Non-recommended sites

Which sites does Dr.Web consider non-recommended?

  • Bogus sites that use social engineering techniques to misguide users. These include, for example, fraudulent sites, referral programme sites, online casinos, sites promoting pyramid schemes and questionable ways to get rich quickly (clicking and bonus scams), websites offering miracle cures and other useless or harmful products and services.

Internet fraud and phishing are not malware threats.

However, Doctor Web perceives them as a severe threat and recommends that users avoid sites containing information of this kind.

How can sites distribute malware?

Sites facilitating the distribution of Trojans and unwanted programs, such as fake file sharing and torrent sites, are the most dangerous ones on the Dr.Web non-recommended list.

Trojans are guaranteed to discreetly get onto your computer from such sites if you download and install:

  • Free or pirated software;
  • All sorts of optimisation utilities (download accelerators, registry cleaners, traffic optimisers, etc.);
  • Video and audio codecs;
  • Social networking applications.

That's why Dr.Web warns users against visiting sites of this kind.

How does Dr.Web warn users against visiting dubious sites?

When a browser is about to go to a site on the Dr.Web non-recommended list, the user sees a warning page.

This is merely a recommendation from Dr.Web.
YOU decide whether or not you should visit the site!

How does Dr.Web protect users from accidentally coming upon non-recommended sites?

To prevent you from accidentally ending up on a non-recommended site with your PC or Mac, the HTTP monitor SpIDer Gate and the Dr.Web Cloud for Windows service use special databases of such sites.


Dr.Web SpIDer Gate и облачный сервис Dr.Web Cloud


Dr.Web SpIDer Gate и облачный сервис Dr.Web Cloud


Dr.Web SpIDer Gate и облачный сервис Dr.Web Cloud

* This feature is only available in Dr.Web Security Space. Dr.Web Anti-virus for Windows doesn't include it.

Sites on the Dr.Web non-recommended list for mobile devices

Some websites are compromised by criminals who target mobile devices, and these sites can spread various malicious programs. After browsing to such a site from a PC, you'll reach a harmless online resource, but if exploring it from a smartphone, you'll stealthily be redirected to a site containing an unpleasant "surprise".

To make sure that you never reach a site like this, install Dr.Web for Android (Comprehensive protection), which includes the user-controlled cloud filter Cloud Checker, on your mobile device.

Important! This component is not included with the free Dr.Web for Android Light license.

Since 2007, protection for mobile devices has been available free of charge to users who purchase Dr.Web Security Space and Dr.Web Anti-virus.

How do I visit a site found on the Dr.Web non-recommended list?

To visit this site, you have to add it onto the whitelist.

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Path to settings

Switch to the administrative mode — Dr.Web mini-agent — Settings — Exclusions — Websites — add the site onto the Whitelist.

Path to settings

Programs — Dr.Web for macOS. Click on the Dr.Web window to make it active. The Dr.Web for macOS menu will appear in the upper-left corner of the screen. Expand the menu and go to Settings — SpIDer Gate. Click on the lock (bottom-left corner of the screen) and enter the administrator credentials in the corresponding dialogue. Click on the button Black and White lists. Specify the exceptions in the subsequent window.

Path to settings

We use Ubuntu as an example Click on the gear icon to open Dr.Web settings. Go to the SpIDer Gate tab. Click on the lock and enter the administrator credentials to acquire root permissions. Click on the button Black and White lists.

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To visit an unavailable site with an Android device, disable (only temporarily!) the Cloud Checker.

But are you really sure that this is a good idea?

How can you avoid sites on the Dr.Web non-recommended list if Dr.Web is not installed on your PC or Mac?

If for some reason you have not entrusted the security of your computers to Dr.Web, take advantage of free Dr.Web Link Checker plugins for browsers—use them to scan each page before loading it.

Download Dr.Web Link Checker for free

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The omnipresent Internet URLologist

That's what people whose sites have gotten onto the non-recommended list call Dr.Web.

We don't take offense. After all, this is what we call our website that lets users make sure that a given site is free from malware known to Dr.Web and is not on the non-recommended list.

The Dr.Web Urolologist examines Uniform Resource Locators.

And, at Doctor Web, we also have the Dr.Web file Pathologist.

If I believe that a certain site has gotten into the database by mistake, what should I do?

Report the Dr.Web false positive via the appropriate web form.

We will re-examine the site.

Doctor Web employees (not a robot) reply to each request.

What should a site owner do if their site has gotten into the non-recommended URL database?

In the Support section of Doctor Web's site,

select "I do not yet have a commercial Dr.Web license", and choose the option “Your feedback on the work of Doctor Web and its partners".

Every request is reviewed by the relevant Doctor Web services to determine whether a warning should be displayed before a user reaches a site. If Doctor Web determines that no warning should be displayed, corresponding changes are made to the Dr.Web databases immediately.

Who blocks access to websites?

Owners of sites that have gotten onto the Dr.Web non-recommended list often accuse Doctor Web of prejudice and imposing censorship.

But no anti-virus company (including Doctor Web) ever blocks access to sites—we don’t have that capability.

We merely warn users against visiting them.

Thank you for taking the time to read through this material.