Webroot SecureAnywhere Mobile Security & Antivirus for Android review, manual and guides

by Lucia Danes - -

Webroot Mobile Security & Antivirus for Android[1] is developed by Webroot Inc.

The company was founded in 1997 and is headquartered in Boulder, Colorado, USA. Webroot successfully operates the digital security industry and develops security products for both home and business users.[2]

Webroot Mobile Security SecureAnywhere Review

The company’s home products vary from security package for a single PC or Mac, mobile security applications for Android, security suites, network and data privacy software.

When it comes to Android devices, Webroot offers users a range of security applications, including browsing protection Webroot SecureWeb, complete protection Webroot Mobile Security & Antivirus and Business Security for Android devices.[3]

It offers various packages for multiple devices. Webroot SecureAnywhere Internet Security Plus covers up to 5 PCs, Macs, Android, and iOS tablets or smartphones. You can read more about the package here.

Webroot Mobile Security & Antivirus provides users with antivirus, internet security, and identity protection, all in a single app.

Webroot SecureAnywhere Mobile Free keeps you secure when browsing, shopping, and banking on your Android™ device.

The security application has been installed more than a million times and has a rating of 4.2 stars out of 5. It requires Android 4.4 or later, and with at least 10 MB of free storage space.
*3G/4G data connection required for some features.

The company follows the freemium model and offers a free feature-limited security application and a premium version.

Webroot Mobile Antivirus Scans

Test results

We tested Webroot SecureAnywhere Mobile Security & Antivirus for about two weeks on our test device Samsung Galaxy S8 G950F 64GB. The download and installation of the application did not take longer than any other application. It requires you to perform a full scan at installation.

Antivirus protection

Webroot SecureAnywhere antivirus works based on metadata and behavior patterns, which allows the program to detect and eliminate the latest malware before they even infect the device. Once the app was installed it requires to perform a full scan.

As we tested the application, we had some malicious apps and malware samples installed on our test device and the app missed about 10% of malicious files.

The independent testing lab AV-TEST has tested the application back in 2016. The app had even lower than average antimalware rates as it managed to detect 95.4% of the latest Android malware and 96.1% of the latest widespread Android malware. The industry average at the time was 98.8% and 99.3% respectively.[4]

However, Webroot SecureAnywhere for Android did not participate in the most recent tests.

When it comes to browsing protection, Webroot delivers the same kind of protection against malicious URLs and phishing sites to Android devices and Windows PCs. It also offers a separate application that provides users a feature-rich and secure web browser Webroot SecureWeb Browser.

Additional features

As it was mentioned before Webroot Mobile Security & Antivirus follows the freemium model and offers users with the free features including:

  • Antivirus and anti-malware scans for malware and viruses.
  • Real-time Anti-phishing blocks phishing attempts and fake websites.
  • Web Security warns about infected websites.
  • Call and SMS blocker allows users to block unwanted calls and text messages.
  • Social Network Protection that protects users while using Facebook and Twitter.

The premium version also comes with Webroot Internet Security packages for multiple devices and include the secure web browsing, antivirus, anti-theft, and privacy features:

  • Device Wipe allows users to remotely erase sensitive data from the missing device.
  • SIM Card Lock automatically locks the device when the SIM card is removed.
  • Network Monitor provides details about applications that are accessing the network.
  • Battery Monitor provides details of battery status and power usage by apps.
  • App Inspector scans all apps.

The application lacks some features, such as parental controls, backup, or encryption, but covers the essentials.

Webroot Mobile Security Call Blocking

System-performance impact

When it comes to the system performance impact, we did not notice any interruption or lags while using the app.

Android antivirus automatically protects, scans, and checks all applications and updates for threats without interruptions. Its footprint is light on memory and battery usage, meaning it won't affect performance.

In addition, according to AV-TEST, Webroot SecureAnywhere Mobile Security & Antivirus for Android does not impact the battery life, does not slow down the device during normal usage and does not generate too much traffic.

Scanning performance

Webroot SecureAnywhere antivirus component requested a full scan at installation and automatically runs a full scan every week. It is also very important that the app automatically scans newly installed and updated apps, downloaded files and launched apps. So you can set up the application and forget it. Users also can manually request a full scan at any time.

The scans are quick and do not slow down the device.

Customer support

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 Mobile Security Antimalware

User interface

The interface is simple and easy to understand. The interface is dark grey with white type. The menu bar is simple and easy to use as most of the features can be easily accessed within a couple clicks.

Feature Score
Antivirus protection Good
Additional features Cover the security & privacy essentials
System-performance impact Low
Scanning performance Quick scans without a negative impact on a system
User interface Simple

The final verdict

Webroot SecureAnywhere Mobile Security & Antivirus is a lightweight application that provides users with reliable security and privacy features without a negative impact on a system. The app is simple and easy to use, it also offers helpful customer support. However, the antivirus rates are quite inconsistent.

About the author

Lucia Danes
Lucia Danes - Malware and spyware analyst

Lucia Danes is a news editor at Reviewedbypro.com. She is extremely passionate when it comes to helping people deal with various online threats, so she wants her articles to be understood even by those with no IT background.

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