Webroot SecureAnywhere AntiVirus Review

Webroot SecureAnywhere AntiVirus

Webroot provides cloud-based protection from online threats for PC, Mac and Android systems. It scans faster while using less resources – giving you real time protection.

Webroot’s interface may appear complicated at first glance; with panels, icons, and switches scattered all across its surface. But its design remains intuitive for use while having minimal impact on system performance.

Real-time protection

Webroot SecureAnywhere AntiVirus is a cloud-based antivirus software program that protects multiple devices. It scans faster, uses fewer system resources, detects new threats in real-time and provides identity theft protection by encrypting passwords and usernames. In addition, the product provides web shielding which blocks harmful websites and browsers as well as sandbox mode which mimics malicious behaviors to identify malware programs – plus comes equipped with VPN protection against all devices from potentially harmful websites and apps.

User interface of Deep Scan is uncluttered and straightforward, making navigating the various options effortless. The main column houses all security and scanning options – most are binary choices (on or off). Furthermore, settings can be customized according to individual requirements, or use “deep scan” option which sends files directly for signature checking so it can scan faster with minimal system impact.

Webroot provides another great feature, in that it scans your device without interrupting your work, making it particularly suitable for laptops with limited disk space. The app can be set to automatically run at a set time of day; scans are fast. This is an especially beneficial feature if you prefer not having to run manual scans like other antiviruses require, which require interruption from work in order to perform full system checks.

Webroot provides several layers of defense to stop viruses from doing any lasting harm. Sandbox mode simulates what an attack would do to a device and provides logs which IT professionals can review. In addition, account security features help prevent malware from disabling antivirus by requiring two passwords and captcha verification before any changes can be made to programs.

Webroot may not offer as many extra features as other antivirus programs, but it still boasts an extensive list of protections and was the winner in our tests. Furthermore, its performance stood out thanks to blocking malicious content across browsers and platforms like Android. MRG Effitas’ banking simulation test was passed easily as well; making Webroot one of the more respected solutions on the market today.


Webroot antivirus software does a superb job at stopping ransomware and cryptojacking threats, as well as keeping hackers from accessing personal information about you. Furthermore, unlike free versions that may not offer equal levels of protection as paid versions do not slow down computers when performing scans or during use; furthermore it does not consume many resources and works effectively with older PCs.

Webroot’s anti-ransomware protection helps safeguard against hackers encrypting files or demanding money to decrypt them, by detecting and blocking over 95% of known ransomware in tests. Furthermore, it blocks cryptojacking – malware that steals CPU power to mine cryptocurrency – and offers its protection with all plans, including free versions.

Webroot offers an uncluttered yet user-friendly interface with its combination of panels, switches and icons; yet its design remains easy to use without disrupting work productivity. Webroot features an accessible ‘Scan My Computer’ button to get you going quickly with its program, while their password manager protects against hackers; additionally their sandbox tool lets users test programs before installing or upgrading new software or testing out old programs they may have concerns about; both features allow for secure computing environments.

Webroot’s Sandbox can be an effective security measure, yet does not offer as comprehensive a protection as other security suites. Its anti-ransomware detection rate falls short of industry average and has many false alarms; for instance, during an AV-Test usability test it wrongly flagged six pieces of software as dangerous in May and 27 during a full scan in June.

Cloud-based solutions from MRG Effitas make for smooth system operation; no installations need to be performed on devices for them to work effectively, as evidenced by its top performance test score by MRG Effitas.

Identity Protection offers excellent data security against questionable browser add-ons, cookie and website stealing malware, unauthorized screen grabbers and screen grabpers. In addition, it features a password manager as well as 25GB of secure online storage space.


Webroot SecureAnywhere AntiVirus is an antivirus program that goes beyond simply detecting and eliminating malware. It protects you against phishing attacks and helps prevent you from downloading unsafe programs online. Available in different packages designed for Windows, Mac OSX, Android and iOS devices alike – as well as including password management features and system optimizer capabilities – our tests showed it performs exceptionally well on these fronts while falling short in some other aspects.

As Webroot is cloud-based software, it won’t be able to perform some of the traditional tests that we conduct on our own computers. However, our sister site PCMag conducted real world tests of Webroot that demonstrated its strength overall: anti-phishing protection earned a top 10 score, blocking 84% of malicious URLs; malware blocking tests went flawlessly; it blocked 100% of threats! However, anti-ransomware features performed less well (although still admirably); stopping 84% of simulated ransomware ransomware attempts, but that was still very good compared with similar types of protections available today.

ScanSight uses an effective deep scan that only looks at files previously identified, using minimal resources. While this technique may miss certain viruses due to signature mismatching in its cloud database, this issue can be resolved by purchasing the premium version of product which provides more frequent updates.

Notable about Webroot is its ability to monitor new programs it doesn’t recognize and prevent them from engaging in activities that could cause lasting damage – this feature isn’t provided by most competitors and could help boost Webroot’s scores during independent tests.

Additionally, its user-friendly interface, this software features a unique sandbox mode which enables you to run any program safely within its protected environment, making it easier than ever before to detect malicious programs and determine their identity. This unique sandbox mode feature is rare among antivirus products – yet among the most useful!

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Webroot SecureAnywhere AntiVirus is an innovative cloud-based cybersecurity software solution, featuring innovative security technology designed to guard against emerging threats without impacting system performance or installation time. Fast scans make setup a breeze while its cloud approach means it works regardless of which Internet service provider or connection type you utilize.

Webroot offers several beneficial features, such as password protection and an antimalware captcha that stops malicious programs from disabling antivirus protection. These add an additional layer of security so only authorized individuals are able to access your PC; additionally, its firewalls block unauthorized access and protect you against viruses.

One useful feature of the premium version of antivirus is its file shredder, which overwrites deleted files with random data in order to prevent their unauthorized recovery. You can access and enable this feature from the browser dashboard. Furthermore, cloud backup protects files and documents in case of device failure or ransomware attack – another valuable service!

Webroot provides fast scanning, identity theft / ransomware /phishing protection, a firewall and system optimization tools compatible with both Windows and Mac OS as well as mobile devices. In addition, its free tool to optimize system space detection identifies files taking up too much room automatically for removal. In contrast, its premium version includes login / password management powered by LastPass as well as Dark Web monitoring, device cleaning and data recovery features for enhanced protection and recovery.

Both Norton 360 and Webroot provide an intuitive user interface that’s simple to navigate, setting them up without hassle, and come complete with mobile apps for Android and iOS devices. Both have been highly rated by independent test labs and provide effective malware defense capabilities, though Webroot leads in speed and performance.

Webroot doesn’t provide the same level of customer support that Norton does; their phone support team is only available during business hours – which could present difficulties to those needing help outside those times. Luckily, Webroot offers other means of assistance through its website and online communities while Norton provides live chat support as well as an extensive support page dedicated to its products.

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