Webroot AntiVirus with AntiSpyware and Firewall provides real-time and on-demand detection and remediation for virus and malware threats, and it boasts an easy-to-use user interface.
To protect and serve
The Network Shields go a long way toward helping prevent infections. Here, Webroot AntiVirus with AntiSpyware and Firewall will block access to common ad sites, lock down the HOSTS file, and most important, deny access to websites known to be sources of malware. Webroot maintains the list of potentially malicious websites and updates it daily.
When testing this feature of Webroot AntiVirus with AntiSpyware and Firewall, we tried to browse a lyrics website that Webroot deemed a threat. The solution prevented access to the site and displayed a warning as to why it was blocked.
The system does allow a user to access a site if he or she believes it was blocked incorrectly (at the user's own risk, of course). In Webroot AntiVirus with AntiSpyware and Firewall, there is no way to whitelist a specific website while blocking others, meaning that if a user returns to the same blocked site at a later time, he or she will have to go through the blocked/override process again.
When Webroot detects viruses or malware, the default action is to quarantine them. We found it very easy to manage the items in our quarantine and even rescued programs. Users can right-click a quarantined item and tell Webroot to ignore it on future scans.
Another feature we like is that Webroot AntiVirus with AntiSpyware and Firewall creates a list of scanned items, and as long as they haven't changed since the previous scan, Webroot will skip over it, reducing overall scan times.
We tested all aspects of Webroot's detection ability, trying to infect our test PC over the network and internet. We attempted to compromise our system first by copying infected files from a network share, then by pushing files to a file share on the test systems.
Both times Webroot AntiVirus with AntiSpyware and Firewall either blocked the file as it was being copied, or when accessed, it prevented us from infecting our PC. This was true no matter how the virus was packaged: as a normal file or compressed inside a zip archive.
Testing over the internet involved malicious websites as well as virus-infected emails. In all cases, Webroot correctly denied access with no false positives.
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