Webroot Antivirus Protection Internet Security 2018 | 3 Device | 1 Year Subscription | PC/Mac Disc, reviews, comments

Webroot Antivirus Protection Internet Security 2018 | 3 Device | 1 Year Subscription | PC/Mac Disc

Powerful, lightweight, integrated protection for PCs and Macs. The cloud based Webroot AntiVirus guards your personal information by blocking the latest malware, phishing, and cyber-attacks. Webroot AntiVirus is the smarter cybersecurity way to combat today’s threats. We scan billions of apps, files, and websites continuously to determine where and what is safe online. With almost instantaneous updates, Webroot protects against known and zero day threats. Webroot’s industry-leading rollback technology can automatically return infected devices to their uninfected states. The installer provides protection in seconds. Designed to work without conflict alongside other security products, Webroot’s hassle-free security protects you from cybercrime.


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If you’re reading this you probably have already searched a variety of tech sources for the “best” antivirus software and, like me, consistently found Webroot near or at the top of the list. Buying antivirus software is one of the most dreaded computer-related task most people face … just reading the daily headlines reinforces that computer hacking is real and proper protection is necessary. You want to make the right choice in buying antivirus software but there seem to be so many negative horror stories about antivirus software. Here’s why I ended up with Webroot.

The first thing I want to share is that I have been buying antivirus software for over 20 years, for business and home, and I am not married to any one brand. In fact, over time, I have bought and used nearly every brand sold. And yes, some of them were true horror stories.

When WIN 10 came along I made the decision not to add any third-party protection at all to what is already part of the WIN 10 suite (Windows Defender). While most independent experts agree that Defender isn’t the best solution out there, they also agree that it is good enough for most people who use their computer for casual everyday use. Defender has the huge benefit that it has almost no negative impact on computer speed or performance and it works totally in the background and never nags or bugs you (unless there is a reason to alert you to a problem). Another major benefit of Defender is that is updates itself (in the background) so you are always assured of being protected against the latest threats.

IF you want to add more protection to your computer but you like the positive benefits of Defender, Webroot is one of the best options out there.

SOME THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW

1. Unlike most software there isn’t really an “old or new” version of Webroot. As long as you are running one that is compatible with your computer’s operating system Webroot works like Defender in that it is really merely an interface to their online services where all the actual “smarts” are located. That is why Webroot won’t work unless you are online. You don’t have to worry about updating to a “new” version each year or doing periodic downloads because (as Webroot calls it) it is “always up to date”.

2. Because Webroot doesn’t install a large number of files directly on to your computer, it utilizes very little of your computer’s resources, thus most people will probably never notice any difference in computer speed or performance.

3. When the term of your license runs out you don’t have to buy a new disc and reinstall the program. Buying a new license just allows the software to continue to run for another year (or whatever the term of your license is). There is good news and bad news in that. The makers of Webroot don’t seem to have figured out how to reward existing customers who want to renew their license. Instead, when their “offer” is sent to you as your license is about to expire their “special” price is ridiculously high. I mean all they’re doing is giving you permission to use their software for another year, you would think they would/could offer you a special price for you loyalty, but no. Which forces people like me to simply buy a whole new disc from whoever has it on sale for the best price at the time. Fortunately my renewal time is around Black Friday each year and I am able to buy a whole new disc for peanuts.

4. People who review Webroot usually have mostly positive things to say (except for the license renewal issue discussed above) but too many of them mention how Webroot has a nag box that appears on your screen every time you turn your computer on. Not true, or at least not fully true. Yes that will happen, but all you have to do is uncheck that feature in the advanced settings box and you will never see any messages from Webroot unless you have an intrusion alert (or your license is about to expire). The fact that Webroot doesn’t have nag boxes is one of the major reasons I prefer it over Brands X, Y and Z.

5. When you first install Webroot it does a quick scan and tells you your computer is “safe”. Don’t believe it. The FIRST thing you should do is force a deep scan. Webroot makes doing that harder to find than most of their competitors. To do a deep scan, open you file manager (the screen that shows you your hard drives) and right-click on each available drive, starting with your boot drive (usually your C drive) and choose “Scan with Webroot”. Then sit back, the deep scan will take a long time, depending on how full your drive is and how fast it accesses files it can take up to a couple of hours. There will be a dialogue box with a progress bar, how many threats were detected, elapsed time, etc. It’s best not to do anything else (multitask) at the same time until the scan is completed.

BOTTOM LINE

This is the third consecutive year I’ve made the conscious decision to choose Webroot over other brands of antivirus software. In that time I’ve never had a virus infect my computers, I’ve never noticed a slowdown of my computer’s performance, I’ve never been annoyed by needless advertising popups, and I’ve been able to protect 3 devices for a full year for about five-cents a day. I like that.

I've been with Webroot for about 3-years and it's still as good as ever and light years better then Norton. I've reviewed prior versions before but the renew process for it is a breeze... just open your account, type in the new number and you're done. The only downside is your 365-days begins the day you renew and you lose whatever days you may have had left on the expiring version so if already have it and can put up up all those annoying popup reminders to renew wait until the last few days before you enter that new number.

I was a devout Webroot fan until I saw a test that prompted a "lukewarm" review of this antivirus on a website. I thought I'd give a "free" anti-virus a try for a year and reevaluate my results. Big mistake. The free suite may have been sufficient, but you get what you pay for. I thought back over the time I used Webroot and how much I enjoyed it's "silent presence" and decided to give it another try. I'm glad I did. It leaves a very small footprint on your hard drive, scans quickly, doesn't hog resources, and is easy to customize. The only reason I chose to give it four stars is a mildly annoying "status" box that pops up on my computer every time I turn the machine on. Otherwise, no complaints and, depending on my finances, plan on upgrading to the SecureAnywhere Complete when my renewal is up. Note: In addition to this product, I also use the free version of MalwareBytes, free CCleaner, Firefox browser with several privacy add-ons. Webroot has worked well with all of these.

This is the first time I've gotten the Webroot Antivirus, as opposed to Webroot Internet Security Complete 2017 | 5 Devices | 1 Year | PC [Download]. That's due to the fact I will not pay more than $20 a year for internet security for two to three computers. In past years, I've always gotten the Security Complete for actually less than that either here at Amazon or a last year version at eBay. This year, the Webroot prices have not been that low at Amazon, and I fear getting older versions now due to Webroot's new policy of cutting off support to older versions. (A policy I cannot understand to save my live, regardless of how many times I read it.) Also, this year the Antivirus was always $19.99 at Amazon for the PC download, until I needed it this week. It actually went up to $39.99 the night I was going to buy it! That made me think: Kaspersky here I come! But Kaspersky went up this week, too. (I've been checking the prices for both for weeks.) Fortunately, I noticed the Webroot Antivirus PC disc was still $19.99; and why the disc would be cheaper than the download is beyond me. Moreover, you don't even have to use the disc if you can't or don't want to when it arrives. You can still download the software from the Webroot website, because all you need is the product keycode.

So, here we are . . . one difference I see between the Webroot Antivirus and the Security Complete is there is no maintenance button where you get rid of temporary internet files and such. But I certainly don't need Webroot to do that little task. There's also no firewall, but the Windows 10 firewall is fine with me. (See comments below about a firewall.) In addition, you can't put the Antivirus on cell phones or tablets, as you can with the Security Complete. Once again, not a problem for me; I have a Microsoft phone that can't take a download of Webroot, and from what I understand about Fire tablets, no security software is needed. Thus, one more hopefully happy year with Webroot. I do really like Webroot. It just stays quietly in the background and does its job, and does its job well. Yet I'm not paying more than $20 a year for it for two or three devices, regardless of how much I like it.

P.S. Contacting Webroot tech or sale support is simple. You just right-click the Webroot icon, choose "help and support", and then you can easily contact them by clicking "send us a message" at the bottom of the page you are taken to. You get an e-mail back when they have answered, giving you a link to click, which takes you to a page which not only includes your current question and the answer, but also all the other questions, with answers, you have ever asked Webroot. My questions go back to 2012!

Installation wasn't as easy as the first one from 2016.

Example: I purchased the 2017. After inserting the cd there should be a pop-up or window that open up but it did not, due to that it took me an extra 15 NY minutes to complete the set up.

I clicked on the Webroot icon on my desktop, went to my account which I created last year and there's an option for "enter new serial code" (solved)

The Webroot instructions says otherwise.

I was looking for Antivirus software that was fairly priced and that does not use too much of my computers power. This program is non obtrusive and stays in the background. It flashes a reminder in the lower right corner of the screen upon start up that's its working and that is the last time you even know it's on your computer.
I've had no virus issues and I'll likely buy this again in a year.

Hubby, the IT "professional" succeeded in contracting some Virii. As soon as he noticed something was amiss he scanned with MS Defender. Nada. Next he tried MalwareBytes. Some hits and a couple were quarantined.

At this point he was getting frantic as his "finely tuned" Spidey senses were tingling. Rather they were going off like the evacuation klaxons for the local Nuclear power plant. I was more interested in just exactly what he was doing to have gotten in sooooo much trouble.

In desperation, aided by a reasonably positive CNET article he downloaded WebRoot from Amazon. Bingo, he was clean again. As far as his computer status that is.

He says that he's aware there may be better products but he was desperate. Within 10 minutes of the download he was smiling. And winking.

As far as that goes, I'm still waiting on an answer about his web activities....

RH
Renewed my 3rd year of Webroot protection, no problems, it just does it's job and keeps me and my computer safe. Webroot is light and lets my computer move at the speeds it is designed to move at. The other antiviruses (Norton, Kaspersky) slowed down my computer and web browsers too much. I think it's great protection at a good price.

INSTALLED THIS YESTERDAY ON NEW LAPTOP AND BY FAR, IT WAS THE EASIEST INSTALLATION OF ANY ANTIVIRUS SOFTWARE I HAVE EVER HAD - AND I HAVE BOUGHT A LOT OF DIFFERENT BRANDS OVER THE PAST TWENTY YEARS. GOOD PRICE FOR 3 DEVICES AND IS DOING THE JOB OF MUCH PRICER BRANDS THAT CAN BE A BEAR TO INSTALL. THE NEW LAPTOP DID COME WITH MCAFEE ALREADY ON IT, SO I UNINSTALLED IT IMMEDIATELY SO AS NOT TO HAVE ANY PROBLEMS WITH INSTALLING THE WEBROOT. WEBROOT, AFTER JUST A FEW MODIFICATIONS, JUST SITS QUIETLY IN THE BACKGROUND WITHOUT THE CONSTANT INTERRUPTIONS THAT MOST OTHERS SEEM TO HAVE THE HABIT OF DOING THESE DAYS. DID NOT EVEN HAVE ANY MORNING STARTUP UGLY MESSAGES TO START THE DAY WITH AS WITH THE OTHERS. DEFINITELY RECOMMEND AND WILL BUY AGAIN WHEN EXPIRATION TIME COMES AROUND.

This is my second year with Webroot having used Norton and Kaspersky prior. I like this program. Loads quickly, keeps out of the way and has (knock knock) kept my computers safe and virus free so far. Prior programs were a lot more intrusive and more difficult to keep running.

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Powerful, lightweight, integrated protection for PCs and Macs. The cloud based Webroot AntiVirus guards your personal information by blocking the latest malware, phishing, and cyber-attacks. Webroot AntiVirus is the smarter cybersecurity way to combat today’s threats. We scan billions of apps,
Powerful, lightweight, integrated protection for PC, Mac and Android, cloud-based Webroot Internet Security Complete with antivirus protects personal information by blocking the latest malware, phishing, and cyber-attacks. We scan billions of apps, files, and websites continuously to determine
Powerful, lightweight, integrated protection for PC, Mac and Android. 100% cloud-based Webroot Internet Security Plus with antivirus protects your personal information by blocking the latest malware, phishing, and cyber-attacks. We scan billions of apps, files, and websites continuously to
Powerful, lightweight, integrated protection for PC, Mac and Android. 100% cloud-based Webroot Internet Security Plus with antivirus protects your personal information by blocking the latest malware, phishing, and cyber-attacks. We scan billions of apps, files, and websites continuously to
Powerful, lightweight, integrated protection for PC, Mac and Android, cloud-based Webroot Internet Security Complete with antivirus protects personal information by blocking the latest malware, phishing, and cyber-attacks. We scan billions of apps, files, and websites continuously to determine
Powerful, lightweight, integrated protection for PC, Mac and Android. 100% cloud-based Webroot Internet Security Plus with antivirus protects your personal information by blocking the latest malware, phishing, and cyber-attacks. We scan billions of apps, files, and websites continuously to
Powerful, lightweight, integrated protection for PC, Mac and Android, cloud-based Webroot Internet Security Complete with antivirus protects personal information by blocking the latest malware, phishing, and cyber-attacks. We scan billions of apps, files, and websites continuously to determine
Powerful, lightweight, integrated protection for PC, Mac and Android. Webroot Internet Security Plus guards your personal information by blocking the latest malware, phishing, and cyber-attacks. We scan billions of apps, files, and websites continuously to determine where and what is safe online.
Webroot Antivirus 2018 provides real-time protection for PCs, Macs and your Android/iOS devices, blocking viruses, malware, phishing attacks and identity theft. Repairs infected systems automatically so you don’t need to re-image. USA owned. Colorado based customer service. 3 Device 1 year PC.
Powerful, lightweight, integrated protection for PC, Mac and Android. Webroot Internet Security Plus guards your personal information by blocking the latest malware, phishing, and cyber-attacks. We scan billions of apps, files, and websites continuously to determine where and what is safe online.