Webroot SecureAnywhere AntiVirus for Mac review, manual and guides

by Jake Doevan - -

Webroot SecureAnywhere AntiVirus for Mac[1] is developed by Webroot International Limited.

The company was founded in 1997 as an antivirus provider. Webroot develops and distributes multi-vendor protection for endpoints and networks and threat intelligence services for businesses and home users worldwide. The company is based in Boulder, Colorado, United States of America.[2]

Webroot Antivirus for Mac review

Webroot provides home users with a variety of virus protection and data privacy applications and security packages, such as Webroot SecureAnywhere Internet Security Plus, Webroot SecureAnywhere Internet Security Complete, Webroot SecureAnywhere AntiVirus for Gamers, Webroot SecureAnywhere Small Business AntiVirus, Mobile Security for Android and iOS devices, as well as data privacy application Webroot SecureAnywhere WiFi Security.[3]

Webroot SecureAnywhere Internet Security Complete and Internet Security Plus are designed to protect multiple devices in the household and provides users with premium Internet Security features.

Webroot SecureAnywhere AntiVirus can protect one or three devices. It starts at $39.99 for one device for a year and includes AntiVirus, Identity Theft Protection, Secure Browsing with Real-time Anti-phishing, Lightning fasts scans, and Webcam Protection. The company also offers a 70-day money-back guarantee.

The AntiVirus package is compatible with Mac OS X 10.7 and 10.8 (Lion and Mountain Lion), OC X 10.9 Mavericks, OX 10.10 Yosemite, OX 10.11 El Capitan, macOS 10.12 Sierra, and macOS 10.13 High Sierra.

We have already tested Webroot SecureAnywhere for Windows PC, so let us check how the application works on Macs.

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Test results

We tested Webroot AntiVirus for Mac for about a couple of weeks on our test device, a MacBook Air 13 inch, macOS 10.13 High Sierra version. The download and installation of the program were quick and easy. It is worth to mention that Webroot SecureAnywhere AntiVirus is a very lightweight application size of 15 MB, so it is quick and simple.

Antivirus protection

Most of the antivirus applications combine traditional signature-matching antivirus engine and heuristic monitoring, Webroot SecureAnywhere instead works on metadata and behavior patterns.

We installed Webroot SecureAnywhere AntiVirus for Mac on our malware infected test device. However, the antivirus application missed about 12% of all the malware samples after the first scan.

In addition, we also checked how the program is rated by independent antivirus testing labs such as AV-Comparatives.[4] Webroot SecureAnywhere has participated in the latest Mac test conducted by the testing lab and has demonstrated the worst results. It detected 99.0% os Mac Malware (310 Mac malware samples) and only 45% of prevalent Windows malware samples.

Additional features

Webroot SecureAnywhere AntiVirus for Mac provides a decent set of features.

  • Identity Theft Protection protects user data, such as usernames, account number and other information against keyloggers, spyware, and other online threats.
  • Real-time Anti-phishing protects users while browsing, shopping and baking online.
  • Lightning fast scans ensure quick and smooth scanning experience.
  • Cloud-based updates ensure that the internet security is always up to date. 
  • Webcam Protection secures against threats like Trojan malware hijacking your webcam.
  • It also includes an anti-ransomware system, firewall, and network connection monitor that provides users with the best protection possible.

As you can see Webroot SecureAnywhere AntiVirus provides useful and decent security and privacy feature set.

Webroot Antivirus for Mac scanning

System-performance impact

Webroot SecureAnywhere Antivirus package takes up only 15MB of your system. The program is very lightweight and does not cause any interruptions or lags. According to our test, Webroot only had a system-performance impact of 5%, which is one of the lowest results we got. 

Scanning performance

As we tested the software for Windows, it took only 20 seconds to perform a full system scan. When it comes to Macs, the full scan took for us about 25 minutes and a quick scan took only a minute. In comparison to other security products for Mac, Webroot SecureAnywhere Antivirus offers one of the fastest scanning performance on the market due to its' cloud.

Webroot maintains a small endpoint agent that installs fast, scans fast, and benefits from a more robust threat library than our competitors.

Being fully cloud-based allows Webroot to complete scans faster than our competitors. Because we've moved the heavy-lifting off your device, computing power remains free to be used how you want to use it.

Customer support

Webroot provides users with helpful customer support and an informative support webpage. The Webroot SecureAnywhere support team can be contacted via phone or email. The company also provides users with an informative support webpage at https://www.webroot.com/us/en/support/support-home. Users can submit a support ticket via the support page, search for answers themselves at FAQs section or join the Webroot Community.

Webroot ANtivirus for Mac scan window

User interface

The interface is very simple. It does not include too much information or any other complex features. The interface is dark with white type. All the features are easily accessible, the scan can be performed within a single click.

Feature Score
Antivirus protection Poor malware detection
Additional features Decent set of security & privacy features
System-performance impact Minimal
Scanning performance Quick scans without a negative impact on a system
User interface Simple and easy to use


The final verdict

Webroot SecureAnywhere AntiVirus for Mac offers a decent set of security and privacy features without any negative impact on a system. It also provides users with one of the quickest scanning performance in the market and has very intuitive and convenient interface. However, the application demonstrates low detection rates in the conducted tests. 

About the author

Jake Doevan
Jake Doevan - Computer security guru

Jake Doe is a security expert and news editor of Reviewedbypro.com. His major is Communication and Journalism, which he obtained from the Washington and Jefferson College.

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