AV-Comparatives gave nine vendors, including Webroot, its highest award in its July 2012 Anti-Phishing Test, in which Webroot took 9th place among 18 products tested for efficacy in blocking phishing websites. In AV-Comparatives’s Performance Test for October 2012, Webroot had the best PCMark score, having the lightest impact out of 20 products tested on a Windows 7 64-bit machine.
Webroot had the worst results out of 20 products tested by AV-Comparatives in the September 2012 File Detection Test of Malicious Software, both in terms of malware detection rates and false alarms. Webroot detected less than 80 percent of viral samples, much worse than the 94.4 percent rate of the second-lowest detecting product. Webroot inappropriately flagged 210 clean files, raising as many false positives as the other 19 products tested combined. According to AV-comparatives, the “results and misses have been confirmed with several tests and also by the vendor.”
PC Magazine has awarded Webroot SecureAnywhere 19 times with Editor’s Choice and Security Product of the Year, its highest award given to security and software programs. In PC Magazine’s test for 2013, Webroot was found by PC Magazine staff to have the best score in malware blocking tests, malware removal tests, speed of scans, and installation speed. In the 2014 test, PCMag found “Webroot’s detection rate of 89 percent and overall malware cleanup score of 6.6 points are both tops among products tested using this same malware collection.”
Gartner listed Webroot in its Visionary Quadrant in its 2014 assessment of Endpoint Protection Platforms.
The Radicati Group, a technology market research firm, identified Webroot as a “Trail Blazer” in its Corporate Web Security—Market Quadrant 2014 Radicati CEO Sara Radicati said that Webroot “is one of a few purely cloud-based web security providers and offers an easily deployable corporate web security solution.”
In 2014, PassMark Software, a software and hardware performance benchmarking company, benchmarked Webroot SecureAnywhere Business Endpoint Protection and Webroot SecureAnywhere AntiVirus using 13 performance metrics. In both tests, Webroot products were found to outperform competitors in a variety of metrics, including scan times, CPU usage, and others, earning the highest overall score in both tests.