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Managing protected applications

You can provide additional security for software applications that may contain confidential information, such as Instant Messaging clients or tax preparation software. By protecting these applications, you secure them against information-stealing Trojans like keyloggers, man-in-the-middle attacks, and clipboard stealers.

As you work on your computer, Webroot SecureAnywhere automatically adds web browsers and applications to the Protected Applications list. It assigns applications to one of these levels of protection:

  • Protect. "Protected applications" are secured against information-stealing malware, but also have full access to data on the system. By default, web browsers are assigned to the "protected" status. If desired, you might also want to add other software applications to "protected," such as financial management software. When you run a protected application, the Webroot icon in the system tray displays a padlock Icon_lock.png.

  • Allow. "Allowed applications" are not secured against information-stealing malware, and also have full access to protected data on the system. Many applications unintentionally access protected screen contents or keyboard data without malicious intent when running in the background. If you trust an application that is currently marked as "Deny," you can change it to "Allow."

  • Deny. "Denied applications" cannot view or capture protected data on the system, but can otherwise run normally.  

To manage the application list and specify levels of protection:

  1. Open the main interface.

  2. Click Identity & Privacy.

  3. From the Identity Shield tab, click View/Edit Protected Applications.


    The Protected Applications panel opens. This panel shows the web browsers on your system and any other applications that you run on the computer.


  4. In the row for the application you want to modify, click the radio button for Protect, Allow, or Deny. (To include another application in this list, click Add Application, then select an executable file.)

  5. When you're done, click Close.