What's The Smallest, Fastest and Best AntiVirus?
Most anti-virus programs and Internet security suites are resource hogs that take up a sizable chunk of your hard drive, and consume dozens of megabytes of precious system RAM. But there's a new kid on the block, and Webroot SecureAnywhere 2012 is here to say that smaller is better. It's blazingly fast, too. But is it the best of the bunch when it comes to protecting you online? Read on and find out...
Webroot SecureAnywhere 2012 - Review
If you think that bigger is better, think again. Webroot's all-new line-up of antivirus and Internet security software is based on an installation package with a tiny footprint that consumes just over half a megabyte (600 KB) of hard drive space. Yet Webroot SecureAnywhere 2012 outperforms nearly all of its much bigger competitors.
Three new Webroot packages are available: Webroot SecureAnywhere Antivirus (1 PC, $39.95), Webroot SecureAnywhere Essentials (up to 3 PCs, $59.95), and Webroot SecureAnywhere Complete (up to 3 PCs, $$79.95). Each comes with a 30-day trial period. They all use the same installation package; just enter the registration code for the product you purchase to obtain all of its features.
Webroot accomplished this seemingly magical feat by writing a new client app from scratch, and by putting the majority of its intelligence in the cloud. Last year, Webroot acquired cloud-based anti-malware developer Prevx, and bet the ranch on the newcomer's technology. The gamble seems to be paying off.
Compared to Webroot, most other security suites are gigantic disk-hogs that consume 50 to 200 MB of storage. BitDefender Antivirus 2012 takes up nearly a gigabyte! Much of that real estate goes to malware signature database files. SecureAnywhere 2012 also uses much less system memory (RAM) while running. Webroot typically uses less than 2MB of memory, while the major competitors consume a whopping 50 to 70 MB of RAM. Webroot's new model puts nearly all of those resource hogs in the cloud, so your PC can run other programs faster.
Installing the new Webroot software takes just a couple of minutes, and scans are preternaturally fast, too. An initial scan on an uninfected system takes just a couple of minutes. A badly infected machine may require up to 15 minutes, according to tests run by PC Magazine. According to Webroot's own published materials, the SecureAnywhere 2012 product scans almost 4 times faster than Norton. This comparison chart (http://www.webroot.com/En_US/consumer-products-secureanywhere-antivirus.html) shows how Webroot SecureAnywhere stacks up with major competitors such as AVG, ESET NOD32, Kaspersky, McAfee and Norton, when it comes to disk space, memory usage, and scan times.
How Effective is Webroot SecureAnywhere 2012 Against Malware?
One scan may not be good enough; traces of malware may be left behind. After running a scan, Webroot runs another scan to see if any traces are left behind, and keeps repeating scans until all traces of malware are gone.
In PC Mag's test, Webroot detected 94 per cent of malware on deliberately infected machines, beating all competitors. It also scored high marks for malware removal, and became the first security suite to block 100 per cent of malware attacks in PC Mag's testing history.
Webroot's full functionality is dependent on an Internet connection, which some might argue makes the whole paradigm vulnerable. But most malware attacks via the Internet, so when you're offline your risk of infection is drastically reduced. Webroot does have to store locally some of the major malware signatures, and automatically scans your machine when an Internet connection is established again.
Webroot SecureAnywhere Antivirus is included with all three packages. The Essentials package adds a firewall enhancer, privacy protection, secure browsing, and automatic remote file backup for up to 2 GB of data per user (in partnership with SugarSync). The Complete edition ups the SugarSync allowance to 10 GB per user, the LastPass password management service, anti-phishing features, and ID theft protection.
Webroot has taken the cloud-based security paradigm farther than any of its competitors. The result seems to be a highly effective security system that doesn't take over your entire hard drive. CNET gives Webroot SecureAnywhere 2012 an "Outstanding" rating, and PC World included it in their "Top 100 of 2011" list. The PC Magazine reviewer gushed that it was "The only perfect malware blocking score I've ever encountered in my years of testing." If you're thinking about a paid anti-virus software solution, give Webroot SecureAnywhere 2012 a test drive.
Have you tried Webroot SecureAnywhere? Feel free to post a comment with your opinion, questions about this topic, or suggestions for other security software you like...
This article was posted by Bob Rankin on 2 Jan 2012
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