Webroot is a U.S.-based software company that began in Boulder, CO and is now headquartered in Broomfield, CO. The company was founded in 1997 by entrepreneur Steven Thomas, who launched a trace removal agent he named the Webroot Window Washer. In 2002, the company released a spyware blocking and removal product, and in 2006 they added anti-virus technology to their product suite. Since that time, Webroot has developed their services to further include mobile security, firewall protection, and other internet security features.
- Lightweight security
- Great for gamers
- Money-back guarantee
Webroot's technology, which updates virus definitions from the cloud, provides lightweight security that doesn't weigh down your computer like many other products do. This is because cloud-based protection uses very few system resources, keeping your computer free from interruptions or performance slowdowns. The company has racked up several awards for performance. Independent IT tests AV-Test and AV-Comparative have shown that Webroot anti-virus has a low system impact, allowing your computer to quickly install and run programs and browse the internet while using Webroot. This is all while providing protection against viruses, malware, phishing attacks, identity theft, cybercrime, and social network threats.
This company is a fabulous option for customers who play computer games. Webroot's AntiVirus [sic] for PC Gamers package provides cloud security protection along with some features catered specifically for gamers. Users get password and data protection along with security for their gaming assets. Plus, the program runs silently in the background and is guaranteed to not interfere with game play by way of screen freezes, game lag, or crashes.
Webroot has a great money-back guarantee that comes with all of their products. After purchasing a subscription, customers have a full 70 days-longer than most companies offer- to receive a full refund.
- Doesn't block spam
- Short free trial
Webroot's anti-virus provides email protection against malicious files and phishing links, but it doesn't block spam. The spam blocker is commonly included in other anti-virus email protection systems. However, Webroot's lack of anti-spam protection might not be an issue if your personal email program has a good spam filtering system.
Webroot offers a free trial download for their products, but the free trial period is half as long as that of most other companies-14 days instead of 30. However, this downside is well compensated by the 70-day money-back guarantee. Finally, while many companies offer 24/7 technical support for customers with a paid subscription, Webroot's tech support is only available during their business hours.