Dr. Web

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Dr. Web
Dr. Web
Initial release 1992 (1992)
Stable release 11.0
Development status Active
Operating system Linux
Mac OS X
Microsoft Windows
Windows Mobile
Available in Russian, English, French, German, Japanese, Korean
Type Antivirus
Website www.drweb.com

Dr.Web is a Russian anti-malware company, and the name of its flagship software suite. First released in 1992, it became the first anti-virus service in Russia.[1] Doctor Web is one of a few anti-virus vendors in the world that owns its technologies for detecting and curing malware.

The software also offers anti-spam solutions and is used by Yandex, Russia's biggest search provider, to scan e-mail attachments.[2] There is also an add-on for all major browsers which checks links with the online version of Dr Web.[3]

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.[4]

Dr.Web console scanners are available for DOS, OS/2, and Windows.[5] They all use the same virus database and search module, which are updated hourly. Console scanners can be installed onto infected personal computers (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.[6][7]

Home user products and feature comparison[edit]

Dr.Web products for home users come in three variants: Dr.Web Anti-virus, Dr.Web Security Space and Dr.Web Katana. Dr.Web Security Space is the complex antivirus solution that uses all the technologies developed by Dr.Web, Dr.Web Anti-virus is a basic antivirus and Dr.Web Katana is a non-signature anti-virus offering preventive protection against the latest active threats, targeted attacks, and attempts by Trojans and exploits to use vulnerabilities, including zero-day ones, to penetrate systems. It can be used with antivirus software of other vendors in order to apply Dr.Web preemprive protection such products lack.

Dr.Web Security Space Dr.Web Anti-virus Dr.Web Katana
Anti-virus + + -
Preventive protection + + +
Anti-spam + - -
HTTP monitor + + -
Parental Control + - -
Firewall + + -
Anti-virus network + - -
Protection against data loss (backup) + - -
Dr.Web Cloud + - +
Block access to removable devices + - -

Notable discoveries[edit]

Flashback Trojan[edit]

Dr.Web discovered the Trojan BackDoor.Flashback variant that affected more than 600,000 Macs.[8]


Dr.Web discovered the Trojan.Skimer.18, a Trojan that works like an ATM software skimmer.[9] The Trojan can intercept and transmit bank card information processed by ATMs as well as data stored on the card and its PIN code.


Main article: Linux.Encoder.1

Dr.Web discovered the ransomware Linux.Encoder.1 that affected more than 2,000 Linux users.[10] Linux.Encoder.2 which was discovered later turned out to be an earlier version of this ransomware.


History of Dr.Web tests by Anti-Malware Test Lab:[11]

Dr.Web version date name of test award results 10/31/2012 Active Malware Treatment Gold Malware Treatment Award[12] 83%
5.0 02/16/2010 treatment of active infections Gold Malware Treatment Award[13] 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)[14] 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.[15]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Dr. Web LTD Doctor Web / Dr. Web Reviews, Best AntiVirus Software Reviews, Review Centre". Reviewcentre.com. Retrieved 2014-02-17. 
  2. ^ [1][dead link]
  3. ^ Web, Doctor (2013-10-07). "Dr. Web LinkChecker :: Add-ons for Firefox". Addons.mozilla.org. Retrieved 2014-02-17. 
  4. ^ "Антивирус Dr.Web для Windows версии 9". Products.drweb.com. Retrieved 2014-02-17. 
  5. ^ "Dr. Web - innovation anti-virus security technologies. Comprehensive protection from Internet threats". Products.drweb.com. Retrieved 2014-02-17. 
  6. ^ [2][dead link]
  7. ^ "Dr. Web anti-virus for Windows. Brief user manual." (PDF). Retrieved 2014-02-17. 
  8. ^ Greenberg, Andy (April 9, 2012). "Apple Snubs Firm That Discovered Mac Botnet, Tries To Cut Off Its Server Monitoring Infections". Forbes. Retrieved April 10, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Trojan.Skimer.18 infects ATMs". news.drweb.com. Retrieved 2015-11-27. 
  10. ^ Dr.Web (November 6, 2015). "Encryption Ransomware Threatens Linux Users". Forbes. Retrieved November 16, 2015. 
  11. ^ [3][dead link]
  12. ^ "Antivirus Test - Active Malware Treatment Test (October 2012) - Anti-Malware Test Lab". Anti-malware-test.com. 2012-10-31. Retrieved 2014-02-17. 
  13. ^ "Antivirus Test - Active Malware Treatment Test (February 2010) - Anti-Malware Test Lab". Anti-malware-test.com. 2010-02-16. Retrieved 2014-02-17. 
  14. ^ "Тест самозащиты антивирусов 2014". Anti-Malware.ru. Retrieved 2014-02-17. 
  15. ^ "Dr. Web CureIt - Free download and software reviews - CNET Download.com". Download.cnet.com. Retrieved 2014-02-17. 

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