Update: This program has been replaced with Webroot Secure Anywhere Antivirus.
Or, to give it it’s full title, Webroot Antivirus With Spysweeper 2011.
The first thing thats noticeable when running Webroot Antivirus 2011 for the first time is the interface, an area that looks like its received a large amount of attention since last year’s incarnation.
Not only is the interface simply effective, it is also very much colour coded and in an intuitive way at that.
In other words, if your installation is correct and fully updated then you will be met with a pleasant green screen.
If, on the other hand, you have forgotten to run a scan the you will see a predominantly grey screen with a large yellow “!” symbol on it, along with some handy advice as to what you need to do next.
Lastly, the screen you don’t want to see is the one that is mainly red with a hand print icon which looks like its telling you to stop – this is presented when the user has left something critical turned off but is easily rectified by clicking on the ‘Fix it now’ button.
If you’ve ever had an antivirus program before then you are probably aware that it maintains your protection by downloading the latest virus signatures as and when they become available.
Webroot Antivirus 2011 does this too but it also gives you the option of downloading program updates automatically too which I thought was a nice touch.
One thing that really annoys me about some antivirus programs is their tendency to interrupt me when I’m in the middle of playing a game.
Most security vendors have realised that gamers feel this way and have responded with an option to put their antivirus program into a ‘gamer mode’ which will either cut out notifications and/or suspend certain actions whilsy games are being played.
Webroot Antivirus 2011 is one such program and it allows you to block scans and updates whilst playing, thereby allowing you to immerse yourself fully in whatever game you have running (Civilization 5 in my case).
It is often said that a program is only as good as the support it receives.
After all, there are many people out there, several of whom I know myself, who have no idea how to use a computer let alone an antivirus program.
Technophobes will be ok with Webroot though – the support page in this antivirus program offers a few areas of help, such as web support, video tutorials and free (if you’re in the U.S.) phone support.
The support page also has a large reminder on the right of the screen which tells you how many days of protection you have left until you need to renew the product.
Webroot Antivirus 2011 offers the usual system scan that you would expect in addition to several advanced options.
These advanced options are all switched on by default and I would recommend you leave them that way unless you are sure you know what you are doing.
During the scanning process Webroot will automatically remove or quarantine any serious threats that it discovers.
Any lesser threats that it finds will be marked up as ‘Suspect’ and you will then have the option of choosing how to deal with them.
By default, Webroot will run a scan any time it detects that the computer is idling but you can also set up your own schedule which can be hourly, daily, weekly, monthly or even every time you log onto the system.
If you are looking to protect one PC for a year then Webroot Antivirus 2011 is available for just $39.95.
If you wish to purchase longer protection, or install the software on more than one PC, then the price per machine per year is relatively lower.
Webroot Antivirus 2011 works on many different types of Windows installation from Windows XP through to Windows 7.
You will need a 300 Mhz processor as a minimum and a 1Ghz processor is recommended if you run Vista or 7.
Additionally, 300 MB of hard drive space will be needed as will 256 MB of RAM (2 GB for Vista and 7)
[box type=”red”]Whilst your here, check out my other 2012 antivirus reviews.[/box]