PROS / Webroot SecureAnywhere Internet Security Plus leverages cloud technologies to provide fast updates and minimize system slowdown.
CONS / Because Webroot protects by means of methods that are unusual, it sometimes does not excel in third-party tests that do not take into account how Webroot works.
VERDICT / Webroot SecureAnywhere Internet Security Plus is an effective internet security suite that leverages the cloud to maintain a small footprint on your PC.
Editor’s Note: This product has been removed from our side-by-side comparison because it has been discontinued. You can still read our original review below, but Top Ten Reviews is no longer updating this product’s information.
Webroot SecureAnywhere Internet Security Plus is an internet security suite with more features than Webroot SecureAnywhere AntiVirus but fewer features than Webroot SecureAnywhere Internet Security Complete. It deals with malware and protects you during web surfing sessions by blocking harmful websites. It also exposes spyware that tries to deceive you or exploit vulnerabilities in operating systems. Spyware steals your personal information and sends it to someone else. Some spyware is almost benign. Adware, for example, watches you and tailors advertisements based on your online behavior. Adware sometimes happens with your consent if you opt to use a free service that involves accepting ads. A sometimes harmless form of spyware is the tracking cookie. Advertising companies put cookies on your computer in response to your ad clicks. Unless you delete the cookies, the advertiser will know when you visit a site with its ads.
Spyware in the form of adware and tracking cookies is bad enough. There are worse forms, however. Some spyware can alter computer settings, slow internet connections and slow your home page. Jealous spouses and suspicious lovers use spyware to monitor behaviors. Webroot SecureAnywhere Internet Security Plus insulates you from such privacy intrusions.
Webroot SecureAnywhere Internet Security Plus frustrates malware in a couple of ways by scanning data and blocking viruses that it detects, and by removing malware that is already lodged in a computer. It will scan your PC according to a schedule that you pick. Webroot looks at the Windows registry, operating system files and applications to give you a list of threats. Having the latest threat signatures does not protect against a brand new, zero-day threat, which is why Webroot uses heuristic analysis to detect threats based on their behaviors or by comparison with known threat families. Webroot’s signature database is not large because it relies more on observing behaviors of suspected malware. Webroot applications code occupies your hard disk with a small footprint that leverages information in the cloud. However, because of the way it works, it doesn't lend itself to testing by third-party test labs. Therefore, it is difficult to compare its performance to the competition.
Webroot reflects sound design approaches to the user interface and takes advantage of Windows features to promote ease of use. It works against malware and spyware. It also blocks you from visiting harmful websites and protects account logins and passwords. Because it seems to operate by detecting malware that has already infiltrated and then rolling back the system to eliminate the threat, its security mechanisms do not lend themselves to the testing methods that independent software research labs employ. It is difficult, then, to know whether it is among the best internet security software products because there is no objective basis for comparison.