Spy Sweeper Beats Symantec & Trend Micro in Anti Spyware Test | Awards

Spy Sweeper Enterprise is the "Right tool for the Job" - VeriTest, an Independent Testing service of Lionbridge

BOULDER, CO - June 20, 2006

Webroot Software, Inc., the leading provider of anti-spyware software for the enterprise and consumers, today announced the results of a second comprehensive test that compared the effectiveness of competing enterprise-class anti-spyware software. According to the results, Webroot was nearly twice as effective as Symantec and three times as effective as Trend Micro at cleaning all types of spyware. This test for enterprise-class anti-spyware effectiveness was conducted by VeriTest, a testing service of Lionbridge (NASDAQ:LIOX).

Over a two month period, Lionbridge’s VeriTest engineering team tested Webroot Spy Sweeper Enterprise 2.5.1 against Symantec Antivirus Corporate 10.1 and Trend Micro Anti-Spyware Enterprise 3.0. The rigorous testing methodology included a test bed of 150 randomly selected spies, divided into the following categories: adware, system monitor, and Trojans. Each product was judged on its ability to "fully clean" each piece of spyware - a comprehensive term for detecting and removing - from multiple machines. The results of a product’s effectiveness against each of the 150 spies was measured against an extremely sophisticated set of criteria that required each to be met in order to gain a "clean" rating.

The test results show Webroot to be significantly more effective than Symantec and Trend at fully cleaning spyware from multiple machines. Overall, Webroot fully cleaned 92 percent of the entire test bed. Trend Micro cleaned 28 percent and Symantec AV only 51 percent.

"Once again, Veritest’s rigorous testing methodology proves Webroot Spy Sweeper Enterprise provides the best anti-spyware protection against two tough competitors," said Gerhard Eschelbeck, CTO and senior vice president of engineering at Webroot Software. "Veritest has set the bar in anti-spyware testing for all companies to effectively compare and evaluate competitive products."

VeriTest noted in the report, "In this robust test that spanned two months and included 150 spies, with simultaneous installations of adware, system monitors and Trojans, Webroot Spy Sweeper Enterprise significantly outperformed the Symantec and Trend Micro products by accurately identifying and effectively removing more spyware programs used in this test. Effectively removing 92 percent of the spyware in this test demonstrates excellent early detection and cleaning methodology…The aforementioned testing results are evident of a ‘Right tool for the job’ scenario. Webroot has proven to provide the greatest protection against spyware at the time of this testing."

In an earlier round of testing performed by Veritest, Spy Sweeper Enterprise was twice as effective as McAfee and nearly three times as effective as Sunbelt in removing spies in a similar testing environment.

Spy Sweeper Enterprise is designed specifically to proactively protect users from the most malicious types of spyware including trojans, keyloggers, system monitors and other potentially unwanted software programs. The Enterprise version is powered by Smart Shields, the industry’s most advanced real-time blocking technology, and Phileas™ - Webroot’s own automated spyware research system designed specifically to root out and identify spyware anywhere on the web. Spy Sweeper Enterprise was recently awarded best overall anti-malware solution and the best anti-spyware solution by SC Magazine, and the Product Excellence Award in the Customer Trust category from Info Security Products Guide.


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