Webroot AntiVirus 2011 review
A new security software from Webroot
Webroot comes this year with Spy Sweeper 2011 which presumably makes the product one of the best antivirus software programs these days. Does it rise up to expectations? Find out the answer from our review below.
Easy to install
Like other antivirus software we tested in the past, the Webroot AntiVirus 2011 was very easy to install. The software is available for free download. During installation we were given some information about the Webroot Automated Research Network – or WARN in short – which enables the software to gather anonymous data; the latter will then be used to make the product competitive. But, unlike some of the other antivirus software we tested, we didn’t have to restart our computer to complete the installation process of this one. Once everything was over, the product recommended we should perform a full scan right away. Afterwards we were greeted by a very intuitive and improved modern interface which offered updated icons and graphics and, lastly, simple tools; the latter will help beginners a lot when navigating the program for the first time. As with other antivirus software, this one also runs in the background and doesn’t require as much of your involvement as other such products.
Good overall performance
The latest Webroot AntiVirus 2011 version comes with some very convenient and interesting features. First of all, during our test the gamer mode one let us play games or watch a movie without constantly interrupting us; we thought the Spy Sweeper to be one of the antivirus’ best features, because it successfully located and removed the following threats: rootkits, adware and pop-ups.
This security software also boasted 13 protective shields which took care of our Windows, e-mail, network and many more. What is more, it also came with a powerful antispyware component. Its web browser effectively protected us against tracking cookies, IE hijacks and the like. Overall performance was great; many specialized sites have concluded that the Webroot 2011 has a rate of 100% protection.
Updates are set by default to automatically see if there are threats around every hour.
Proactive detection included
There’s also a proactive technology and real-time proactive protection. Help and support is provided via free phone support, in-program help, e-mail, online live chat, user guides and an online FAQs Internet page.
As a conclusion of this review, the Webroot AntiVirus 2011 is definitely one of the best antivirus suites available on the markets today.