This is a post where Webroot SecureAnywhere AntiVirus 2014 is reviewed and where you can get its full version for free, legally. The antivirus is normally available at the price of $39.99 per one-year license but sometimes there are giveaways that lets you grab it completely for free. Sometimes the company also runs some campaigns where users worldwide can have chances to own it for a certain period of subscription. Thus, this page will be updated from time to time to provide you the latest giveaways.
# Installation and User Interface
The installation was surprisingly fast. The installer size is very small (under 1MB) and you don’t need to restart your computer for the program to work after the installation.
The user interface looks nice and, most importantly, allows users to get the information or the tools they need quickly. On the left panel of the main window, you can see when the last scan took place, how long it took to finish the scan, when the next scan will be automatically launched, how many number of files that have been scanned, and the remaining subscription. Additionally, you can run a manual scan right away. On the right side, some of the protection modules (realtime shield, web shield, firewall and so on) and additional tools as well as your Webroot account are grouped neatly in vertical menus. Each protection can be turned on/off immediately.
The gear icon of each of the menus will get you to the dedicated panel of the respective menu. For instance, The PC Security’s gear icon opens a panel where you can access the hidden shields (rootkit, usb and offline shield), view the active connection, configure the scanning behavior, view the quarantined files, and add particular files to block, allow or monitor.
Note that the Backup & Sync and Password Manager are the additional features that you have to buy separately if you want to use them.
# Key Features
- Webroot SecureAnywhere AntiVirus 2014 uses its cloud database instead of file-based signatures to identify threats, which makes it small in size and able to identify never-before-seen zero-day threat quickly.
- The module protections it offers include a firewall, realtime shield, web shield, rootkit shield, offline shield to identify and block persistent threats even if the system isn’t connected to the internet, USB shield to prevent infection from removable drives, and zero day shield to fight against unknown threats.
- The identity protection is the module responsible for detecting and blocking attempts to steal your identity using keylogger. It provides protection against keylogger, URL and screen grabbing attacks, block browser process modifcation attempts, protect clipboard and cookies, etc.
- Four scan modes: Quick, Full, Deep, Custom.
- Scheduled scan.
- Optionally completing a CAPTCHA when changing critical features such as shutting down the application and when changing any configuration option.
- Low system resources.
- Control Active Processes that monitors the running processes on the system. If you run a legitimate software yet it is marked as “Monitor, you are free to move it to “Allow.
- Sandboxing to runs applications or open files that you aren’t familiar with and look suspicious. The sandboxing behavior can be adjusted to your need to specify what the application or file can do and can’t do.
# Protection Performance
- Using a sample database of 1,414 items, 168 threats were not removed.
- The firewall failed to detect several leak tools.
- The anti-phishing didn’t detect risky websites as good as Firefox’s phishing protection.
The company has just released its latest version so it’s not easy to find reliable reviews on it yet. The only review I managed to find so far is just the Softpedia’s review. Thus, to help you making the final decision as to whether to use this Webroot product or not, here I also present another review on its previous version.
- The previous version got a perfect score in the malware-blocking test and very good score in the malware removal test run by PCMag.
- The anti phishing was less effective.
Get more info on the test at PCMag site.
The following reviews were not specifically conducted on Webroot SecureAnywhere AntiVirus, but since all of the Webroot security products share the same engines then the result of the protection score of any of them should represent the others as well.
For the test performed on Windows 7 (SP1, 64 bit):
- 82 score for its protection against 0-day malware attacks, inclusive of web and e-mail threats (Real-World Testing).
- 99 score for detecting widespread and prevalent malware discovered in the last 4 weeks (the AV-TEST reference set)
For the test performed on Windows 8 (RTM, 64 bit):
- 97 score for its protection against 0-day malware attacks, inclusive of web and e-mail threats (Real-World Testing).
- 100 score for detecting widespread and prevalent malware discovered in the last 4 weeks (the AV-TEST reference set)
Webroot SecureAnywhere AntiVirus 2014 Full Version for Free
Even though there is a trial version available for download at Webroot site, it is only a 14-days trial. Fortunately, there is a campaign that lets you use the full version of the software free for 6 months.
Webroot Defensive Stop of the Game Promotion Offered in the 50 U.S. between 12:01 PM MT on August 29, 2013 and 11:59 AM MT on January 3, 2014 (“Offer Period”). During the Offer Period, you will receive a free 6 months subscription for Webroot SecureAnywhere® AntiVirus for 1 device, valued at $19.99. Offer applies only to subscriptions downloaded from www.webroot.com/broncos. Not valid on previously purchased or out-of-stock merchandise. May not be combined with any other offer, coupon or discount. Webroot reserves the right to modify, cancel or terminate this offer at any time without notice. Void where taxed, restricted or prohibited, and to employees of Webroot and participating online affiliates.
Here is the campaign page: http://www.webroot.com/customerSupport/broncosTrial.php