Webroot System Analyzer: Quickly Diagnose a Problematic System

Webroot System Analyzer is a relatively new free and portable offering from the established US-based security company specifically designed to help with a problematic system. It’s also a pretty unique tool, incorporating multiple elements to scan the system for issues and provide the user with clues as to possible cause and remediation:

Webroot System Analyzer looks inside a problem system and gives you a quick assessment plus a detailed report on all aspects of hardware, OS, and installed applications.

Webroot System Analyzer Download & Usage

As already mentioned, Webroot System Analyzer is free and portable. Download is an 820KB single executable which scans 100% clean through Virus Total. Simply double click the downloaded executable to run:

webroot sa - starting interface

Click “Agree and Start” to begin the scan – ignore the side note “By clicking Agree and Install” – which is obviously a typo as it is portable and doesn’t require installation. The scan takes just a couple of minutes to complete after which you’ll be presented with a report summary and overall scoreline:

webroot sa - results summary

Clicking “View Report Details” opens up a slightly more detailed report:

webroot sa - report details

From there, clicking “View Full Report” opens a notepad document containing full details of all scan results:

webroot sa - detailed report

Hardware information is not as comprehensive as a dedicated system information tool but, then again, this software is geared more toward diagnosis than identification. The full report contains lots of useful information, including:

  • System Summary
  • System Security Status
  • Hardware Information
  • Windows Experience Rating
  • System Crash Details
  • Recoverable Space & Stored Cookies
  • Full list of Active Processes & Installed Software
  • Full list of Bootup Applications/Services

Bottom Line

Webroot System Analyzer also runs on servers and the information it provides is more geared toward ITs and advanced users. That said, reports can be saved and passed on to support techs so it could be a useful tool for anyone experiencing system issues.

 

1 thought on “Webroot System Analyzer: Quickly Diagnose a Problematic System”

  1. I’ve been using Belarc Advisor (http://www.belarc.com/free_download.html) for years.

    It looks like the Webroot System Analyzer provides more security status than Belarc Advisor.

    However, when I do a quick assessment of a Windows computer’s security, I open the antivirus product and check for scheduled full system scans, most recent scan results, and whether tighter security options have been chosen. I also check for Malwarebytes Antimalware being installed, and if so, its most recent update-and-scan. Finally, it’s worth checking Advanced Network and Sharing Center settings — does the public profile have both “network discovery” and “file and printer sharing” turned off? Which networks are assigned to the public profile? Is sharing or streaming really needed on the networks assigned to the private profile? (Note that on Win 7 and 8.1 at least these profiles have slightly different names). A final check: Does the computer user do everyday tasks as a standard user, or as administrator?

    Oh yeah: Are MBAE or EMET installed, and if so how are they configured?

    Without these checks, a security assessment is quite incomplete.

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