Spy Sweeper Anti-spyware Wins Fourth PC Magazine Editors Choice Award | Awards

"Webroot's Spy Sweeper 4.5 is the most powerful antispyware tool we've seen yet." - PC Magazine, October 31, 2005

BOULDER, CO - November 7, 2005

Webroot Spy Sweeper, the industry's leading anti-spyware protection software created and distributed by Webroot Software Inc., has been awarded the PC Magazine Editors' Choice Award in the anti-spyware software category for its recent v4.5 release. This award marks the fourth time Webroot Spy Sweeper has been named an Editors' Choice by PC Magazine and follows on the heels of Webroot Spy Sweeper being named a Best Buy selection in the anti-spyware category by PC World Magazine.

"Webroot's Spy Sweeper 4.5 is the most powerful antispyware tool we've seen yet," said PC Magazine Reviewer Neil Rubenking in the October 31, 2005 review of Spy Sweeper v4.5. "Its Comprehensive Removal Technology attempts to remove spyware completely in a single pass, and its behavior-based Active Shields prevent the installation of new threats on the cleaned system. Fancy names aside, our testing shows that the utility really works."

Spy Sweeper 4.5 combines the use of Comprehensive Removal Technology (CRT), the most advanced spyware removal technology in the industry, with the superior blocking power of behavior-based Smart Shields. CRT uses adaptive recognition processes and proactive spyware research to completely eradicate the most debilitating types of spyware from a PC in a single sweep and restore the machine to a stable, pre-infection state. CRT effectively removes some of the most persistent and powerful spyware programs today, including Commonname, LOP, SurfSidekick, VX2/Abetterinternet/Aurora, Elite Keylogger and other sophisticated forms of spyware which use rootkit technology to bury themselves deeply within users' PCs.

The powerful removal capabilities of CRT is complimented by the addition of four new Smart Shields including the ActiveX Shield, which thwarts drive-by downloads that use ActiveX components to disguise their installation, and the Spy Communication Shield, which prevents further spyware infection by blocking incoming and outgoing communication to web sites known to host potential spyware threats and disables spyware programs' ability to re-install during removal.

"We are thrilled to have Spy Sweeper recognized as the best anti-spyware solution once again by the distinguished editors of PC Magazine," said David Moll, CEO of Webroot. "The spyware arena has changed significantly since we first debuted Spy Sweeper in 2003. Spyware purveyors are constantly developing new insidious spyware threats and finding new means of distributing them to consumers and enterprises. Webroot continues to stay a step ahead of these criminals by protecting our customers with the most advanced research and anti-spyware technologies in the market. With the release of Spy Sweeper v4.5, Webroot is once again setting the standard for all anti-spyware solutions."

The PC Magazine Editors' Choice Award is given out in every issue to the product(s) and/or service(s) that stand out from others in their category.


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