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Windows 7: Malwarebytes and Safe mode

06 Jan 2010   #1
jav

Windows 7 Ultimate x86 SP1
 
 
Malwarebytes and Safe mode

ok, guys. I know I am not the one who should tell it to you as the are lots of people more knowledgeable then me.

But I have seen this happening here and many other security forums (and not just once ) and I was doing the same in the past, so just to inform you.

Many of us while helping user who is infected or suspected to be infected recommend them to use our trusty Malwarebytes Anti Malware but at the same time most of us recommend to use it in safe mode.
Theoretically it is great, as safe mode loads only basic drivers and applications so there will be less things (or even malware) to interact with MBAM scan.

But no, it's not recommended to run Malwarebytes in safe mode unless normal mode fails.

Just take a look at those thread, they are from official Malwarebytes forum and aswered by their staff.
And all of them against running Malwarebytes in safe mode unless normal mode fails:
Running MBAM in Safe Mode - Malwarebytes Forum
Should i run MalwareBytes in normal or in safe mode? - Malwarebytes Forum
Should I run Malwarebytes in Safe mode? - Malwarebytes Forum
Safe Mode vs Normal Mode - Malwarebytes Forum
SAFE MODE - Malwarebytes Forum
`Safe Mode` or `Normal Mode` - Malwarebytes Forum

Some quotes:
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by nosirrah
MBAM works from safemore but it is not designed to work that way .

MBAM will work better from regular mode both in terms of what it detects and what it can remove .

Doing a safemode scan with MBAM should only be done when a regular mode scan fails .
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by exile360
The drivers don't load in safe mode which really hinders MBAM's capabilities. If possible I and others always recommend running it in normal mode. If the scans are taking so long though, I'm guessing you're also using the Full Scan option. This is seldom required as it generally won't detect anything that the Quick Scan doesn't pick up except perhaps minor traces that are harmless (and even that is rare and I've never seen it do so myself).
So just let you know.



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06 Jan 2010   #2
nate42nd

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

I have used MB in safe mode (with networking) many times. It's recommended on "bleeping" I know that.

Nice links, but it's always worked fine for me. It's depends on what you're infected with I suppose.
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06 Jan 2010   #3
jav

Windows 7 Ultimate x86 SP1
 
 

Actually I am not saying that it doesn't work in safe mode.

As you can read from quotes and posts in Malwarebytes,
They say Malwarebytes can work on safe mode, but it works better on normal mode both from detection and removal point of view.
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06 Jan 2010   #4
manhunter2826

Windows XP - Now Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit).
 
 

What if safe mode is the only option (for boot up)? Will MWB not function as it should?
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06 Jan 2010   #5
nate42nd

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jav View Post
Actually I am not saying that it doesn't work in safe mode.

As you can read from quotes and posts in Malwarebytes,
They say Malwarebytes can work on safe mode, but it works better on normal mode both from detection and removal point of view.
Yea, that's good to know. Thanks for the tip man!
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06 Jan 2010   #6
nate42nd

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by manhunter2826 View Post
What if safe mode is the only option (for boot up)? Will MWB not function as it should?
That's right, if you read some of those posts, they say it cripples it.
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06 Jan 2010   #7
jav

Windows 7 Ultimate x86 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by manhunter2826 View Post
What if safe mode is the only option (for boot up)? Will MWB not function as it should?
If normal mode fails and your only option is safe mode, you should go with safe mode.

It will function as it should, but still it's functionality will be more limited then normal mode.

1. So your choice will be normal mode (number one priority)
2. If number one fails, safe mode
3. try normal mode again after safe mode cleaning (atleast do quick scan)

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by nate42nd View Post

Yea, that's good to know. Thanks for the tip man!

no problems.
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06 Jan 2010   #8
manhunter2826

Windows XP - Now Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit).
 
 

Thanks jav
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06 Jan 2010   #9
Corrine

Windows 7 & Windows Vista Ultimate
 
 

It is also not necessary to run a Full Scan. Malwarebytes' developers recommend a Quick Scan:

As Marcin said here
Quote:
The full scan is very thorough, but 99.99% not necessary.
or as Bruce said here:
Quote:
BTW , full scan has 0 ability to catch live malware and only a slight chance of catching traces
There are other examples by Marcin and Bruce, but you get the picture. For a first-time cleanup scan with MBAM, a full scan is fine. However, for "live malware", all that is needed is a quick scan.

It is also recommended that temp files be cleaned first -- actually a good practice regardless of the anti-malware software being used.
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06 Jan 2010   #10
jav

Windows 7 Ultimate x86 SP1
 
 

Yeap,
Thank you Corrine

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by manhunter2826 View Post
Thanks jav
You are welcome.
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