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Does an anti-virus have rights?
Thursday, July 30, 2020
Some messages from our customers bewilder and even sadden us. We are now going to quote a support request we received recently so that you can tell us how it makes you feel.
Everything's fine, but some shortcomings (flaws) exist. The problem is that I have to work with lots of websites, but the "Doctor" only lets me access the smallest fraction of them. Adding all the sites I need to visit to the exceptions is tedious at best. I don’t think that the "Doctor" should be watching over where I'm going. Its job is to control what I download. After all, it is supposed to provide protection, not recommendations.
Frankly, we can't help wondering what kinds of sites the user is frequenting if the Parental Control (the component that is causing problems for the customer) is preventing them from visiting virtually all the sites they're interested in. This issue's author tried looking for explicit content on the web solely for the purpose of eliciting at least one warning from Dr.Web. That's why I can say with certainty that some dubious sites remain accessible.
Note that the user trusts our anti-virus. They believe that Dr.Web can ensure that nothing malicious appears on their computer. The problem is that this user, like so many other people (and unfortunately so), thinks that the anti-virus is the only part of the product that provides protection. And that all the other components and features, such as the anti-spam, website access control, and program launch control, are either conducting surveillance or imposing superfluous restrictions and are actually redundant.
Our readers know that none of these modules have been added into the product on a whim. They are all important as a means of protecting against malicious software. For example, they help the anti-virus protect systems from malware whose definitions haven't yet been added to the virus database.
And this is in situations where new threats are emerging all the time.
During May 2020, Doctor Web added 107,082 URLs to the Dr.Web database of non-recommended sites.
|April 2020||May 2020|
|+ 140 188||+ 107 082|
The Anti-virus Times recommends
No module is included in Dr.Web software by chance. Specifically, the Parental Control doesn't just prevent users from downloading files. That's not how it works. Rather, it ensures that users don't open dubious links and prevents sites from loading content and scripts furtively from other servers. Whenever a site page is loaded in a browser, in reality, the user is visiting multiple sites, with data being forwarded to and downloaded from numerous locations on the Internet. You just can't see the whole picture.
And the Parental Control also helps users avoid fraud. Meanwhile, the Anti-virus Times project helps users learn the truth. 😊