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CNET Editors' review
The increasing impact of malware on smartphones means that many users need protection software. Webroot Security & Antivirus performs the necessary functions of a malware protection program and is easy to operate, even for beginning smartphone users.
The program is available for free, but there is an upgrade available to a premium version with additional features for $19.99 per year. Download and installation through the Google Play store completed as expected, although there is a lengthy user agreement that needs to be accepted in order to run the program. The main screen, which provides an overview of the phone's status, is well designed and easy to decipher. The program is divided into sections for security, privacy, and help. The security screen allows scanning for viruses and for secure Web browsing. The virus scan took a long time to complete, but this was expected from a thorough scan covering all of the phone's systems. In addition to scans, the program makes recommendations regarding additional security, such as lock screen settings. If a phone is lost or stolen, users also have the ability to wipe its memory remotely through the developer's Web page. Each of the submenus is easy to use, even for inexperienced smartphone users.
Webroot Security & Antivirus performs its functions well and would be a good option for any Android user looking for a solid security app for their smartphone or tablet.
From Webroot Software:
Mobile phone and tablet security and antivirus.(FREE) Anti-virus, Internet security & identity protection for Android smartphones & tablets. Locates lost or stolen devices, automatically scans apps/files, blocks malware, phishing, SMS spam & more. For enhanced mobile anti-virus and other security features and Premier protection against malicious threats, check out Webroot SecureAnywhere Mobile for Android in the Android Market: https://market.android.com/details?id=com.webroot.security.full&feature=search_resultWebroot offers advanced features not found in competing products.PC MagazineBest of the security applications for Android phones.Tech of WebA must for Android users.UberphonesKey Features & Benefits:THE BEST ANTIVIRUS FOR ANDROID:Automatically scans your apps and files for viruses, spyware, TrojansAntivirus security shields block malware before it has a chance to installAlerts you when your device and settings are vulnerable to attackSECURE WEB BROWSING:Automatically scans web links and URLs to block phishing and other harmful contentLOST DEVICE PROTECTION:Remote Access Use your Mobile Security Website (https://mobile.webroot.com/auth/login) or another mobile device to remotely lock, wipe, or locate your device Device Lock Remotely locks your device if its lost or stolen*Device Wipe Remotely wipes your contacts, text messages, other personal information* (Premier Feature)Device Scream Sounds an alert to help you locate your device nearbyDevice Locate See your devices location on a map*SIM Card Lock Automatically locks device when your SIM card is removed* (Premier Feature)CALL/SMS BLOCKING:Spam blocking Blocks text spam and unwanted calls*Virus blocking Automatically blocks messages containing malicious URLs (Premier Feature)APP INSPECTOR (Premier Feature):Scans all apps and identifies those that can:oAccess to your Email/SMS messagesoCost you moneyoAccess sensitive informationoTrack your locationoDrain your batteryBattery Monitor provides battery status and power usage by apps (Premier Feature):Network Monitor provides details of apps that are accessing the network (Premier Feature):SUPPORT:Please join us on the Webroot Mobile forum, submit any questions and product feedback http://forums.webrootmobile.comFOOTPRINT:Runs quietly in the backgroundLight on device memory and battery utilizationChecks for security updates automatically to ensure latest antivirus and security protection* 3G/4G data connection or wifi required for some featuresABOUT WEBROOT ANTIVIRUS APPS:Webroot offers the best free and Premier antivirus downloads for Android devices. Webroot SecureAnywhere Mobile for Android is a free antivirus app that covers the security basics for smartphones and tablets.KW: phone, tablet, security, antivirus, anti-virus, anti virus, Phone security, Tablet security, mobile, mobile security, lock, locate, wipe, find, map, alarm, security alarm, locate alarm, phone lock, phone locate, phone security.Recent changes:-Added additional file types to our scanning-Changed background logo-No longer block unidentified calls by default-Bug fixes- Mobile Security Website Access https://mobile.webroot.comContent rating: Low Maturity
What's new in this version: -Added additional file types to our scanning-Changed background logo-No longer block unidentified calls by default-Bug fixes- Mobile Security Website Access https://mobile.webroot.com
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Version: Webroot Security & Antivirus 184.108.40.2066
Lightweight - uses under 10MB of virtual memory
Great Adaptive Anti-Virus
No Updates Required, Cloud based so it is always in sync.
Contains Cahes and Registry cleanup so you can get rid of CCleaner
None so far
This is the best Anti-Virus I have used to date. The best part is because it is lightweight and Cloud based you can run it on anything from netbooks to Powerhouse Desktops.