I maintain a list of a handful of security related programs that I like to run on my systems every now and then to make sure that everything is fine, and that malicious software has not had the chance to slip through unnoticed.
One of the programs that I'm holding in high regard is the free Dr.Web CureIt Scanner. And exactly that scanner has just been released as version 7.0 beta. And even though it is a beta, it is worth checking out right now. I would not recommend to run a beta version in a productive environment though. Privacy conscious users may also prefer to wait, as it is currently not possible to disable the sending of statistical information to Dr. Web. It is likely that this option will become available, or be removed, once the stable version of the program gets released by the company.
The program is still working like it did before. You can run it right after you have downloaded it, without the need to install it first. Dr.Web CureIt then suggested to run the scan in a protected environment or regularly. The program basically protects itself in protected mode, so that malware and other malicious software can't interfere with the scan and cleanup operation.
You can start a scan right away, or click on the select objects for scan link to pick locations and threat types that you want to look for.
Dr.Web CureIt! 7.0 What's New
The new version is packed with new features and improvements.
- Noticeable scanning speed increase
- Multithreaded scanning options
- Redesigned user interface
- Rootkit search support
- Additional custom scan options to scan specific locations, e.g. memory, boot sectors
- Support for scanning the BIOS for Bioskits
- Option to block network connections during scan
- Improved program stability
Where to download
You can download the beta version of Dr. Web CureIt from the official program website. Just go there and click on the Download Dr.Web CureIt! 7.0 Beta link in the left sidebar to do so. The download has a size of about 80 Megabytes, and the file name will automatically be randomized to sneak past malware that is blocking popular antivirus software from running on a system.