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Kudos0

Compatibililty Webroot PCanywhere & Norton?

For reasons not pertinent at this point, I'm considering the purchase of the referenced to run in conjunction with my existing Norton software. A feature/selling point from Webroot is that the software is designed to be compatible with all major antivirus programs (which the exception of McAfee).

I wish to confirm with the forum that that claim has or has not been proven to be the case (assuming there are Norton users here who have tried Webroot).

Thanks,

Mark

Labels: Windows 10

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Kudos0

Re: Compatibililty Webroot PCanywhere & Norton?

FWIW ~ I've trialed Webroot SecureAnywhere Antivirus with Norton Security.

Kudos2 Stats

Re: Compatibililty Webroot PCanywhere & Norton?

I've seen it marketed and sold with another antivirus (quite a few years ago), with disastrous results when upgrade time came around for both products. What works now may not work later after any update to either product. It's also hard to test that both are working properly when to comes time for them to act (as opposed when they are passively scanning and finding/removing nothing).

So it might work great and keep working great until it doesn't -- which could happen at any time. Symptoms range from imperceptible to computer slowness (beyond the sum of both products), to missed/failed detections/removals, lockups, one products removing part of the other, and boot failures (usually correctable if you know what's going on).

I wouldn't risk it myself unless I knew both companies were in bi-directional cooperation to maintain compatibility, which I don't find likely for competitors.

Kudos0

Re: Compatibililty Webroot PCanywhere & Norton?

I agree with password_password.  You may end up with less protection if there are any conflicts at all, especially if they both attempt to act on the same malicious file at the same time.  You are also wasting system resources duplicating essentially the same protection twice.

Kudos0

Re: Compatibililty Webroot PCanywhere & Norton?

<<<<<I've seen it marketed and sold with another antivirus (quite a few years ago), with disastrous results when upgrade time came around for both products>>>>

Are your comments that follow your initial caveat based upon that old(er) version?

Mark

Kudos0

Re: Compatibililty Webroot PCanywhere & Norton?

>>>>>>You are also wasting system resources duplicating essentially the same protection twice.>>>>>

Ah, and that's a point of my interest. Apparently the recent iterations of Webroot do not go at the process of virus/malware/spyware in the 'traditional' manner. The footprint is hugely smaller and the process is supposed to be far quicker (PC Mag review)

Apart from compatibility, I'm trying to get a better understanding of how their approach differs from the traditional approach.

Interestingly, one of the abilities of Webroot is to unlock your machine if subjected to ransomware. I'm not overly concerned about ransomware since I do daily images, I do find the claim intriguing.

FWIW, There's one fellow on the Malwarebytes forum that has run MB and Webroot for the past year with no ill effect.

I've been with Norton since DOS when there was a Peter Norton. I'm not leaving Norton. If there really is a compatible, different protection methodology, I'm interested.

I've also been disappointed over time with Norton's backup (which I stopped using a couple of years ago and trying it again on and off) and the iOS app. 'If' Webroot can address one or both more satisfactorily to me, that's another plus.

Mark

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Kudos0

Re: Compatibililty Webroot PCanywhere & Norton?

You may discuss "compatibility" ... perhaps here &or perhaps here &or perhaps here.

Kudos0

Re: Compatibililty Webroot PCanywhere & Norton?

markg2:

I've seen it marketed and sold with another antivirus (quite a few years ago), with disastrous results when upgrade time came around for both products

Are your comments that follow your initial caveat based upon that old(er) version?

Mark

Only to a limited extent, most of what I posted was generic. In other words: don't do it.

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