It's a very unusual system, but testing proves that it does the job, and does it well.
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Phishing Protection Results Chart. Its green-toned main window features a lighter panel that includes statistics about recent scans and a button to launch an on-demand scan. There are features for experts, and features for professionals. A panel at the right manages access to the rest of this product's significant collection of security features. When I downloaded my folder of samples from Dropbox and opened it, Webroot didn't react immediately, the way many products do.
Like most modern antivirus utilities, Webroot works fine if you set it and forget it. The results were rather different. As mentioned earlier, if a monitored unknown program tries a non-reversible action like sending your credit card details overseas, Webroot steps in to stop it.
And indeed, launching just one of those files set off the scan that wiped out all but a few of them. As ever, Bitdefender Antivirus Plus and Kaspersky take perfect or near-perfect scores from the labs.
McAfee AntiVirus Plus doesn't always score as high in lab tests or our own tests, but it's a bargain, offering protection for every Windows, macOS, Android, and iOS device in your household. For many security companies, the addition of a personal firewall is one of the features that distinguishes the security suite from the standalone antivirus. In this mode, any network traffic by unknown programs requires your permission, but normal activities like Web browsing proceed uninterrupted.
I restored my tools from quarantine and proceeded with testing. Even if you never click that button, Webroot makes a full scan during installation and runs a scheduled scan every day. That's not how this test normally works, but I'm glad I checked.
I had to scramble to figure out how to test its ransomware protection. A few others have done better recently, in particular Kaspersky Anti-Virus and McAfee with 100 percent protection, but Webroot joins the growing cluster of phishing protectors with scores near the top. SafeStart Sandbox is among the latter. Here you have a program that's never been seen before by the cloud analysis system, and its purpose is to launch fraudulent URLs.
That's because any such file will get serious scrutiny before it launches.