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Dr. Web Antivirus - Comprehensive removal instruction

What is Dr. Web Antivirus? How exactly to remove this program thoroughly without leaving any leftovers? If you have those doubts and troubles, you've come to the right place. Here in this page you will acquire detailed step-by-step instruction on how to remove Dr. Web Antivirus by both manual and automatic solution, as well as expert tips to deal with various problems caused by Dr. Web Antivirus installation or removal.

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Dr. Web Antivirus information

File name Dr. Web Antivirus
Last update Jan 21, 2011
Located C:\Program Files\

How to uninstall Dr. Web Antivirus

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Remove Dr. Web Antivirus with default uninstaller

Every program you installed comes with a default uninstaller of its own, Dr. Web Antivirus is no different. Normally, you can access to its default uninstaller from Windows Control Panel, but things are a bit different according to your operating system version. Below are detailed steps for your reference.

Situation in Windows 8

  1. Move the mouse cursors to the bottom left of your screen to activate the sidebar.
  2. Click Search, type in 'Control' and the system will automatically search out the matched app including Control Panel.
  3. Click to open Control Panel, click the link of Uninstall a program.
  4. Browse the list of current installed programs and locate Dr. Web Antivirus.
  5. Right click on it and you'll see an uninstall option, click it.
  6. Now the default uninstaller of Dr. Web Antivirus should be activated, follow the given instruction to proceed with the un-installation
  7. After you done with the removal, restart the computer
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Situation in Windows 7

  1. Click the Windows button at the left left bottom of your screen.
  2. In the pull-up menu, you'll find the option of Control Panel.
  3. Click Control Panel and go on click the Uninstall a program link.
  4. Find out where Dr. Web Antivirus is locate, right click on it and select Uninstall.
  5. Once you activate the default uninstaller, things is pretty much the same as the situation in Win 8. Just follow the wizard to complete the removal.
  6. Reboot the system once you finish the operation.

Situation in Windows XP

  1. Click Start button, move the mouse cursors to the Settings, in the appeared menu you'll find the Control Panel option.
  2. Open it and it would look like this. (If what you see looks different to the below screen shot, you are no doubt in the Classic view, simply click the link of "Switch to Classic view" in the upper left of the window.)
  3. Click Add/Remove program in the Control Panel window.
  4. Add/Remove program shares the same function as 'Uninstall a program' in Windows 7 & 8. Locate Dr. Web Antivirus in the list, click the Remove button on its right side.
  5. Just like what was mentioned above, the uninstall wizard will guide you to uninstall Dr. Web Antivirus.
  6. Don't forget to restart the computer after the removal.

Alternative solution

Beside the above mentioned method , you can also bypass the Control Panel, get access to Dr. Web Antivirus build-in uninstaller directly through its program icon.

  1. First locate Dr. Web Antivirus icon on your desktop (If the icon cannot be found, the following procedure cannot be applied)
  2. Right click on the icon of Dr. Web Antivirus, select Properties in the appeared menu.
  3. Click 'Open file location' in the Properties window, and it will lead you right to the installation folder of Dr. Web Antivirus.
  4. Browser the installation folder carefully, normally you can find the default uninstaller of Dr. Web Antivirus in it.
  5. Double click to launch the uninstaller, the rest steps are exactly the same as things in Control Panel.
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Check and remove program leftovers

When you installed Dr. Web Antivirus, quite a number of entry & files were created in the Windows Registry (What is Windows Registry) and hard drive, while running the default uninstaller always failed to remove all these data, it leaves us to manually track down and delete the leftovers inside the computer. This is an optional step, you can skip it and call it a day, but if you keep ignoring this every time you uninstall a program, your computer registry may become overloaded as such useless data accumulating, thus lead to system slowing down. Though it is optional, it is still recommended to do it as a good practice of using your computer.

Leftover files & folders

  • Open File Explorer from the task bar
  • Type in the name of Dr. Web Antivirus in the search area, you may refer to below screen shot.
  • After you finish typing the program name, the Explorer would start the search automatically for any matched item including temporary files and setup files.
  • Go through what you found carefully, and delete all Dr. Web Antivirus - related files/folders.
  • Remember to empty the Recycle Bin as those files were just deleted temporarily, they still physically exist in your computer hard drive.

Leftover registry entries & keys

  • Move your mouse to the bottom right corner of your screen to activate the sidebar, click search.(Or you can press Windows key + S key on the keyboard together)
  • Type in "regedit" in the Search box, click this icon that appeared under. (Note: Registry Editor can only be opened under administrator privilege)

Now you've opened the Windows Registry Editor, basically, what you need to do now is browsing the editor, find out and delete Dr. Web Antivirus - related entries & keys inside. But before doing so, we strongly recommend to backup the registry data first, as some of you might aware that, deleting a wrong registry item could end up system crash or even worse consequences, I believe none of you would like that happen. OK, here is what you should do:

  • Click File, select Export in the pull-down menu.
  • Choose a location for saving this backup file, set a name for the backup file.
  • Click "All" in Export range section, then click Save and a registry backup file will be created and placed to the location you chose. Now you are ready to carry on the leftover deletion.
  • Browse the left side registry branch tree (browsing the registry is pretty much the same as using Windows File Explorer ), you need to check two locations including "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software" and "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE"
  • Inside these two mentioned location, find out any folder related to Dr. Web Antivirus (such folders might partially share the same name with Dr. Web Antivirus ) , right click on the related folders to delete them all.
  • After you done with the deletion, reboot your computer to allow changes inside the registry take effect.

Note: If you met problems or any strange things happen right after the registry alteration, it indicates that you might delete the wrong registry data. Well you don't need to panic over this situation, remember the backup file you created? All you need to do is open registry editor, go to File > Import, locate and open your backup file, then the registry would be restored to previous status.

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Need help with removing Dr. Web Antivirus?

Beside using manual steps to remove Dr. Web Antivirus , you can also go for an easier solution, which is to apply professional software uninstaller. Also, if you encounter any troubles during the above process that you were stuck in the middle of the removal and don't know what to do, the professional uninstaller we are going to introduce here can definitely help either.

Steps to automatically remove Dr. Web Antivirus from your computer

  1. Download Total Uninstaller here and install it with ease.
  2. Launch the program, locate Dr. Web Antivirus in the program list, click Start Run Analysis.
  3. Click Complete Uninstall after finishing the component analysis.
  4. Click Scan leftovers when you finish the previous removal steps.
  5. After all the leftovers been scanned out, click Delete Leftovers.

Well done, now Dr. Web Antivirus should have been 100% removed from your PC. For more information about this uninstaller tool, please visit their official website here.

Benefits of using professional uninstaller tool to remove Dr. Web Antivirus

  • Remove every components of Dr. Web Antivirus, no leftovers guarantee.
  • Perform removal automatically and safely.
  • Forcibly uninstall target program, bypass uninstall errors.
  • Avoid tedious manual steps, save your time and energy.

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Dr. Web Antivirus changed my browser setting, What to do?

What if you found your browser settings was altered without permission after installed Dr. Web Antivirus? This thing happens if you downloaded Dr. Web Antivirus from unknown websites, or Dr. Web Antivirus was bundled with other malware and you installed them simultaneously, to uninstall Dr. Web Antivirus won't help undo these changes, your browser would still stay hijacked. Take it easy, we have taken this problem into account, here are some easy tutorials that you can follow to restore the browser settings to default status.

Steps to restore FireFox

  1. Open FireFox, click the Menu button () in the upper right of the browser, click Help.
  2. Click Troubleshooting Information in the appeared help menu.
  3. Click Refresh Firefox option at the right side of the page.
  4. Confirm the action by clicking the Refresh Firefox button again in the newly pop up dialog box.
  5. Now Firefox will start restoring all the browser settings and then turn off automatically by itself, click Finish when it is done.

Steps to restore Chrome

  1. Open Chrome, click Menu button (), click Settings.
  2. In the Settings page, click Show advanced settings at the end of it.
  3. Click Reset browser settings option at the bottom of the page.
  4. Click Reset button in the pop up dialog box.

Steps to restore Internet Explorer

  1. Launch Internet Explorer, in the upper right corner of the browser, find out the Gear button, click it, and then go to Internet option in the pull down menu.
  2. Click Advanced tab in the pop-up Internet Option window, then click "Reset" button.
  3. In the "Reset Internet Explorer settings" window, don't forget to tick the option of "Delete personal settings", then click Reset button.
  4. Click Close after the reset is done, now restart your Internet Explorer.

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How do deal with Dr. Web Antivirus infection

It is no surprise that your computer will be infected if Dr. Web Antivirus is bundled with malicious program that contains virus. Some users encounters Dr. Web Antivirus removal failure frequently no matter how they attempt, in some situations, virus infection is just the reason for the problem.

Virus/malware infections? How to tell

Infected computers may share one or several of the below symptoms, here is a list is for your reference.

  • Computer performance drops dramatically
  • System froze up or crash frequently
  • Ads keeps popping up while surfing the internet.
  • You found strange/new program installed in your computer without permission automatically.
  • It takes ages to open files or program on the computer.
  • Computer startup becomes much slower than usual.
  • You notice that the browser settings such as homepage, default search engine has been changed.
  • You found certain files/folder got deleted or missing.
  • Hard disk is accessing by itself but you are not aware of anything running.

Remove Dr. Web Antivirus infection with free antivirus tool

If you ever doubt about having virus infection on your computer, don't be panic, there are quite a number of antivirus programs for you to handle the problem, and they are completely free. OK, to cease virus infection and protect your PC from being attacked again, here is what you gonna do:

  • Download Avast free antivirus from its official websites.
  • Make sure you have close all unnecessary programs, then double click the file you downloaded (named: avast_free_antivirus_setup_online), follow the wizard to finish the installation
  • Once Avast free antivirus is successfully installed, it would start the virus scan automatically.
  • You can also start the scan manually, just open the antivirus program, go to Scan > Scan for virus.
  • Select Quick scan(recommended) in the scan options section. Click Start.
  • Wait patiently, the quick scan would take like 5-10 mins to be done
  • After the scan is finished, click Show result to display all detected threats.
  • Click Apply button to allow the program fix take care all threats automatically
  • Click Close when it is done.
  • Now reboot your computer as Avast would instruct you to do so.

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Keep your computer system away from sluggishness

Installing and removing programs in Windows system may result in registry entries disorder, disk fragmented thus lead to system slow down, or you can say sluggishness, so after you successfully remove Dr. Web Antivirus from your computer, it is recommended to run a registry scan & cleanup by using free registry cleaner like WiseRegistryCleaner, to remove registry redundance and compact all the data inside, you may follow instruction here to download the necessary program and conduct the cleanup easily.

Cleanup registry after removing Dr. Web Antivirus

  • Visit WiseRegistryCleaner official website, free download the cleaner on to your computer.
  • Double click the setup file, follow the installation wizard to install the program.
  • Once the installation finish, the cleaner will open itself automatically
  • Click Start Scan button at the upper right corner of the interface.
  • Wait a few minutes to allow the scan to be done (The length of scan time would largely depend on the number of junk file and registry problems on your computer).
  • Click Start cleaner to remove and fix all found issues.
  • OK now your computer registry should have been cleaned and optimized.
  • It is also a good practice to run the cleaner regularly to keep the registry away from junk/corrupted data. You can schedule the program to automatically do the job for you once or twice a week. Just set a desired time at the right side of the interface, then turn on the Scheduler and it's done!

last but not least, defraging your computer hard drive regularly (but not too often, once a week is recommended) is also a good practice. The fact you should know is that, every time you add and delete a programs or file, it leaves empty space inside the hard drive, we call it disk fragments, as the number of fragment grows larger, the performance of the drive even the entire system will be affected, while defragmentation helps you to repack the drive space, it makes all data in the drive fit together better thus avoid sluggishness and shut down. To safely perform disk defragment, you can use third party defragmenter like iObit Smart Defrag, which is a completely free program and is much effective than the defragment tool shipped by Microsoft.

Defragment hard drive - How to guide

  • Open this website, click Download button and save the free defragmenter onto your local computer.
  • Install the program by following the wizard.
  • Double click the icon to start the defragmenter.
  • Follow the instruction to customize the program.
  • Select the drive you want to defrag, click Analyze to check out the disk fragment status. (you may also skip the analyze part and go for defragment directly)
  • After you finish the analyze, click Defrag and fast optimize button.
  • Wait patiently, the defragment process may take you 10 minutes or longer, which depends on the drive size and its fragment status.
  • A report will be generated after the defragment is done, you may click View Report button to check out the details.

Note: iObit Smart Defrag has a very convenient feature which is able to defrag a target drive automatically in the background as long as it is running, so you don't have to worry about disk fragment anymore.

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