Adjusting Heuristics

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With heuristics settings, you can adjust the level of threat analysis that Webroot SecureAnywhere performs when scanning your computer. Unless you are an advanced user and understand how changing settings will impact threat detection, we recommend that you keep heuristics at their default setting.

To adjust heuristics:

  1. From the system tray, double-click the Webroot icon. 

    The main interface displays.

  2. In the upper right corner, click Advanced Settings.

    The Settings pane displays with the Install Settings sub-pane active. 

  3. Select Heuristics. 

    The Heuristic pane displays.

  4. Adjust heuristics using the information in the following table.
    Disable heuristics Turns off heuristic analysis. Not recommended.
    Enable standard heuristics This setting could lower your level of security.
    Enable enhanced heuristics based on the behavior, origin, age, and popularity of files Default; recommended setting.
    Enable maximum heuristics Use with caution; this could cause unexpected behavior, prevent the use of lesser known applications, or prevent the installation of rarely-used programs.
    Warn when any new program executes that is not specifically whitelisted Issues a warning for any program not specifically included in the Webroot database of websites that are known to be okay.
    Enable Webroot Infrared For details, see PC Shields Overview.
  5. When you're done, click the Save button.