Webroot versus Norton* & Avast*
Which Antivirus Software was Best?
Time, Energy & Money!
Our Head-to-Head Test Comparing Webroot, Norton* & Avast*
Objective: To compare three of the leading antivirus software
programs to measure performance in removal of: viruses, spyware, adware, malware, dialers
and browser hijackers.
Methods: We took three different computers in three separate locations that were highly infected (very, very slow, multiple pop-ups, with severe difficulty getting online) and ran:
Norton Antivirus *
Results: In our tests, none of the programs performed as well as Webroot Antivirus.
Avast was quickly circumvented, then disabled, and the viruses infected the computer with all sorts of malware.
However the biggest surprise came from Norton Antivirus*. (And we ran the test twice on two different computers - just to be sure.) It seems the koobface virus completely rendered the Norton Antivirus * software ineffective on both of our test computers. Norton Antivirus* failed to protect both the Windows Vista laptop and a desktop against the koobface-associated malware such as popups, browser hijacks. (The viruses were introduced to the systems through infected downloads.) Furthermore, the viruses blocked access to each of the computer's control panels, which would've made it expensive and time consuming to even get a professional to fix them.
We then ran Webroot Antivirus on the computers that Norton Antivirus* and Avast* had failed. Webroot Antivirus not only cleaned up the viruses, it removed the trojans, fixed all the associated problems and eliminated the backdoors! Below is a screen shot of what Webroot Antivirus caught that the other software left behind.
After seeing these results, WorkingMom unanimously decided
to endorse and recommend Webroot Antivirus with Spy Sweeper. Working with
Webroot Software Inc. we are also giving Working Moms a deal to save big on it.
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For a Safe, Happy and Healthy Personal Computer!
As a busy working mom, we realize you don't have the time to research
every development in internet technology. And since most home computers come
with a built in anti-virus program and firewall, keeping it current
and active is the most people tend to do. However with viruses and spyware smart enough to deliberately circumvent some of the most widely used antivirus software (such as Norton Antivirus* and Avast*) we knew it was time to see if anything could be done. As the "Koobface" virus spread, it brought to light the gaping holes in commonly used internet security software. However our test showed that Webroot Antivirus is an effective tool that even an amateur can use to successfully beat this new wave of computer threats and keep their computers running safely.
While there really are some excellent free programs, they aren't
equipped to thoroughly fix what's already been downloaded onto the computer
and they are designed primarily to help protect the computer from
future attacks. WorkingMom.com chose to recommend the Webroot Products because we've seen them actually fix and eliminate existing problems while
monitoring against downloading future ones. We also recommend keeping
the antivirus program up to date by checking for updates weekly,
just as you would with any other anti-virus software.
TAKE HOME POINTS:
- Don't underestimate the power of prayer. Make a habit of praying to God
for the safety, health and well-being of your family. Instead of just hoping,
wishing and stressing, actively pray for help and protection! A heartfelt prayer
opens the door to unimaginable benefits for your family's physical, spiritual,
relational and financial well-being.
- When you are online, if you suspect that a website or download may contain
something like viruses or spyware, check it out at http://www.spywarewarrior.com/rogue_anti-spyware.htm
- Don't buy or download just ANY anti-virus program. Some of them are just malware
themselves and are of no help.
*Adware is a program that creates pop-up ads
on your computer or supports banner ads on websites. These can
often be pornographic. Adware is most often bundled with popular
downloads or can even be the main reason for some popular free
software. Some come loaded with themes and wallpapers. Some browser "helpers" are
actually spyware. Some adware is very aggressive and actually adds
a string to the browser to constantly send information back to
the source. Some
of it adds software to your start up, slowing down your computer considerably.
*Malware: This is defined as "malicious software, software
designed specifically to damage or disrupt a system, such as a virus or a Trojan
horse." It can drop programs into computers through "backdoors." These
Trojans and backdoors can be used to hijack a computer, including the
mouse and keyboard. Then your computer could even be used to remotely
hack other computers. Viruses can be executed, and they bury their activation
process into different sections of the computer's registry, making them
very difficult to remove, even by many anti-spyware programs. The best
defense is to prevent downloading them in the first place.
*Browser Hijacks: Your browser home page can
be hijacked by a "malicious" website. The home page would then
only open to a page of ads, a gambling site or even a porn page.
Another type of hijacking concerns the modem. A dialer can be installed
on the computer without the user's knowledge or permission. It
may come bundled in a fun software, theme or screen saver.
Stay Safe! And may God continue to bless you, your family and the
work of your hands!
In His Service,
Disclosure: We conducted this test using a promotional copy of the latest Webroot Software. We were not paid to write this review. When you click through the Webroot link, you will save 50% on their software and WorkingMom will get credit for referring you.
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