Webroot Acquires Prevx

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

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  1. Kernelwars

    Kernelwars Registered Member

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    hahhaha that indeed the reality pal..indeed:D
     
  2. bellgamin

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    Webroot did quite well -- attained certification in fact -- on THESE recent tests by AV-Test.org -- a reputable/professional test outfit.

    MSE, on the other hand, FAILED to attain certification. Although Avast was certified, they did rather poorly.

    Let the games begin. :argh:
     
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    Agreed, but Webroot is one of the two most heavy security applications according to this. That does not rhyme well with Prevx' slogan "Smallest, Fastest, Lightest and Strongest Endpoint Security", sadly. Hopefully Webroot will adopt Prevx' slogan and be as light as can be! :)
     
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    Your one-liners are absolutely inspiring and a great contribution to this forum.
     
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    Webroot is PC Mags Editor's Choice for Best Stand-Alone AV 2011.

    "The Best Protection

    I torture-tested all of these products, challenging them to clean up 13 malware-infested systems and to block malware from attacking a clean system. Interestingly, the most effective antivirus products in my tests were not those that bulked up with added features. Webroot offered the best protection overall, especially against rootkits and scareware. Ad-Aware, Double Anti-Spy, and Spyware Doctor with AntiVirus 2011 also scored very well in my tests, but Webroot edged them out to become our Editors' Choice for standalone antivirus"

    http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2372369,00.asp

    http://www.pcmag.com/image_popup/0,1871,iid=274356,00.asp

    http://www.pcmag.com/image_popup/0,1871,iid=274357,00.asp
     
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    So crap turned to goodies and presumptions once again proved to be just presumptions - if not the whole flood of critisism against Webbroot can be held under its arms by the rumour that Webbroot is the heaviest AV software on the market. Hope Webbroot-bashing and Webbroot/Prevx-deal-bashing takes a smoother turn now and people finally calm down a bit.

    Best Regards
     
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    Oh Yeah - PCMag

    We all feel reassured now :rolleyes: :rolleyes:
     
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    Not all but some do. At the very least, it's nothing more than a statement/review/opinion/conclusion made by a 3rd-party individual/source. Whether or not you agree/trust the source is secondary in nature. There's no need to be so taken aback when someone links to it or mention it. After all, the primary part is ultimately you decide what goes in into your machine...not someone else. Am I not right?;)

    P.S. Just trying to be optimistic and hopefully succeed in making you feel the same way too. No need to bash me if you think I said something wrongly. I apologize if I did.
     
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    Microsoft Security Essentials was certified if you check the Windows 7 tab. I think that they have made it pretty clear that Windows XP is on the way out. Does this excuse them when it comes to failing to attain certification for Windows XP, absolutely not, but I understand how it probably happened. Microsoft has a lot of irons in the fire, so they are likely shifting engineers away from anything to do with Windows XP. That is just a guess that has no basis in fact though.

    I recently received an email to renew Prevx. I gave the matter a lot of thought, but decided to use Microsoft Security Essentials for real-time protection and the paid versions of Hitman Pro and Malwarebytes for spot checks [I already had these]. I did not enable real-time protection for Malwarebytes and Hitman Pro doesn't run in the background. Prevx used a lot less resources, but I had too many issues with SOL and feel as though Webroot bought Prevx to sell a single hybrid product that incorporates technology from both. Again, this is a guess with no basis in fact, but that is usually what happens when a larger company buys a smaller one. I imagine there are patents and other intellectual property involved, otherwise Webroot would have most likely made lucrative employment offers to key folks from Prevx.
     
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    I love it when people are so understanding with small developers' difficulties. That's the spirit!.
     
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    Two other potential considerations: (1) the “key folks” at Prevx most likely have signed a ‘non-compete’ employment contract prohibiting them from working at a competitor for a period of time; and, (2) Webroot may not be able to tolerate a significant development delay from a competitive marketplace perspective, since building a solution may be slower than buying a solution and ‘bolting’ it onto an existing product.
     
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    Maybe. Also interesting to note is that just a week after the announcement of the takeover of Prevx, Webroot announced the opening of a new cloud security R&D team which will be based in Austria to "focus on developing next generation cloud security technologies". So perhaps not likely that the Prevx team will be expanding in the UK? (or maybe they relocate to Austria?)

    Webroot Opens R&D Center in Upper Austria
    Boulder, CO., November 11, 2010
    http://pr.webroot.com/momentum/corp/webroot-opens-r-and-d-center-in-upper-austria.html
    "Webroot, the first Internet security service company, today announced it has opened a research and development (R&D) Center in Linz, Upper Austria. The team of security software engineers in the region will focus on developing next generation cloud security technologies."
     
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    The Europeans and especially Austria are known for making excellent security applications. This can only be good news.
     
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    Yet another MS apologist with low post count, wot? Hi there & welcome to our mist. ;)
     
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    Is it odd that Webroot makes no mention of Prevx in this press release when discussing its “cloud security product for consumers”? I would have expected the company to highlight the addition of the Prevx technology....
     
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    Why so? They've acquired Prevx and hence it's their technology now. I think Prevx will remain as a standalone solution for the time being and future (as the Prevx-mods have claimed here at Wilders) and Webroot will have Prevx-technology (read: their own technology) inside its security suite. Of course, I am just speculating.
     
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    I just about fell out of my chair laughing when you called me a Microsoft apologist. I am an IT professional and system admin at a plant with ~1,000 employees that operates 24/7. You see I make my paychecks fixing Windows issues, but use Linux [currently Pepermint Ice] for everything else. I recently bought my daughter a MacBook and will phase out the remaining Windows computers that I built several years ago as they fail.

    As for infrequent posting, I generally don't say or post anything unless I feel it is worth doing so. I have been using and building computers since the mid-late 1970's when the TRS-80 was state of the art. I have helped engineers at Microsoft, Motorola and Apple to solve various issues, but have learned a lot from them as well.

    Long story short, you keep track of your post count and I will keep on doing what I do best... Seeyalaterbye
     
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    Hey there, Lyondellic...
    When you're done falling out of your chair laughing, and while you are doing what you do best, don't overlook the fact that bellgamin also welcomed you to the forum. ;)
     
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    Probably because the article says "Webroot introduced its first cloud security product for consumers, Webroot Internet Security Complete, earlier this year", and that was before they acquired Prevx. From what I can see, they've already been using some form of cloud technology in their latest range of products.
     
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    We have seen this kind of thing before with US corporations bereft of innovation buying up small expert companies like Prevx and then taking the code, incorporating it in their own bloated products and discarding the smaller company staff and experts in the aim of "synergies" or "cost savings". There are only one group who really benefits, that's the investors / owners of the target company. I hope this time it is different.

    We had the exact same thing happen with the excellent tool Cyberhawk, a similar technology to Prevx. They were taken over by Aussie PC Tools who then added a bit of bloat and turned it into Threatfire. But it was still pretty good.

    Then earlier this year Symantec took over PC Tools and since then it is obvious that PCT is being bled dry and its technology transferred to the behemoth. The Threatfire team at Colorado were laid off and zilch has happened with Threatfire, it is dying.

    Rumour has it that some Threatfire experts then were employed by Webroot, also Colorado based. Now if the old Cyberhawk / Threatfire experts are now going to collaborate with Prevx experts then the result could be an even more formidable product, or they may just take over and kick Prevx out.

    Corporate games, such fun....not. I would have preferred had they just left Prevx alone. Dream on.
     
  22. volvic

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    Beginning of the end for prevx?
     
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    Very interresting info u got there :thumb:
     
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    I hope that you are right, but in my experience once the bean counters start to stick their fingers in and requesting greater "synergies" (in beancounter language that is cuts) from this deal, then it may be the end for Prevx.
     
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