How to avoid emails from Dr. Web

Dr. Web is a Russian anti-virus utility that comes bundled with Plesk. It’s good and it tries to keep the bad guys out.

To keep up with all the mutations out there it tries to update itself frequently but often doesn’t succeed because the Dr. Web server is busy or down or somehow not working as it should be. Sadly this means that every time something goes wrong I get an email every half hour… imagine what this means when you have more than a dozen servers to look after: an overflowing inbox.

Here’s the solution: tweak a system file and divert those emails to nowhere:

Have a look at either


or if that file doesn’t exist on your system take a look at


The content of this file should only be one line which calls the actual update routine in crontab format:

#cat drweb-update

*/30 * * * * drweb /opt/drweb/


Now use your favourite text editor and amend it to

*/30 * * * * drweb /opt/drweb/ > /dev/null 2>&1

Case closed. No need to reboot your server either.

Special thanks to Igor and igraf on this Parallels Forum Thread.

Jay is the CEO and founder of WP Hosting, a boutique style managed WordPress hosting and support service. He has been working with Plesk since version 9 and is a qualified Parallels Automation Professional. In his spare time he likes to develop iOS apps and WordPress plugins, or draw on tablet devices. He blogs about his coding journey at and