CNET First Look
Webroot SecureAnywhere Complete 8In a year of competitive security suite overhauls, Webroot's brand-new SecureAnywhere stands out with its tiny installer and system footprint. Fast scans, and a combo of competitive features and sharp performance makes this the suite to watch in the coming...
-In the past, Webroot has been a decent, but not amazing security suite. What a difference year makes as the company weaves a security net called Secure Anywhere made of multiple technologies in an effort to up in the competition. Hi, I'm Seth Rosenblatt from CNET and this first look, we're checking out the new secure anywhere complete Webroot's high end premium suite. Although there are other suites like Norton that offer installations that complete in about a minute, Webroot is the only one where the installer itself is smaller than 1 megabyte and when running in the background it remains just as tiny. So a risk screen shot of the program is actually larger than the program itself which clocks in at around 500 kilobytes give or take. That small impact when idle does translate into serious system benchmark gains. CNET labs found that Secure Anywhere's impact on shut down time was tiny that scans were blazing, although not the absolute fastest that we've encountered this year and that across the board a new system performance impact was better than average, not too shabby for roots to leaves makeover. The only benchmark that game me pause was system start up times while the basic Secure Anywhere antivirus version posted a tiny impact on system boot time. The essentials and complete versions added around 5 seconds each to your boot cycle. That's a little bit too much. The program itself offers a competitive range of features access to a clean, easy to use interface, category tabs on the left, main window on the center. Overview is where you check out your security status, initiate scans and can quickly drill deeper into your computer security. PC security contains your core security concerns. Under scans, you've scans, custom scans and statistics. Under shields, the real time shield is for active process guards. The behavior shield protects you against files that seemed legit but behave badly and the system shield guards your core windows files. The web shield protects you from drive by downloads and other browser nasties. That's all fairly boiler plate, but there is some cool stuff in Secure Anywhere complete too. There is a sandbox for running suspicious programs on the fly, back up in sync modules, password management via last pass and a silent gaming mode for uninterrupted full screen entertainment. However, the suite does lack principal controls which is a really a major over site at this level. One thing that's interesting about how the new suite works is that although it's all cloud based, it has an aggressive off line mode to protect you from threats like contaminated USB sticks when not connected to the internet and while it's a bit too new of a program to be feel tested much, initial results from 3rd party security efficacy testers indicates that Webroot is actually very solid. This is definitely one security suite to keep an eye on. With first look at Webroot Secure Anywhere Complete, I'm Seth Rosenblatt.