Webroot SecureAnywhere Complete 2013 Review: Internet Security Software
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|Good product for those just looking for the basic protection. Easy install, simple interface and quick performance.|
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If you are looking for speed and simplicity, Webroot SecureAnywhere Complete is the software for you. It doesn't have the best track record with independent testing, but we found it to be effective, as well as the easiest to use and quickest software that we've tested so far.
Hands down the quickest, easiest installation we've experienced out of all the security software suites. With the 30-day free trial, you don't have to enter any personal or payment information, which makes the installation process that much faster and easier. It also doesn't interfere with other security software that you may have on your machine, so there are no annoying error messages.
Webroot has done a complete overhaul of its interface. The program looks completely different than last year's version, in a good way. While Webroot's interface was already simple and sleek, this version is one of the most simple and intuitive interfaces on the market.
Each of the major categories (Overview, Security, Identity and Privacy, Backup and Sync, and System Tools) have a tab on the main page. Each of those tabs have their own set up clearly defined tabs that highlight the different features that Webroot has to offer. Many features, including the protection shields, have an easy, intuitive on/off button that slides from on to off, so you can see which features are activated at a glance.
All of the My Account and Settings options are tucked away at the bottom of the interface, leaving the main section to deal with what's really important: protection.
Antivirus/Anti-malware and Performance
One of the quickest full scans we've experienced. It was so quick that we initially worried that they just passed over some threats, but the system was clean. When we started introducing viruses to the computer, it definitely caught everything we tried to throw at it.
When it comes to independent testing, Webroot hasn't traditionally participated, but this year they included their new software in the AV-Comparatives Dynamic Test and Performance Test. Sadly, they didn't test well in either case. For the Whole-Product Dynamic Test, which takes into account the sum of the product's parts in protecting PCs, the Webroot software didn't score any stars, a poor showing. It performed slightly better on the performance test, scoring one star out of three.
Another bonus for Webroot is the sheer amount of features that the suite offers. It has a full range of protection software, including firewall, a SandBox feature and a variety of shields. It also offers identity and privacy protection, which includes a password manager. And one of its best tools, which many other basic suites don't offer, is a Backup and Sync tool, which lets you backup the files on your computer. The only thing it doesn't seem to offer is parental controls.
While Webroot didn't fair well in the independent testing, it handled all of our basic security tests like a pro. With its simple interface, lightning fast scans and wide range of features, it definitely has a lot to offer. Our advice? Do the 30-day free trial and see if Webroot SecureAnywhere Complete works for you.
System Requirements: Windows XP, Windows Vista or Windows 7
* AV-Comparatives ratings on a variety of tasks related to the antivirus and anti-malware product. "Dynamic Test" refers to AV-Comparatives' Real World testing of a variety of security aspects of the different software suites. Older scores may reflect previous software versions.
AV-Comparatives. Score indicates overall effectiveness in a variety of tests over time. † indicates that company did not take part in all tests. See reviews for details.*Averaged 2010/2011 scores for each company's antivirus/anti-malware product by independent testing agency
**Score indicates impact of antivirus product on system performance. Average of performance tests by AV-Comparatives.
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