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Installing Webroot SecureAnywhere

Webroot SecureAnywhere can be installed on a Windows 8, Windows 7, Vista, or XP computer with an Internet connection. If you purchased a multi-user license, you can use the same keycode to install the software on up to three computers (for three-seat licenses) or five computers (for five-seat licenses).

To install the Webroot software:

  1. Before you begin:

    • Read the license agreement.

    • Make sure your computer meets the system requirements.

    • Make sure your computer is connected to the Internet.

    • Close all programs that may be open on your computer.

    • Make sure you have the keycode. Your keycode comes in an email message or is listed on the instructions inside the retail box. The keycode is associated only with the Webroot SecureAnywhere software and does not include any information related to your computer or its configuration. Webroot does not use the keycode in any way to track individual use of its products.

  1. Start the installation routine either from a CD or from a downloaded file:

    • If you are installing from a CD, insert the CD into the CD drive. An installation dialog opens where you can click a link to begin. If the installation dialog does not open, use Windows Explorer to navigate to your CD drive and double-click the software's installation file.

    • If you are installing from a downloaded file, navigate to where you downloaded the file in Windows Explorer and double-click the file to start the installation. Click Run to begin.

The Webroot Installer dialog opens.


  1. Enter your keycode in the field. (If your keycode came in an email, you can cut and paste the code into this field.)

  2. If desired, you can click Change installation options at the bottom of the dialog to modify these settings:

    • Create a shortcut to Webroot on the desktop. This option places a shortcut icon on your Windows Desktop for Webroot SecureAnywhere.

    • Randomize the installed filename to bypass certain infections. This option changes the Webroot installation filename to a random name (for example, "QrXC251G.exe"), which prevents malware from detecting and blocking Webroot's installation file.

    • Protect the Webroot files, processes, and memory from modification. This option enables self protection and the CAPTCHA prompts. (CAPTCHA requires you to read distorted text on the screen and enter the text in a field before performing any critical actions.) For more information, see Setting self protection and Setting access control.


      Click Close when you're done.

  3. In the main installation dialog, click Agree and Install.

  4. If you are prompted to enter an email address, enter your address and click Continue.

    Webroot SecureAnywhere launches a scan.


    When it's done, the main interface opens.

If Webroot SecureAnywhere detects threats during the scan, it moves the items to quarantine where they are rendered inoperable and can no longer harm your system or steal data. For more information, see About scans and About quarantine.

After the initial scan, Webroot SecureAnywhere automatically scans your computer daily and constantly monitors activity as you surf the Internet. You do not need to launch a scan yourself or schedule scans. Webroot SecureAnywhere does all the work for you in the background.

To verify that SecureAnywhere is running, look for the Webroot icon in the system tray.


If an important message requires your attention, the icon turns yellow or red, and a dialog opens with further details.

  1. If you purchased a multi-user license, follow the previous steps to install SecureAnywhere on other PCs.