takes over 2 - 5 hours to scan, and I can not work on my computer at the same time. This one takes less than 2.5 minutes for a full scan. I have yet to find a product that works half as good as a Webroot product. I have used Webroot Spysweeper for five years and I insist my clients use it as well on the computer systems I build or fix for them. When Webroot asked me to Beta test this product I was willing because I felt confident in their products. It installs quickly and then quietly works in the background... so quietly that I actually forgot it was there, until one day it popped up informing me that it found something. Wow, I actually forgot it was there! Just yesterday I was unpacking an "extras" file from a software I had just purchased, and it popped up again telling me that it found a nasty and then gave me detailed step by step instructions, and then it scanned again in case there were any trace/pieces. From start to finish - including scan time - 3 minutes and problem solved. That impressed me, and I do not impress easily. Simply put, you can not buy better, efficient protection anywhere.
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Initial post: Oct 27, 2011 12:24:21 PM PDT
I tried Webroot Secure Anywhere Antivirus on a trial And did a Eicar antvirus test. Webroot was unable to detect the fake viruses
In reply to an earlier post on Oct 27, 2011 12:29:12 PM PDT
Well if the virus was fake, I wouldn't expect to see any results as well, since it is fake. Now try it on something real, and you will see a difference. Also, do not forget that this is a cloud-based software, it is targeted for cloud types of things. I also run Spysweeper (also Webroot) and the two programs work on an entirely different premise and thereby work in concert. Try running your test on Spysweeper and see if anything happens.
In reply to an earlier post on Nov 3, 2011 12:15:41 PM PDT
Eicar antimalware test is for home use to test if your antivirus works. It is designed to react with antivirus products just like a real virus and I have used it on other products and it works. Spy sweaper is part of webroots antivirus product since it has both antivirus and antispyware
Posted on Nov 4, 2011 4:50:13 AM PDT
In addition to my previous comment Eicar antimalware is a free tool found on line
Posted on Nov 4, 2011 6:04:37 PM PDT
If you test Webroot with Eicar antimalware test (free on line) it fails.
In reply to an earlier post on Nov 6, 2011 8:03:09 PM PST
Perhaps, but here is a quote from Neil J. Rubenking PC Magazine November 2011 Edition (pg 42/43)
"Webroot also turned in the only perfect malware blocking score I've ever encountered in my years of testing."
So, if a professional says that it turns out a perfect malware score, then I'd have to re-think the Eicar test.
The only thing that matters to me is that it works, in real live situations, not just in tests. On your computer is where it matters, not in a test environment. It has saved my clients computers and it has saved mine. That is good enough for me.
In reply to an earlier post on Nov 10, 2011 4:46:57 AM PST
I have had some previous Webroot products and have had some problems with them. And PC Mag does not always agree
with other reviews such as PC World. I remember were Trend Micro was given a bad reviews by PC Mag and PC World liked it.
Webroot probably advertises in PC Mag and hopefully that does not influence there review
In reply to an earlier post on Nov 10, 2011 4:58:03 AM PST
I've put Webroot on my client's computers since the software they used prior to my service either did not work &/or clogged up their system to the point that they thought there was something wrong with their computer. I have seen this with too many of my clients. I do not work, nor promote for pay, for any software/hardware company. What I do is fix & build computers. Out of all the computers I have put Webroot's software on, I have not had one problem. Isn't that what we are looking for? I don't know whether they are the best or not, it doesn't really matter. It doesn't matter about any free on-line tests either, to me anyway, for I have tested the software on real computers with real virus & trojans... the end result has always been the same... I have not had to do any IT work on a computer due to Webroot software failure... Ever. The price is right, the footprint is right. Good enough. If you prefer something else, fine... I'm sticking with what works for me and all my clients.
In reply to an earlier post on Nov 10, 2011 5:47:03 AM PST
I am using AVG paid 2012 antivirus/anti-spy The free one is rated good by PC Mag
Posted on Feb 18, 2012 11:30:19 PM PST
I am considering buying Webroot antivirus, but am a bit put off because there doesn't seem to be a way to contact them by email unless you pay for support. Not only am I unhappy about having to pay for support but right now I just want some pre-sale information! The system information states that it is compatible with Internet Explorer 7.0 and higher, Mozilla Firefox 3.6 and higher (32-bit only). Does that mean that it is not compatible with newer versions of Firefox, or in the case of 64-bit Windows 7 will it even work at all.We use Firefox all the time so I need a program that will work with it. I also need to know how it works with email , specifically Thunderbird.