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Chertsey, UK, 30 January 2007 – Webroot Software, Inc., a leading provider of security software for the consumer, enterprise and SME markets, today releases a Vista-compatible version of its award-winning Internet security solutions to coincide with the public release of the Windows VistaTM Operating System for consumers. Users of Webroot Spy Sweeper® will be offered free upgrades to the Vista-compatible versions of their software.

“Windows Vista offers users a new kind of online experience with a variety of exciting new features, services and capabilities. To ensure that this new online experience is not marred by destructive spyware and virus attacks, users need to install the most effective malware protection available,” says Mike Irwin, COO for Webroot Software. “By offering Vista-supported versions of our award-winning Internet security software, users can rest assured that their new operating systems are protected by the most advanced technologies.”

To further prepare its users for the launch of Vista, Webroot’s Threat Research team has been conducting exhaustive research and testing to better educate users on the potentially ineffective blocking capabilities in Windows® Defender, the default anti-spyware component of Microsoft’s Windows Vista™ operating system. Through this research, Webroot’s Threat Research team discovered that Windows® Defender failed to block 84 percent of a testing sample-set that included 15 of the most common variations of existing spyware and malware.

“Cyber criminals are constantly developing new technologies to attack users and unfortunately, the introduction of major new technologies only further entices them,” adds Irwin. “To ensure their systems are always protected against the most current threats, users must deploy the most technologically advanced malware protection and not settle for less effective alternatives.”

Superior Protection Against Malware

Developed specifically for consumers seeking an effective, yet easy-to-use program to protect their PCs from the two most damaging types of Internet threats, Spy Sweeper with AntiVirus integrates best-of-breed anti-virus technology from Sophos® into Webroot’s award-winning line of Spy Sweeper anti-spyware products. Product features include:

· A single, easy-to-use interface that is simple to install and provides clear and concise instructions

· Automatic spyware and virus definition updates delivered on a daily basis

· Combined sweep and quarantine options

· Optimal system performance by utilising the smallest memory footprint possible

· Free premier support service that includes a 24/7/365 trouble ticket system and local rate telephone access to knowledgeable staff

· PhileasTM V – the next generation of Webroot’s automated spyware research system designed to seek out the most malicious types of spyware and malware proactively.

A six-time recipient of PC Magazine’s Editors’ Choice Award and a multiple winner of PC World’s Best Buy and Best of the Year Awards, Webroot has accrued an installed base of almost ten million users worldwide. Webroot has launched a comprehensive online resource center – - to provide users with answers to common Vista-related compatibility and security questions, along with detailed information and recommendations on how to best protect their PCs from harmful malware attacks.


Paula Averley
Tel: 0208 224 9933
Mob: 07766 257776

Jane Lee
Tel: 01273 470199


Webroot Software, Inc. is the creator and publisher of the award-winning Spy SweeperTM line of anti-Spyware products for consumers, small businesses and enterprises worldwide. Based in Boulder, Colo., and with offices in Chertsey, UK, the company is privately held and backed by some of the industry's leading venture capital firms, including Technology Crossover Ventures, Accel Partners and Mayfield. Webroot's software consistently receives top ratings and recommendations by respected third-party media and product reviews, and has been adopted by millions globally. Spy Sweeper software and other Webroot products can be found online at and on the shelves of leading retailers throughout the United States, Europe and Japan. Webroot products are also available as either branded solutions or on an OEM basis. To find out more about Webroot, visit or call 0870 3516 788.

©2003-2007, Webroot Software, Inc. All rights reserved. Webroot and Spy Sweeper are registered trademarks or trademarks of Webroot Software, Inc. All other trademarks are properties of their respective owners.

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