October 26, 2007 (PRLEAP.COM) Technology News
Boulder, Colo., Oct. 26, 2007 — Webroot Software, Inc., a leading provider of Internet security software for the consumer, enterprise and SMB markets, today unveiled Webroot® AntiVirus with AntiSpyware and Firewall, an enhanced and rebranded version of the current Webroot Spy Sweeper® with AntiVirus 5.5 solution; a recent winner of the PC Magazine Editor’s Choice award. Webroot AntiVirus with AntiSpyware and Firewall offers the most complete security protection against viruses, spyware, data theft and hackers through an integrated combination of anti-malware shields and behavioral technology, as well as a two-way desktop firewall with multi-layer intrusion prevention software. The firewall is also available online as a standalone solution called Webroot Desktop Firewall.

“A large percentage of the users we speak to tell us that they aren’t using their firewalls because they are too hard to configure. The intelligent Webroot Desktop Firewall solution monitors and learns what user behavior is ‘normal’ for that PC and creates rules based on it. It even allows users to redefine rules as new programs are added or as their security needs change,” said Mike Irwin, COO, Webroot Software. “Webroot AntiVirus with AntiSpyware and Firewall marks our evolution into providing broader, easier to use security solutions to protect our customers while enjoying the Internet.”

The award-winning antivirus and antispyware protection in Webroot AntiVirus with AntiSpyware and Firewall helps protect home users against identity and data theft, hackers and other types of unauthorized access to their PC. This protection now also includes two-way firewall technology with system anomaly, email anomaly, and process monitoring layers to detect and block intrusion attempts and suspicious behavior. This multi-layered approach helps secure system vulnerabilities against cyber criminals that try to exploit them in order to gain unauthorized access to PCs and steal private information.

New and enhanced features of Webroot AntiVirus with AntiSpyware and Firewall include:

Windows Vista Compatibility.

Webroot AntiVirus with AntiSpyware and Firewall is fully compatible with the Windows Vista operating system. The solution provides superior protection to the basic security features found in the operating system without causing conflict. In addition, Webroot’s firewall technology is fully integrated with the Windows Security Center for added convenience;

Inbound and Outbound Email Security.

Monitors your inbound and outbound email to ensure it has not been “hijacked” by cyber criminals and that email attachments are free of malicious programs;

Email attachment scanning capabilities.

Scans inbound and outbound email attachments and automatically quarantines any documents containing harmful malware threats, allowing users to safely send and receive documents via email;

Advanced Traffic Filtering.

Features a Layer-3, two-way firewall which uses a unique packet inspection technology to detect and block unauthorized access to systems;

Malicious Process Blocking.

Tracks all trusted processes and provides alerts when a potentially malicious process attempts to run. This makes Webroot Desktop Firewall a perfect compliment to Webroot AntiVirus with AntiSpyware for added protection;

Firewall System Intelligence.

Speeds set-up by automatically developing a baseline profile of normal PC usage and generates alerts as unusual activity is detected;

Port Monitoring and Blocking.

Monitors all ports to prohibit unauthorized scanning or system intrusion;

Proactive behavioral protection against all threats.

Incorporates behavioral genotyping that provides zero day protection against known and unknown threats before they reach a user’s computer;

Enhanced real-time threat protection.

Monitors system behavior and proactively blocks potentially-damaging malware in real-time, offering the most advanced threat protection;

Advanced rootkit protection.

Finds and destroys these programs with robust rootkit discovery methods, a feature many other security solutions lack.

Webroot’s Spy Sweeper technology is an eight-time winner of PC Magazine’s “Editors’ Choice” award. In June, the Webroot Spy Sweeper with AntiVirus 5.5 solution, now rebranded as Webroot AntiVirus with AntiSpyware and Firewall, was certified by Virus Bulletin 100, a leading independent antivirus research company, as well as ICSA Labs®, the security industry's central antivirus product testing and certification facility, placing it in the top tier of antivirus protection providers.

The Webroot AntiVirus with AntiSpyware and Firewall solution is backed by free online and U.S-based telephone support and free product updates for the duration of a subscription.

Pricing and Availability

The Webroot AntiVirus with AntiSpyware and Firewall solution is available at major retail outlets and through the company’s website at www.webroot.com for $39.95. Current Webroot Spy Sweeper with AntiVirus 5.5 subscribers will be automatically upgraded to the Webroot AntiVirus with AntiSpyware and Firewall solution for free. In addition, through an introductory promotion, a standalone version of Webroot Desktop Firewall is also offered free of charge on the company’s website.

ABOUT WEBROOT: Webroot Software, Inc. provides industry leading security software for consumers, enterprises and small and medium businesses worldwide. Globally recognized for its award-winning Spy Sweeper line of antispyware and antivirus products, Webroot security software consistently receives top review ratings by respected third-party outlets and has been adopted by millions globally. Webroot AntiVirus and AntiSpyware with Firewall provides complete protection against viruses, spyware, data theft and hackers. Webroot Child Safe offers powerful and easy to use protection to keep kids safe online. Webroot Window Washer® eliminates all traces of PC and Internet activity. Webroot products can be found online at www.webroot.com and on the shelves of leading retailers worldwide. To find out more visit www.webroot.com or call 1-800-772-9383.