Webroot Antivirus Spyware Vs. McAfee

by Mike Goracke
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No matter how reputable an antivirus brand is, the effectiveness of security software programs can change from year to year. Consider technical support options, the ability to repair infections, the ability to prevent infections, as well as price before making an antivirus selection. McAfee and Webroot both provide an antivirus software subscription for their 2013 antivirus programs.


McAfee and Webroot both provide their antivirus customers with several channels of technical support. Both companies give their customers access to online resources, including FAQs and knowledge bases. They also offer email and phone technical support. In addition to comprehensive support, McAfee also offers live online chat capabilities, as well as a "McAfee Virtual Technician." The virtual technician is actually a simple program that can diagnose problems on your computer and help walk you through possible fixes. Webroot incorporates some interesting support options for customers as well, including the ability to tweet questions or problems. Webroot's website also offers many different videos that walk customers through the installation process and other common setup and configuration tasks.


According to TopTenReviews.com, the average antivirus software is able to repair approximately 74 percent of the malware infections that invade a computer. Webroot SecureAnywhere Antivirus 2013 was successful in scoring an 83 percent in this category, well above average; however, [McAfee Antivirus](https://itstillworks.com/mcafee-antivirus-6617006.html) Plus 2013 recorded 42 percent in this category.


Active antivirus protection helps to ensure your system does not become infected. Virus definition databases and program updates help to keep your antivirus software as up-to-date as possible to keep your system protected from the latest threats. According to TopTenReviews.com, the average antivirus software is able to protect your computer from approximately 81 percent of malware infections that attempt to infect a computer. While McAfee Antivirus Plus 2013 scored 58 percent in this category, Webroot SecureAnywhere Antivirus 2013 was 83 percent effective in protecting the test computer system.


McAfee AntiVirus Plus 2013 and Webroot SecureAnywhere Antivirus 2013 products are available online and in retail computer software stores. As of early 2013, McAfee AntiVirus Plus 2013 sells online for approximately $25 and Webroot SecureAnywhere Antivirus 2013 sells online for roughly $20. TopTenReviews.com ranks Webroot SecureAnywhere Antivirus No. 13 on its 2013 list of best antivirus software, while McAfee AntiVirus Plus 2013 ranks No. 16. Not only can you save roughly $5 by purchasing Webroot SecureAnywhere, but you will also receive more advanced protection and repair functionality over McAfee Antivirus.


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About the Author

Mike Goracke has been writing professionally since 2006. He holds a Bachelor of Science in technical communication, with a minor in computer technology. Goracke worked in the information technology field for nine years and has more than five years of technical writing experience for multiple software companies.

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