Potentially dangerous sites

Which sites does Dr.Web consider to be potentially dangerous?

All sites that fall within one or more Parental Control categories; Parental Control is a Dr.Web Security Space component.

Parental Control is a Dr.Web Security Space component

These sites may not distribute malware, but their content is a threat to human health and safety, especially if a child is using the computer.

Doctor Web strongly recommends that you avoid sites containing information of this kind.

Important! This feature is not available in Dr.Web Anti-virus for Windows.

If you are using Dr.Web Anti-virus for macOS* and Dr.Web Anti-virus for Linux, you can protect yourself and your family from visiting certain types of potentially dangerous sites by enabling the appropriate options in the SpIDer Gate settings.


Dr.Web Anti-virus for macOS


Dr.Web Anti-virus for Linux

*This feature is not available in the free product Dr.Web Anti-virus for macOS Light.

The URL filter in Dr.Web for Android can regulate your device’s access to potentially dangerous sites, and only at your request. This is particularly useful if a child who is not yet aware of Internet dangers uses the device.

The URL filter in Dr.Web for Android

The URL filter in Dr.Web for Android

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.


Some manufacturers of anti-virus solutions will assure you that their applications for Android come with a parental control component.

However, it is currently IMPOSSIBLE to implement a full-fledged parental control component for this operating system.

The default settings of Android Browser and Google Chrome for Android allow any user to open an URL anonymously, and no software that includes a parental control module can track their activity.

How does Dr.Web warn users against visiting potentially dangerous sites?

Users will see a warning page whenever they attempt to visit a site whose access is regulated by Dr.Web for Windows’ Parental Control, the SpIDer Gate HTTP monitor for macOS or Linux, or the URL filter for Android—all features controlled by the user


Parental Control Dr.Web


SpIDer Gate HTTP monitor


SpIDer Gate HTTP monitor


the URL filter for Android

It's up to you to decide which sites may be harmful to you.

  • By default, Dr.Web Parental Control is disabled.
  • You can enable access control for sites in all the categories or choose only some of them.
  • Even if a site in a certain category has controlled access, you can still access that site by adding its address onto the white list.
WindowsHere’s how to do it
White list SpIDer Gate Click on the lock icon in the Dr.Web mini-agent to switch to administrative mode. Click on the ’Gear’ icon in the mini-agent. The configuration window will open. In the settings window, go to the ‘Parental Control’ section. Select the user account you need. In the ‘Internet’ section, press ‘Change’. In the drop-down list, choose ‘Block by categories’ or ‘Block all except websites from the white list’. Click on the button Black and White lists. Define all the exceptions you need.
macOSHere is how to do it
White list SpIDer Gate Click on the Dr.Web for macOS window to activate it. 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 exceptions in the subsequent window.
LinuxHere is how to do it
White list SpIDer Gate Click on the gear icon to open the 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.
Android Here’s how to do it
URL filter for Android To allow your Android device to visit a site that Dr.Web considers dangerous, disable (only temporarily!) URL-filter.

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.

Doctor Web will re-examine this site, and if it no longer poses a potential danger to users, it will be removed from the database.

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

Thank you for taking the time to familiarise yourself with these materials.