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Webroot SecureAnywhere Complete 2013

CNET Editors' review

Pros

Robust web app: Webroot has boosted storage from last year's 10GB to 25GB of backup. The ability to manage and run remote commands works decently and makes sense for those who don't want their device security management to be limited to one machine. Other perks include bookmark syncs and a robust password generator.

Lightweight: The application feels extremely light for a security scanner. Scanning is fast, there's very little noticeable impact on system performance, and the overall experience of running the app remains consistent across both Windows and Mac environments.

Cons

Design and UI: Webroot may have cleaned up some visuals and created an organized list of tabs, but there's still a lot of call to actions and a persistently color changing background that's almost oppressive. The tabbed options on the right sidebar of the main screen demand a lot of minute attention to a small window, underutilizing the remaining large status screen that remains static.

Navigation: Navigation and overall management of options could use some streamlining. To put this into perspective, there are six different settings menus that you can go to. That's a lot of tweaking for such a lightweight program and it's almost counterintuitive to the average user.

Protection: According to third-party benchmarks, Webroot's Secure Anywhere protection scores have been dropping dramatically over the past year. On February 2013, version 8.0 scored a respectable 5.0 out of 6.0, according to AV-Test.org. These tests are conducted every two months and during April, June, and August, Webroot SecureAnywhere's protection scores were 4.5, 3, and then a paltry 2.5 out of 6, respectively. The low scores, in particular, were due to hitting a below-industry average score for protection against 0-day attacks.

Final Verdict

Webroot is a product that tries to do a lot of things at once, but demands a comparable amount of attention and investment from the user, something that's not typical of a primarily cloud-based threat detector. The Web app is robust and offers a lot of great features that continue to be of value today, as we pointed out last year. However, a cluttered and erratic user flow and decreasing efficacy of protection scores take away from a decent arsenal of tools, making this product a bit of a mixed bag.

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All User Reviews
  • All versions:

    3.2 stars

    out of 56 votes

    • 5 star: 19
    • 4 star: 12
    • 3 star: 4
    • 2 star: 3
    • 1 star: 18
  • Current version:

    3.0 stars

    out of 13 votes

    • 5 star: 4
    • 4 star: 1
    • 3 star: 3
    • 2 star: 1
    • 1 star: 4
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  • 3.0 stars

    "Seems like a good product, but I'm not sure"

    February 28, 2014  |   By chopperdcat

    Version: Webroot SecureAnywhere Complete 2013 8.0.2.118

    Pros

    Nice, fast online backup

    The lightest AV I've ever used. Absolutely no impact on system performance

    Scans entire computer in under two minutes

    Cons

    I cant figure out how this program works, or how to effectively test it.

    The price tag.

    Measly two week trial, need more time if i'm going to invest $80.00 in a fairly new, unproven technology.

    Summary

    Webroot no longer takes part in AV test dot org, Reps say its due to their product not being a traditional AV scanner and therefore should not, and cannot, be tested like traditional AV products..Skeptics say it's due to poor detection rates, whatever the case I like this product and I think Webroot is the wave of the future, just wish I could have it longer, two weeks is not enough to be convinced

    Updated on Mar 2, 2014

    I tested this product with 122 in the wild viruses on a test machine and Webroot only picked up 84 on an on demand scan, two required permission to access registry (which I denied) and the last one, win32:Delf-SQL TROJ slipped by and rendered my computer completely unusable, forcing me to reformat my hard drive. Its too bad, I really wanted to like this program, but right now it's just not ready for prime-time

    On a side note, Avast free detected and quarantined all without incident while Panda Cloud Free missed only three..

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  • 1.0 stars

    "PRICEY BUMMER"

    January 23, 2014  |   By meathook666

    Version: Webroot SecureAnywhere Complete 2013 8.0.2.118

    Pros

    Seemed to work great at first - removed possible threats and increased performance... but...

    Cons

    ... a couple days after installing, Windows 7 would only reboot in a temporary profile. Tried uninstalling and profile still wouldn't come back. Had to restore operating system to a date before Webroot installation. No more Webroot for me!

    Summary

    Not worth the price. Basically, the old "bait and switch."

    I believe most viruses on PCs are created by the hacks at virus protection companies. Any knucklehead can create a Windows virus. I recommend sticking with Mac, but if you can't, find a virus protection other than Webroot.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Okay but can't uninstall Web URL Filter"

    December 19, 2013  |   By Anonymous35

    Version: Webroot SecureAnywhere Complete 2013 8.0.2.118

    Pros

    1) Super fast so you can run it each time you log off the internet. 2) Very dynamic interface -- a lot of choices under advanced settings 3) pretty much self-explanatory 4) Quick access to guide

    Cons

    1) Goes from 35% checked to 70% checked in a split second. Seems to check different sections during each run. 2) Webroot URL application rates my own Bravenet ad-free websites low scores. These are self-written websites and mostly just wordy articles, so what's unsafe? Must be because I'm a free-lance writer, not a corporation. 3) Support is kind of flimsy. 4) Doesn't have very good uninstall options. 5) When it warns against a page and you allow it to shut down, it closes all the other webpages.

    Summary

    I've only had Webroot for a few months. It is okay, I'm not sure it is catching everything, but it hasn't deleted anything important yet. I don't understand all the terminology too well.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Didn't Detect Serious Malware"

    November 29, 2013  |   By kudzaidotnet

    Version: Webroot SecureAnywhere Complete 2013 8.0.2.118

    Pros

    Fast Scanning
    Sometimes Detects
    Unobtrusive

    Cons

    Didn't do its job for me. Now reaping
    Detects infected USB Flash as Clean

    Summary

    I purchased Webroot secure anywhere, and recently have been infected with a virus which corrupted all my Microsoft word .doc files. The virus adds the extension festaazulcorrupta onto every doc or docx or xls file. Webroot didn't detect it. Also there is another virus which came onto my SD card which add 2 folders titled:

    Hot Fotos
    My Musik (2013)

    When i right click and scan the SD card, its still being found as clean. This was very disappointing. When i bought it, it was rated as #1 by Cnet. Now I'm upset. Should just stick with Norton since its been around for long. Now busy downloading alternatives

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Don't touch it with a barge pole!"

    November 6, 2013  |   By parkyathings

    Version: Webroot SecureAnywhere Complete 2013 8.0.2.118

    Pros

    None at all

    Cons

    Webroot deletes files created by other software. There is no warning and no explanation. All you know is that software you have had for years suddenly starts going wrong and it can take you ages to figure out that its this crappy thing that's messing you up.

    If you have not yet downloaded, don't. If you've got the trial, bin it and get something else. If you've already parted with your money, you can partially salvage the situation by....
    Click on Identity Protection
    Click on the cog wheel to the right of Identity Protection
    Click on the Application Protection Tab
    Locate all your favourite software and click the Allow buttons

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Installs and runs smoothly"

    August 27, 2013  |   By -wbm

    Version: Webroot SecureAnywhere Complete 2013 8.0.2.118

    Pros

    Just no problems. Have been using for about two months. There is little to change from the default installation.

    Its ability to stop Malware is only know three ways: Initial scan, any problems later, and reports from quality lab tests. So far it has passed all three.

    Cons

    None, I'm a happy camper.

    Summary

    I'm a happy camper.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Easy to set up and manage account."

    July 30, 2013  |   By choog8

    Version: Webroot SecureAnywhere Complete 2013 8.0.2.118

    Pros

    Very light on system resources, fast scans on basic computers, stays up to date with cloud resources, it actually works for people with basic needs.

    Cons

    I have been using Webroot for 2 years now. I installed it on every machine I own. Did have a problem with brothers computer when it installed but I'm pretty sure it's because he had a lot of garbage he downloaded of the internet.

    Summary

    Webroot is a really good solution for people with integrity on the internet. If you are not downloading stuff you shouldn't be downloading, Webroot will make sure you stay protected at all times. I'm not sure why people are saying it's pricey, I picked it up the first time for around 40 dollars. The second time I picked it up at Best Buy as their deal of the day for 10 dollars. You just have to know how to shop. The end.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Good until you want to uninstall--then it's HELL!"

    July 3, 2013  |   By chasmanIII

    Version: Webroot SecureAnywhere Complete 2013 8.0.2.118

    Pros

    Runs well, but since I'm not an expert, I can't give a detailed report.
    No complaints, though.

    Cons

    The BIG problem came when I decided to try another program after my subscription expired. I kept getting annoying pop-ups...very frequently. I finally got sick of the pop-ups and uninstalled Webroot Secure Anywhere. That DID NOT STOP the Pop-ups! I can't get rid of them and they are very annoying.

    Summary

    This think is rude and annoying. It may work, but any company that sells a product that keeps hounding and annoying you after you have decided to end "your relationship" deserves to be punished for their bad behavior!

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  • 1.0 stars

    "DO NOT USE!!!"

    June 23, 2013  |   By scanner1132

    Version: Webroot SecureAnywhere Complete 2013 8.0.2.118

    Pros

    NONE!! NOTHING PRO ABOUT IT!

    Cons

    Webroot SecureAnywhere Complete 2012/13 IS NO GOOD AT ALL AS FAR AS REMOVING SPY COOKIES AND REGISTRY MALWARE OR ROOTKITS.

    Summary

    TO MUCH MONEY FOR WHAT YOU GET, WHICH IS NOTHING. WEBROOT SPY-SWEEPER USE TO BE THE BEST. I COULD USE SPY-SWEEPER AND IT WOULD FIND ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING. I PURCHASED THE Webroot SecureAnywhere Complete 2012 AND IT COULDN'T FINT ANYTHNING. I KNEW I HAD A VIRUS, MALWARE, ROOTKIT OR SPY COOKIES BECAUSE MY COMPUTER WAS ACTING STRANGE AND MY WEB PAGE WAS AS WELL. I DOWNLOADE A FREE VERSION OF MCAFEE STINGER AND RAN IT. WHEN IT WAS THROUGH I HAD 24 SPY COOKIES, 2 MALWARES IN MY REGISTRY. I USED THE MCAFEE TO CLEAN UP THE PROBLEMS AND NOW MY COMPUTER RUNS GREAT AGAIN. " CAUTION " ALWAYS BACK UP YOU PICTURES, DOCUMECTS, MUSIC OR ANYTHING YOU WANT TO SAVE TO AN EXTERNAL HARD DRIVE OR BURN TO DISC. I DON'T KNOW WHY WEBROOT GOT AWAY FROM A GREAT THING TO GO TO SOMETHING AS SORRY AS THEY HAVE NOW.

    Updated on Jun 23, 2013

    I MEANT TO SAY MCAFEE STINGER WHICH IS A FREE TRIAL AND DOWNLOAD LOAD. JUST GOOGLE IT.

    I ALSO MEANT TO SAY FIND , NOT FINT.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Small, fast, efficient, but pricey."

    June 17, 2013  |   By LazyJones1

    Version: Webroot SecureAnywhere Complete 2013 8.0.2.118

    Pros

    Tiny, quick, does what you want it to do.

    Cons

    Sometimes a little over-zealous. Pricey.

    Summary

    If you can live with the price, and an occasional false positive (better safe than sorry, right?), this is definitely a wonderful package.

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