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Webroot Releases Next Generation of Award-Winning Anti-Spyware Solution for Customers

Spy Sweeper 4.0 Protects Users From the Most Malicious Types of Spyware With Real-time Smart Shields and the Industry's Most Advanced Spyware Research System

Boulder, CO – June 6, 2005

Webroot Software, Inc., the leading provider of anti-spyware software and other security technologies for consumer and enterprise markets, today launched Spy Sweeper 4.0, the next generation of its award-winning consumer anti-spyware software designed specifically to proactively protect users from the most malicious types of spyware.

Powered by Smart Shields, the industry's most advanced real-time blocking technology, and Phileas - Webroot's automated spyware research system designed specifically to root out and identify spyware anywhere on the web - Spy Sweeper 4.0 is the only anti-spyware solution with the capabilities to detect and remove the most insidious spyware threats, including CoolWebSearch (CWS), Look2Me, Elitebar and Istbar. Webroot also boasts a zero false-positive spyware detection rate.

A three-time recipient of PC Magazine's Editors' Choice Award, Webroot Spy Sweeper has accrued an installed base of more than 10 million users since the product's debut in 2002. Understanding the ever changing and increasingly destructive nature of spyware, Webroot developed Spy Sweeper 4.0 to ensure customers are protected with the latest, most technologically advanced methods available.

"Our research indicates nine out of 10 consumer computers are plagued with some form of spyware or adware. More disturbing, spyware programs are growing inherently more complex, meaning consumers need an anti-spyware solution that continues to stay a step ahead of the problem," said David Moll, CEO of Webroot Software. "Since we introduced Spy Sweeper three years ago, Webroot has leveraged the most extensive R&D resources to better understand the spyware problem and combat it more effectively than anyone else in the industry. Combining these efforts with a dedicated in-house Threat Research Team, Phileas and 24/7/365 technical support, Spy Sweeper remains the best anti-spyware program for proactively protecting online users."

Spy Sweeper 4.0 boasts a variety of upgrades to its already superior feature set, including an advanced scanning engine which provides users with full-system sweeps up to four times faster than the previous version. Spy Sweeper 4.0 also features an ADS (Alternative Data Stream) shield, which prevents spyware programs from hiding from detection. Other enhancements include automatic definition updates for user convenience and improved scheduling to provide even greater flexibility for scanning.

Additionally, Spy Sweeper is backed by free premier support service that includes a 24/7/365 trouble ticket system, and toll-free telephone access to a knowledgeable staff. Webroot has also received great acclaim for its corporate anti-spyware counterpart, Webroot Spy Sweeper Enterprise, which enables administrators to centrally manage security threats across enterprises of any size and protects more than 1.75 million enterprise computers around the globe.

Earlier this month, Webroot released the anti-spyware industry's first comprehensive report on spyware, The State of Spyware Report, an in-depth review and analysis of the impact of spyware, adware and unwanted software on consumers and enterprises.

Pricing and Availability

Spy Sweeper 4.0 supports the following operating systems: Windows 98 SE, 2000, Me and XP. A subscription is $29.95 for one year, or $39.95 for two years. Customers with an existing subscription are entitled to Spy Sweeper 4.0 at no additional cost. Spy Sweeper is available at major retail outlets and through the company's Web site at

©2015 Webroot Inc. All rights reserved. Webroot, SecureAnywhere, and Webroot SecureAnywhere are trademarks or registered trademarks of Webroot Inc. in the United States and other countries.


Webroot® is the market leader in cloud-based, real-time internet threat detection for consumers, businesses and enterprises. We have revolutionized internet security to protect all the ways users connect online. Webroot delivers real-time advanced internet threat protection to customers through its BrightCloud® security intelligence platform, and its SecureAnywhere™ suite of cloud-based security products for endpoints, mobile devices and corporate networks. Over 7 million consumers, 1.5 million business users and 1.3 million mobile users are protected by Webroot. Market-leading security companies, including Cisco, F5 Networks, GateProtect, HP, Microsoft, Palo Alto Networks, Proofpoint, RSA and others choose Webroot to provide advanced Internet threat protection for their products and services. Founded in 1997 and headquartered in Colorado, Webroot operates globally across North America, Europe and the Asia Pacific region. For more information on our products and services, visit