Webroot Secure Anywhere Antivirus Review [September 2020]
With so many tech advances in recent years, anti-virus software can’t rely solely on the existing databases of known computer threats. Instead, they also include integrated systems for pattern recognition that allow them to spot any suspicious software behavior.
One such app is Webroot Secure Anywhere Antivirus. Being essentially a cloud-based solution, it’s constantly up-to-date with all the recent threats. What’s more, it uses a cloud-based “brain” to analyze potential threats, thus relieving your system of that demanding task.
Secure Anywhere Anti-Virus
Although Webroot’s Secure Anywhere Antivirus isn’t the best of the bunch, it’s noticeable for being extremely lightweight. Not incurring any serious load to your computer is always a welcome feature with regards to software. That’s also true for anti-viruses, especially when they come loaded with features.
Thanks to this, Secure Anywhere is able to perform really fast scans of your entire computer. Here you can choose from a Quick, Full, Deep, and Custom scan. Quick scan only checks the content of your RAM memory, while a Full scan goes through your hard drives as well. If you choose a Deep scan, Secure Anywhere will look for any sign of Trojans, rootkits, and similar threats. Finally, there’s the Custom scan, which you can tweak to your liking.
Secure Anywhere works on both the MacOS and Windows machines. While both versions provide almost identical set of features, MacOS version lacks some advanced options for experts.
Although this is something every other anti-virus and anti-malware app does, Webroot’s solution does it differently. For example, when downloading a file from the internet, other solutions would immediately block it if they thought it was malware.
In contrast, What Secure Anywhere allows you to download the file, but treats it as a suspect. It also informs the cloud-based “headquarters” about the potential threat. If you try to open the file, Secure Anywhere will prevent you from doing so until it receives an OK from the cloud. If not, the files go immediately to quarantine.
Upon detection of such threats, Secure Anywhere will also suggest a full system scan. Although you might think this is a lengthy operation, Secure Anywhere does it in a matter of minutes.
Although phishing attempts aren’t something that will jump at your computer and break it, the human factor is always in play. Usually, it’s quite easy to spot a phishing website when you see one. Especially if you make it a habit to always check the web address as a secure site you want to use.
Unfortunately, sometimes you’re in a rush or are too tired and simply want to get something done quickly. That’s when you get caught in a phishing scam – and that’s what the scammers count on. Thanks to its anti-phishing feature, Secure Anywhere recognizes any potential phishing website and blocks it for you. In fact, it’s so good at it, that it reveals even the most recent threats that haven’t been recognized by other software.
With Secure Anywhere’s built-in ransomware recognition, it’s unlikely that you’ll ever see any such software activate on your computer. Of course, there could be exceptions to this rule, but regardless, this anti-virus will keep you safe.
If a ransomware finds its way around Secure Anywhere and manages to encrypt your files, things might start looking grim. You’ll see your files encrypted and won’t be able to access them. Without any protection, you’d have to pay your attacker a certain amount of bitcoin to unlock your files.
Luckily for you, Secure Anywhere will recognize that the attack had just taken place. In turn, it will immediately crack the encryption on your files and revert them back to their normal state. Of course, the ransomware also gets obliterated that very second.
Fast and Powerful
Light on your system’s resources, Webroot Secure Anywhere allows you to perform super-fast anti-virus scans. Keeping you safe from malware, ransomware, and against potential phishing attacks, Webroot’s app is definitely worth trying out.
Have you tried Webroot Secure Anywhere anti-virus? Do you find it useful in protecting your system from external threats? Please share your thoughts in the comments section below.