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Webroot® Spy Sweeper® with AntiVirus 5.5 Offers the Most Complete Protection Against Growing Malware Threats with New and Enhanced Features and VB100 Certification

CRAWLEY, UK, June 20th, 2007 — Webroot Software, Inc., a leading provider of security software for the consumer, enterprise and SME markets, reset the standard for client security today with the launch of the Webroot Spy Sweeper with AntiVirus 5.5 solution, the next generation of its award-winning antispyware and antivirus technology. With new features such as behavioural protection that provides zero day protection capabilities, this new version offers the broadest and most comprehensive coverage to address the multitude of cyber threats.

“Since the debut of the Spy Sweeper technology, Webroot has excelled at providing Internet users with the most advanced protection against online threats,” Mike Irwin, COO, Webroot Software. “Our research shows that online threats are expected to evolve aggressively over the next few years. As a result, individuals will see an increase in cyber crime such as identity theft. With the launch of the Webroot Spy Sweeper with AntiVirus 5.5 solution, we are now offering a new standard for protection to keep Internet users safe.”

According to APACS, the UK Payment Association, the cost of credit and debit card fraud in the UK reached £428 million in 2006, and online banking fraud increased from £23.2m in 2005 to £33.5m in 2006. While identity theft can occur several different ways, as individuals increase the time they spend online shopping, sharing information and storing personal data on their computers, they increase their chances of cyber criminals stealing their identity by not having adequate protection.

To combat this increasing threat, the Webroot Spy Sweeper with AntiVirus 5.5 solution now offers the most complete security capabilities including new shields and behavioural technology to address the accelerating pace of new and existing cyber threats. The solution uses Webroot PhileasTM V, Webroot’s pioneering spyware research system, and the latest behavioural antivirus technology from Sophos to proactively seek out the most malicious types of spyware and viruses. New and enhanced features include:

* Proactive behavioural protection against all threats.

Incorporating Sophos Behavioural Genotype® Technology, the Webroot Spy Sweeper with AntiVirus 5.5 solution provides zero day protection against known and unknown threats before they reach a user’s computer;

* Enhanced real-time threat protection.

The Webroot Spy Sweeper with AntiVirus 5.5 solution monitors system behaviour and proactively blocks potentially-damaging malware in real-time, offering the most advanced threat protection;

* Advanced rootkit protection removes hidden threats in the operating system.

Malicious spyware uses rootkit technology to bury its files deep within a PC. Webroot Spy Sweeper with AntiVirus 5.5 finds and destroys these programs with robust rootkit discovery methods, a feature many other security solutions lack;

* Webroot Spy Sweeper with AntiVirus is Windows® VistaTM compatible.

Webroot Spy Sweeper with AntiVirus 5.5 is now compatible with Windows Vista. While Vista does offer some security enhancements, the default malware blocking application does not adequately protect users. In a competitive analysis, Webroot blocked 100 percent of malware compared to only 16 percent by Windows Vista;

* Email attachment scanning capabilities.

The Webroot Spy Sweeper with AntiVirus 5.5 solution scans inbound and outbound email attachments and automatically quarantines any documents containing harmful malware threats, allowing users to safely send and receive documents via email.

The Webroot Spy Sweeper with AntiVirus 5.5 solution has been certified by Virus Bulletin 100, a leading independent antivirus research company, placing it in the top tier of antivirus protection providers as well as ICSA Labs®, the security industry's central antivirus product testing and certification facility. In addition to its technology accolades, the Webroot Spy Sweeper with Antivirus 5.5 solution is backed by free local support that includes 24/7/365 access to a robust knowledge base toll-free telephone access to a knowledgeable staff, and free product and defense updates for the duration of a subscription.

Pricing and Availability

The Webroot Spy Sweeper with AntiVirus 5.5 solution is available at and through the company’s website at A one-year, single-user subscription is £39.95, and current subscribers will be automatically upgraded to the Webroot Spy Sweeper with AntiVirus 5.5 solution for free. A one-year three-user family pack subscription is £49.95. Standalone versions of Webroot Spy Sweeper software will continue to be offered at £29.95 for a one-year subscription.

About Webroot:

Webroot Software, Inc. provides industry leading security software for consumers, enterprises and small and medium-sized businesses worldwide. Globally recognized for its award-winning Spy Sweeper® line of anti-Spyware products, Webroot recently incorporated anti-virus protection into two new products for consumers and SMEs, respectively: Spy Sweeper® with AntiVirus and Webroot® SME Security. The Boulder, Colorado based company is privately held and backed by some of the industry's leading venture capital firms. With offices in Crawley, UK, Webroot's software consistently receives top review ratings by respected third-party media and has been adopted by millions globally. Available as either branded solutions or on an OEM basis, Webroot products can be found at and on the shelves of leading retailers worldwide. To find out more about Webroot, visit the website or call 0870 3516 788.

©2003-2007, Webroot Software. 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.

For further information, please contact:

Paula Averley
tel: 0208 224 9933
mob: 07766257776

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