Stop Dr. Web Antivirus Update Emails

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After months of painful emails about Dr. Web updates, I finally found a solution:

Log in as root (or you can use sudo) and open /etc/drweb/drweb32.ini:

Look for:
CronSummary = Yes

And change it to:
CronSummary = No

Do a restart for the Dr. Web daemon by (add sudo in the beginning if not using root):
/etc/init.d/drwebd restart

That should do it! Seems so easy once you know it.
Please do leave a comment if this works for you :)

The problem:

Just a bit of background about the problem. I have been using Plesk 8.4 and been really happy with it. I’ve gone through all the versions but the latest one Plesk 9.3 had been sending me these weird emails:

Subject: failure notice

Hi. This is the qmail-send program at
I'm afraid I wasn't able to deliver your message to the following addresses.
This is a permanent error; I've given up. Sorry it didn't work out.


--- Below this line is a copy of the message.

Received: (qmail 22133 invoked by uid 100); 20 Mar 2010 19:00:10 +0000
Date: 20 Mar 2010 19:00:10 +0000
Message-ID: <>
From: (Cron Daemon)
Subject: Cron /opt/drweb/
Content-Type: text/plain; charset=UTF-8
Auto-Submitted: auto-generated
X-Cron-Env: X-Cron-Env:

Dr.Web (R) update details:
Update server:
Update has begun at Sat Mar 20 19:00:02 2010
Update has finished at Sat Mar 20 19:00:10 2010

Following files has been updated:

And you usually get one of these an hour! Thats 24 a day! Crazyyyy!

  • Treffenplaner

    Finally my google search ‘/opt/drweb/ “update details”‘ brought me to your site. I hope your howto will fix this problem for me. Also I hope that the update runs correctly in future when I’m not getting informed by mail.

    Greetings from Germany

    • Adeel

      I have tested it and it does work fine. Thanks for leaving a comment.

  • Viames

    Thank you, solved :)

  • Valentin

    Hi. I wanted to personally thank you for the post. I was getting tired of those dumb mails. I was snooping around for a fix but got to your website first. Thanks again.

  • Matt

    Brillant… these emails have been driving me crazy for weeks now. Thankyou!

  • Mladen

    Thanks a mil

  • james

    i really hope this gets rid of my cron emails, “/opt/drweb/”

    thanks in advance!

  • iFinchy

    At last, a wonderful little fix. Thanks and all the best for 2011!

  • Jay B.

    Thanks, very much. Fix worked for me.

  • Jczorglub

    Your fix works perfectly. Thanks a lot !

  • dratomic

    Holy explicit, i’ve been looking for this sooooooo long. Worked like a charm and so easy it isnt funny.

  • BackDraft

    All I have to say is—- Thank You!

  • TiktakNight

    Very good solution!
    Thx a lot, i solved my case!

  • Wouter

    Solution is working just fine.

  • Amit

    Works Great thanks a lot!

  • Marc

    Thank you so much! I was getting nuts with all these DrWeb update mails and could not find anything in Plesk to turn them off.

  • Viggi

    Hi, I only started learning linux/unix can one of you please assist me. I got in to the drweb directory but how do I open the drweb32.ini? I tried the open command but nothing happened. Can you please take me from there? Your help is highly regarded. Thnx

    • Adeel Ejaz

      Hi Viggi,

      You start by doing:
      sudo nano drweb32.ini

      Once you are in the editor, look for the line and make the change. Then use Ctrl + X to Close and press Y and enter to save.

      • Viggi

        Thnx Adeel, It worked like a charm!

  • Jen


    I found this thread via google search because I have started getting these emails from Cron Daemon. Can someone explain why I am recieveing these?

    ERROR: Dr.Web (R) Updater: remote host closed connection variant () !
    Dr.Web (R) update details:
    Update server:
    Update has begun at Fri Mar 9 17:00:03 2012 Update has finished at Fri Mar 9 17:01:01 2012

    Following files has been updated:

    Much appreciated,


    • Adeel Ejaz

      Its your Plesk server. Ask your hosting company to disable notification emails for Dr. Web.

  • Nilson Silva

    Perfect. Fantastic solution. Simple and functional :-).

  • Hammy Havoc

    Is there any solution to only receive emails if there is an issue rather than just disabling notifications altogether?

    • Adeel Ejaz

      That is exactly what it’s doing at the moment! You are getting emailed because there has been an (doh) issue.

  • Bob

    So what IS the issue??

  • Baby

    Thanks for this simple and fast solution. You saved my day… I was getting crazy receiving this mails every hour… ;-)