Saturday, September 29, 2012

Webroot SecureAnywhere 2013 – Webroot Takes the Gloves off versus other Antivirus 2013 Vendors

It has been less than eight weeks, (less than a month in many cases) since vendors have started releasing Antivirus 2013 products.  Webroot is challenging the other major antivirus vendors with a Webroot commissioned performance benchmark study,  “Webroot SecureAnywhere Cloud Antivirus vs. Seven Competitor Antivirus Products”. PassMark published this benchmark   report around September 12. 

The 2013 products in the report - Webroot SecureAnywhere, Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2013, Norton AntiVirus, AVG Anti-Virus 2013, McAfee Antivirus Plua,  and Microsoft Security Essentials.  The 2012 products in the test - ESET NOD32 Antivirus 5 and Trend Micro Titanium 2012.  Trend Micro Titanium 2013 has since been released.

The highest score obtainable was 112.  Webroot had the highest score with 103.  Surprise!  The next highest score was ESET with 62.  The lowest score was by McAfee AntiVirus Plus 2013 with 34. 

Once again, though, you have to consider the following.   Benchmarks are fine and good.  In the world of internet security, protection is the most important factor.  Everything else is secondary.  If products  have similar detection rates, costs, ease of use  and  performance benchmarks come into play. On a higher level, companies can do an  ROI analysis.  A strong argument can be made that purchasing security is like purchasing insurance. On a personal level, people don't do ROI calculations when they buy home or earthquake insurance, for example.

The performance metrics used were -  Scan Time, Installation Size, Installation Time, Registry Keys Added, Boot Time, User Interface Launch Time, Memory Usage during System Idle, Memory Usage during Initial Scan, Browse Time,  File Copy, Move and Delete,  Network Throughput,  File Format Conversion;  File Compression and Decompression; File Write, Open and Close  Scheduled Scan Time. 

Test results for SecureAnywhere 2012 are below (these organizations haven’t tested with 2013 products yet):

  • In’s latest test (July/August with 2012 products), 13.5 out of 18.
  • Virus Bulletin VB100 Testing - One fail and two passes in the last twelve VB100 tests.  Webroot's last participation was in  December
  • AV-Comparative’s on Demand Detection of Malicious Software (March 2012) -   19 out of 20 (1 star, high degree of false positives).
  • AV-Comparatives – Whole Product Dynamic Real World Protection Test - “Tested” (0 stars)
  • Webroot SecureAnywhere  received  4.5 stars from PC Magazine in October 2011 and scored highly in the publications malware testing. Smaller sample sizes than the test organizations, however. The Anti-Malware Testing Standards Organization prefers large samples. . Two of their white papers are "Best Practices for Validation of Samples" and "Sample selection for Testing".

“Webroot SecureAnywhere Cloud Antivirus vs. Seven Competitor Antivirus Products” is available on the Webroot website.  Webroot also has  an interesting   eight question  total cost of ownership calculator for antivirus software  at

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To see review scores for Internet Security 2013 and Antivirus 2013 solutions (PC Magazine and CNET), go to:

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