Webroot Vs Norton

Webroot Vs Norton | Which One is Better? [2020]

Market shelves a whole range of antivirus products. All of them are built to act as first line-of-defense against cyber security threats, attacks and events to our systems. In this comparison “Webroot Vs Norton”, a comparison made on different features related to antivirus suite.

Webroot or Norton, or any other antivirus product for that matter; it is very hard to recommend one as the best and rule other out.

As independent reviewers, we do not vouch exclusively for anyone. What we do is to give you our insight on each, to help you to make an informed decision.

We are reviewing Webroot and Norton here today. Let’s find out in “Webroot Vs Norton” more about them.


Webroot Antivirus Suite

  1. Webroot Antivirus for Windows and Mac OS.
  2. Webroot Internet Security Plus for Windows and Mac OS.
  3. Webroot Internet Security Complete for Windows and Mac OS.

Webroot Key Features

Small size and installs in flash

It is a small size product, measuring only 4mb to install. It installs in flash.

Instead of reacting instantly to a virus attack, it keeps an eye on it. It monitors its behaviour along the process and only acts when it concludes in its brain in the cloud that it is time to act.

It brings an out-of-box, or you may call it an orthodox approach, to entire cybersecurity concept, but it is very efficient in eliminating threats and fixing problems.

Multi-licensing option

Webroot has a very easy-going pricing plan. It has multi-licensing option. You can install it on windows and mac operating systems under the same one license. Its security features for both OS are almost same.

It runs in pack with Bitdefender and Kaspersky. It costs under US$40 (latest price may vary) for one license with one-year subscription.

 A three-license, under multi-licensing option, its subscription costs $10 on top (check the latest price).

Webroot unique line of defence

Soon upon its installation, Webroot launches itself to collection of startup tasks. It checks off every one of them.

These tasks involve but are not limited to: knowing about any active malware, an analysis of installed applications and programs, setting-up of a baseline and enhancing performance of system configuration. It processes all these tasks quickly and efficiently.

Unique features window panel

Webroot has been very consistent with its unique green-toned window features panel. It highlights historical data of scans. It also displays a button for an on-demand scan launch.

A panel on the right manages access to rest of its security features. It does a full scan on its installation on a system. It also runs scheduled scanning operations every day.

Webroot compatibility issue with labs testing

The main reason that Webroot often does not take part in lab testings or might not be able to get as favourable view is that: it works on a unique principle of security, which makes it a different antivirus product from others.

Instead of acting immediately on detection of a cybersecurity threat or attack to a system, it allows it to continue under its strict monitoring. It tracks behaviour of the virus or malware, and when it feels it has enough information in its brain in the cloud, and gets a go-ahead signal from there, it acts against the threat then.

It eliminates the threat and reverses all actions of the virus. The system is protected and secured, but the time it waits for behavioural monitoring of the virus, instead of acting straightaway, makes consumers nervous.

This becomes an issue of its compatibility with a majority of lab testings, which require antivirus products to act promptly against a virus threat or attack.

However, Webroot has passed a banking Trojans test conducted by researchers at MRG-Effitas lab recently. It was awarded Level 2 certification among half a dozen antivirus products that participated in all-types test.

Webroot also scored B in SE Labs tests. The labs certify products at five levels: AAA, AA, A, B and C.

Webroot scores better in some categories

Many labs testings are done on a formula that: an antivirus should act soon upon detection of virus. They use signatures or heuristics to detect the threats.

On testings of all those labs that apply other than act-immediately formula, Webroot has scored well. In fact, in some categories such as anti-phishing and malware protection it has outscored many of its competitors. Webroot was first to eliminate all current samples, from pernicious ransomware to potentially unwanted programs.

Personal firewall

Webroot firewall has its own exclusive working strategy that: it does not put a system in stealth mode. It leaves this task to windows firewall.

It evaluates programs in three categories: good, bad and unknown. It eliminates bad ones, takes no action on good ones and monitors behaviour of unknowns. When unknown programs try to leak data or information from a system, Webroot comes into action to eliminate the possibility and protect the data.

It takes no action against off-network system exploits. On detecting a virus, its security alert mode goes from green to alarming red, signalling for an immediate action.

Other key features

  • Webroot once installed works smoothly. You can install it and forget it.
  • It comes with pre-configured maximum capability to protect your system.
  • If you do not make changes, it runs scheduled scans to check for potential threats every day.
  • It automatically selects many applications such as Internet Explorer and Google Updater for this protection. You can add other applications too.


Norton Antivirus Suite:

  1. Norton Antivirus Plus for windows OS
  2. Norton 360 Standard for Windows and Mac OS
  3. Norton 360 Deluxe for Windows and Mac OS
  4. Norton 360 with LifeLock Select for Windows and Mac OS

Norton Antivirus Plus

  • It comes with a whole range of high-end security features such as anti-virus, anti-ransomware, URL filtering, effective firewall, speedup and password management tools, cloud backup and 2GB storage capacity.
  • Norton Antivirus Plus is for windows and mac OS.
  • It costs $20 initially for one-year license and $60 on renewal
  • Norton AntiVirus Plus interface looks good. It has various buttons from which you can launch key tools.

Norton 360 Standard

  • Norton 360 standard version gives its customers access to Norton Secure VPN (single device).
  • It protects them against intrusion attempts and unauthorized access to webcam.
  • Moving forward, it helps you ramp up backup space to 10GB.
  • Dark Web Monitoring (DWM) is an additional advantage that only US customers get. Key feature of DWM is that it alerts users against selling of their email addresses online.
  • Norton 360 Standard costs $30 for a single device license for one year and $80 on renewal. 

Norton 360 Deluxe

  • In Norton 360 Deluxe you get additional protection and VPN use for upto five devices.
  • It comes with additional parent controls.
  • You can expand limit of your online backup storage capacity to 50GB.
  • The product is priced at $40 for one year and then $100 afterwards.

Norton 360 Deluxe with LifeLock Select

  • Norton 360 Deluxe with LifeLock Select is a premium product that comes with an increase storage space of 100GB
  • For US users, it comes with a Dark Web Monitoring, real-time security alerts, credit-monitoring.
  • It also offers to US customers the US-based identity theft restoration specialists and an insurance package worth a million dollars.
  • It costs $90 on one-year price package and $150 for renewal afterwards.

Norton Antivirus Protection

Almost all Norton antivirus products offer maximum protection from malicious malware, spam and phishing attacks.

It features such as Dark Web Monitoring, which is only for US customers, gives users real-time alerts if their data is leaked online. For example, if their email is being sold. It also protects from their personal and financial data security breaches and thefts.

Norton LifeLock that is available with its 360 Deluxe product offers strong defences against all types of cybersecurity threats and attacks.

When you change it on Norton Silent Mode for example it can prevent updates, pop-ups and all other interruptions during games or browsing.

In case your system is stuffed with loads of virus and scanning is almost impossible, Norton’s Recovery Tool can help you to clean it up in Linux environment.

Norton Antivirus Performance

In an AV-Test evaluation in Jan-Feb 2019, Norton’s managed perfect record of 6/6. It displayed excellent malware protection ability. It detected “zero-day” and other previously unknown malware. Webroot did not participate in the test.

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Source: av-test.org

Norton also got perfect score of 6/6 in AV-Test’s “performance” category. It was able to use system’s own resources efficiently without slowing it down.

Webroot Vs Norton

In a similar test called “Performance Test” conducted by AV-Comparatives Norton’s score qwas 6.7. It is the highest ADVANCED+ award in this category of analysis.

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Again, Webroot did not take part in the test.”

Security features

All Norton’s antivirus products have two-way firewall, a file backup plan and a password manager.

Its products also include Safe Web browser extensions that work with Chrome, IE, Edge and Firefox. Norton 360 Standard gives secure VPN to users. You get unlimited VPN data from very beginning.

Norton’s parent controls is another exclusive feature that comes with 360 Deluxe to give you a control over content access by children or a certain age group.

It’s Lifelock that comes with its premium products is one amongst the best identity-theft protection products. For US users, it offers additional security in the form of Dark Web Monitoring that gives them real-time protection against theft of their personal and financial information.


In this comparison “Webroot Vs Norton”, Norton antivirus products’ interface is classical. It has its familiar screen icon displaying green, yellow and red colour indicators. It has added a picture of calm mountain climber in its new launch on the left side of the window panel.

On the right, it has a column with security tasks such as Device Security, Dark Web Monitoring, CLoud Backup, Password Manager and Secure VPN

Installation and support

Installation of Norton antivirus starts with a 3.5MB installer. After a license agreement is accepted, it downloads 226MB program and installs.

Installation times varies keeping in view features and a system’s speed etc, but in general it takes around 10 mins for a complete installation.

Norton supports includes 24/7 access to technical assistance. For Ultimate Held Desk service, it costs $150 for one PC for one-year plan and $20 a month for 3 PCs.

Webroot vs Norton – Competitive Analysis

Webroot Vs Norton is the comparison made among two antiviruses and competitive analysis was executed. Webroot is emerging, Norton more experienced antivirus product. Webroot was originally launched in 2006, but its stable release happened in December 2010. It is marketed by Webroot Software, which in 2019 with its parent company Carbonite was acquired by OpenText.

Norton on other hand, since its initial release by Norton Symantec in 1991, has been around for almost 30 years. In fact, its first-ever launch with name of Symantec Antivirus came two years earlier, in 1989.

According to the research conducted in “Webroot Vs Norton”, both of them market antivirus products for individual and business consumers, but even if not take the market share a consideration here, Norton has a greater market share and business penetration and maturity level.

However, it is not a market share that alone can speak for higher efficiency of an antivirus, as may be the case with Norton, but from Norton point of view, it has been in evolution and development for a longer period of time. It has a greater consumer experience, market knowhow and evolution of cybersecurity historically.

But again, it could serve negatively to Norton that despite in the market for longer than others, other antivirus products such as Webroot are able to make inroads in the market, challenging Norton’s market share. In some case, they are more successful, than Norton might have been during early period of its marketing.

Without questioning the level of development and technological advancement, a majority of cybersecurity threats were irrelevant to antivirus products before introduction of Internet and then development of software marker around it. So, it is a question: does that development matter?

Being in the market for a while is also not an advantage to Norton as such because all emerging Antivirus products like Webroot are built on the concept of protection against cybersecurity threats on latest tactics and modus operandi being adopted and applied by hackers.

So as far as market is concerned, it is wide open to all antivirus products. It is a win-win position for all, and a more sort of ‘survival of the fittest’ (we would say best) case.

Webroot Vs Norton – Final Verdict

In this “Webroot Vs Norton” comparison, the analysis was made on various factors. Depending on your use and budget, and whether you are an individual or business user; if you do not want to experiment a relevantly emerging antivirus product – that is Webroot; buy one of any Norton antivirus products then.   

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