Webroot isn’t consistently tested by other independent testing labs, but we wanted to see just how well it detects and protects against malware. We tested Webroot SecureAnywhere AntiVirus using over 300 live threats, including viruses, Trojans, rootkits, ransomware and phishing schemes. Webroot blocked an impressive 98 percent of all threats we exposed it to. And it’s one of the few antivirus programs we tested that work well with the Edge browser.
To protect yourself from malware coming from online, you first need to enable the browser extensions in Firefox or Chrome. Edge doesn’t support third-party browser extensions, so there isn’t one for Webroot. When you try to visit a website that has viruses hidden on it, Webroot will display an in-browser warning message. This is even true in Edge where several antivirus programs typically don’t work well, but Webroot still displays the same warning message. If the threat is a downloadable file, like a rootkit or Trojan, Webroot blocks the entire website so the file doesn’t have a chance to start downloading. Also, if you click the Webroot icon at the top of the browser, you can see more details about the threat it detected and blocked.
The program isn’t hard to install, but it is difficult to navigate. This is because instead of clear icons or large text links for the various files and tools, Webroot uses small text that’s difficult to read. And it isn’t exactly clear where all the functions are located. Some of them you can access when you choose a folder what expands to show additional features. Others you can only access from the Advanced Settings tool located at the top of the Webroot dashboard. We never did find a quarantine folder, which is concerning for an antivirus program. All of the other programs we tested, including McAfee, have a quarantine folder. Webroot does list threats it has blocked on your personalized reports. And we didn’t find any threats on our computer, so we’re confident Webroot didn’t let anything in.
Another little quirk of Webroot is when you click for support on the dashboard, you are redirected to the support page. This isn’t necessarily wrong, but the best antivirus software we tested typically has some FAQs and support numbers listed on the dashboard so you don’t have to search through a full webpage for help.
Webroot SecureAnywhere AntiVirus includes several important protection tools, including a personal firewall that monitors your internet connection. The secure browsing places a big checkmark next to websites listed in search results so you know which ones are safe to visit. This antivirus software also has a password manager that helps keep your username and passwords protected while you log into online accounts, including credit card and banking accounts, so it’s harder to swipe personal information. Vulnerability scans and more specific safe banking tools aren’t included with AntiVirus, but they are available with other Webroot internet security programs.
Webroot SecureAnywhere AntiVirus is a good tool for protecting you from online threats. It includes a personal firewall and a password manager, so it keeps your system safe while you’re browsing. It’s hard to figure out where all the tools and settings you need are from the dashboard, but overall Webroot is one of the best antivirus tools available.