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Dr.Web Antivirus Review 2021 - Does it Actually Work? 

8.6
GREAT
Ranked 14th from 58 antivirus companies
Ranked 14th from 58 antivirus companies
Eric C.
Eric C.
Published on: April 4, 2021

Dr.Web Detailed Expert Review

Dr. Web is a Russian antivirus provider that offers antivirus solutions for Windows, Linux, and Mac. I tested out its Dr. Web Security Space (and the included Dr. Web Scanner tool) to see whether this tool has enough firepower to offer solid threat protection.

Security

Dr. Web offers three streamlined scanning options in its main menu. Although the custom scanning tool seemed to lack some of the sophistication seen from better-known providers, I quickly came to appreciate the simplicity of it. The full scan covers both drives and removable media (such as USB drives), while an express scan targets critical system paths. That’s more than enough to meet the needs of most users.

Security

Heuristic and Definition-Based Protection

But how good is its protection? It’s difficult to replicate a dedicated virus testing laboratory’s methodologies, but the program detected and quarantined the small pool of 10 viruses and pieces of known malware that I threw at it. Since version 11.0, the program has also sported the Enhanced Dr. Web Process heuristic technology which is designed to thwart attacks involving zero-day exploits in most common Windows applications, including Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, and MS Office.

The antivirus engine is also updated in real-time with information drawn from Dr. Web Cloud to ensure that its virus definitions are as current as can be, even when not connected to the internet. The combination of heuristic behavioral analysis and a real-time cloud-updated antivirus engine provides more than enough protection.

Features

Dr. Web features a small selection of tools that complement its main antivirus functions. Its data loss prevention utility creates local duplicates of critical files which remain accessible in the event that the originals are corrupted or destroyed.

Features

There’s also a separate quarantine manager where users are able to inspect, delete, and release files that the engine has identified as suspicious. I was able to change the notifications that would appear if a troublesome program was detected.

Parental Control With Detailed Configuration Choices

Dr. Web includes a parental control service, and I was surprised to see plenty of safety options. The configuration settings can be easily imported and exported using a drag-and-drop menu, so replicating them on multiple devices is quick and easy. The advanced settings also provide plenty of control over what kind of scanning process to follow (normal for a faster, lower level scan or ‘paranoid’ for a more comprehensive check) and gave me the option to toggle on and off scanning of LAN objects and rootkits.

Ease of use

It’s impossible to fault Dr. Web’s level of user-friendliness. The welcome screen is so deceptively simple that I doubted how powerful it would be. Dr. Web is a delightfully easy program to navigate, and installation took less than three minutes. If you’re looking for straightforward scanning options (without unnecessary options), it has everything you need.

Support

Dr. Web provides some good tutorials in its online support center and also maintains a global telephone center where its team helps with customer queries. Some resources (such as the ticket opening form) are only available in Russian, but agents are able to speak English and are quick to respond. Ticket support is staffed 24/7, which is great if a critical issue arises outside of the company’s business hours.

Pricing

Dr. Web Security Space offers a very affordable protection plan which covers one desktop (PC/Mac) and mobile device for one year. The Dr. Web KATANA (Kill Active Threats and New Attacks) is described as “your second anti-virus for Windows.” It includes some of the company’s latest non-signature anti-virus and anti-ransomware detection algorithms. Given how both the products compare to others on the market, I recommend buying them both.

Dr.Web Products & Pricing

Bottom Line

Dr. Web is a comprehensive tool for detecting against both signature-based and zero-day cybersecurity threats. It includes a very good parental control filter and is extremely easy to use.

About the Author

Eric C.
Eric C.
Expert on Cyber Security, Fintech, and Cryptocurrency

About the Author

Eric is a professional cyber tech expert with almost a decade of experience writing about security and tech. In recent years, he has been focused heavily on the rapidly developing fintech and cryptocurrency industries and how they relate to online security.

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Dr.Web User Reviews

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Customer Service Aficionado
Customer Service Aficionado
Canada
1.0
Poor customer service
Windows User
It's worth being aware before purchasing Dr. Web that their customer and technical support is quite poor. I had several issues with website and apps being blocked by Dr. Web without a solution being provided. In one situation their response was to disable Dr. Web in my browser and leave it insecure. In another their response was, you can't do this because you don't have the right version of the software (I had the "Premium Subscription Service.") When I asked if I could pay the difference to get the right version, their response was no. I asked for some sort of compromise (a coupon discount, similar to the sales they have during holidays,) they're response again was no. It's hard to recommend a company that will leave you with a useless ver...Show More
eldyk307lele
eldyk307lele
United Kingdom
10.0
one of the best antivirus
Windows User
It is one of the best antivirus.

I have been using it since 2003.

Equally good to kaspersKY.

Sometimes kaspersky might detect something that actually is not a virus but tagged as.This is more due to behavioural analysis which if it is unknown then tagged as virus and not because of code analysis.

Kaspersky is 99.9 Dr Web is 99.8..

I choose the second one for the following [email protected]

great prices

great technical support

love the company's' philosophy-hardcore antivirus ,no adv bullbleeps and no other agendas

My view is that the code design and code analysis is far better than kaspersky one.Where kaspersky wins is that it is 20 times bigger company and 20 times more human resources and AI analysis of the files.

I l...Show More
David Kiley
David Kiley
United States
10.0
Another Linux User
Linux User
Dr. Web is currently the only company that provides a professional virus protection suite for Linux. Nod32 used to but they are in the process of discontinuing their linux offering . I highly recommend Dr Web if you are a linux user.
s.e.
s.e.
Italy
10.0
On Linux
Linux User
I've Drweb installed on many PCs/NBs and I'm fully satisfayed. It's simple, cheap and works.

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