Super-light and super-fast, Webroot SecureAnywhere Antivirus (2014) protects exceedingly well against malware and phishing -- neck and neck with top-rated Bitdefender Antivirus Plus in tests. However, Webroot works best with an Internet connection, and it sometimes needs more help from tech support.
Fast is an understatement. "The average antivirus takes about 30 minutes to scan my standard clean test system. Webroot does the job in less than five minutes," says Neil J. Rubenking at PCMag.com. Webroot does a full scan upon installation -- and that's speedy too, experts and owners say. Webroot installs smoothly on 11 of PCMag.com's 12 test systems. On the 12th (infested with ransom-ware, which blocks access to the desktop), Webroot contacts tech support at launch; via remote, "the support agent manually modified registry entries to prevent the ransom-ware from launching," and the software then installs just fine.
More than anti-malware. These days, the best antivirus programs go way beyond antivirus -- and Webroot is no different. Like Bitdefender, it also protects against identity theft and phishing (fraudulent websites), and it protects your privacy on social media sites. Unlike Bitdefender Antivirus Plus (2014), Webroot also includes a firewall, and it works with both PCs and Macs. However, Webroot doesn't protect against USB-source threats or constantly monitor your credit report, like Bitdefender does.
Among the strongest. Webroot works differently from other antivirus software. In addition to signature-based detection (via the cloud), Webroot also monitors how programs behave. It treats new, unknown programs as benign until the instant they do something malicious (like try to send your credit card number to Timbuktu). At that point, Webroot rolls back everything the program ever did. It works. In PCMag.com's test, Webroot detects a record-high 89 percent of malware samples and cleans them up better than anything, except the 2014 edition of Bitdefender Antivirus Plus (it's a tie). Even when Rubenking kills the Internet connection, Webroot blocks the same amount of malware (although not quite as smoothly). Webroot does need lengthy tech-support sessions to clean up two of the 12 systems, though.
Like Bitdefender Antivirus Plus (2014), Webroot SecureAnywhere Antivirus (2014) wins an Editors' Choice award from PCMag.com. Webroot works differently from most antivirus software, treating unknown programs as benign until they do something malicious (at which point it rolls back everything the program did). It's also far smaller and speedier than other antivirus software.
Review: Webroot SecureAnywhere AntiVirus (2014), Neil J. Rubenking, Oct. 14, 2013
Webroot antivirus software, with its wait-and-see approach, isn't very compatible with independent lab tests, which look for immediate results. AV-Test.org has agreed to change its testing procedures as a result, PCMag.com reports. Still, Webroot SecureAnywhere Complete (the suite product) earns an AV-Test Certified label in the latest tests.
Review: Detailed Test Reports, Editors of AV-Test.org, As of December 2013
More than 20 users have reviewed the latest version of Webroot SecureAnywhere Antivirus so far, and the ratings are nearly all 5 stars. Some of the reviews are more helpful than others, and one, by an Amazon.com Top 100 reviewer, is incredibly detailed and thorough.
Review: Webroot SecureAnywhere Antivirus, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of December 2013
Reviews are just as glowing here for Webroot SecureAnywhere Antivirus. Users say it's fast, it's light, and it works.
Review: Webroot SecureAnywhere AntiVirus 2014 3 Devices -- Download, Contributors to Newegg.com, As of December 2013