Webroot Acquires Prevx

Discussion in 'Prevx Releases' started by Scoobs72, Nov 1, 2010.

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  1. Mongol
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    Then again it "may" not. I have had my share of experiences such as BOClean and Ewido both of which went bye-bye. The difference this time from what I have seen is that Webroot is actively helping promote Prevx 3 in stores as a stand alone.
  2. Page42
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    Very good point, Mongol. :)
  3. Pleonasm
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    However, given Webroot’s stated intent to “integrate” Prevx, the standalone status of Prevx may only be temporary.
  4. cavehomme
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    What may possibly save Prevx from being "borged" is that it is already a paid product for its real-time protection, unlike for example Threatfire which is free and hence no incentive, no revenues, to protect it as a standalone product. So if the revenues on prevx are already decent then impacting upon that would be suicidal. Hope I am right.
  5. pegr
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    I think you are right, which is why we will see Prevx 4.0 which is already at an advanced stage of development. Also, Webroot do have a history of releasing their products for sale on an individual basis, and not just the all encompassing suite.

    Whether we will ever see a successor to Prevx 4.0 as a standalone product or whether, over time, Prevx technology will simply be incorporated into Webroot's other product lines remains to be seen though.
  6. cavehomme
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    I just read a PC Mag interview from last May when they interview their new CTO from McAfee (not a good sign! :D ) and the CEO Morris. Quote "Morris is also keen to show off the back-end technology, once it's live". Well I hope they don't because the article suggests that they have something unique and their pride should not get the better of themselves, we don't want the malware writers to have ANY new clues.
  7. shadek
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    To all those who bad-mouth Webroot and it being extremely resource heavy; the Sophos engine Webroot uses just missed the first spot by one (1) point in the latest performance test on AV-Comparatives. The very same engine provides excellent protection as well.
  8. cavehomme
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    Interesting, but I don't use Webroot / Sophos. I personally notice AV slowness as an issue when browsing (not apparently shown in this test?), and launching applications (Sophos gets 10 points rather than the faster 15).

    For the past few weeks I have been using COmodo firewall without AV but D+ HIPS enabled, and with Prevx in realtime, no other AV. Very light on resources overall.
  9. WilliamMary
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    I don't use Webroot either because Av-comparatives test is a little bit overestimating result. why doesn't this test include boot performance test anyway ? Boot performane is really bad for Webroot and I have noticed many other side effect about this strange engine..
    PC Magaine ? give me a break. how many malious sample does they use for this test ? nobody know and no description about this. I cannot believe it, and why does they protect commercial keylogger ? LOL..
  10. shadek
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    Boot time doesn't matter as I usually hit the power button once per day and during bootup get something to drink. Load times of applications and the lightness when doing actions in those applications is what matters most. My point is; Webroot isn't as heavy as most people claim. They use a great engine with top-tier detection and the latest test from AV-C clearly states they're top notch in performance as well. All in all, I think Webroot with Prevx has great potential!
  11. jimwillsher
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    I boot once per month (MS Patch Tuesday) so I completely agree. Realtime performance is more important to me.


    Jim
  12. cavehomme
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    I can only dream of such infrequent boots. There is no way my Win 7 installation on a laptop which goes on standby, hibernate, ethernet then wifi then ethernet again can go more than a few days. Indeed I found XP SP3 more stable. Off-topic I know, but you raise a sore point!
  13. trjam
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    The difference is about profits. Prevx makes money. So why would you take a money maker just to rewrap it and make it dosappear and only hope it makes your new products money makers. I really think Webroot intends to market Prevx, "name may change" as a stand alone. It just doesnt make economical sense othewise.
  14. Pleonasm
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    The difference is about costs and cannibalization. Prevx costs money to market, to maintain, and to service as a separate brand, expenses which would be marginalized if it were integrated into Webroot Internet Security. And, if the incorporation of Prevx technology into Webroot Internet Security increases the sales of that product, then the business case becomes even stronger for absorption.
  15. Tarnak
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    ...by way of the bean counters. ;) ...or The Borg.:D
  16. Mongol
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    The name Prevx is so widely recognized and rather unique I doubt even that will change.
  17. Triple Helix
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    It might have something like this:

    Webroot - Prevx 4.0 :D

    TH
  18. Pleonasm
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    Within the small security intelligentsia community, yes: Prevx appears to be a well-known brand. However, among the large general user population, I am dubious that the recognition of the brand is high. For example, by using Google Trends, you can explore how infrequently “Prevx” appears relative to the name of the brands of other major anti-malware products.
  19. Mongol
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    OH-NO not that! I can see another 10 to 15 page thread coming:eek: o_O :)
  20. Bambo
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    How do you know Prevx make money? That is just about all that matters so would be nice if someone has insight and like to throw out numbers in public. If they make tons of money then may be Webroot will consider keeping their new little gold mine untainted. If so so/meh/could be better/oh no, we need to work for this good bye to Prevx box :)
  21. Triple Helix
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    Triple Helix Webroot Product Advisor

    http://blog.webroot.com/2010/12/13/the-big-picture-for-2011-security-trends/

    TH
    Last edited: Dec 19, 2010
  22. TonyW
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    I guess this is something Webroot hope to rectify seeing they have acquired the brand. I was quite surprised to see a boxed Webroot product in a UK electrical store recently so who knows. ;)
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