Although I was unfortunate enough to get hit recently with the “Homeland Security” computer virus that completely locked my home laptop, it may have turned out to be a blessing in disguise. In case you are not familiar with this virus, it displays a window on your computer in which it purports to be from the Homeland Security Department and demands that you pay a “fine” of $300 to get your computer unlocked. It says that you have committed some kind of federal cybercrime and that you need to go to a local retailer and pay cash (of course) for a MoneyPack code and then enter that code on the screen. In actuality, the people behind this have no connection to the U.S. government and are just cybercriminals themselves who would make off with your $300 if you entered the MoneyPack code (and may or may not unlock your computer).
Anyway, when I finally figured out that I could not remove this virus myself (despite my best efforts), I took my laptop to the Geek Squad at my local Best Buy store. They kept my computer for four days, but when I got it back, I was completely delighted with the results. First of all, I had not lost one jot or tittle from any of my files. They were completely intact. Second, the virus had been completely removed, along with all other possible threats. Third, my computer was running faster and smoother than ever. Fourth, my old Norton antivirus software, which allowed this infection to occur in the first place, had been disabled and replaced with Webroot SecureAnywhere Antivirus, one that I had not heard of before. But it didn’t take me long to become a big fan of Webroot. I can’t imagine needing another antivirus program again. Here are the reasons why I love Webroot so much:
1) It is relatively inexpensive. I got my copy free as a part of my paid subscription to Geek Squad’s service, but I could have bought it separately for a regular price of about 40 bucks, although it can often be purchased online or at major retailers for $10 off the regular price.
2) It protects you from every possible kind of virus, spyware, and malware. If you happen to get infected, one of Webroot’s representatives will help you remove it, at no extra charge.
3) It is cloud-based, so it does all of its scans and everything automatically, without the requirement for any intervention by me. I don’t have to remember to schedule or do anything. You just install it and forget it.
4) It does everything in the background, transparent to the user. You never see any pop-ups or notifications. You would never know that it is running.
5) It is a tiny program that uses minimal system resources. It’s not a memory hog like some anti-virus programs. It will not slow your computer down in any way, shape, or form.
By the way, I’m not getting paid a penny by anyone for this review. I did because I’m just so impressed with Webroot. My only regret is that I did not discover it earlier.