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Dr.Web does not scan critical areas of the system and startup objects most susceptible to infection. This is not true. Both the scanner and SpIDer Guard (XP and Me) scan both the boot sectors of disks and autorun files.
Dr.Web works with only a small number of archives, which means it is not efficient enough. No, Dr.Web also works with file archives such as ZIP, 7ZIP, ARJ, RAR, LHA, HA, GZIP, TAR, BZIP2, MS CAB, ISO, WISE, MSI, CPIO, RPM, DEB (and their number is constant growing) and with many packers (unavailable for many similar programs).
Dr.Web anti-virus does not cure viruses in archives, therefore it is not reliable enough. The fact that Dr.Web, like other antiviruses, does not cure files infected with viruses inside archives, does not at all affect the reliability, which has been confirmed by many authoritative experts.
Several scan tasks cannot be created in Dr.Web Anti-virus. In fact, it is possible to run multiple GUI scanners at the same time to scan multiple hard disk partitions at the same time, thus gaining significant time savings.
An interrupted scan in Dr.Web cannot be continued. No, there is a pause in the GUI scanner.
Dr.Web Anti-virus does not provide for temporary suspension of protection while working with resource-intensive packages. Misconception. SpIDer Guard XP, SpIDer Guard Me, SpIDer Mail have such an opportunity. Just keep in mind that for some of them (for example, SpIDer Guard XP) this feature is available immediately, in others, to enable this feature, you need to change the settings of the configuration file.
Dr.Web does not scan macro viruses in office documents, because it does not recognize them. Not at all, Dr.Web has been "familiar" with macro viruses in all MS Office document formats for a long time.
It is not possible to apply the selected action to all threats of the same type. Dr.Web Anti-virus allows you to configure the application of the selected action for threats of a certain type, namely:
1. Curable viruses;
2. Incurable viruses;
3. Potentially dangerous programs;
4. Hacking programs;
5. Dialing programs;
6. Joke programs;
7. Advertising programs.
Dr.Web cannot be installed on a computer infected with viruses. Dr.Web anti-virus is extremely resistant to viruses and is quite capable of working immediately on a machine infected with a virus. In addition, Dr.Web can be launched directly from any external medium (CD or USB memory), which will not affect the anti-virus operation in any way.
Web Anti-virus cannot set exclusions for applications to be scanned. No, you can exclude any file or folder from scanning in any Dr.Web component.
There is no behavioral blocker in Dr.Web Anti-virus. This is not entirely true. After all, Dr.Web contains such components as the virus activity control function in SpIDer Mail, the virus activity control function in SpIDer Guard Me and the heuristic analyzer, which replace the behavioral blocker.
Dr.Web Anti-virus does not scan HTTP traffic. This statement is true only for some versions. Indeed, for example, the beta version of the SpIDer Gate module has full support for checking HTTP traffic.
The firewall should be built into Dr.Web, which is available in some other anti-viruses. No antivirus has a built-in firewall (although a firewall from the same manufacturer may be offered together with the antivirus without being a component of it). Remember that firewall and antivirus are very different types of software. The functions of the antivirus are analysis of objects on the disk and in the computer memory, while the firewall is designed to analyze packets transmitted over the network. A firewall helps to strengthen protection, but it is by no means a mandatory component of antivirus.
Dr.Web anti-virus is extremely resource-demanding. After all, the size of the Dr.Web Anti-virus distribution kit is only 9MB, it will require only 12-15MB of disk space. And special settings will allow you to save even more computer resources (albeit at the expense of user safety).
Dr.Web Anti-virus does not scan archives "on the fly". No, if the scan of archives is enabled in the SpIDer Guard monitor, they are scanned even before writing to disk. However, the antivirus developers do not recommend using this mode all the time.
Dr.Web can help restore a system damaged by viruses. Unfortunately, this is not the case. The fact is that the function of antivirus does not include the ability to restore the system. For this purpose, there are specialized programs for backing up critical user data and standard system recovery tools built into Windows.
Windows 98, Me, NT 4.0. Dr.Web does not support. Antivirus supports not only all Windows (95 OSR2.98 / Me / NT4.0 / 2000 / XP / 2003), but also earlier operating systems - MS DOS, PC DOS, OS / 2.
After Dr.Web has scanned a disk, other antiviruses find viruses on the same disk. So the antivirus was poor quality? The fact is that Dr.Web detects and neutralizes only efficient viruses that can cause real harm. Inoperable codes, which do not carry any harm, are not taken into account by this antivirus. It is these "broken" viruses that other antiviruses find when they are scanned again.
Dr.Web is not suitable for installation on laptops. Since laptops are the same computers as stationary computers, this antivirus is quite suitable for them. It should only be taken into account that, since laptops have less RAM, less powerful processors, they can be "slowed down" by this antivirus somewhat more than stationary computers. And the scanning of the hard drive will take longer, as a distinctive feature of laptops is the very slow reading of information from the hard drive.
Dr.Web anti-virus does not provide the ability to specify a port in the settings for scanning mail traffic. No, in the mail monitor SpIDer Mail there is such an opportunity (both automatic interception, set by default, and the ability to set the mode of interception of ports through which mail traffic passes manually).
Dr.Web Anti-virus cannot scan "on the fly" messages received via IMAP. This feature is provided in the updated version of SpIDer Mail.
Dr.Web is rarely (once a week) updated. No, Dr.Web updates are constantly released. And once a week, based on these supplements, the company is a "weekly supplement" to the virus databases. It should be noted that automatic updating of anti-virus databases in Dr.Web for Windows is configured for hourly updates by default.
The Dr.Web database is so compact because it "knows" very few viruses. Old viruses are simply excluded from the signature database. Therefore, the check is quick. No, the collection of this antivirus contains viruses of almost all generations. And the scanning speed increases due to the optimization of the scanning algorithm, and not at all as a result of a small amount of information about various viruses.
There is no possibility to receive updates more often than provided by the Dr.Web developers. This is a misconception. Although the Dr.Web Scheduler installed by default is configured to receive databases once an hour, it is quite possible to configure it to receive virus database updates several times per hour, which is quite important lately.