May 21st, 2005, 03:56 PM
Dr.Web v4.32b - Testing & Evaluaton
Let me start off by saying this is a unbias and objective evalution of Dr. Web Antivirus. As we know there are numerous antivirus softwares on the web and the choice is yours. This is a testing and opinion on my part to inform our members and views on this product. I hope this will help.
Installation went very smoothed with no problems, Dr Webs wizard guides you thru the installation process with ease. As installation is progressing you have the option to enter your reg key at this time. Dr Web has a trial period of 14 days.
After reboot my resources when holding at 94% which is excellent compared to other antivirus softwares. I find this very much a plus for older computers that do not hve much memory. Dr Web does not hog up memory and is very easy on your system.
After installation 3 icons will appear in your system tray and they are:
This component scans files on the fly and will block instantly any attempts to infect your computer.
"This component monitors in-coming and out-going mail from your computer protecting your systems from virus infection.
"Clock Face Module"
This is your Scheduler for Dr. Web. I noticed by default it is set to receive updates every hour and the last task you can activate to launch the scanner at 3pm everyday.
Once again Dr Web does not consume a lot of resource even with these 3 components running on your system. I find this very important especially with numerous antivirus softwares today which are resource hogs.
Dr. Webs main interface is not fancy or colorful compared to other antivirus softwares but is constructed to get the job done, it is user friendly for the novice and for the advanced user. There are no frills and bells to bloat this software just the bare essentials to scan and protect your computer.
This is a interesting approach by Dr. Web as one can click on the about from the tray icon and this will show how many files are loaded. As I type this evaluation there are 75,035 files loaded. Now to clarify ....this is not the total virus defintions that are detected but the total files loaded.... Each file may contain 10...15...20..or more virus defeintions that can be detected. The bottom line Dr. Web has one of the largest database's on the web today, Comparable to BitDefender..Norton , McAfee and such.
This leaves one for peace of mind knowing Dr.Web can detect and protect your computer against known virus's.
I had Dr. Web scan my C Drive here are the results:
Scan Time: 1 hour 36 minutes
Files Scanned: 46,765 files
Scan Speed: 528 Kb/s
Found 8 infections...now these 8 were Eicar Test files which I placed in various sections of my test pc.......I expected this no less that Dr.Web would dectect.
Now as a interesting note Dr. Web did detect the W32 SQL Slammer in memory and eradicated it........
Over the next couple of months I will be running Dr. Web and observing how its detection campability will stand up to virus applications in the wild along with those that have been incorporated within its database.
Dr. Web in my opinion is a excellent virus software, .....easy on resources......user friendly...... contains a large database for detection and gets the job done.
At this time..... the main interface could use a touch up.....however that is a minor issue only.
May 21st, 2005, 05:27 PM
What system are you running, and what resources?
Scan Time: 1 hour 36 minutes
Isn't this from the Russian outfit, Dialogue Science?
May 21st, 2005, 05:36 PM
My OS is ME
and yes this is Russian from Dialogue Science..... now on my test pc I only have 184Ram of memory and this is why Dr.Web is very light on my pc. So for those that are running double or over 1gig. this is a excellent choice.
May 21st, 2005, 07:00 PM
You forgot to say what processor? ....................184Mb RAM?................I guess that is 192Mb and you have 8Mb of shared video?
Can you post a link so that we can give this a try ourselves?
May 21st, 2005, 07:13 PM
Sorry I should have given you more info......Compaq 5441 184rams AMD processor 476mghz
Here is the link for Dr. Web for those that would like to test drive it.
Let me know what you thnk?
May 21st, 2005, 07:49 PM
May 21st, 2005, 08:02 PM
Indeed. Quick question TSR: What's different from the first thread you posted a year ago? The version number seems to be the same. Unless I don't understand what the difference is between your "Review" and this "Testing and Evaluation" thread.
May 22nd, 2005, 01:09 PM
To answer your question no difference my error. I have been compiling and testing for over 3 years now, and have kept my notes and comments in a database. After my orig post a year ago my pc crashed lost everything including what software I have tested and evaluated about. Had to start fresh again and lost track on what I did. I re-tested Dr.Web and others and posted as you have seen, not realizing that I had a orig post a year ago. Please excuse the duplication
May 22nd, 2005, 02:28 PM
I will live with that and give it a trial..............
ME/2K/XP?................I could try earlier stuff, but should I?
It must have been a year since I last took a look?
EDIT: I feel that you need to test this sort of software regulary? even if its name remains the same?
May 22nd, 2005, 03:04 PM
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