Webroot Software has released Vista–compatible versions of its Internet security solutions to coincide with the public release of the Windows Vista operating system for consumers. Users of Webroot Spy Sweeper, Spy Sweeper with AntiVirus and Child Safe will be offered free upgrades to the Vista–compatible versions of their software.

"Windows Vista offers users a new kind of online experience with a variety of exciting new features, services and capabilities. To ensure that this new online experience is not marred by destructive spyware and virus attacks, users need to install the most effective malware protection available," says Mike Irwin, COO at Webroot Software.

"By offering Vista–supported versions of our award–winning Internet security software, users can rest assured that their new operating systems are protected by the most advanced technologies."

To further prepare its users for the launch of Vista, Webroot’s Threat Research team has been conducting exhaustive research and testing to better educate users on the potentially ineffective blocking capabilities in Windows Defender, the default anti–spyware component of Microsoft’s Windows Vista operating system. Through this research, Webroot’s Threat Research team discovered that Windows Defender failed to block 84% of a testing sample–set that included 15 of the most common variations of existing spyware and malware.

"Cyber criminals are constantly developing new technologies to attack users and unfortunately, the introduction of major new technologies only further entices them," adds Irwin. "To ensure their systems are always protected against the most current threats, users must deploy the most technologically advanced malware protection and not settle for less effective alternatives."

Developed specifically for consumers seeking an effective, yet easy–to–use program to protect their PCs from the two most damaging types of Internet threats, Spy Sweeper with AntiVirus integrates best–of–breed anti–virus technology from Sophos into Webroot’s award–winning line of Spy Sweeper anti–spyware products.

Product features include:

* A single, easy–to–use interface that is simple to install and provides clear and concise instructions
* Automatic spyware and virus definition updates delivered on a daily basis
* Combined sweep and quarantine options
* Optimal system performance by utilising the smallest memory footprint possible
* Free premier support service that includes a 24/7/365 trouble ticket system and toll–free telephone access to a knowledgeable staff
* Phileas V – the next generation of Webroot’s automated spyware research system designed to proactively seek out the most malicious types of spyware and malware
* Superior Parental Controls.

Built on Webroot’s best of breed philosophy, Webroot Child Safe is designed specifically for parents looking for an easy–to–use and highly effective solution to managing their children’s online activities. Child Safe gives parents more control over their child’s online safety by enabling them to customise user profiles, deploy advanced safety measures, set specific schedules and time limits for each program, and constantly stay informed of their child’s online activities through detailed monitoring reports.