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Linux, Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows, MS DOS, OS/2, Windows Mobile



Type Antivirus
License Proprietary

Dr. Web is a popular anti-virus suite developed by Russian IT-security solutions vendor Doctor Web. It was first released in 1992, and become the first anti-virus service in Russia.

The software offers a wide range of anti-virus and anti-spam solutions and is used by Yandex, Russia's biggest search provider, to scan e-mail attachments.[1] There is also a Firefox add-on for checking links with online version of Dr. Web.[2]

Dr. Web Anti-virus[]

Doctor Web's anti-virus software includes anti-rootkit, anti-spyware, shield, SpIDer-Mail components, and features a system tray interface.[3]

Dr. Web console scanners are available for MS DOS, OS/2, and Windows.[4] They all use the same Dr.Web virus database and search module, which are updated hourly. Console scanners can be installed onto an infected PCs or can be run without installation. Dr. Web console scanners have relatively low system requirements and do not use the Windows system registry. Progress bar is displayed in Dr. Web console scanners by default.[5]


As of 2008 and 2009, Dr. Web showed the following results and got the following awards[6]:

Dr. Web version date name of test award results
5.0 03/16/2009 detection and false alarm Silver Proactive Protection Award 61% - 0.2%
4.44 11/01/2008 treatment of active infections Platinum Malware Treatment Award (ahead of Avast! and Kaspersky) 100%
4.44 03/20/2008 detection of polymorphic viruses Silver Anti-Polymorphic Protection Award 21 out of 33


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