Lists of frequently asked questions
Why are there fewer entries in the Dr.Web virus database than in the databases of some other anti-virus programs?
Just one Dr.Web database entry can lead to the detection of tens, or hundreds, or sometimes even thousands of similar viruses.
Moreover, the presence of Origins Tracing™ and structural entropy analysis in the Dr.Web anti-virus makes it possible to detect malicious programs that are so new they have yet to undergo analysis in the Doctor Web anti-virus laboratory.
The smaller number of virus entries (compared to some other anti-virus programs) even makes it possible to detect unknown viruses (i.e., those not in the virus database) with a high degree of certainty. These are viruses that will be created on the basis of existing viruses.
How do users benefit from the small size of the virus database and the fewer number of entries in it?
- Hard drive space is conserved
- RAM is conserved
- Less Internet traffic is used when updates are downloaded
- The virus database can be downloaded at high speed, and it can operate quickly when analysing viruses
- Future viruses, those that will be created in the future by modifying existing viruses, can be detected
Thus, the fundamental difference between the Dr.Web virus databases and the virus databases of other anti-virus programs is that with its fewer number of database entries, the Dr.Web database allows as many (or even more) viruses and malicious programs to be detected.