PC Shields Overview

Shields constantly monitor activity while you surf the Internet and work on your computer, protecting your computer from malware and viruses. As you surf Internet sites, you could be targeted for a drive-by download, where an unwanted program launches and silently installs on your computer as you view pages. We recommend you keep all shields enabled. For more information, see Changing Shield Settings.

Shields run in the background without disrupting your work.

Types of Shields

SecureAnywhere includes the following types of shields:

The shields are pre-configured, based on our recommended settings. You do not need to configure any settings yourself unless you are an advanced user and would like to change the settings. For more information, see Changing Shield Settings.

Indicators Displayed With Query Results

When you run an Internet query such as a Google search, SecureAnywhere shields modify the results display with icons that give you safety information about each website returned as a result of the search. The icon displays to the left of each website name in the list of query results. The table below describes the meaning of each icon.

ICON DESCRIPTION

These are well known sites with strong security practices, and rarely exhibit characteristics that expose you to security risks. There is a very low probability that you will be exposed to malicious links or payloads.

These are benign sites, and rarely exhibit characteristics that expose you to security risks. There is a low probability that you will be exposed to malicious links or payloads.

These are generally benign sites, but have exhibited some characteristics that suggest security risk. There is some probability that you will be exposed to malicious links or payloads.

These are suspicious sites. There is a higher than average probability that you will be exposed to malicious links or payloads.

These are high risk sites. There is a high probability that you will be exposed to malicious links or payloads.

Ratings are temporarily unavailable or the Webroot agent is shut down. Wait for service to be restored or check to be sure the Webroot agent is running.

Infrared Shielding and Warning Messages

SecureAnywhere might display warnings to you even if you are not currently running a scan. There could be an unauthorized access to your computer even if you are working elsewhere on your computer and not currently surfing the Internet.

In some cases, SecureAnywhere takes care of the problem automatically; for less severe cases, you are prompted to make a decision about whether or not you want to continue.

To make a determination about what level of warning to display, SecureAnywhere uses a technology called Infrared. Infrared is a multi-layer defense that blocks threats very early in their lifecycle. This is accomplished through a number of engines that work together, considering several factors:

This risk assessment affects every protection module, from the firewall to behavior monitoring to realtime protection, and eventually to website blocking as well. The end result is a set of protections that is custom-tailored to the user's specific circumstances.

The following are samples of warnings that may display on your screen.

Low-Risk Warning

Medium-Risk Warning

High-Risk Warning