Dr.Web CureIt Antivirus Software Review

Martin Brinkmann
Mar 3, 2010
Updated • Sep 7, 2016
Security, Windows software

There is no antivirus software that catches all viruses. Even the best security applications do not have a perfect detection rate which means that it can happen that a virus slips past by them and infects the computer system.

Even if they detect all known viruses, which they don't, they might not detect new malicious code.

There are a few options to cope with this problem. From sandboxing and using virtual machines, to running regular checks with third-party antivirus programs to improve the likelihood of detection.

Some users run multiple tools on their system, but that can cause a number of issues as it may result in conflicts that can lead to a system becoming inoperable or extremely unreliable or slow.

Dr. Web CureIt

Dr. Web CureIt is a third-party antivirus programs that can be used to scan a Windows operating system without causing any conflicts with installed security solutions.

The program requires no installation and can be run right from the location it was downloaded to.

Note that it has a size of about 150 Megabyte, and that it uses random file names to prevent that malware blocks the execution of it on a system.

Dr. Web CureIt can detect and remove viruses, rootkits, trojans and other malicious or infected files on compatible systems.

Three types of scans are available: A quick, full and custom scan. A quick scan will only scan the most important locations of the Windows operating system including boot sectors, startup objects, the Windows system folder and the user documents folders.

It is usually recommended to perform a full scan instead to make sure all files and locations are scanned. While it takes longer to complete, it is the only way to ensure that the system is indeed clean and not infected by malware.

Objects that have been found as malicious during the scan can be cured, renamed, moved or deleted from within the program's interface.

Closing Words

Dr.Web CureIt is an interesting program for users who want to quickly scan their computer system without having to install yet another antivirus software. It is a second opinion scanner that does not get in the way, but can be very useful if you want to verify the findings -- or non-findings -- of installed security software.

The product is quite renowned for its detection and cleaning capabilities, and a solid on demand scanner to catch malicious software that regular antivirus misses.

The only downside are the popups that are displayed by the program that advertise the commercial version of the program and that it sends anonymous usage statistics to the makers.

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  1. eldyk307lela said on December 16, 2020 at 7:45 am

    It is one of the best antivirus.
    Dr web security space

    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 reasons@

    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 like the interface-most hate it but i find it unique.Lots of things to tweak.

  2. Jimmy James said on March 9, 2016 at 7:03 am

    I haven’t tried Dr.Web CureIt Antivirus. Will give it a go thanks!

    I also like to use Hitman Pro, Rkill and Combofix.

  3. Dritan Gorica said on November 12, 2010 at 1:18 pm

    What should i do before i run the program because i double click that and it doesn’t start so i mean should i disable the previous anti virus that i have or not…plz

  4. Technoxsoft said on September 15, 2010 at 7:07 am

    I’m amazed reading your review on the capabilities of this software.thanks for the post ……

  5. Rarst said on March 3, 2010 at 3:47 pm


    It’s packaged as self-extracting and running archive, scanner itself runs from system’s temporary folder. You can unpack it and run for any folder manually.

    Either way it will work just fine from flash drive.

  6. BalaC said on March 3, 2010 at 3:34 pm

    Its always good to have another antivirus. “The program requires no installation and can be run right from the location it was downloaded to” so does this mean it is portable (can i carry it in pen drive)

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