Webroot is anti-virus software, and it’s popular with large companies since it installs onto multiple platforms.
Sadly, there’s something wrong with Webroot on MacOS, and that’s probably why you’re here.
In my experience, Webroot hogs CPU constantly and runs down the battery. I read somewhere that it might have something to do with Chrome, but I decided I just wanted it gone so my Mac would return to it’s snappy old self.
If open Activity Monitor and you find that a process called WSDaemon (Webroot) is taking up 100% of your CPU, you’re having the same problem.
Webroot doesn’t uninstall.
You might try to uninstall Webroot by booting into safe mode and dragging the application into the trash. That’s what the support articles recommend.
On this Mac however, WSDaemon resurrected itself afterwards and got back to it’s old habits of burning up CPU cycles and refusing to die.
I’m not the only one this is happening to, there are plenty of Google suggestions like
webroot won't uninstall mac in the search results.
It’s hard to find any official documentation from the Webroot team on this, but I did find command line uninstallation commands online. They came from an email that Webroot themselves sent to a user who was facing the same issue.
How to uninstall Webroot on a Mac
If you’re ready to completely remove Webroot SecureAnywhere from your Mac, paste the following commands into Terminal, which is a command line interface built into MacOS.
You can copy and paste them into terminal all at once, you don’t need to do them line by line.
launchctl unload /Library/LaunchDaemons/com.webroot.security.mac.plist kextunload /Library/Extensions/SecureAnywhere.kext kextunload /System/Library/Extensions/SecureAnywhere.kext rm /usr/local/bin/WSDaemon rm /usr/local/bin/WFDaemon killall -9 WSDaemon killall -9 WFDaemon killall -9 "Webroot SecureAnywhere" rm -rf /Library/Extensions/SecureAnywhere.kext rm -rf /System/Library/Extensions/SecureAnywhere.kext rm -rf "/Applications/Webroot SecureAnywhere.app" rm /Library/LaunchAgents/com.webroot.WRMacApp.plistSudo rm /Library/LaunchDaemons/com.webroot.security.mac.plist rm ~/Library/Preferences/com.webroot.WSA.plist rm ~/Library/Preferences/com.webroot.Webroot-SecureAnywhere.plist rm -rf ~/Library/Application\ Support/Webroot rm -rf /Library/Application\ Support/Webroot
If you see some permission denied errors, you might need to use
sudo su before you try those commands.
Slaying the daemon
I hope this helps you kill the Webroot daemon and get your Mac performing again. Expect to see improvements to responsiveness, battery life and a much quieter fan.