Webroot/PrevX history


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Webroot's and PrevX's history apart and together are a very long story. Many, like me, know parts of it. People from the Wilders Security Forums know most of all (where power-user TripleHelix hails from.)
 
Has anyone assembled a history of everything that's known?
 
I know it's going to sound like brown-nosing - posting this on the Webroot forum, identified as a Webroot Community Guide - but I think it's a really interesting business story. Webroot saw what PrevX was doing, something completely different, and in the end dropped all its consumer products in the belief that PrevX was the right path. It's not often you'll find a company that will replace the core tech it has been building for a decade with that of a small team's from another country.

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Well I can give you some Prevx History!
 
Prevx Pro 2005: http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,1879976,00.asp nice GUI at the time! LOL
 
Prevx1: http://www.2-spyware.com/review-prevx1.html
 
Prevx2: http://www.5star-shareware.com/Windows/Utilities/SecurityApplications/prevx1-screenshot.html
 
Prevx 3.0 http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2346861,00.asp
 
Prevx 3.0.5 with SafeOnline: http://www.softpedia.com/progScreenshots/Prevx-SafeOnline-Screenshot-143278.html
 
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Webroot's and PrevX's history apart and together are a very long story. Many, like me, know parts of it. People from the Wilders Security Forums know most of all (where power-user TripleHelix hails from.)
 
Has anyone assembled a history of everything that's known?

I think that would be really interesting! I second your suggestion.
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Some Webroot history here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Webroot
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Thanks to everyone for the comments... looks like I have some pleasure reading to do!
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The only thing I don't get that allot of users spell PrevX with a cap X it's never been in any of them just Prevx. :S
 
Daniel
 
EDIT: I found the original Prevx Home that I first used in 2004!
 


 

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Quote by TripleHelix "The only thing I don't get that allot of users spell PrevX with a cap X it's never been in any of them just Prevx." Heh, Heh...I have been thinking the same for a long time, and believe it's because of how it is pronounced...PrevExx? I've always pronounced it PrevIcks, if that makes sense to you? The earliest online reference to Prevx I can find is on "Wayback Machine", from December 2003, following transition from Trustcorps. I may be over nostalgic, but I have the installation files for both Prevx 1 & 2, which I'm keeping for posterity!
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EDIT: I found the original Prevx Home that I first used in 2004!
Incredible!! What a trip down memory lane!!
 
The first dealings I had with Prevx was in late 2006 with Prevx1. Never looked back since. Unfortunately, I don't have any screenshots (or any of those early installation files - Dermot) but I do still have the original mail with the receipt of purchase (I generally keep all my mails).
 
Interesting that even back then it was cloud-based: see the link TH gave us to the Prevx1 review. I remember well: they would talk about the power of the Prevx collective "community intelligence" (Those were the days before the word "cloud" became common parlance).
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Yes 2006 that's when Joe started at Prevx and the forum was at CastleCops and when they closed down then Joe got the forum at Wilders. 😉 And it's nice that Prevx lives on in WSA and Webroot even made it better!
 
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Yes 2006 that's when Joe started at Prevx and the forum was at CastleCops and when they closed down then Joe got the forum at Wilders. ;)
 
Daniel
You are all making me feel like quite the newbie here....   🙂
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David what really matters is from here on as it's only going to get Better. :D
 
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As promised, it's an interesting history.

Triple do you have any of the manuals/help files for the old Prevx?
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Unfortunately not. 😞 I only have the last version of Prevx 3.0.5.220
 
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Unfortunately not. 😞 I only have the last version of Prevx 3.0.5.220
 
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Would Joe happen to still have them backed up?
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Unfortunately not. 😞 I only have the last version of Prevx 3.0.5.220
 
Daniel
Would Joe happen to still have them backed up?
It's possible but I don't see why?
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Unfortunately not. 😞 I only have the last version of Prevx 3.0.5.220
 
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Would Joe happen to still have them backed up?
It's possible but I don't see why?
It appears explanoit was interested in them.. so I figured I might as well ask the obvious question 🙂
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The earliest online reference to Prevx I can find is on "Wayback Machine", from December 2003, following transition from Trustcorps. I may be over nostalgic, but I have the installation files for both Prevx 1 & 2, which I'm keeping for posterity!
Thank you, Dermot, for your post talking about Wayback (search engine for older versions of webpages and deleted webpages) which I only knew vaguely about, and your little mention of Trustcorps (predecessor to Prevx) of which I knew nothing.
 
So I did some digging, using Wayback, and discovered quite a few things I hadn’t known before:
  1. Prevx did indeed exist in another form (Trustcorps) for a whole two years before Prevx came into being. This seems to have consisted of an international team of security programmers who came together spontaneously to do research into a new kind of HIPS-based antimalware approach http://wayback.archive.org/web/20031223014223/http://www.prevx.com/news_brand.php – para. 1 http://www.2-spyware.com/review-prevx1.html – para. 1 http://wayback.archive.org/web/20040407132114/http://www.prevx.com/PREVX_Company_Overview.pdf – para. 5
  2. I assume that, even in those early research stages, they must have been offering some kind of beta version security software to individuals and to companies as, by 2005 when Prevx1 was released, they already boasted half a million users!! http://www.2-spyware.com/review-prevx1.html – para. 1 (Incidentally, can anyone provide an exact or exactish date for the release of Prevx1??)
  3. Reading the above review, it sounds remarkably similar in architecture to today’s Webroot SecureAnywhere. It feels almost as if you could be reading a review of WSA when you read it. It just goes to show how revolutionary Prevx was at the time … (and still is!!)
  4. Interestingly, at the very beginning (2003) Mel Morris was not the CEO of Prevx. Another chap, Nick Ray, was. Mel Morris was a non-executive director. Has anybody heard of Nick Ray? If so, can they provide more information on him? http://wayback.archive.org/web/20040403164615/http://www.prevx.com/the_team.php
  5. When Mel Morris bought exclusive ownership of Prevx, he did this through a company that he had set up called Retento Ltd. http://wayback.archive.org/web/20070707165008/http://www.prevx.com/aboutprevx.asp http://www.percipient-capital.co.uk/index.php?cat=6&rec=1
One more point: Explanoit, you asked about “manuals/help files for the old Prevx”. Take a look at the following:
http://wayback.archive.org/web/20061215191309/http://info.prevx.com/onetutorial.asp?st=1
http://wayback.archive.org/web/20070723050235/http://info.prevx.com/tutorialp2.asp?profile=PINNACLE&LANG=english&pageno=1
EDIT: As for Prevx3: http://info.prevx.com/help.asp
 
And for anyone who is interested in obtaining copies of the Prevx1 and Prevx2 installation files for sentimental reasons, have a look at these two links:
http://www.tucows.com/preview/385216/Prevx1
http://www.5star-shareware.com/Windows/Utilities/SecurityApplications/prevx1-download.html
Care should perhaps be taken with these last two links as the Prevx1 installation file is being flagged by Nod32 as a threat, however that is possibly/probably because it is very old now and therefore simply unknown?
EDIT: Also, as of today you can amazingly still obtain copies of the Prevx3 Home, Business and Enterprise installation files: https://my.prevx.com/downloads.asp
 
Please, of course, feel free to correct me if I have made any errors in my above conclusions.
 
EDIT: URL link updated (incorrect address) and two new URL links added
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Thank you for all the links there, although I have not looked at them all especially in the last post by Muddy7 it is very interesting.
I did not realise that you were around though Daniel when CastleCops was operating, that seems like a long time ago now, it was one of my "earlier" sites.
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I happened to look through my pictures and found a transition version from Prevx to Webroot during the early stages of development in 2011 and thought I would share! Even before they named it Webroot SecureAnywhere! It was a fun time with Joe and others from the Webroot development team!
 

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Ah, YES...those were the good ol' days...yes, sireeeeee! :D
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Quote by TripleHelix "The only thing I don't get that allot of users spell PrevX with a cap X it's never been in any of them just Prevx." Heh, Heh...I have been thinking the same for a long time, and believe it's because of how it is pronounced...PrevExx? I've always pronounced it PrevIcks, if that makes sense to you? The earliest online reference to Prevx I can find is on "Wayback Machine", from December 2003, following transition from Trustcorps. I may be over nostalgic, but I have the installation files for both Prevx 1 & 2, which I'm keeping for posterity!

That’s because, as Nick explained to me, the idea was Prev(enting) X(the unknown). So yes it was said as prev-ex.

To add to the story, and this is not well known, the company was going to be called Immunify. A former colleague called Ian Hendry had registered this domain and we weren’t able to obtain it from him, so Paul, Nick and I came up with TrustCorps as a ‘plan B’ name to get us to market after we raised money from angel investors and the regional investment fund.

How do I know this? I was a co-founder and CTO, I designed the first version of the software.

Shout outs to our technical advisers at the time Fluffi Bunni, t0rner and TESO ;-)

Quote by TripleHelix "The only thing I don't get that allot of users spell PrevX with a cap X it's never been in any of them just Prevx." Heh, Heh...I have been thinking the same for a long time, and believe it's because of how it is pronounced...PrevExx? I've always pronounced it PrevIcks, if that makes sense to you? The earliest online reference to Prevx I can find is on "Wayback Machine", from December 2003, following transition from Trustcorps. I may be over nostalgic, but I have the installation files for both Prevx 1 & 2, which I'm keeping for posterity!

That’s because, as Nick explained to me, the idea was Prev(enting) X(the unknown). So yes it was said as prev-ex.

To add to the story, and this is not well known, the company was going to be called Immunify. A former colleague called Ian Hendry had registered this domain and we weren’t able to obtain it from him, so Paul, Nick and I came up with TrustCorps as a ‘plan B’ name to get us to market after we raised money from angel investors and the regional investment fund.

How do I know this? I was a co-founder and CTO, I designed the first version of the software.

Shout outs to our technical advisers at the time Fluffi Bunni, t0rner and TESO ;-)


Fascinating.

Keep telling us more (if you wish) 😉

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Well I'm happy to have to be able to read about the good old days.😀

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