I personally run Webroot on 5 personal machines.
Unfortunately the inability to exclude folders ie e:SupportSecurityTools on our customer servers/Terminalservers from scans is a show stopper.
In the real world..users forget passwords to outlook,zip files.. Download crap which does strange things.... We also store software/misc tools for decoding passwords... scanning networks/packet sniffers; Nirsoft tools.... most of which can be considered hacker tools in the wrong hands.
My Techs now hate Webroot because it munches their tools on remote servers. They have to disable Webroot completely (VERY BAD) download the deleted tools... run 'em and then re-enable Webroot.. This costs time/money and frustration.
Only they (techs) have administrator access and Administrator read/execute is required for those special "Tools" directories. If Hacker/virus gets admin access... server is pretty much screwed anyway so the "it opens up a security hole" argument is invalid.
So.. I have egg on my face... and Webroot will never see the revenue from ~500-1500 licenses...This might be chump change for Webroot.. But I am 1 of many companies looking to get away from Bloated/slow/expensvie AV products (I'm not going to mention Panda,AVG,Norton because if you use WebRoot.. you probably have been burned by 'em)
Webroot is a great product from developer point of view. its fast/low memory/fast and low memory :)
... I have a READ ONLY USB stick I keep my "evil tools" from being wiped out by webroot. This doesn't work when server is 300 miles away :<.
I'm hoping Webroot changes its "mind" ... or another similar product comes along which is more repsonsive to customer desires. Even a Checkbox "I am not a dumb A** let me exclude these directories" would work.
Remember #1 rule for a successful ISV is to keep your paying customers happy... they tend to keep forking $$$ over.
I have had to do thing that I feel are technically/philosophically wrong... But I don't make money being "Right" in my mind... I make money by making customers happy… and sometimes. Fixing problems they create after I warned ‘em not to.
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