URGENT: WSA-Complete Backup & Sync Disabling Itself

  • 10 October 2015
  • 35 replies

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An issue has been identified in which the Backup&Sync becomes disabled without any warning or easily visible sign to the user. No caution or warning signs become visible when the issue happens.
It is very important that ALL WSA-Complete users who are using Backup & Sync in any capacity, even if only the Webroot AnyWhere folder, to check and verify that it is running correctly DAILY. Failure to do so could cause data loss at this time.
What to look for:
  • Open WSA Note that the main application panel, and tray icon, are green. There is no visible sign of any issue.
  • Click the 'gear tool' next to Backup&Sync
  • Check that both the Backup & Sync 'sliders' are set to ON, and are green.
  • If the sliders are red, then the system is NOT backing up any file changes. Try clicking on the slider to switch back to on. If an error pop-up appears, you are affected by the issue and need to take action in order to restore correct functionality.
  • It will not work to click to log in under a different user. The attempt to do so will result in an error of invalid login or password.
NOTE: Your email login will still show as being logged in, even though Backup & Sync has been disabled.
At this time there are three possible fixes. In the order of ease of use:

1) Shut down protection, Re-enable Protection
  • Right click the WSA tray icon
  • Select Shut Down Protection
  • Wait 1 or 2 minutes
  • Click Start
  • Navigate to All Apps or Programs and click on Webroot Secure Anywhere to restart protection.
  • Open WSA and verify if Backup & Sync is working correctly.  (The sliders should be set to ON, and you should be able to click on them to turn them on and off.)
This method has been reported by at least one user to work.
2) Reboot the computer 1 or 2 times
Webroot Support has suggested that Backup & Sync users do this in order to re-enable the functions.  One of our Community members did that, but it failed again the next day. THAT leads me to think that option 1 will also result in Backup & Sync failing again in a short amount of time.
3) A Clean Install of WSA-Complete
This is what I did on the Monday when we first identified the problem, and there has been no repeat of the problem 4 days later.   Backup & Sync has been working correctly for me ever since the Clean Install so this appears to be the best option take, though it will take a few minutes longer.
Please follow the steps closely!
  • Make sure you have a copy of your 20 Character Alphanumeric Keycode! Example: SA69-AAAA-A783-DE78-XXXX
  • KEEP the computer online for Uninstall and Reinstall to make sure it works correctly
  • Download a Copy Here (Best Buy Subscription PC users click HERE)
  • Uninstall WSA and Reboot
  • Install with the new installer, enter your Keycode and don't import any settings if asked to as you can set it up as you like once it's done
  • Let it finish it's install scan
  • Reboot once again
  • Open WSA
  • Click the 'gear tool' next to Backup & Sync
  • Log into Backup & Sync
  • Enable both Backup and Sync 'sliders'
NOTE: If you had any folders other than the automatic SecureAnywhere folder set for Backup or Sync, you will need to click the Folders tab and re-enter them. Remember to connect to the existing folders in the Cloud.

It is also suggested that anyone who has had to re-enable Backup&Sync due to this issue to please follow up with a Trouble Ticket so that Webroot Support can track the issue and hopefully provide a permanent fix.
Please feel free to refer anyone having the issue to this post.

35 replies

Userlevel 7
Only one user on my system, so it would be interesting to check that. ;)
Hello all,
Well, sad to say that B&S has turned itself off again. :(  (After a clean install and creating all new sync folders. Restarting Webroot did not work this time either [has in past]. Will need to uninstall/clean install again. :@
I will go ahead and submit a ticket with a link to this thread. I just answered a post here today from another user experiencing the same problem. I will post back with any relevant information I receive from support when I hear back from them.
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Hi BurnDaddy! 
Well ill this isn't good news is it. Yes let us know what Support saids. I haven't had this problem for quite awhile.
Well this is interesting...
When I click on the the link for support I'm asked for my email address. When I enter my email address it then tells me that support has already had contact with this email address and to enter my password if I wish to continue that conversation.
Well, for one; The contact I had with Webroot was for a totally different, Android-related problem that I had months ago and I do not remember the unique password that was given to me regarding that support ticket. Any email I received from Webroot regarding that issue has since been deleted since the issue was resolved (sort of).  And two; I don't want to continue that conversation. I want to initiate a new dialog regarding the B & S problem, however, I'm unable to. Clicking continue does nothing without the password from my previous support ticket. :@
If ? could please PM me when you get into the office on Wednesday I would greatly appreciate it.
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Hi BurnDaddy:
Are you saying you are not getting this page aftyer typing in your email address?

Hi Sherry,
Yet another mystery. When I click the "Submit Trouble Ticket" link at the bottom of either your or my signature and I get the following page;

Then, after entering email, I get this page;

That's odd...
I will change the support link in my signature to include the link you provided. Thanks for that. Strangely, I've never seen that support page before. I will use it now to submit that ticket (and refresh my link).
Have a good night, Sherry. Thanks again,
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Sounds good ? You are always welcome! :D
You have a good night too! Thank you much!
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So are you good to go on the ticket submission @ ?

I re-escalated this issue again yesterday and hopefully we'll be able to get some traction on getting this bug a higher priority.
@ wrote:
So are you good to go on the ticket submission @ ?

I re-escalated this issue again yesterday and hopefully we'll be able to get some traction on getting this bug a higher priority.
Yes, all set @, submitted a ticket last night.
Thanks for your attention to this matter!
Ok. So, Webroot Support got back to me today. This was what they said;
Thank you for contacting Webroot Support.

The issue you reported can be resolved by either restarting your computer or re-logging into the Backup & Sync feature of your Webroot software.

To re-login to your software:

1. Open the Webroot SecureAnywhere interface.
2. Open the Backup & Sync tab.
3. At the bottom of the window, click Log in as a different user.
4. Enter the login credentials for your account and click Log in.
5. A window appears to confirm your login and download any necessary components.

Once you have performed these steps you should no longer receive the error.  If you need any further support, please send us another message and we will continue to assist.

Thank you,

The Webroot Support Team

We believe support is no longer needed for this issue, so the ticket has been closed. If you would like further support for this issue, you can reopen the ticket by either replying to this email directly or updating the ticket in your Webroot Console. To access your console, click the link below or copy and paste it into your browser:


And this was my response:
Hi,Thanks for your reply. However it does nothing to address the CAUSE of the problem and only provides solutions for restarting B&S (which I've already done - restart, re-login). These suggestions are only temporary fixes and DO NOT stop the problem from reoccurring. After a few days, B&S will shut itself off again. As stated in the thread, I have uninstalled/reinstalled numerous times and yet the problem persists. I should NOT have to check Webroot EVERYDAY to be sure that B&S is running. It ran flawlessly for 3-4 years, but this problem has now been occurring  for at least 6 or 8 months and it is sometimes WEEKS before I notice. This is unacceptable. You may believe that "support is no longer needed for this issue" but that would be simply sticking your head in the sand and pretending that a problem doesn't exist when it obviously does. As a volunteer in the Webroot Community, I would really like to be able to give users/posters a definitive answer as to how to SOLVE this problem and not just a band-aid approach to restarting B&S after it SHUTS ITSELF DOWN (I'm pretty sure it's not supposed to do that.) Whether or not any progress is made regarding the problem is entirely up to you at Webroot. I would think you want your product to work as advertised (and as it has in the past) but this problem doesn't seem to be a very high priority for Webroot and I think it should be. Telling users to "just deal with it" does not seem like a successful or positive business approach. This problem requires solutions, not work-arounds. I apologize if my reply seems a little blunt but myself and other users are beginning to tire of this problem a would really like a meaningful, long-term solution. Something broke B&S. Surely it can be fixed.

Obviously, I felt their response lacking. This must not be a very common or high-priority problem. Perhaps it is time for me to investigate other "Cloud-based" backup solutions until this is, if ever, resolved, and simply use Webroot to do what they do best, protect my computer from viruses.