Dr.Web CureIt!: Freeware On-Demand Antivirus and Antispyware Scanner

By now, most computer users have anti-virus software installed on their computers and use it as part of their regular computing routine. However, no anti-virus product in the world (free or paid), or combination of products, will provide you 100% protection, 100% of the time. Even if you are using the latest security suites and antivirus software, chances are always there that malware (malicious software) is able to sneak in and infect your computer. If you suspect your computer might be infected, then you can try cleaning it using the Dr.Web CureIt!.

Dr.Web CureIt! is a standalone antivirus and antispyware scanner based on Dr.Web Scanning Engine, the standard virus scanning engine of all Dr.Web products. It enables you to scan and clean Viruses, Spyware, Adware and any other Malware that may have infected your computer. Although Dr.Web CureIt! has limited performance capabilities in comparison with Dr.Web Anti-virus for Windows (no resident monitor, no command line scanner, no updating utility, etc.), it is nevertheless able to effectively scan the system and perform necessary actions for detected threats. Dr.Web CureIt! is the ideal solution for situations when installation of an anti-virus is impossible due to virus activity or some other reason, because it does not require installation, and is constantly supplemented with the latest Dr.Web virus databases to ensure its effectiveness against all virus threats and other malicious programs.

Dr.Web CureIt

The program is very easy to use. All you need to do is download and then run Dr.Web CureIt on your computer. Once launched, the program will ask whether you’d like to run the program in “Enhanced Protection Mode” or in Standard Mode. “Enhanced Protection Mode” helps you detect and remove malicious programs that block access to Windows operating system (Windows blockers such as Trojan.Winlock). Usually, such blocking is achieved by covering all Windows Desktop with a pop-up window, which makes standard anti-virus tools inaccessible. Dr.Web CureIt! runs on a separate protected desktop that cannot be blocked or covered. In this enhanced protection mode, all Dr.Web CureIt! windows are displayed above windows on Windows Desktop including those of malicious programs.

Dr.Web CureIt! Enhanced Protection Mode

After starting Dr.Web CureIt!, click OK to continue running in enhanced protection mode. In this case, all scanning and curing actions will be carried out via the protected desktop and other functions of the operating system will be inaccessible until scan completes. If access to the operating system is not complicated by Windows blockers, you can click Cancel to switch to standard mode and continue working on your computer during anti-virus scan. Be advised that “Enhanced Protection Mode” is for emergency scan only. No other applications can be launched/used in this mode.

Dr.Web CureIt! offers to you two Scanning options – ‘Express Scan’ and  ‘Customized Scan’. ‘Express Scan’ (click Start scanning ) is a pre-installed template for anti-virus scanning of the most vulnerable objects of your operating system. If a more flexible configuration of an anti-virus scanning is required, you can perform a custom scan (click “Select objects for scanning” ). ‘Customized Scan’ allows you to select objects for scanning: any folders and files, and such objects as random access memory, autorun objects, boot sectors, etc. Dr.Web CureIt! has no shell integration, thus no no right click scan option available.

Dr.Web CureIt! Express Scan

Dr.Web CureIt! Customized Scan

By default, if known viruses or computer threats of other types are detected during scanning, Dr.Web CureIt! informs you about them. You can neutralize all detected threats at once by clicking Neutralize. In this case Dr.Web CureIt! applies the most effective actions in accordance with its configuration and threat type. When necessary, you can apply actions separately or change default action for particular threats. Threats to your security can be neutralized either by restoring the original state of each infected objects (curing), or, when curing is impossible, by removing the infected object completely from your operating system (deleting).

Dr.Web CureIt! Scanning Result

The default settings are optimal for most uses. In rare cases when subtle tuning is necessary, you can click the Preferences icon on the toolbar, and then select Settings. This opens the Settings window:

Dr.Web CureIt! Settings Window

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Creating a System Restore Point before trying out a new software is always recommended!

A great feature of this portable scanner is that the downloaded file will contain the most recent spyware definitions. Once you download the program, it acts as a very effective scanner with the latest databases and the most advanced virus detection engine. You DO NOT need Internet Access on the infected system to scan. Dr.Web CureIt!, however, does not include an updating module, therefore it remains fully efficient only until the next database update (which occurs approximately every hour). After that, to ensure the ultimate anti-virus operation efficiency, the latest version of Dr.Web CureIt! should be downloaded again. This is a big disadvantage compared to eScan AntiVirus Toolkit Utility (MWAV), which gets updated on a daily basis with the latest updates to detect recently release spyware and adware. Dr.Web CureIt! Portable Scanner does NOT install anything on your Start Menu or Program Files and does NOT need to be uninstalled.

Be advised that Dr.Web CureIt is not a replacement for active virus protection on your system, since it doesn’t provide any real-time protection. Its aim is just to provide additional means to run a virus scan on a Windows system, nothing more, nothing less, just like Kaspersky Virus Removal Tool, eScan AntiVirus Toolkit Utility (MWAV), and Avira AntiVir Removal Tool.

For real-time protection that helps to guard your home or small business PCs against viruses, spyware, and other malicious software, you may try AVG AntiVirus Free Edition 2013, Avira AntiVir Personal Free Antivirus, Avast! FREE Anti-Virus, Lavasoft Ad-Aware Free Antivirus +, etc.

Updated [August 27, 2013]: The post was written on February 9, 2013. I have just changed the date published for this post to make it up.