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Avast vs Webroot: Complete Antivirus Comparison

Although Avast is one of the most popular antivirus solutions, it doesn’t mean that no one is going to compete with it. While the digital market is growing, more and more talented players show up in the antivirus game. For example, let’s take a look at Webroot, a relatively new company that offers a wide range of security products.

Today, we are going to compare Avast vs Webroot to find out which software is better. 

Avast vs Webroot: key features

When it comes to the main characteristics of both antiviruses, the first thing that comes to mind is that they are completely different.

Webroot is a unique security product as its virus detecting and eliminating approaches are unusual in the antivirus software industry. Webroot bases its protection capacities on cloud technologies, more than on resources available on your computer. With this focus on cloud algorithms, it almost doesn’t influence system performance. The product doesn’t require much space and never slows down the system. These unique features make it a perfect solution for lower-powered and outdated personal computers. Therefore, the most significant feature of Webroot is its “lightning-fast” speed.

Avast doesn’t use cloud-based virus detection methods and bases its protection capabilities on computer resources. It is more traditional in this regard. Along with feature-packed and paid suits, this company offers one of the best free antivirus solutions on the market.

Besides basic malware protection, Avast provides extra tools and utilities. For instance, there is a sandbox, that allows you to examine unknown or suspicious software without risking your computer’s safety.

As you see, although Webroot’s advantage is its speed, Avast offers more feature-packed solutions for malware protection. Therefore, Avast is our winner in this category.

Avast vs Webroot: protection

When we compare these two antiviruses, Webroot requires only 15MB of memory. Once again, Webroot is unique as it doesn’t need the capacities of your PC. It is focused on behavioral models on the cloud to provide decent protection from any possible threats. Webroot monitors unknown programs that can be dangerous and collects all data to the cloud. We lack lab evaluations for this reason as it is difficult for any evaluation to prove Webroot’s effectiveness.

Avast uses more common approaches when it comes to malicious programs. We have a lot of lab evaluations to prove the high level of malware protection. This antivirus is able to detect and remove 99% of unwanted software. Avast received a 6/6 score for malware protection. It also got a 95.5% score from AV-Comparative.

Overall, both antiviruses are good at detecting and eliminating viruses. However, the level of malware protection should be proved by independent laboratory tests. Therefore, Avast is our undeniable leader in this category.

Avast vs Webroot: usability

As you already knew, Webroot is small and quick: the installation process doesn’t take a lot of time as Webroot comes with a tiny download file of 5MB. The Webroot interface is simple and easy to navigate.

The installation process for Avast is slower than for Webroot, but it is intuitive and easy to follow. Right after the installation, Avast performs an initial scan of the computer. Avast’s interface is also simple, with a nice color scheme. The user’s page isn’t packed with unnecessary information.

Who is the winner in this round? Obviously, it is Webroot. Its interface is simpler and easier to navigate. It’s also faster to install, that is a real advantage. 


Although Webroot uses an innovative approach to detect viruses and threats on the web, Avast won our hearts. Of course, Avast is more traditional, but it is even better when it comes to protection against malware software. Plus, we lack independent laboratory evaluations for Webroot. Some might said that because of Webroot’s uncommon virus detection methods, it hasn’t been tested properly. While that might be true at this point, still Avast is our leader today.