Scan Files for Viruses Before You Download With Dr.Web

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By Lowell Heddings on August 31st, 2007

If you frequently download files from suspicious sites, it’s probably worth it to check for viruses Before you download, instead of waiting to see if your regular anti-virus software will catch it after you download.

The solution? You can use the Dr.Web plugin, which will add an item to the right-click menu to allow you to scan any web page or download link using their online virus checker.

Let’s take it for a test drive… I decided to scan the Dr.Web Firefox plugin with Dr.Web, just to see what it would say.

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Looks like it’s clean! (shocker)

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Keep in mind that no anti-virus software is absolutely perfect or will catch every virus, so this isn’t a substitute for using a proper anti-virus software. You should also still be careful where you download files from.

This plugin will also not work for webmail attachments. I tested this on Gmail and it didn’t work,¬†which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, because it means your attachments are private.

Firefox

Download Dr.Web Anti-Virus Link Checker from Mozilla Add-ons

Internet Explorer

Download Registry Hack for Dr. Web Anti-Virus Link Checker

Opera

Instructions for adding a context menu item to the Opera browser.

Lowell Heddings, better known online as the How-To Geek, spends all his free time bringing you fresh geekery on a daily basis. You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 08/31/07
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