Webroot Window Washer 2011

Webroot Window Washer 2011

Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
2.8
out of 183 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
6.5
File Size:
Not available
Date Added:
September 25, 2007
Price:
Free to try; 1-user license, annual subscription (30-day trial); $29.95 to buy (Buy it now)
Operating Systems:
Windows 95/98/Me/NT/2000/XP/Vista
Total Downloads:
2,741,801
Downloads Last Week:
7
Product ranking:
Additional Requirements:
Not available

Editors' review

This program offers a fast and simple way to protect your privacy by erasing Web browsing and application history. Upon launch, the program automatically scans your PC for supported applications, including such commonplace ones as Adobe Acrobat and RealPlayer.

Clicking the Wash Now button literally leaves your browser's cache, cookies, the history, and the temporary files list as clear as the day Windows was first installed. If you want more control, you can specify exactly what components to clean via the Wash Setup icon. Webroot Window Washer doesn't display detailed information about specific files, but it does give you a list of basic statistics. You can protect the program with a password and schedule cleaning sessions at regular intervals.

The ability to wipe free disk space according to secure algorithms is a bonus, but it would be nice if the program also could shred files and folders. In the final analysis, Webroot Window Washer has very few flaws, making it a fine pick for anyone concerned with privacy issues.

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All User Reviews
  • All Versions:

    2.8

    out of 183 votes

    • 5 star: 51
    • 4 star: 29
    • 3 star: 16
    • 2 star: 14
    • 1 star: 73
  • Current Version:

    2.5

    out of 30 votes

    • 5 star: 4
    • 4 star: 7
    • 3 star: 3
    • 2 star: 3
    • 1 star: 13
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  • 1 stars

    "Terrible. Doesn't work!"

    April 26, 2011   |   By VladislavZaporozhsky

    Version: Not Found

    Pros

    I can't think of ANY since it does not do the basic function of deleting internet history.

    Cons

    This software is crap. It does not delete the IE History drop down menu! What the heck is the point of having security software with a bunch of damn bells and whistles if it does not actually do this basic function?

    Summary

    See above DO NOT BUY THIS SOFTWARE UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES. It does not function as advertised!

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  • 4 stars

    "Confused by recent reviews"

    April 15, 2011   |   By djj01

    Version: Not Found

    Pros

    Covers more software programs than others, at the default settings

    Cons

    Cannot work out what's happen to version 6.6

    Summary

    Having read various reviews on the net about Window Washer 6.6
    Are the claimed wipe faults on version(s) 6.6.0.67 and/or 6.6.1.7761 ? Sofar I have not found anywhere that clarifies this.
    Also, dare I ask if Webroot have taken this problem onboard yet, or maybe even solved it?
    Cheers
    djj01

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  • 1 stars

    "Don't do it!"

    March 14, 2011   |   By rgoodpa1

    Version: Not Found

    Pros

    None/notta/no Pros

    Cons

    The old version was way better. I made the mistake of checking for updates and found I was entilted to an "FREE upgrade".
    expires in May 2011. I'll probably just ununstall the whole thing and stick with Ccleaner

    Summary

    Bottom line is it sucks. Probably after all these years someone bought them out and is now tring to make a couple $$.
    The old version was way better. I made the mistake of checking for updates and found I was entilted to an "FREE upgrade".
    I wish I could undo it but I can't find a way and this version says it expires in May 2011. I'll probably just ununstall the whole thing and stick with Ccleaner
    Remember you were warned!

    Updated on Mar 14, 2011

    Update........Version 6.5 works great. 6.6 does NOT

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  • 1 stars

    "Ver 6.6 doesn't wipe the Master File Table"

    February 15, 2011   |   By surfer100_1

    Version: Not Found

    Pros

    None compared to ver 6.5

    Cons

    Unfortunately, ver 6.6 doesn't wipe a drive's MFT table, so file names are still visible after wiping. Ver 6.5 does do that well. So, I suggested rolling back to version 6.5 until or if Webroot fixes version 6.6.

    Summary

    Stick with ver 6.5

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  • 2 stars

    "Can be dangerous to use!"

    January 29, 2011   |   By uuzoo84

    Version: Not Found

    Pros

    Price is not too bad. Can go up to 100 wipes, and a lot of plugin's for 3rd party applications.

    Cons

    The custom feature can be dangerous to use. It deleted folders I never wanted it to delete! Than it failed to delete a folder I specifically wanted it to, but deleted other folders instead.

    Summary

    Too dangerous to use. I don't trust it. Too bad it didn't have a drag and drop feature instead of going through all the B.S. of customizing what folder or file to delete. I won't be buying this software.

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  • 2 stars

    "Not particularly impressive"

    January 15, 2011   |   By jeffk

    Version: Not Found

    Pros

    Chaep - ish, washes data from a wide range of applications

    Cons

    No R.click shred option even though this feature is advertised on their site & resets some users' settings to default on PC reboot

    Summary

    1. No right click menu shred option, even though it was advertised on the webpage as being a feature. Strictly speaking, this is false advertising.

    2. Cookie keeper defaulting to IE, but I use firefox - once I make my choice I'd like it to stay that way, lot's of other applications 'remember' users' choices, why not WW?

    3. Cookie keeper also keeps giving me the option to save cookies that I've already marked to save.

    4. Options > bleach settings > method: Every time I restart my computer this has reset itself to DOD 5220.22-M (3 passes), whereas I want to leave it at Random (1 pass).

    WW 6.6.0.67 seems like a rush job, not properly tested, as if Webroot were caught unprepared by Win & 64-bit. The issues I've listed above should all have been fairly simple to spot & sort out before release.

    Not particularly impressive & definitely not up to the standard of previous versions!!

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  • 2 stars

    "Not Great.."

    December 10, 2010   |   By earth70

    Version: Not Found

    Pros

    it's not a lot of money, does up to 100 wipes, nice interface and now firefox ready..

    Cons

    the program hangs, software tools can recover info, it resets setings..

    Summary

    it's taken years for webroot to update this software and they have not done a great job of it the bleaching is ok but what i have found is the program keeps reseting the bleaching settings to "dod 3" so evey time you use the program you need to reset how many times you want to bleach and this is a real pain. plus looks like webroot will charge you every year for the program not good when you think it's been about 3years to get ths update to wash vista and will now wash 7. there is a lot of free bee's out their that will let you do the same things as windows washer up to 35times i'd get one of them and save your money..

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  • 3 stars

    "Bleaching format"

    November 25, 2010   |   By olderscot

    Version: Not Found

    Pros

    Easy to download for a technophob like me- thats why the 3 stars

    Cons

    Screen freezing on bleaching

    Summary

    Since downloading and adding bleach feature screen freezes intermittently when trying to click onto link to another website or open another window ( I'm using IE V8 )- don't know whether best to uninstall or simply not use bleach. Unsure now whether to purchase or not - any suggestions?

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  • 1 stars

    "Serious problem with 'Bleach' feature"

    October 29, 2010   |   By TonyCantlay

    Version: Not Found

    Pros

    Quick and convenient cleaning-up of unneeded files. Have used for years.

    Cons

    This edition of Washer has been released with a serious flaw, at least on updating from previous version. Use of "Bleach" feature for secure deletion, freezes application and p.c.itself. Webroot currently investigating. Beta, only ?

    Summary

    As long-time Washer user, am broadly satisfied. Slight care in use needed, selection of "Custom Wash" items in other programmes e.g. Spybot Search & Destroy, since over-enthusiastic cleaning can upset settings.

    But this time serious, avoidable, problem. At least when updating to version 6.0.6.67 from earlier incarnation. We use Washer to clean up computer and help smooth running. Therefore not pleased to find that usual "Bleach" feature, for extra secure file deletion (over-writes deleted files with random characters) is unusable. Freezes application, and indeed p.c. itself ! Precisely what programme intended to avoid !

    Programme can be run for now satisfactorily without selecting Bleach. But this should have been promoted as Beta version only. Not at all satisfactory to release programme with easily detectable bug.

    Thumbs down until fixed.

    T.C.

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