Dr.Web CureIt! 7.0 Beta, find out what's new

Martin Brinkmann
May 15, 2012
Updated • May 15, 2012
Software, Windows, Windows software

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.


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  1. KRS said on May 17, 2012 at 4:47 pm

    jmjsquared recommends Commodo Program Manager.

    IAAL. I read the Commodo Terms of Service and found (section 2.2) that it reconfigures your DNS settings to point to the Comodo name servers and that it won’t help you fix the redirection even if you terminate the service. Worse, it links you to third-party sites, which will undoubtedly drown you in ads.

    While it says it will do this “with your permission,” I doubt that you can complete the installation without giving permission. I don’t know, since I backed out of the installation sequence as soon as I read the terms.

    1. jmjsquared said on May 18, 2012 at 2:23 am

      @KRS – Congrats on doing your due diligence but you misunderstand what you were being asked to do and why. Comodo was offering to resolve domain-names/URLs for you rather than whoever is doing that for you now, which is most likely whatever DNS your ISP chooses.

      When we want to come here to http://www.Ghacks.net, that is what we type into the Address Bar. But is the “actual” address of this site. We humans remember Ghacks.net much easier than we do All a DNS (Domain Name Server) does is translate the lettered-address into the machine-ready numerical address.

      Comodo was offering to do that translating for you because, in addition to just doing the translating, they were more-or-less guaranteeing that they would not send you to a “bad” address because, as a MAJOR security software vendor, they maintain databases of poisoned websites and domains. That’s it! They were not trying to trick you.

      Besides, you can change your DNS server anytime… 1-2-3. I change mine from time-to-time just to test who is the fastest getting to the web address I want. There are probably many articles right here at Ghacks.net discussing this.

      As far as spamming you or ANYTHING like that, you are absolutely mistaken! It simply doesn’t happen.

  2. Wayfarer said on May 16, 2012 at 4:54 pm

    Dr Web can be a handy application. But be sure you want to keep it before you run it. Even after uninstallation it leaves recurring hidden remnants it can be very hard to get rid of.

    1. jmjsquared said on May 17, 2012 at 3:10 pm

      @WayfarerThanks for the heads up. What sorts of residue have you found?
      Registry entries or files or both?

      You may want to take a look a “Comodo Program Manager” -AND- “Sys Tracer” -AND- something like “Full Uninstall” when installing software. CPM runs in the background and automatically monitors all installations; ST can be used to take before-and-after snapshots of installations; and, FI can be used to automatically monitor all installations or it can be used to install & monitor specific installs.

      I always use at least two of the above and am pretty confident I have no junk leftover after I uninstall anything.


  3. thingstodoinphuket said on May 16, 2012 at 7:19 am

    i used it and was pretty happy with the results. +1 for me and ill keep running it every few months.

  4. Jakub Chodorowicz said on May 15, 2012 at 9:44 pm

    Didn’t know that one – found several problems I didn’t know about. Thanks

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