Updated October 17th, 2014 – Webroot has just released their new 2015 versions. You can pick up a copy or renew your license directly at webroot.com. We’re also tracking the latest Webroot coupon codes and discounts so be sure to see how you can save on SecureAnywhere Internet Security Complete 2015, Internet Security 2015, and Antivirus 2015.
It’s that time of the year again where we’re starting to closer to the major annual releases coming from the top antivirus and internet security companies. When it comes to Webroot, they release their new versions in either late September or early October each year. That’s in a similar timeframe as Norton, McAfee, Kaspersky, and many of the other known brands. For those looking to test out the beta version, expect the download to be available starting in August. Once it’s available, you will be able to learn more and get it from the beta page at webroot.com/beta.
Here’s a quick look at the last five releases from Webroot:
- Webroot 2014 – This is the current version. It was released on September 29th, 2013.
- Webroot 2013 – October 15th, 2012
- Webroot 2012 – September, 2011.
- Webroot 2011 – October, 2010.
- Webroot 2010 – October 2009.
What improvements would we like to see in the 2015 versions?
We review a ton of antivirus and internet security programs here on Software Voucher but none seem to rate as high as Webroot (take a look for yourself at the nearly all-5-star customer reviews on Amazon). Especially when it domes down to everyday functionality, Webroot’s cloud based real-time updates and background scans are virtually unnoticeable (and that’s the way it should be, unlike some of the other competing products out there in the marketplace that seem bog down your system with every scan). But of course no software program is perfect and there is still some room for improvements. Here is what we hope to see changed in the next release:
- Auto-renewal not set to default – It seems to be a trend with all of these antivirus software companies and we understand the need to keep customers on your product, but don’t make auto-renewal (aka “Uninterrupted Protection”) defaulted for every user. This should be an option selected at installation for whoever wants it turned on. What’s even worse is that it’s almost impossible to find how to turn it off within the software as it’s buried deep within the menu options. And of course for those that forget to turn it off, you’re renewing for double the price that you’ll find it on sale for. The only good news is that if you forget to turn it off and your credit card is charged, you can request for a full refund if you do so with 70 days of your purchase (see Webroot’s refund policy).
- Better compatibility with Mac’s – If you have a Mac then we recommend that you take a close look at all of the computer protection software choices that you have before choosing Webroot. Even though it’s “compatible” with Mac’s, some users have reported issues with the 2014 version (specifically with freezing and slowdown with the SecureAnywhere Internet Security Complete version).
- Nicer color scheme – Not really a big deal but it’s worth noting that the new color scheme in the 2014 version, with all the different mismatched shades of green, simply look ugly.
What’s on your wish list?
What changes or improvements would you like to see in the Webroot 2015? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.