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What technical data we collect

Dr.Web user device data

Computer hardware and software configuration information is extremely important in our work. We use it for the following purposes:

To examine how the Dr.Web anti-virus or a malicious program is operating

Device data is collected so that we can provide users with recommendations on how they can eliminate problems they’ve contacted our technical support service about. We collect data with the help of a special utility that is freely available here; it can also be downloaded on the support request page. Users run the utility and voluntarily forward an operation report to the support service. The utility does not operate online and does not send any data without user consent.

To collect statistics

Data is collected with the help of our utility Dr.Web CureIt!—but only if users agree to have statistics sent to us. This is specified on the utility download page and in the License agreement.

To improve Dr.Web’s operation

Information about Dr.Web’s operation on protected PCs, including information regarding the detection of brand-new threats, is collected via Dr.Web Cloud if users have activated it on their device. This helps us improve the Preventive Protection algorithms as quickly as possible and update them on protected devices regardless of whether the virus databases are up to date.

Dr.Web products do not collect any user files from devices!

Information about user visits to Doctor Web’s site

We use cookies when users visit Doctor Web sites. These are chunks stored temporarily on user PCs and used to identify user sessions and store user settings. Cookies do not contain any personal data—they are required because they allow statistical data to be collected and make it easy for users to navigate our website services without having to repeatedly enter their credentials. We use Session Cookies, which are deleted after the browser is closed, and Persistent Cookies, which are temporarily stored after the browser is closed. We warn users that we use cookies whenever they first open one of our website’s pages. To continue using the site, users must agree with the Doctor Web policy on the use of cookies.

Find out more

Read issues of the Anti-virus Times, our educational project, to find out why personal data needs to be protected and what damage can be caused when it leaks.