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10 Reasons Why I Prefer Webroot Antivirus

I wrote this email for a colleague who inquired about Webroot. After I finished the message and sent it, I realized that it was appropriate for a blog post:

Webroot is very good protection.

1: INSTALLATION

The installation is very simple with msi or exe options available. Both options are simple, silent and fast install. The command line looks something like this: msiexec.exe /i "wsasme.msi" ALLUSERS=1 /qn /norestart /log output.log GUILIC=664CG8545895728446C

2: PROTECTION-AREAS

Once installed, the protection has the following areas:

1-Real time Protection

2-Rootkit Protection

3-Web Protection

4-USB Protection

5-Firewall Protection

6-Identity Protection

7-Phishing Protection

8-DNS protection is available as well as an upgrade.

3: SCANS

Scans are very fast and use little processor resources. A “deep” scan takes around 30 seconds. A “Full” scan takes around 30-60 minutes but this scan is not needed because of the central console.

4: CONSOLE

All computers report back to a central console which is located here:

https://my.webrootanywhere.com

5: MONITOR

The console is a central place to monitor systems, control systems and will show which systems are clean and which systems have problems.

6: CONTROL

The console also controls the options for Webroot and will determine the settings for the software. One policy we like is the inability to uninstall the software. So even if a person has administrator rights, they are unable to remove Webroot. Uninstall is only performed by the console.

The console also gives limited control access to the systems. You can perform manual scans, lock the computer, restart the computer or restart in safe-mode. This is good when the system is out of the office and might have little control over the system through other access.

7: THREAT RESOLUTION

In the event that Webroot finds a threat, it will automatically resolve the issue and either quarantine the file or delete the file. There is very little maintenance to perform.

8: WEBSITE BLOCKING

While the firewall blocks websites, Webroot is a second layer of protection that blocks when the system is not behind a company firewall.

9: DEFINITION-UPDATES

Definition updates are handled by the console with cloud-based threat intelligence. All systems use the same definition updates and policies.

10: UPGRADE-VERSION

Webroot will automatically update to the newest version. There is no need to manually update the software version.

BONUS: ALERTS & REPORTS

The console can generate alerts and reports. Alerts send an email or text message when any problem is found. Reports shows a list of problems for a time period; for example for the last 30 days, 60 days or 90 days.

FINAL THOUGHTS

The only other antivirus we are considering Cylance.

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