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Changing Web Threat shield settings

The Web Threat shield protects your system as you surf the Internet. If it detects a website that may be a threat, it opens an alert that allows you to decide whether you want to block the site or continue despite the warning. When you use a search engine, this shield analyzes all the links on the search results page and then displays an image next to each link that signifies whether it's a trusted site (green checkmark) or a potential risk (red X).

To change shield settings:

  1. Open the main interface.

  2. At the bottom left, click Settings.


  3. In the Settings dialog, click Web Threat Shield.


  4. If you want to change a setting, select its checkbox to disable it (uncheck the box) or activate it (check the box).

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 following table.

Web Threat shield settings

Analyze search engine results and identify malicious websites before visitation

When you use a search engine, Webroot SecureAnywhere analyzes all links displayed on the search results page by running the URLs through its malware-identification engine. It then displays an image next to each link that signifies its risk level. For example, if a site is known for spreading malware infections, it displays a "Known Threat" image next to the link.

Enable deep content analysis

Analyzes all data traffic on your computer as you visit websites. If threats try to install, it blocks their activity.

Look for malware on websites before visitation

When you enter the URL for a website in your browser's address bar or click on a link to a site, Webroot SecureAnywhere runs the URL through its malware-identification engine. If the site is associated with malware, it blocks it from loading in your browser.

Look for exploits in website content before visitation

Looks for cross-site scripting attacks that may try to redirect you to a different website.

  1. If you want to create a list of websites to always block or always allow, click View Websites. In the dialog, enter a website name in the field (in the form of and click Add Website. In the table, select whether you want to allow this website (click the Allow radio button) or you want to block it (click the Block radio button). When you're done, click Close.


  2. When you're done with Web Threat settings, click the Save All button.