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Changing Realtime shield settings

The Realtime shield blocks known threats that are listed in Webroot's threat definitions and community database. If the shield detects a suspicious file, it opens an alert and prompts you to block or allow the item. If it detects a known threat, it immediately blocks and quarantines the item before it causes damage to your computer or steals your information.

To change shield settings:

  1. Open the main interface.

  2. At the bottom left, click Settings.


  3. From the Settings dialog, click Realtime Shield.


  4. If you want to change a setting, select its checkbox to disable it (uncheck the box) or activate it (check the box). When you're done, click the Save All button.

Note: We recommend that you keep Webroot's default settings. If you make changes and decide you want to return to the recommended settings, click the Reset to Defaults button.

The settings are described in the table below.

Realtime shield settings

Enable Predictive Offline Protection from the central Webroot database

Downloads a small threat definition file to your computer, which protects your computer even when it's offline. We recommend that you keep this option selected.

Remember actions on blocked files

Remembers how you responded in an alert (allowed a file or blocked it) and won't prompt you again when it encounters the same file. If this option is deselected,  Webroot SecureAnywhere opens an alert every time it encounters the file in the future. (If you blocked a file and want it restored, you can retrieve it from quarantine.)

Automatically quarantine previously blocked files

Opens an alert when it encounters a threat and gives you the option of blocking it and sending it to quarantine. If this option is deselected, you must run a scan manually to remove a threat.

Automatically block files when detected on execution

Automatically blocks threats and sends them to quarantine. If this option is deselected, you must respond to alerts about detected threats.

Scan files when written or modified

Scans any new or modified files that you save to disk. If this option is deselected, it ignores new file installations (however, it will still alert you if a threat tries to launch).

Block threats automatically if no user is logged in

Stops threats from executing even when you are logged off. Threats are sent to quarantine without notification.