Webroot Spy Sweeper with AntiVirus

Webroot Spy Sweeper with AntiVirus

Editors' Rating:
3
Good
Average User Rating:
3.3
out of 1391 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
5.5
File Size:
Not available
Date Added:
February 02, 2007
Price:
Free to try (See description); $39.95 to buy
Operating Systems:
Windows 2000/XP/Vista
Total Downloads:
11,609,840
Downloads Last Week:
2
Product ranking:
Additional Requirements:
Windows 2000/XP/Vista

Editors' review

This rock-solid antispyware tool gets an upgrade for Windows Vista compatibility, but with its spyware-removal limitation, the protection offered is only as good as the money you pay for it.

The interface is easy to understand, and the Home section should steer new users to the necessities: starting a scan, checking shield status, and updating definitions. As in older versions, the Quarantine section will let you restore any components accidentally altered after a system scan. The Sweep option includes a flexible scheduler, the ability to change the default scanning method level, and other options to customize the program. In addition to its real-time, browser, and ActiveX shields, the app offers several barriers to other threats such as Windows Messenger Service exploits, keyloggers, rogue start-up items, and pesky rootkits.

There were no problems running the app on Vista, but be sure to uninstall any other third-party antivirus apps to avoid conflicts. Unfortunately, Spy Sweeper maintains its detection-only trial limitation, making it impossible to test how well it actually removes malware. Anybody concerned with keeping malicious software and viruses off their computer shouldn't bother with the trial unless they're pretty sure they're going to buy the full version.

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All User Reviews
  • All Versions:

    3.3

    out of 1391 votes

    • 5 star: 587
    • 4 star: 168
    • 3 star: 132
    • 2 star: 120
    • 1 star: 384
  • Current Version:

    2.6

    out of 85 votes

    • 5 star: 14
    • 4 star: 13
    • 3 star: 16
    • 2 star: 11
    • 1 star: 31
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  • 5 stars

    "The best, and no, I'm not a paid plant"

    October 03, 2011   |   By Mantis222

    Version: Not Found

    Pros

    Catches EVERYTHING, but I do have the full version and subscription.

    Cons

    Constant pop-up window telling you what is being blocked, and tons of bad websites are being blocked.
    But you can turn this function off if you want to.

    Summary

    Worth every penny.
    This is keeping my computer squeaky clean.

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  • 2 stars

    "Works, but hard to use"

    September 10, 2011   |   By v0id19

    Version: Not Found

    Pros

    Never had any infection after installing, runs in background without too much loss in performance.

    Cons

    Worst GUI I've ever seen--it's near impossible to find what you're looking for. Not very user friendly unless you want to use preconfigured options.

    Summary

    Webroot is very effective and non-invasive (almost disturbingly so). However, it is really a pain to use. Also, it's seemingly unable to add exceptions to internet browsing security, and you must turn off the feature if a false-positive is being blocked (although maybe you can but as I said, the GUI is terrible).

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  • 1 stars

    "xrenj polnaja"

    September 07, 2011   |   By sevlad7

    Version: Not Found

    Pros

    xrenj polnaja

    Cons

    xrenj polnaja

    Summary

    AGAVA AntiSpy
    http://www.agantispy.ru freeware

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  • 5 stars

    "Webroot Spyware Sweeper 5 Stars"

    July 28, 2011   |   By Glenda Schroeder Boswell

    Version: Not Found

    Pros

    I know it updates itself and when I turn off WiFI, I can run Webroot very quickly and get rid of lots of ad ware and cookies. Maybe this product is better when you pay for it...you usually get what you pay for!

    Cons

    McAfee has now decided Webroot is a competitor, and destoyed my purchased Webroot 2011 daily. I chatted with Webroot, then McAfee and McAfee refused to work with me.

    Summary

    After I chatted with McAfee, I sent that to Webroot and they called me and by remote access made my McAfee allow access and I love how fast Webroot is compared to free Malwarebytes whihc takes closer to over an hour vs 3 games of spider solitare.

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  • 2 stars

    "What should I use in place of spysweeper"

    June 05, 2011   |   By squirrelgirl51887

    Version: Not Found

    Pros

    cant think of any

    Cons

    Takes so long, makes computer run slow

    Summary

    Just wondering if anyone has any suggestions for me to use instead of spysweeper. and I mean, I am talking does anyone use a product that they think is without a doubt superior to spysweeper with antivirus protection, one that does what it is supposed to do but better?

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  • 1 stars

    "BAD just bad!!!!!!"

    May 28, 2011   |   By gemyle

    Version: Not Found

    Pros

    No pros what so ever!!!!!

    Cons

    The worst anti virus/spy sweeper program i have ever downloaded, not only did suck royally when it came to removing all the adware,spyware,ect. It took 16 HOURS to scan my computer, DO NOT DOWNLOAD THIS...........

    Summary

    Dont even think about it, trust me..........

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  • 1 stars

    "Webroot 2011 Anitvirus crashes computer"

    May 20, 2011   |   By windetech

    Version: Not Found

    Pros

    CPU cannot be infected if it is crashed and wont start, Right?

    Cons

    This antivirus does exactly what it is suppose to prevent... my computer crashing???

    Summary

    Tried installing on my father-in-laws cpu, runs great before install... install takes up to 4 hours and then computer is so sluggish it freezes as soon as it starts! Have to use system restore in safe mode to get rid of this so called antivirus program that acts like a virus???

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  • 1 stars

    "Uninstalled it as I did not download it in first place"

    May 09, 2011   |   By mfeighner

    Version: Not Found

    Pros

    none none.

    Cons

    bad idea to download yourself. I already have a good antivirus program.

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  • 5 stars

    "FREE SOFTWARE?????"

    March 21, 2011   |   By krazak27

    Version: Not Found

    Pros

    Real time protection is the best

    Cons

    so far none

    Summary

    Bro, you've got the wrong product, buy their antivirus essential, yes buy it,there's no free meal, I had webroot scan my comp and there's 29 virus in my comp and 3 is a grave threat,I have used,norton,mcafee,bitdefender and kapersky,none gave me proper real time protection...thus far webroot is the best!!!!!

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  • 2 stars

    "customer support is terrible and non existent"

    March 14, 2011   |   By texasuser2205

    Version: Not Found

    Pros

    product OK but expect no support if you run into a issue You are on your own

    Cons

    as stated above

    Summary

    there are as good products that offer support

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