Dr.Web community news
July 26, 2019
In connection with recent changes in Google’s policy regarding the use of permissions for SMS messages and calls, Dr.Web Security Space for Android Life was removed from the Google Play Store. The policy changes have affected the anti-virus products of all anti-virus manufacturers. Some vendors have removed the above-mentioned functionality, and others are offering SMS filters as a separate commercial application. Doctor Web strongly rejects taking such a course of action and believes that restricting mobile device users throughout the world from using important Dr.Web anti-virus features is a critical blow to their security, especially the most vulnerable of users—children and elderly people who can suffer from calls and SMS messages from unknown people and annoying fraudulent ads.
Since negotiations with Google were fruitless and Doctor Web cannot permit the security level of its users to be lowered, we are offering everyone who purchased Dr.Web Security Space for Android Life on Google Play to exchange their license—for free—for a Dr.Web Security Space for Android subscription with no end date—the Dr.Web Mobile Life tariff.
How to regain access to the full version of Dr.Web Security Space for Android
- Sign in at https://drweb.com. If you don't yet have an account, you need to register.
- In the form on the Dr.Web Mobile Life subscription page, enter the order number of your Dr.Web Security Space Life license on Google Play and the email address associated with this order.
- After your order information is verified, if such an order is found, you will be redirected to the My subscriptions page of your personal area of the Dr.Web Anti-virus service.
- In the Dr.Web Mobile Life subscription section, you can download an unending license to Dr.Web for Android. You will be able to access 5 links to use for 5 devices. A perpetual license gives you the right to use Dr.Web to protect from 1 to 5 devices.
If you experience difficulties online when exchanging your order for a subscription, please contact our support service.
September 24, 2018
The holiday season isn’t over yet. While on vacation, people relax and don't watch over their belongings as carefully as they usually do. So configuring Dr.Web Anti-theft properly can be of vital importance. Dr.Web Anti-theft will work while you‘re relaxing—it can help you find your lost device or delete all the data from your Android phone if it’s unrecoverable.
We invite all Dr.Web community members and Android device owners to take part in our survey about configuring the Anti-theft. You will be awarded 100 Dr.Webling points as our way of thanking you for your time. Exchange the award points for gift certificates that let you purchase Dr.Web anti-viruses at a discount. If you haven't used the Anti-theft feature before, we hope that our project will help you set it up properly and keep your data well protected.
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Your Android needs protection!
- First Russian anti-virus for Android
- Over 135 million downloads—just from Google Play!
- Available free of charge for users who purchase Dr.Web home products
October 30, 2017
Pass a simple test and learn how you can configure Dr.Web Parental Control to protect your family members from numerous threats on the Internet. Find out how the user account in Dr.Web Security Space 12.0 for Android works, what the default settings are and what actions should be applied during incidents—expand your anti-virus background and use the knowledge you’ve acquired in real life.
To participate in the project, please don't forget to sign in. As a thank you for your time, you will be awarded 100 Dr.Weblings, which you can use to purchase Dr.Web at 50% off!
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May 11, 2017
The new project, which focuses on combating encryption ransomware, invites users to take a ten-question test to learn how to properly configure Dr.Web in order to fully protect their PCs from becoming corrupted by a Trojan.Encoder program.
Please note that this is not a true exam so you won’t find any right or wrong answers. First and foremost, the project is oriented toward helping users estimate their knowledge of encryption ransomware and learn how to use the whole arsenal of Dr.Web’s protection technologies to combat them.
Any user who takes the test is awarded 100 Dr.Weblings. Survey participants who share information about the project—by reposting project news on Twitter and/or VKontakte —get 10 Dr.Weblings for each link or repost.
Doctor Web invites you to join the project, take the survey, and share information about it with your friends so that as many people as possible become aware of this threat and protect their data from corruption. We are confident: Together we will halt the encryption ransomware invasion.
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April 25, 2017
The new brochure “Configure Dr.Web to protect your computer from encryption ransomware” discusses how to configure your Dr.Web anti-virus in order to protect your system from becoming corrupted by a Trojan.Encoder program. After all, according to a new Doctor Web policy, free recovery of corrupted files is only available to owners of active commercial licenses if they comply with the new terms and if all the necessary Dr.Web settings were enabled at the time of the incident.
By following our simple instructions, every Dr.Web license owner will be able to use the latest Dr.Web anti-virus technologies in the most effective way possible and keep their data from becoming corrupted by encryption malware.
December 23, 2016
No new Anti-virus Times issues will be released during the upcoming Christmas and New Year holidays: the project is going on holiday just like its readers. Today the last issue of 2016 has been published.
However, the holidays are a perfect time to refresh your memory of Internet security basics, which means rereading issues about your favourite topics and sharing them with your friends! The Anti-virus Times will be back: the first issue in the New Year will be published on January 9.
December 7, 2016
An experienced user may consider certain information to be common knowledge, but beginners, who are only getting acquainted with the dangers lurking on the World Wide Web, may find it useful and important. And everyone knows that tastes and interests vary. Doctor Web invites all Dr.Web community members to aggregate information they find useful and important about current information security threats and Dr.Web products in their personal library. In the library, you will be able to save brochures and videos about Dr.Web products; frequently asked questions that may help configure the anti-virus software; and your favourite Anti-virus Times issues, as well as any other links to important IT security information.
Adding a site address or document to your library is very easy—simply click on the button "add to library”, and the link or material will be saved in your personal collection, which you can access at any time under your account at drweb.com.
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November 2, 2016
The first issue is devoted to a phenomenon that is recently gaining momentum—mobile botnets. In this case, Android device users are mostly at risk, since it is chiefly this platform cybercriminals are now devoting particular attention to.
"Mobile" botnets can consist of tens of thousands of infected devices and perform various functions—from sending spam to carrying out DDoS attacks on websites. Mobile banking Trojans pose a particularly significant threat to careless online banking users.
Study "botology" and protect yourself and your PC from being drawn into a botnet that can harm you, as well as other users!
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27.10 Hidden hazards of BYOD
October 27, 2016
Many leading companies are actively adopting the BYOD concept, which means that their employees can use their own devices while at work on company premises or to access company information remotely when off site. Experience shows that this significantly increases the amount of time that employees spend at work and makes them more loyal. Meanwhile, it’s common knowledge that viruses often penetrate corporate networks from unprotected personal devices because sometimes employees fail to comply with established security policies and often use external services to store and transfer documents.
People who use their smartphones, tablets or laptops for work often forget that their devices store valuable information, and criminals are prepared to go to great lengths to get it. The first issue of the new Anti-virus Times category "The office in your pocket" will describe how employee use of external services can have a critical impact on corporate information security.
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October 20, 2016
Daily use of the Internet can be fraught with security risks. With modern types of malware, users need only to visit a bogus page and their systems get infected—that’s all it takes. Furthermore, research and the experience of system administrators show that it is users themselves who often launch malware on their computers, use removable media without taking any precautions, and neglect to update their anti-virus software.
Unfortunately, no matter how much users are warned about Internet threats, the most effective way to teach them the basics of information security is through a real-life encounter with a system infection. Only then do people realise that the threats are real, even though this experience can be very costly in terms of lost money and sensitive information.
The Anti-virus Times welcomes all users to discuss their real infection incidents: tell us about the threats you’ve encountered, and Doctor Web’s experts will point out the possible mistakes you made that led to the incident and provide recommendations about what others should do if they find themselves in similar situations.
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October 11, 2016
Others’ business secrets have always been expensive goods on the black market. Obviously, in a century of digital technologies, the image of the criminal has changed: masked thieves who break open safes containing important documents under the cover of darkness, and plunderers of the stagnation period, have been replaced by digital pilferers and cybercriminals who possess cutting-edge technological tools and can be thousands of kilometres away from their target.
Why are corporate secrets being leaked with increasing frequency? And how can this be avoided? The first issue of the new Anti-virus Times category will introduce readers to the eye-opening results of polls and research on how employees view security matters and the disclosure of a company’s internal information.
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July 7, 2016
The Doctor Web training system lets everyday users and IT professionals get acquainted with materials about particular products and take certification exams. In addition to acquiring a thorough knowledge of information security and how to administer the products, Dr.Web certified users also receive a score of 100 points and 10 Dr.Weblings for each successfully passed exam! Provided, of course, that they have an account on Doctor Web’s site.
In addition to the fact that Dr.Web community members can now use their drweb.com accounts as a “pass” to enter the training system, they can also more easily access the menu of certification testing options. By clicking on the “Register for exam” link in the “Training” section’s menu, the authorized user immediately lands on the page where one applies to take an exam.
April 13, 2016
Readers can access three types of informers which differ according to how many links there are to past Anti-virus Times issues. The upcoming issue is advertised at the top of each one.
Readers can also select a color scheme for their news informer (green or white predominate).
Codes for the informers’ locations are placed under the corresponding samples in our website’s special project section—just copy them and add them to your page.
Let's join together to inform others about today’s most pressing cybersecurity issues!
April 12, 2016
Doctor Web launched its new Anti-virus Times project for everyone who wants to always stay up to speed on important aspects of information security, and wants to learn how to be more responsible and feel safe when using devices and surfing the Internet. Information is provided daily in the form of short posts.
Some facts we report will not surprise our well-informed readers, while others may prove to be new and really important. If you’ve learned something interesting from reading project issues, you can share links to them on Facebook— pass on the knowledge you’ve acquired to your friends and colleagues.
Unfortunately, you will not be awarded Dr.Weblings for this activity because of Facebook’s technical limitations. However, we invite all users interested in issues of information security to share useful knowledge on the Internet. Let as many people as possible become competent users of humankind’s IT achievements and learn more about how to withstand digital hazards—with your help!
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April 11, 2016
Today Trojans are the most common threat. Sometimes users only need to visit a compromised web page to get their system infected. Also, criminals often 'bundle' distributions of popular applications with malicious programs that will spy on you and are likely to steal your confidential information and money.
Even devices that were long considered impregnable are at risk. Unfortunately, the history of the virus industry and the accumulated experience of those working in the field of anti-virus development only confirm that invulnerable systems do not exist, and any application you are about to install should be considered capable of posing a threat. Read the first “Uninvited guests” column in the Anti-virus Times to learn about the Trojan that was downloaded many times by users who were confident that the App Store was absolutely secure.
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April 11, 2016
The problems faced daily by computer owners and Internet users face daily are far beyond the risk of viral infections. Therefore, despite the fact that the our project is called “The Anti-virus Times”, we have decided not to limit the issues to information concerning only viruses, network threats, and related topics. Eventually, the project will expand to include columns related to a wide range of problems generated by the new digital reality.
The first issue of "Legal expert" will discuss something that everyone has done on the Internet at least once — repost material. Thanks to bloggers and social network surfers, the amount of content on the Internet is constantly increasing. But, not everyone is creating original content; most users are just sharing content with friends or openly posting information they have come across online, i.e., they are reposting material on the basis of their own preferences and according to their own interests.
Go to The Anti-virus Times to read the first issue of the new column "Legal expert" and find out what can happen when you repost certain kinds of information (even if you quote material without adding anything to it).
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April 7, 2016
To date, the number of people who use their Android-powered devices to visit various sections of www.drweb.com exceeds 54% of the total number of people visiting from all other platforms. That's why Doctor Web is trying to improve the site’s design so that it’s easy to view on smartphones and tablets.
The design of the company's new Anti-virus Times project is also geared toward mobile device users. Now users have a convenient way—through the Anti-virus Times project—to learn interesting facts about Internet threats and other digital hazards from both their handhelds and their tablets.
You use a smartphone or tablet, and you’re interested in issues of information security? Then hurry to our company’s new Anti-virus Times project page to find out everything that’s happening in the digital world.
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April 7, 2016
The new Anti-virus Times project is being launched in response to growing customer concerns over present-day Internet security threats. To counter cybercrime, fraud, malware infections, and other threats, users need to continuously work to stay up-to-date on matters of information security by acquiring new knowledge daily about the kind of Internet behaviour that keeps devices secure.
The avalanche of information we are bombarded with daily makes us appreciate even more that time is one of our most valuable and irreplaceable assets. That’s why Doctor Web has chosen to provide its customers with bite-size pieces of important information. We value their time, and want all friends of Dr.Web to be able to easily and comfortably fit the Anti-virus Times on their daily news reading agenda.
The Anti-virus Times will feature columns on a variety of topics. Everyone, regardless of their age and competence when it comes to information security, will find something useful.
We will tell you what to do in the event of a virus-related computer incident; how to neutralise the latest, most dangerous threats (including banking Trojans); the ins and outs of keeping mobile devices of off-site employees secure; and about legislation governing the information security industry and user Internet activity—these and many other aspects of maintaining security in a digital world will be covered by Anti-virus Times columns.
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The Anti-virus Times project offers an interactive experience to all users interested in issues of information security. If you have any ideas or thoughts on how to make the Anti-virus Times issues more interesting and useful to readers, or a clever proposal on how we could further develop the project – write to us!
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New trophies and dozens of awards (Dr.Weblings) await active project participants. Learn more about information security, suggest new topics for us to cover, comment on information you liked, share posts in social media – and earn more Dr.Weblings!
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March 30, 2016
The practical training course DWCERT-001-11: 'Protecting computer systems with Dr.Web Security Space' describes the product’s main features and components. Particular attention is paid to the upgrades contained within the latest, eleventh version. Upon course completion, the administrator will be able to install the product and configure multi-layer anti-virus protection for all of a protected computer’s components (RAM, hard disks, and removable devices) against viruses, rootkits, Trojans, spyware, adware, hack tools, and other malicious programs from any external source. Step-by-step screenshots make the product easy for administrators to learn and perform all the tasks necessary to configure it.
Doctor Web invites all interested specialists to study the new course, pass the exam, and obtain the Doctor Web certificate.
The course is available in English.
20.02 Dr.Web Bot for Telegram
February 20, 2016
With this bot, users can check links and files, and get warnings when they contain threats. For instance, when a user receives a suspicious file, they can forward it to the bot and find out it was a dangerous Trojan capable to steal their login credentials for online banking services or lock the device demanding a ransom to unlock it. Please note that this bot is not a replacement for a fully-featured anti-virus, because it cannot scan a mobile device or a computer, prevent downloading of malware or cure an infected device. If you want to protect your device entirely, we recommend installing Dr.Web Anti-virus for your operating system or mobile platform.
To start testing the bot, simply find the @DrWebBot account in Telegram (or follow this link: telegram.me/drwebbot) and send an object to scan. The bot will check it on the fly through the Dr.Web virus databases and provide you with the results. Thus, you can use our bot on any device where Telegram runs: from mobile to desktop, even via the web version. The bot responds directly in the messenger and does not affect the system performance.
Objects can be checked either in a private chat (by sending some dubious content or forwarding incoming messages directly to the bot) or in a group chat—if you add the bot as a chat member, it will check all files and links in this chat.
To learn about all features of the bot, users can type the /help command. Dr.Web Bot is able to operate in standard and “quiet” modes. By default, it uses standard mode: after checking every object, it sends a message indicating whether it is safe. Yet, if the bot operates this way in a group chat, it may be irritating for chat members to read all the bot’s notifications. That’s why it also has the “quiet” mode, which means that the bot sends notifications only if an object is dangerous. The /mode command enables you to switch between modes. Our bot can speak English, German, and Russian. The language can be selected by typing /lang.
Dr.Web Bot for Telegram is mainly a research project that will help us to test a new paradigm of interaction with users, to receive a feedback and to evaluate required performance. And, of course, to warn more users about threats.
February 1, 2016
A personal account gives you fast access to Dr.Web services—with just a few clicks, you can contact technical support, renew or expand your licenses, comment on news posts, and share your own suggestions on how to improve product features.
In addition, when you have an account, you can earn virtual rewards called Dr.Weblings (right after you register, you get 10 award points!), which can be exchanged for gift certificates, and discount coupons. There are numerous ways you can refill your supply of Dr.Weblings: post comments, invite friends to join the Dr.Web community, take advantage of Dr.Web training and certification opportunities, and participate in other company projects.
For your convenience, you can link your Dr.Web account to your social networks: Google+, Facebook, Twitter, Odnoklassniki, VKontakte , Instagram, and YouTube, as well as to your My Dr.Web Training Portal, and the Partner portal.
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February 1, 2016
Invite your friends and colleagues to create a Doctor Web account and join the Dr.Web community so that they can keep abreast of issues involving information security and anti-virus protection, and you get 10 Dr.Weblings for each invited friend. Points will be awarded after your friend has created a Doctor Web account.
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January 27, 2016
Doctor Web weekly digests are a compilation of news posts published throughout the week. All posts are arranged topically so that you can easily find the information you need. Digests are issued once a week so you will be able to stay informed even if you have not found the time to visit our site during the week.
All users who subscribe to our digests through their account on our site are in for a surprise—a bonus of 20 Dr.Weblings. If you are already subscribed to our digests and are always up to date on the latest news, you will get the bonus automatically very soon.
We'd like to remind you that you can exchange your accrued Dr.Weblings for gift certificates that can be used to purchase Dr.Web at 50% off the regular price. If you are not yet a member of the Dr.Web community, we invite you to register.
January 13, 2016
The new feature will allow site visitors to quickly express their opinions and ask questions that arose while reading news posts as well as share their thoughts and attitude to the published materials.
Please note that comments are moderated. Comments containing abusive language and insults as well as those that incite national and religious hatred will not be published. Read more about the rules for commenting here.
To post comment, you must register and create your personal account at Doctor Web's site. This feature may cone in handy for registered users of Dr.Web products and for those who haven't chosen Dr.Web yet. With an account at www.drweb.com you can:
- Sign in at www.drweb.com and its services for customers.
- Access the website under your social networking account (to do this, you need to bind the accounts).
- Leave comments to news posts.
Now every visitor at Doctor Web's site can have their secure space!
Let's get to know each other better—reggister and login at Doctor Web's site and we will talk!
January 11, 2016
If you are a registered visitor on Doctor Web's site, and if you have managed to accumulate virtual award points by participating in various promos and projects launched by the company, you can exchange your points for a coupon and purchase Dr.Web at a discount! Redeem 50, 75, or 100 Dr.Webling points to get a Dr.Web Security Space license (1PC/1 year) at a 20%, 30%, or 50% discount. You can also exchange 15, 25, or 50 Dr.Webling points for a discount to buy Dr.Web Mobile Security and protect your handheld.
Many people will be buying gifts for their loved ones and friends during the weeks leading up to the holiday season. Dr.Web coupons make the perfect gift! If you do not have an account yet, you need to create one.