Dr. Web

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Dr. Web
Dr. Web
Initial release 1992 (1992)
Stable release 8.0.7.03260
Development status Active
Operating system Linux
Mac OS X
Microsoft Windows
DOS
OS/2
Windows Mobile
Android[1]
Available in Russian, English, French, German, Japanese
Type Antivirus
Website www.drweb.com

Dr. Web is a Russian anti-malware company as well as its flagship software suite. First released in 1992, it became the first anti-virus service in Russia.[2]

The software also offers anti-spam solutions and is used by Yandex, Russia's biggest search provider, to scan e-mail attachments.[3] There is also an add-on for Firefox which checks links with the online version of Dr. Web.[4] Dr. Web discovered the Trojan BackDoor.Flashback variant that affected more than 600,000 Macs.[5]

Dr. Web Anti-virus[edit]

Doctor Web's anti-virus software includes anti-rootkit, anti-spyware, shield, and SpIDer-Mail components, and features a system tray interface.[6]

Dr. Web console scanners are available for MS-DOS, OS/2, and Windows.[7] They all use the same virus database and search module, which are updated hourly. Console scanners can be installed onto infected PCs or can be run without installation. Dr. Web console scanners do not use the Windows system registry. The progress bar is displayed in the console scanners by default.[8][9]

Effectiveness[edit]

History of Dr. Web tests by Anti-Malware Test Lab:[10]

Dr. Web version date name of test award results
7.0.1.07100 10/31/2012 Active Malware Treatment Gold Malware Treatment Award[11] 83%
5.0 02/16/2010 treatment of active infections Gold Malware Treatment Award[12] 81%
5.0 03/16/2009 detection and false alarm Silver Proactive Protection Award 61% - 0.2%
5.0 01/16/2009 self protection test Platinum Self-Protection Award (ahead of Avast! and Kaspersky)[13] 100%
4.44 24/01/2008 treatment of active infections Platinum Malware Treatment Award (ahead of Avast! and Kaspersky) 100%
4.44 11/01/2008 anti-rootkit tests Silver Anti-Rootkit Protection Award 5 of 8
4.44 03/20/2008 detection of polymorphic viruses Silver Anti-Polymorphic Protection Award 21 out of 33
4.33 08/15/2006 packers support test Silver Packers Support 76%

Download.com ranked the CureIt utility 4.5 out of 5 in 2010, the drawback being the slow speed of the scan.[14]

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