Internet entrepreneur Steven Thomas launched Webroot Software in 1997. The company produces Internet security programs under the trademark Spy Sweeper. This includes firewalls, anti-spyware and antivirus software. If the computer is already infected with malware, users may experience problems installing software, including Webroot.
Webroot finds and removes spyware, viruses, trojan horses, rootkits, and other computer threats. Webroot users can choose between fast and full scan. They can also set the program to scan automatically. Since the programs are compatible with each other, users can install multiple Webroot software onto their computers.
Those wishing to install Webroot can do so via a compact disc or by clicking on the download link located in the activation email. Users need a key code to complete the activation, which is available on the compact disc or in the activation email.
Some spyware programs, such as scareware and trojan horses, will block the installation of computer security programs, such as Webroot. Downloading Webroot in Windows Safe Mode will thwart such obstructions. Computer owners also need Internet access to complete the Webroot installation, so securing a working Internet connection is an important part of the installation process.