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Webroot Internet Security Essentials review

£39 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Webroot

Our Rating: We rate this 3.5 out of 5

Webroot Internet Security Essentials is an assembly of Webroot's Spy Sweeper anti-spyware with other companies' malware protection

Webroot Internet Security Essentials marks the antispyware firm’s first foray into all-in-one web security. [UPDATED, MARCH 18 2009.]

Webroot Internet Security Essentials consists of a Sophos virus scanner, a Privacyware firewall and online backup based on Webroot’s servers. But it lacks parental controls, antispam and browser-based antiphishing, and struggled with its core task: malware identification.

Webroot Internet Security Essentials identified only 89.6 percent of AV-Test’s malware zoo. It also disappointed in heuristic tests, detecting just 39.8 percent. The suite did a good job of identifying and removing rootkits, but was mediocre at adware identification, with a score of 90.4 percent.

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The licensed firewall uses an old-school approach: it starts out in a training mode for seven days, after which it will prompt you about any new software it notices. Webroot Internet Security Essentials’s backup feature offers 2GB of free online storage, but we encountered server problems. The suite also had difficulty keeping Windows Security Center notified; we got false alerts about a ‘missing firewall’ and the suite being out of date.

While the Webroot Internet Security Essentials interface looks good and has a clear presentation, some aspects need tweaking. For one thing, locating activity logs is a challenge. This is an important oversight, since you may go searching for those logs to learn the filenames and locations of quarantined items – alert pop-ups don’t list either of these.

NEXT PAGE: our original review, from December 2008

OUR EXPERT VERDICT

Webroot Internet Security Essentials Expert Verdict »
Webroot Internet Security Essentials Scores 10.0 out of 10 based on 2 reviews
Windows Vista (32-bit Home Basic, Premium, Business or Ultimate), Vista SP1 (32- and 64-bit versions of Home Basic, Premium, Business or Ultimate) or XP SP1 SP2, SP3 (32-bit versions of Professional, Home, Media Centre or XP Tablet), 300MHz CPU, 100MB hard drive space, 256MB RAM, Internet Explorer 5.5 or higher or Firefox 2.0 or higher for connecting to the Webroot Web site
  • Ease of Use: We give this item 6 of 10 for ease of use
  • Features: We give this item 6 of 10 for features
  • Value for Money: We give this item 7 of 10 for value for money
  • Overall: We give this item 7 of 10 overall

Webroot Internet Security Essentials needs a few tweaks – and better malware detection – to be worth serious consideration. WISE is the proverbial curate’s egg and suffers from appearing to be a suite cobbled together from various components. Overall, an unbalanced security suite.

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