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Windows 7: Opinions on Webroot Antivirus?

28 Mar 2012   #1
gregrocker

 
Opinions on Webroot Antivirus?

I have a friend who is getting infected when running MSE, so I want to upgrade him to more protection. I recommended adding Malwarebytes paid Real Time protection but he wants to instead use Webroot Secure Anywhere Antivirus so he can get 550 AA miles with the $20 purchase.

Any opinions on this?


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28 Mar 2012   #2
nckfrtg28

Mac OS X 10.9
 
 

I here that Webroot is very good. But Malwarebytes I will never use again. It doesn't find all of the infected files.
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28 Mar 2012   #3
gregrocker

 

First time I've ever heard that about Malwarebytes which is the go-to solution for infection here.

Thanks.
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28 Mar 2012   #4
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
I have a friend who is getting infected when running MSE, so I want to upgrade him to more protection. I recommended adding Malwarebytes paid Real Time protection but he wants to instead use Webroot Secure Anywhere Antivirus so he can get 550 AA miles with the $20 purchase.

Any opinions on this?
In my opinion, a paid Malwarebytes is one of the best investments you could recommend. I'm not familiar with Webroot, but like most of these it boils down to personal choice I guess.

Regards,
Golden
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28 Mar 2012   #5
kado897

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Service Pack 1
 
 

Malwarebytes, even the paid version, is not designed to replace an AV but to enhance the chances of a virus being detected.
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28 Mar 2012   #6
gregrocker

 

As I said my recommendation is "adding Malwarebytes paid Real Time protection" to MSE.

Do you feel Malwarebytes Real Time protection enhances MSE protection enough to recommend the combination for those who are infection-prone?

If not what are your recommendations?

Any take on Webroot?
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28 Mar 2012   #7
Jacee
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1
 
 

My question is, why is your friend "malware prone" ??
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28 Mar 2012   #8
gregrocker

 

I'm not sure in his case. But we know that some do not surf safe and are oblivious to clicking risky downloads.

In my Dad's case it is clicking fake AV messages, so I solved those chronic infections with Malwarebytes Real Time which catches what MSE let pass.
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28 Mar 2012   #9
kado897

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Service Pack 1
 
 

Malwarebytes paid add two things.

1. Site blocking from its own list of known risky sites.
2. Detection of malware using a heuristic analysis of traffic and downloads. In other words it doesn't look for specific viruses but virus like signatures.
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28 Mar 2012   #10
gregrocker

 

Here's what I found on Webroot, new today: Webroot SecureAnywhere Complete 2012 - Download.com

He's getting same for $20 with 38 miles per dollar spent on American Aadvantage shopping mall.
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