Dr. Web plug-in for spyware checks? Useful?

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Any comments? Is anyone using it?


Doctor Web, Ltd., the developer of the popular Dr.Web anti-virus,
announces release of the new free service developed for users traveling
on the World Wide Web with the help of Mozilla, Mozilla Firefox, MS
Internet Explorer or Opera.

New free service by Doctor Web, Ltd. is designed as a plug-in, which
scans for viruses and different kinds of malicious programs, such as
dialers, spywares or adwares any link to a page before it is s opened, or
any file before it is downloaded onto a computer with the most up-to-date
version of the Dr.Web scanner and hot add-ons to the virus base, released
twice per hour – no other antivirus company releases updates so often!

To scan a link or a file, you should neither to install the Dr.Web
antivirus onto your computer, nor download the file you want to open or
save — the scanning for viruses is done on the servers of the Global
updating system of the Dr.Web antivirus. Depending on the size of the
checked file, the scanning will be done in several seconds and then you
can open the page or download the file and never fear of a virus attack.

Re: Dr. Web plug-in for spyware checks? Useful?

Wilbur Post wrote:
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well, it sounds like a really neat idea for centralizing the scanning
process and minimizing the possibility of end user side faults, but it's
got some problems...

one is that the firefox extension on the mozilla site is out of date and
won't install on the most recent version of firefox... another (after i
tracked down the most recent version and installed it) is that it
switched to russian on me unexpectedly (probably a cookie issue) with no
obvious way to correct the problem in the window it pops up... yet
another is when it gives me a "File you requested too big." error...

another still is the way many download sites work nowadays where your
download starts automatically without you clicking on a direct link to
the file you're interested in but rather on a link specifying the
international mirror that you wish to download from... it's non-obvious
how to actually scan the file in question under this scenario and the
average user will probably wind up scanning web content instead of the
file they're trying to download... you have to cancel the automatic
download and use the plugin to scan the link provided for when the
download doesn't start automatically... sourceforge was where i was
testing it out...

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