Changing Web Threat Shield Settings

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The Web Threat shield protects your Mac as you surf the Internet. If it detects a website that may be a threat, it blocks the page and asks if you want to continue despite the warning. In addition, this shield analyzes all the links on a search results page. It displays an image next to each link that signifies whether it's a trusted site or a potential risk. For more information about using Web Threat protection while surfing or using search engines, see Using Web Threat Protection.

Note: During installation, SecureAnywhere prompted you to install the Safari extension. If you declined to install it, you cannot use Web Threat protection. If you decide later to turn on Web Threat protection, SecureAnywhere will then prompt you to install the Safari extension. For more information on enabling shield, see Managing Shields.

To change Web Threat shield settings:

  1. From the dock, click the Webroot icon.

  2. The main interface displays.

  3. From the menu bar, select Webroot SecureAnywhere, then Preferences.

  4. The Advanced Settings Window displays.
  5. In the left column, select Web Threat Shield.

To override website filters:

  1. Click the Edit Website Overrides button.
  2. In the dialog, enter a website name in the field, using the form, and click the Add Website button. 
  3. In the table, click one of the following radio buttons:
  4. Allow Allows the website.
  5. Block Blocks the website.
  6. Click the Close button.
  7. If Safari is open, quit the browser and reopen it.
    You must restart your browser for website filter changes to take effect. 

To shield the Mac's Hosts file:

  1. Select the Monitor hosts file for changes checkbox.
  2. To return the Hosts file to its factory state and remove changes malware may have made to the file, click the Reset Hosts File button.
  3. Click the Close button.

To disable website filtering:

  1. Click the Webroot icon in the menu bar to open Webroot.
  2. From the drop-down menu, select Open Webroot SecureAnywhere.
  3. From the main window, click Mac Security.
  4. Click the button next to the shield name to turn it off.
    • If the orange indicator is to the left, the shield is off.
    • If the green indicator is to the right, the shield is on.
    If you disable a shield, your Mac is vulnerable. The SecureAnywhere interface turns orange, which is a warning state.

  5. You must restart your browser for website filter changes to take effect.