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Webroot Windows Washer

Webroot Windows Washer

This product has been dis-continued by Webroot.

Stephen
Qualtrough

Reviewer

Technology should make our lives easier

 
Review

Review summary

Good points Webroot Windows Washer review good points

• Comprehensive cleaning and bleaching capabilities

• Requires minimal system resources

• Improves system performance quickly

• Simple menus and easy-to-use features

• 30-day money-back guarantee

Bad points Webroot Windows Washer review bad points

• Does not support Chrome or Safari

Our verdict

Webroot Window Washer is a fine pick for those who value their online and offline privacy. Not only is this privacy-protection software packed with excellent features, it is also incredibly easy to use.

Full review

For years, Webroot Window Washer has been one of the most popular privacy-protection tools available for the Windows platform. In past releases, this popularity was certainly warranted since it offered a variety of useful features that made it easy for users to protect their privacy. As fans of previous versions, we were quite eager to test Window Washer Version 6.6.

Setup

The installation of Window Washer Version 6.6 was quick and easy. With the default installation settings in place, we were only required to click through a few prompts. For the most part, we just watched as Window Washer checked items off of the installation checklist. In less than one minute, the main menu was up and Window Washer was ready to clean our system.

Internet cleaning

The Internet-privacy module is capable of clearing all traces of Internet usage, including address-bar history, cookies, temporary Internet files, and more. This module works as expected, and it is even possible to customize the list of items cleared by Window Washer. The ability to customize this list will probably come in handy for most users. When users want to clear their browsing history without removing their saved passwords, for instance, Window Washer makes it easy for them to do so.

Unfortunately, at the moment, Window Washer only supports Internet Explorer and Firefox; it does not support Chrome or Safari. For users of these unsupported browsers, this is a major issue. We would like to see Webroot add support for both of these major browsers in the next release of Window Washer.

PC cleaning

Window Washer is capable of clearing more than just traces of Internet usage. It can be used to clear program-usage information, recent-document information, and files from the recycle bin. In fact, when it comes to deleting files securely, Window Washer is far more capable than the recycle bin. When the recycle bin on a Windows-based computer is emptied, the files have not been removed completely. These files are still stored on the hard disk; they are waiting to be overwritten. Window Washer features a tool designed to remove and overwrite these files securely by encrypting them. This tool overwrites unwanted files by inserting random characters. After Window Washer overwrites unwanted files, not even computer experts will be able to recover them.

While privacy concerns are often the primary motivation for cleaning systems with Window Washer, its cleaning functions do more than protect users' information. Window Washer's cleaning functions can also be used to improve a system's performance by removing unnecessary files and recovering hard-drive space. In our tests, Window Washer managed to remove 17,365 files from our system and free over 133 MB of hard-drive space.

Safety

There are several safety features built into Window Washer. These safety features were designed to prevent users from accidentally deleting critical files and folders. For example, if a user attempts to delete a critical system file, a pop-up message will alert them and protect the file from deletion.

Features

Scheduler – With scheduler, computer clean-up tasks can be scheduled easily. This feature automates a great deal of Window Washer's functions to save users time and effort.

Smart cookie saver – Smart cookie saver is a feature that saves the cookies that users want to keep, such as the cookies required for logging into a particular website. With this feature enabled, Window Washer will clear unwanted cookies without affecting the cookies that users choose to keep.

Total system erase – This feature is designed to completely erase all information contained on the hard drive, even the operating system. For users who are considering selling or donating their computers, total system erase is incredibly useful.

Ease of use

The interface is well organized and very easy to use. Each tab in the Window Washer menu contains instructions and explanations. Most users will have absolutely no problems customizing Window Washer to meet their specific PC-cleaning needs.

Help & support

For customers in the United States, Webroot offers free telephone support. Customers in all locations are able to open support tickets to receive technical support through e-mail. Before submitting a ticket, however, it is worthwhile to browse through Webroot's FAQ section; it contains solutions to many common technical problems. Also, in addition to all of the aforementioned support options, there is a user guide on Webroot's website that covers most of the information needed to use their software.

Overall

Capable of protecting both online and offline privacy, Window Washer is an excellent privacy-protection tool. This software is packed with easy-to-use features and equipped with a simple menu system that even novice PC users will be able to navigate through. Finally, with an incredibly reasonable price tag, Window Washer is simply the best privacy software available for home use.

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Ratings breakdown

Overall
 received a rating of 5 for Overall
Setup
 received a rating of 5 for Setup
Internet cleaning
 received a rating of 5 for Internet cleaning
PC cleaning
 received a rating of 5 for PC cleaning
Safety
 received a rating of 5 for Safety
Features
 received a rating of 5 for Features
Ease of use
 received a rating of 5 for Ease of use
Help & support
 received a rating of 5 for Help & support