Sophos and Webroot join forces to combat growing problem of internet security threats

October 11, 2006 Sophos Press Release

Sophos, the world leader in protecting businesses against viruses, spyware and spam, and Webroot Software, Inc., the leading provider of anti-spyware software for consumers, have today announced a technology partnership that will bring to market a new standard of protection against the most dangerous internet security threats. Through the partnership, Webroot will license Sophos's anti-virus technology for use in select Webroot consumer and enterprise products.

The new Webroot solutions will integrate Sophos's advanced anti-virus research and technology into Webroot's award-winning anti-spyware software, Spy Sweeper, to provide consumers and enterprises with superior protection against both spyware and viruses in one tightly integrated and easy-to-use solution. These new products from Webroot will be available later this year.

"Last month alone there were more than 4,000 new pieces of malware discovered, all aiming to attack unprotected PCs. For the first time, home users can benefit from the powerful industrial-strength virus protection that has been defending businesses and governments for 20 years," said Steve Munford, CEO of Sophos. "Customers win because Sophos and Webroot are both dedicated to cutting-edge research and innovative security. Additionally, this alliance is an important part of Sophos's strategy to boost awareness of our best-of-breed expertise against internet borne threats."

One of the first providers of anti-spyware technologies, Webroot's award-winning lineup of Spy Sweeper products has been protecting consumers, enterprises and small businesses from the most damaging and sophisticated forms of spyware since 2003. Sophos has also garnered international recognition for its award winning virus detection and removal in independent laboratory tests conducted by respected bodies such as the ICSA, Virus Bulletin and West Coast Labs. Customers can now enjoy unparalleled protection leveraging the global network of researchers at SophosLabs™ and spyware research at Webroot using its acclaimed Phileas technology.

"There is no doubt that spyware and viruses are the two most dangerous types of Internet security threats facing PC users today," said David Moll, CEO of Webroot Software. "In the past year, we have witnessed a disturbing increase in not only the prevalence and maliciousness of spyware but also the blending of these threats with varying payloads. By integrating Sophos's highly-advanced and proven anti-virus technology into our Spy Sweeper product, we will protect users from these threats with a single, intuitive solution."

About Webroot

Webroot Software, Inc. is the creator and publisher of the award-winning Spy Sweeper™ line of anti-spyware products for consumers, small businesses and enterprises worldwide. Based in Boulder, Colo., the company is privately held and backed by some of the industry's leading venture capital firms, including Technology Crossover Ventures, Accel Partners and Mayfield. Webroot's software consistently receives top ratings and recommendations by respected third-party media and product reviews, and has been adopted by millions globally. Spy Sweeper software and other Webroot products can be found online at www.webroot.com and on the shelves of leading retailers throughout the United States, Europe and Japan. Webroot products are also available as either branded solutions or on an OEM basis. To find out more about Webroot, visit www.webroot.com or call 1-800-772-9383.