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Old 21. Dec 2014, 11:07 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have downloaded 'Dr Web On-line Scanner', but not yet installed. The file consists of a registry editor and wants to edit my registry. Should I allow this? Do all 'on line scanners' edit the registry?

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Old 22. Dec 2014, 01:42 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I would seriously wait for other views.
My thoughts are that any virus removal program will need to change the registry. However I personally would not use an online scanner for anything other than files that you pass to it.
Online programs are far too open to change and such like for my liking and I do not consider them to be secure.
I prefer to have an installable or portable program in my hands so I can check IT for viruses before I run it.
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I would seriously wait for other views.
My thoughts are that any virus removal program will need to change the registry. However I personally would not use an online scanner for anything other than files that you pass to it.
Online programs are far too open to change and such like for my liking and I do not consider them to be secure.
I prefer to have an installable or portable program in my hands so I can check IT for viruses before I run it.
Thank you for the reply. I also see that I have made a mistake in the earlier post. The file I received from Dr Web for the 'On line scanner' is not an installation file. It has the usual Registry icon of Windows 7. See the attachment. When the mouse hover over it, 'File type' says 'Registration entries'. There is no file extension. It seems that before they scan on line, they want to change Registry settings. This does not seem to be the same as change of registry entries while removing a virus.

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Old 22. Dec 2014, 10:00 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I would love to see the contents of that .reg file.
Open a NOTEPAD text editor Window and then use the File open dialogue to edit that file. Copy and paste the contents here.
It might be a good idea to change the extension to txt or something anyway so you cannot accidentally apply it.
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I must admit I'm a bit confused Melita.

I use Dr Web now and again to check links/sites/files but I've never had to download anything ... it's all done in their website.

What exactly have you downloaded? If for some reason (that I really can't imagine) they need to edit your registry before you upload a file for scanning, then there must have been some message about what and why?

I take it that you've checked that you were actually on the legitimate Dr Web site?

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I found this thread on Wilder's which relates to IE and Vista.

http://www.wilderssecurity.com/threa...-vista.203047/

What browser are you using? Have you tried a different one to see if Dr Web still wants to edit your registry?
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I would love to see the contents of that .reg file.
Open a NOTEPAD text editor Window and then use the File open dialogue to edit that file. Copy and paste the contents here.
It might be a good idea to change the extension to txt or something anyway so you cannot accidentally apply it.
I certainly would like to see it myself, but I need exact instructions on how to open it without accidentally activating 'Merge'

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I must admit I'm a bit confused Melita.

I use Dr Web now and again to check links/sites/files but I've never had to download anything ... it's all done in their website.

What exactly have you downloaded? If for some reason (that I really can't imagine) they need to edit your registry before you upload a file for scanning, then there must have been some message about what and why?

I take it that you've checked that you were actually on the legitimate Dr Web site?
Yes, I don't blame you for your confusion and doubts because I can't now find the Dr Web page which sent this file to me! The instructions on that very page itself said 'that this file was being sent and to activate to make registry changes'. So, there was nothing secretive about it. Also, I have no doubt that it came from the real Dr Web web-site. For the world of me I can't find that page now! The file is not trying to do anything but sitting there on my desktop. When I hover over it, this is what it says:

drweb-online-en
Type: Registration entries
Size: 181 bytes
Date modified: 6/20/2012 12:02 PM

Does this tell you anything?

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I certainly would like to see it myself, but I need exact instructions on how to open it without accidentally activating 'Merge'
If you do accidentally double-click it, there will still be a confirmation dialogue where you can click "No" or "Cancel" or some such.

If you right-click the reg file, there should be an item in the context menu that says "Edit". That will open the file in Notepad and you can then copy-paste the contents here.

Alternatively you could open Notepad and then open the reg file from there.

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Does this tell you anything?
Sadly not : )

I'm wondering if the reg file is something to do with Internet Explorer, as discussed in the Wilder's thread. Although that is only a guess as it's the only thing I could find that seems to relate to Dr Web needing to edit your registry.

What browser are you using? Have you tried another?

It's a little hard to check if you can't remember which page you initially used, but these are the two links that I have for link and file scanning.

Links - http://vms.drweb.com/online/

Files - http://online.drweb.com/
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I am using Firefox. From your web link I can scan files on line with Dr. Web, using Firefox, without any problem. I have a friend who is in a forum at Dr Web. I am going to send this file to her to check what this is. Will get back to you with the result.

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In the mean time, here are the contents of the file in question. Opened in Notepad - I copied and pasted here:

REGEDIT4[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\MenuExt\Scan link by Dr.Web]
@="http://www.drweb.com/static/online/drweb-online-en.html"
"Contexts"=dword:00000022
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