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Webroot Window Washer (PC DVD)

Platform : Windows XP, Windows Vista
4.2 out of 5 stars 47 customer reviews

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  • Extensive washer areas
  • internet browser actvity eraser
  • Permanent bleaching of files
  • One click shredder
  • Disk space cleaner
  • Critical file protection
  • Automatic or schedule clean cycles
  • Supports popular browsers such as Internet explorer, firefox and AOL

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System Requirements

  • Platform:   Windows XP / Vista
  • Media: DVD-ROM
  • Item Quantity: 1
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  • ASIN: B001IDYMWK
  • Release Date: 17 Nov. 2008
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,804 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)

Product Description

Manufacturer's Description

Webroot Window washer is an award winning software solution designed to protect your privacy by permanently removing all traces of your web browsing history and other personal information from your PC. In Just one click, Window Washer scours your hard drive and removes information such as websites visited, downloaded files, stored user names and passwords.Window Washer also removes the opened file list within Windows and hundreds of third-party applications such as Windows Media Player, Adobe Acrobat, Apple iTunes and Quicktime. Once these traces are removed, Window Washer ensures they are gone forever. In addition, by automatically cleaning your system with Window Washer's convenient scheduling feature, you can ensure your privacy is maintained every time you use your computer

Customer Reviews

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By Maximus TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 15 Nov. 2008
Software like this is essential nowadays. Every time you use your computer you leave behind a signposted trail of what you did, when you did it and what you looked at. Files you delete can still reside on your hard drive years later. All this personal data can be viewed, even by web sites you visit - your privacy and safety are at risk from criminal exploitation.

I have used security software for at least 15 years, both previous versions of Window Washer and offerings from several others. I can report that Window Washer is a reliable and easy to use piece of software that you can happily install and forget - it can be set up to work automatically. It is better value than most, has a proven track record, is from a well known software house and is as easy to use and flexible as anything else on offer, without losing functionality. It gets my vote as the best all-round package for peace of mind.

User control is excellent with a simple interface. "Washes" as they call the deletion process, can be performed as desired, or scheduled either on a time lapse basis or at key events like start-up or shutdown. The scheduler function essentially allows you to "fit and forget" safe in the knowledge you are protected once you've set things up. Not only does the operation protect you, but the clearing of old data liberates memory and speeds up your computer too.

I notice that another reviewer here gives a negative account based on their belief that this program does not work. This view is mistaken. It's important to realise that Window Washer is highly flexible and designed to wipe only what you want it to. BUT YOU NEED TO SET IT UP FIRST.
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I'm always wary of programs that boast their awards and successes rather than their features during installation. Webroot Window Washer is one such program. Having said that, it gives you a choice of a 'Basic' or 'Advanced' interface to begin the 'Laundry'.

The user interface may make you think this is a lightweight application but don't be fooled. It is a very powerful and therefore very dangerous tool for the uninitiated.

If you are new to PC 'housekeeping', beware. It's all too easy to select everything to be cleaned only to discover you've rinsed something important off your hard drive.

My advice? Start with the more robust things like cottons (registry tidy ups after uninstalling programs) before moving on to your delicates (cookies and site passwords).

Blokes may find this all too technical because the program refers to every action as a different kind of 'wash'. Don't be afraid, guys, it's just jargon.

The most powerful aspect of this program is the 'bleaching' function. Forget having to wipe your entire hard drive, running a 'military' or 'government' wipe and then reinstalling everything, WWW will render unrecoverable, any areas you select. It's that good.

Thinking of selling your old hardware or even giving it away to a local charity or church? No need to remove your hard drive before passing it on. WWW will ensure that even your personal information is lost forever so you can rest easy in your benefaction.

A shredder will reduce your hard copy to 1" strips of paper so identity theft is nigh on impossible, but what of spybots mining your hard drive for personal info? WWW can be scheduled to perform regular washing, light showering or heavy scrubbing to deliver the cleanliness level you require.
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I've been using this software on a Windows XP computer. It installed easily and quickly and was no problem to set up and use, although some of the controls - particularly the `bleach' facility sound fairly ominous to those new to `washing'. In this case bleaching is simply a more thorough way of removing objects from your computer. Those objects build up as you use your computer offline, or when you surf the internet for shopping, banking, or absolutely anything else. There are many reasons for removing them from your computer on a regular basis and I would normally be using a free program called CCleaner which provides a similar service. However, in trying this Webroot package I've found it to be very good, although a little bit slower to use than CCleaner. I'm unsure which program works best as each of them has found a small number of items that were left un-removed by the other program. Using them together seems to work well enough though.
One feature of Webroot Window Washer which should certainly be worth having is the facility to wipe clean a hard drive before selling or otherwise passing on a computer. That would prevent any traces of your own letters, passwords, bank information being inadvertently handed over to someone else. I haven't yet tried this part of the program out but definitely will when the time comes.
In summary I do like this program, and for the low price it seems to be worth buying even when there are free programs available for some of its features.
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Just like the cookie monster from Sesame Street this eats all your unwanted cookies, but unlike cookie monster it will only eat the ones you want it to. Great product, took a little while to learn how to use it but after that found it quite easy and it is now invaluable to us.
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