Webroot Finds Weaknesses

Webroot threat researchers find Vista anti-spyware component fails to block 84 percent of most common spyware

BOULDER, Colo. -- Webroot Software, Inc., a leading provider of security software for the consumer, enterprise and SME markets, today unveiled evidence of potentially ineffective blocking capabilities in Windows® Defender, slow definition updates, and weak anti-virus capabilities in the default anti-spyware and anti-virus components of Microsoft’s Windows Vista™ operating system and Live OneCare™ suite.

“We applaud Microsoft for the substantive improvements and exciting new features offered in Windows Vista. The various built-in applications, networking enhancements, and improved graphics support make for an impressive product,” said Gerhard Eschelbeck, CTO and SVP of engineering for Webroot Software. “However, we want to make sure that users understand the Vista operating system’s limitations, and caution them that Microsoft’s default malware blocking application and anti-virus programs may not fully protect them. With the continued increase in the ingenuity and tenacity of cyber criminals and malware publishers, it is crucial for users to additionally deploy a proven computer security solution that provides real-time protection against all forms of spyware and viruses.”

Webroot Software Inc.

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