Webroot, an internet security firm founded in 1997, has just released its comprehensive Internet Security Complete 2011 suite for protecting your computer from online threats.

With its simple, friendly interface and generous online storage, it is well worth considering. Installation is quick and easy, and followed by an initial scan of your laptop's hard drive. From this point on the software works in the background, informing you of any threats or attempts to access your network.

Updates are automatically downloaded and hazardous files are picked up instantly with a warning message. The dashboard is clean and simple and not as intimidating as Norton's front end. Any problems are obvious thanks to the red and green colour coding.

You can run a scan at any time or schedule one for the future, although scans are performed automatically by default at unobtrusive times. You also have quick access to internet or phone support and can set up an account with Webroot which gives you access to a generous 10GB of online storage for backing up and synchronising your files with two other computers.

Webroot automatically adds a toolbar to your default internet browser, which allows you to store log-in and password information for your favourite websites. You can also store personal details and card information, which is then automatically entered into online forms.

For added security, all sites are checked out for potential threats before you access them and any attachments you receive are scanned before download.

However, there are no parental controls for keeping tabs on your childrens' browsing habits.

Webroot Internet Security Complete 2011 offers comprehensive protection for your laptop, both online and offl ine, and the sharing and syncing features are an added bonus. Only the omission of parental controls lets it down.

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