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Incorporation of Comprehensive Removal Technology (CRT) Bolsters Launch of Spy Sweeper Enterprise 2.5

BOULDER, Colo., August 22, 2005 – Webroot Software, Inc., the leading provider of anti-spyware software and other security technologies for consumer and enterprise markets, today launched the next generation of its enterprise-class, centrally managed anti-spyware solution. Spy Sweeper Enterprise 2.5, which is designed specifically to protect businesses of all sizes from the most malicious types of spyware, is the first corporate anti-spyware solution to protect enterprises with the use of Webroot’s Comprehensive Removal Technology (CRT), the most advanced spyware removal technology in the industry.

CRT uses adaptive recognition practices to remove processes, applications or files that may have changed during the remediation process or may not have been previously detected. The unique technology completely disables spyware programs detected on a system PC, rendering them ineffective. Using CRT, Spy Sweeper Enterprise 2.5 assures system stability during and after the spyware removal process. Additionally, CRT generates an extremely low false positive rate – approximately 1:1,000,000 – a critical element for enterprises who cannot risk the possibility of removing essential system operations applications or data.

“During the past six months, in institutions across the globe, we have witnessed the damage that a single piece of malicious spyware can inflict on a corporation,” said David Moll, CEO of Webroot Software. “The ability of an anti-spyware solution to block, detect and fully remove each piece of spyware has become essential for securing an enterprise’s property and welfare. By adding CRT to our anti-spyware arsenal, Spy Sweeper Enterprise 2.5 becomes the only corporate anti-spyware solution to effectively detect and remove the most malicious pieces of spyware.”

In addition to CRT, Spy Sweeper Enterprise 2.5 showcases an enhanced, core engine that further improves the solution’s unparalleled remediation of the most damaging types of spyware, including system monitors, keyloggers, trojans and remote threads in core processes and rootkits. Powered by Phileas, the security industry’s first automated spyware research system to actively pursue and identify spyware, this new engine protects customers from over 100,000 unique traces of spyware by automatically updating spyware definitions at least twice a week. Spy Sweeper Enterprise 2.5 also offers disk sweeps that are now five to 10 times faster than the previous version, while at the same time requiring lower CPU utilization, as well as a safe mode option.

Client administrators can now control their Spy Sweeper Enterprise deployment anywhere an Internet connection is available by using the product’s new Web-based administration feature. This new feature uses a rich user interface with drag-and-drop functionality, allows multiple users to be simultaneously logged into the console, and does not require an additional Web server.

Other new features and enhancements in Spy Sweeper Enterprise 2.5 include: powerful new graphical and text reporting capabilities; new Smart Shields including an ADS (Alternative Data Stream) shield, which prevents spyware programs from hiding from detection; and a mobile client update enhancement that automatically checks for definition updates whenever a client PC is off the corporate network.

Since its introduction in June 2004, Spy Sweeper Enterprise has sold two million licenses and is deployed across more than 6,500 businesses and institutions. For enterprises still evaluating the spyware threat and the solutions available to them, Webroot provides two free tools to ease the process. The Webroot Corporate Spy Audit tool enables corporations to assess the risk level their organizations face from spyware infections. Additionally, the company offers a free 30-day trial of Spy Sweeper Enterprise to allow organizations to test a proven corporate anti-spyware solution while also protecting their networks from the dangers of spyware. The Corporate Spy Audit tool is located at and the Spy Sweeper Enterprise trial download is currently available at

Webroot Software, Inc., is the worldwide leader in anti-spyware security solutions. A privately held company based in Boulder, Colorado, Webroot creates innovative privacy, performance and protection products and services for millions of customers around the world, ranging from large enterprises to small businesses to home users. The company's award-winning and best-in-breed Spy Sweeper product line is one of the most trusted brands in Internet security, protecting millions of PCs globally from spyware and adware. Webroot solutions are sold, integrated and serviced by a network of hundreds of partners. Webroot currently has 275 employees worldwide and is backed by some of the industry’s leading venture capital firms, including Technology Crossover Ventures, Accel Partners and Mayfield.

In addition to selling its security products online at, Webroot products can be found on the shelves of leading retailers around the world, including: Best Buy, Circuit City, CompUSA, Fry's, MicroCenter, Office Depot, Staples, Target and Wal-Mart. Webroot products are also available as either branded solutions or on an OEM basis. To find out more about Webroot, visit or call 1-800-772-9383.


Jaime Edmund/ Helen Ablett
Grant Butler Coomber
+44 208 322 1922

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