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Dr Web Antivirus 8.0

Protection against viruses, spyware and adware, hacker attacks and data leaks

Dr Web Antivirus
Version: 8.0
Publisher: Doctor Web
Delivery Type: Download
Operating System: Windows XP/Vista/7/8/Mac
Language: English
Price: $33.95
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Dr.Web 8 - Protection against viruses, spyware and adware, hacker attacks and data leaks

Dr.Web - innovation IT-security solutions. Complex protection against Internet threats. Anti-virus protection of personal computers enhanced with the firewall against hacker attacks.

  • Best at curing active infections
  • Installs in an infected system without its preliminary curing
  • Fast multi-thread scanning
  • Unique technologies blocking even unknown threats
  • Full scan of archives at all nesting levels
  • Best detection and neutralization of complex viruses
  • Full scan of archives at all nesting levels
  • Protects against unauthorized access by a network; prevents data leaks; blocks suspicious connections on package and application layers

Dr.Web 8.0 for Windows New Features

    The new installer

    • The new installer of Dr.Web 8.0 doesn't use the Microsoft Windows Installer, no additional services are required to install the product.
    • Integration with the updated Dr.Web anti-rootkit allows you to cure your PC during installation, even if the computer is infected with sophisticated malware.
    • Installation is much faster.

    New installer features:

    • The revamped installation wizard interface reduces the number of steps required to install Dr.Web and therefore makes installation quicker.
    • The updated Dr.Web anti-rootkit allows the wizard counter active threats and install Dr.Web onto computers infected even with complex malware.
    • Enhanced interaction with already installed Dr.Web (for example, toggle on/off the self-protection module during installation).
    • Incremental installer updating to ensure that the user always has the latest distribution file.
    • Import settings of your installed Dr.Web to get the security you need.

    Faster installation

    • The new installation wizard no longer scans the system, which also reduces the installation time.
    • Instead a background search for active threats is initiated upon scanning completion and disarms all threats without interrupting user experience.

    Background anti-rootkit scan and new arkapi.

    • The Anti-rootkit API used in Dr.Web 8.0 provides background scan and neutralization of active threats.
    • The resident background scan routines search for active threats among start-up objects, running processes and modules, system objects, RAM, MBR/VBR and BIOS. If threats are detected, Dr.Web can notify the user about the danger, cure the infection and block malicious activities.
    • One of the key criteria of this resident subsystem is its carefully measured consumption of system resources (CPU, IO, RAM), and intelligent assessment of hardware capabilities.

    Preventive protection

    Dr.Web 8.0 blocks automatic modification of critical Windows objects and controls certain routines that can be exploited to undermine the system security thus expanding preventive protection even further.

    Dr.Web 8.0 blocks automatic modification of critical Windows objects and controls certain routines that can be exploited to undermine the system security thus expanding preventive protection even further.

    • Minimum (Recommended) — prohibit low-level disk access, modification of the HOSTS file and critical operating system objects often compromised by malware. So objects whose modification is a clear indication of a malicious activity are kept secure.
    • Medium — in addition to objects protected in the recommended mode it disables modification of objects that could potentially be used by malicious programs. Since enabling this option can affect operation of some legitimate programs, running the anti-virus in this mode may cause compatibility issues.
    • Paranoid — in this mode a user is prompted when a driver is loaded or a program is launched automatically.
    • Custom — adjust Dr.Web's response to various events in the system as you see fit.

    The same set of system objects and routines is available for protection in all modes, and includes:

    • HOSTS file
    • Low-level disk access
    • Driver loading
    • Access to the Image File Execution Options
    • Access to User Drivers
    • Winlogon shell settings
    • Winlogon dialogue windows
    • Windows shell autorun
    • Executable file associations
    • Software Restriction Policies
    • Internet Explorer BHO
    • Autorun
    • Automatic implementation of policies
    • Safe mode settings
    • Session Manager settings
    • System services

    Dr.Web Cloud

    • Similarly to the Dr.Web Cloud Checker available in Dr.Web for Android, Dr.Web 8.0 permits the parental control and SpIDer Gate to check URLs with the Dr.Web Cloud service on Doctor Web's servers.
    • As a user goes to a web-site, the respective URL is sent to Doctor Web to determine if the site is safe to visit.
    • The URL is checked in real time regardless of updating settings or how up-to-date the virus definitions on the user's computer are.
    • No information that may help identify the user is transmitted to Doctor Web by Dr.Web Cloud.

    Updated Dr.Web Parental control

    • Limiting Internet and computer time.
      • The minimal period of usage is one hour.
      • When the allowed period ends, a corresponding notification is displayed and all connections are interrupted.
      • When access to a site is blocked, a notification similar to hose displayed by SpIDer Gate or parental control appears in the browser window.. When access to the computer is blocked, the Windows welcome screen is displayed.
    • Windows accounts support
      • This feature allows you to configure filtering web pages and limit computer land the Internet time individually for each user.
      • The list of existing accounts is generated in the parental control settings automatically.
      • This feature does not enamble to manage access to local files, folders or devices.
    • Restrict access to devices
      • In the local access settings you can now also restrict access to the following types of devices:
        • Disk drive
        • CD/DVD-ROM
        • Keyboard
        • Mouse
        • Network adapter
        • Audio and video device
        • Game controller
        • USB-device
        • COM / LPT port
      • Two device access modes are available: completely ban access for all processes of the operating system or use the user-prompt mode in which the user will be notified whenever a process attempts to access adevice.
      • Device access settings are applied under all user accounts.

    New customization features and a single Dr.Web (control center (except Scanner settings)

    In the version 8.0 you can right-click on the SpIDer Agent icon in the system tray to invoke the settings window that permits you to adjust general settings of the anti-virus and configure all its components, including the Firewall. Only the scanner settings are available in a separate window.

    New anti-virus configuration features:

    • An expanded list of on-screen notifications.
    • Enhanced logging configuration:
      • The standard mode available in Dr.Web 7.0 is no longer used. Information is logged in a mode similar to the extended mode (the default) or debug mode of the version 7.0.
      • By default, detailed logging is conducted until a reboot to reduce the log file size. if necessary, the detailed logging period can be extended.
      • Now you can save memory dumps upon scanning errors.
      • A link to the logs folder is now available in the anti-virus settings window.
      • The anti-virus also enables you to collect pcap-logs and detailed firewall logs.
      • Detailed logs of Dr.Web services (Dr.Web Control Service) are now also available.
    • New quarantine settings:
      • The quarantine folder size on each drive is displayed.
      • Upon detection of infected files on hard or removable drives you can now choose the quarantine location.
      • You can limit the size of the quarantine folder and clean it on each hard drive.
    • Single network configuration for all Dr.Web components:
      • All the settings are aggregated in the Proxy-server section.
      • You can specify settings for several proxy servers.
    • Import and export anti-virus settings and reset them to default.
    • New parental control settings:
      • Limit Internet and computer time.
      • The Web filter and Internet time and computer time settings are defined individually for each user account in Windows.
      • Block access to files and folders as well as devices.
      • Black and white lists of sites are created in the same window and addresses are checked for collision as you type.
    • Simplified SpIDer Mail configuration.
      • Black and white lists of e-mail addresses are created in the same window and addresses are checked for collision as you type.
      • Settings for automatic and manual interception of connections have been merged.
      • Separate settings for scanning archives and containers.
    • SpIDer Gate configuration simplified
      • The scanning priority slider is now available in the Advanced settings section. A drop-down list is used instead.
      • The option to use SpIDer Gate as a local proxy server has been removed.
      • Separate settings for scanning archives and containers.

    The new notification system. Notifications can be sent via e-mail.

    The list of events upon which Dr.Web 8.0 sends notifications:

    • A threat is detected.
    • A URL is blocked.
    • A spam message is detected.
    • A mass mailing is detected.
    • Access to a site is denied.
    • Access to a device is denied.
    • Allowed Internet time is over.
    • Allowed computer time is over.
    • Preventive protection
    • Self-protection status has changed.
    • Access to a protected object is blocked.
    • Connections awaiting firewall's reply are detected.
    • Updating
    • Virus databases have been updated.
    • Update error
    • Virus databases are outdated
    • There is a new version of the product
    • The license has expired
    • The license is expiring.

    On-screen notifications

    • Notifications are divided into modal and ordinary.
    • Modal notifications require user input and close only upon an appropriate action on the part of the user. An example of such a notification is a reboot prompt.
    • Ordinary notifications inform a user about events that do not require input and close after some time. One ordinary notification can be displayed for similar events, i.e. one message and the event counter are placed in the same window.
    • Modal notifications do not interrupt ordinary ones but are placed in the queue for display, that is only one notification window is displayed at any time.
    • If needed, a notification window can contain a link to a window with more information about the event (for example, with a list of infected objects, names of viruses and performed actions, etc.), or to the notifications configuration window.
    • Notifications appear over the Windows notification area.

    E-mail notifications

    • E-mail notification can be sent upon the same events upon which on-screen notifications appear.
    • Yet you can select to be notified upon some events by e-mail and display on-screen notifications for other events.
    • Notifications are sent only at one e-mail address.

    A single statistics window

    In the version 8.0 statistics of all Dr.Web components, including the firewall logs, is displayed in a single window. Statistics is displayed for the current session. Only scanning results are displayed in a separate window.

    Other changes

    • Dr.Web LinkChecker has been removed from the distribution because most popular browsers only install plugins from approved sites.
    • License Manager UI tweaks:
      • A list of components allowed under the license has been removed.
      • Information about the license type is displayed.
    • License Manager and Register license items in the SpIDer Agent menu are now available in the user mode.
    • The option Allow/block once set in the firewall's prompt now applies to all events during the process's lifetime. In the version 7.0, such rules were applied only until the next connection to the port, which could lead to repeated requests for permission.
    • Quarantine Manager UI tweaks:
      • Improved usability (similarly to CureIt! 7.0)
      • Quarantine settings are included into general Dr.Web settings.

Dr.Web for Mac OS X

Detects and neutralizes viruses, spyware, adware, hacking tools, paid dialers and jokers targeting MAC OS X as well as malware written for other platforms. Flexible configuration, custom profiles, easy administration and high usability provide quick and easy access to all features of the application. Low CPU load of Dr.Web for MAC OS X allow it to run virtually unnoticed.

  • High-speed Dr.Web scanner checks autorun objects, removable data-storage devices, network and logical drives, e-mails, files and directories including archived files.
  • SpIDer Guard monitors system security real-time. Quarantine allows isolating infected and suspicious files that could be cured in the future.
  • Automatic updating of virus databases and program modules over the Internet (on-demand and scheduled with any updating frequency).
  • License manager will help to obtain a demo key file, install an available key, register a serial number or view the license information.
  • The scheduler allows creating scanning and updating schedules.
  • Detailed rapports contain date and time of a virus event, the name of an object and information about actions performed to the object.

Dr.Web Anti-virus Protection components

Basic license protection components - Detection of all types of threats (Dr.Web Scanner)

  • New! Numerous architecture changes boost the multi-thread scanning capabilities and allow to take the full advantage of multi-processor systems. With full use of multi-core capabilities Dr.Web scanner 7.0 boasts vastly increased performance. In a multiprocessor system the scanning speed is much higher compared with the previous version of Dr.Web.
  • New! New scanner interface.
  • Quick and thorough scanning of RAM, boot sectors, hard drives and removable data-storage devices.
  • Neutralizes viruses, Trojans and other malware.
  • Comprehensive databases for spyware, riskware, adware, hack tools and jokers.
  • The console scanner intended for experienced users enables them to run the anti-virus from the command line. It offers users a wide range of options and also utilizes the multi-core features.

Real-time protection (SpIDer Guard® file monitor)

  • Real-time monitoring of the system’s health — interception of all calls to files located on local drives, floppy discs, CD/DVD/ Blue-ray disks, flash-drives, or smart cards.
  • File monitor is highly resistant to attempts by malicious programs to disrupt its operation.

Anti-rootkit technology (Dr.Web Shield™)

  • Reliable system protection from viruses featuring rootkit-technologies that allow viruses to hide their presence in a compromised system.
  • Neutralization of complex rootkits.

Virus-free e-mail (SpIDer Mail®)

  • On-the-fly virus scanning of e-mails over SMTP/POP3/NNTP/IMAP4.
  • New! Scan encrypted SSL-connections (SMTPS/POP3S/IMAP4S).
  • Scanning does not interrupt operation of mail clients and doesn't cause a receipt delay.
  • Individual processing rules for different types of malicious objects — viruses, riskware, adware, hack tools, paid dialers, and jokers.
  • An analysis of message contents and sending time allows the characteristics of malicious activities to be detected and prevents mail worms from carrying out mass mailings.

E-mail protection for Microsoft ® Outlook

  • The Dr.Web plug-in for Outlook scans files attached to e-mail messages for viruses, checks the mail arriving via an encrypted SSL connection, filters out spam, detects and neutralizes malicious software and employs the Dr.Web heuristic analyzer for extra protection against unknown viruses.

Dr.Web LinkChecker – check sites for viruses and avoid bogus web-sites without installing Dr.Web

  • Anti-virus plugins to scan web-pages and files downloaded from the Internet and to check links in e-mails processed by Mozilla Thunderbird without installing Dr.Web.
  • Plug-ins allow you to check web pages before opening them, warn you upon opening external links on Facebook and Google + and check these links, recognize and check short URLs, scans files you download from the Internet for viruses, checks links to scripts and frames.

Protection from network attacks (Dr.Web Firewall)

  • Protects against unauthorized access by a network; prevents data leaks; blocks suspicious connections on package and application layers.
  • The application layer connection control manages the ability of applications and processes to access network resources and registers access attempts in the applications log.
  • The packet layer filtering allows controlling connection to the Internet regardless of an application that uses it. The packet filter log stores information about packets sent over network interfaces.
  • New! In the Game mode a rule dialogue window will appear on top of any application running in the full screen mode.
  • New! Real time monitoring of applications' networking activities and forced disconnection of the application from the network if necessary.

Dr.Web Anti-virus Technologies


A good anti-virus application can detect viruses. Deleting an infected file that may contain important information is one thing, but restoring the file to its original "healthy" state is entirely another.

Cures viruses

  • The Dr.Web anti-virus functions on infected computers; its exceptional resistance to viruses makes it stand out among anti-viruses.
  • Dr.Web has the highest success rate in the industry for curing active infections
  • There is no need to cure a system prior to installing Dr.Web; this is due to the product’s unique technologies for scanning memory processes and its outstanding ability to neutralize active infections.
  • High probability to launch a scanning process in the infected system even from a remote data-storage device without installation (e.g. from a USB flash drive)


Dr.Web is immune to any attempts by malicious programs to disrupt its operation. Dr.Web SelfPROtect is the unique anti-virus component that maintains the anti-virus' security.

  • Dr.Web SelfPROtect is implemented as a driver that operates on the lowest system level. The driver can't be stopped or unloaded without a system reboot.
  • Dr.Web SelfPROtect restricts access to a network, files and folders, certain branches of the Windows Registry and removable data-storage devices on the system driver level and protects the software from anti-antiviruses aiming to disrupt the operation of Dr.Web.
  • Some anti-viruses modify the Windows kernel through intercepting interrupts, changing vector tables or using other undocumented features. This may have a negative impact on the stability of a system and pave new ways for malicious programs to get into a system. At the same time, Dr.Web SelfPROtect maintains security of the anti-virus and doesn’t interfere with routines of the Windows kernel.
  • New! Automatic restoring of anti-virus modules

Unique engine features

  • Scan of archived files at any nesting level.
  • Reliably detects packed objects regardless of whether or not Dr.Web recognizes the compression format and their detailed analysis aimed at exposing hidden threats.
  • Leader in detecting and neutralizing complex rootkits.
  • Intelligent memory scan technologies allow viruses to be blocked in the RAM before replicating themselves to the hard drive, making it less likely for malware to exploit the vulnerability of a third-party application or the operating system.
  • Dr.Web can detect and neutralize viruses that can be found only in RAM and do not exist as files on disks, e.g. Slammer or CodeRed.

Detection of unknown threats

  • FLY-CODE is a unique universal decompression technology enabling Dr.Web to unpack data that has been compressed with unknown packers.
  • The cutting-edge, non-signature scan technology Origins Tracing™ ensures the high probability that viruses unknown to Dr.Web will be detected.
  • The heuristic analyzer, whose analyses are based on criteria typical of various groups of malicious programs, detects most known threats.

Dr.Web Anti-virus

Always up-to-date

  • Updating over the Internet, whether automatically or according to a schedule, doesn't require user interference. Updating can also be launched manually.
  • Updating is very quick even if a slow Internet connection is used.
  • Updating servers are always available.
  • Updates can be retrieved from an HTTP server.
  • In most cases, there is no need to reboot the system to complete updating; Dr.Web starts using the updated modules and latest virus definitions right away
  • Updates are small (50-200KB).
  • To save traffic the anti-virus can be set to update virus databases only However, enabling this option is not recommended. To counter the latest threats, Dr.Web undergoes constant refinement. New features are incorporated in updated modules of an anti-virus package and are downloaded from Doctor Web's server automatically during regular updating sessions.
  • You can also reduce traffic by downloading updates as archived files A special data-compression algorithm used by Doctor Web allows reducing size of downloaded updates. Patch files are used to deliver minor additions and fixes for virus database or program modules. The special compression algorithm applied to such patches dramatically reduces the amount of transferred data.

Virus monitoring service

  • The Doctor Web virus monitoring service collects samples of malicious programs all over the Internet to create antidotes and release updates as soon as analyses are completed — as often as several times per hour.
  • As soon as an update is released, users can retrieve it from several servers located at various points of the globe.
  • To avoid false positives an update is tested over a huge number of uninfected files before it is released.
  • The intelligent system automatically adds entries for similar viruses into the database, ensuring the prompt neutralization of emerging threats.

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Dr.Web Anti-virus

My Dr.Web

"My Dr.Web" is your guide on www.drweb.com that helps you obtain information about user services.

  • View your license data including the product name, the serial number, the date of the last update and the key file expiration date.
  • Use the web-form of the online support system to ask for support or view the history of your request.
  • Check a suspicious file or a link with the Dr.Web online scanner or send a file to the anti-virus laboratory for analysis.
  • Renew a license, buy a new one or read the latest news from Doctor Web.

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