Webroot is not your typical antivirus program. It runs in the cloud, making it easy on your system and it uses a proprietary system for finding and removing viruses from your system. To cut to the chase: When we tested Webroot it seemed to catch most of the threats that were thrown at it, and it also offers some nice features. Noticeably missing are parental controls and a VPN, but the antivirus application is solid, and it works with other antivirus and anti-malware applications, making it a great companion to more traditional antivirus applications. Keep reading to see more of our findings while testing out Webroot.

Webroot is not quite like any antivirus application you’ve ever seen before. Traditional antivirus works by storing known virus definitions on your hard drive and using those to recognize threats to your system. Some antivirus may even monitor the way your computer system behaves to find anomalies that might indicate your system has been infected with malware.

Webroot, does both in what it calls a Deep Scan. But it also checks descriptions in a community database, which means that Webroot often catches viruses, rootkits, and Trojans that some other antivirus applications might miss. And Webroot does all this from the cloud, which means there is very little required of your computer system and that scan can happen very quickly because they are not relying on your system resources to power the scan.

Scan Locations: Scans Wherever & It's Lightning Fast

On installation, Webroot scans your system to see if it detects any threats. It looks at rootkits, the Master Boot Record, archived files, and potentially unwanted applications. In our installation, that scan took less than two minutes. That same scan will then happen automatically each day at approximately the same time you installed the software.

Types of Malware: You’re Covered on All Sides

Computer security is serious business, and Webroot takes that challenge very seriously. The company studies trends in malware and releases a report each year to share its findings. Those findings also inform how the company continues to improve the Webroot products.
Users benefit from this awareness in enhanced protection from viruses, malware, Trojans, rootkits, polymorphic threats, cryptojacking, ransomware attacks, and even malicious IP addresses and phishing. Even the lowest tier Webroot antivirus (Webroot Antivirus) protects from these threats. Increasing your subscription to one of the higher tiers (Internet Security Plus or Internet Security Complete) add only incremental improvements such as mobile device support, a password manager, or secure online storage.