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Windows 7: MBAM log files and SSD

21 Dec 2010   #1
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 
MBAM log files and SSD

Hi,

If you choose to install Malwarebytes onto your SSD, then the logfiles are by default stored in:

C:\Users\{Name}\AppData\Roaming\Malwarebytes\Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware\Logs

and also

C:\ProgramData\Malwarebytes\Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware\Logs

Why the two different locations, I have no idea. There is no way to change the location of the logfiles during installation. They can be changed post-installation using command line parameters, as shown below:

Code:
mbam.exe /logtofile E:\Security_Logs\mbam_log_files\mbam-security-log.txt
However, this means that the logfiles can no longer be accessed by the MBAM GUI - not ideal.

I have requested an upgrade to the software that allows a user to nominate the preferred location of logfiles. I'm not sure how successful this will be.

In the meantime, I wonder if anyone has opinions on how good/bad/indifferent it is having lots of these small files written to an SSD? Do you just delete them constantly? How does this affect the SSD? What is your experience with the multitude of log files and SSD performance?

Regards,
Golden


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22 Dec 2010   #2
Jacee
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1
 
 

I have them in the same 2 locations ... just delete the logs.
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22 Dec 2010   #3
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Jacee View Post
I have them in the same 2 locations ... just delete the logs.
Hi Jacee. Yep, I did that, and now have changed a setting not to create the log files. I was wondering what impact it would have, longer term I guess, if many thousands of log files were written and deleted from the SSD? Presumably over time, the performance of the SSD decreases?
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22 Dec 2010   #4
HammerHead

win 7 X64 Ultimate SP1
 
 
Different

I had to be diffrent, of course. The logs were only present in one location:

C:\Users\{Name}\AppData\Roaming\Malwarebytes\Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware\Logs

I can't really remember but it seems to me that some previous version wrote the logs to the install directory. I dimly remember cleaning the out.

Were the files not present in the other location because they were copies and I had already deleted the from the aforementioned directory?
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22 Dec 2010   #5
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by HammerHead View Post
I had to be diffrent, of course. The logs were only present in one location:

C:\Users\{Name}\AppData\Roaming\Malwarebytes\Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware\Logs

I can't really remember but it seems to me that some previous version wrote the logs to the install directory. I dimly remember cleaning the out.

Were the files not present in the other location because they were copies and I had already deleted the from the aforementioned directory?
I'm unsure why you only have files in one location, but I'm trying to find out how/why the logfiles are spread across different locations in the MBAM forum. If I get an answer, I'll post back here.
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23 Dec 2010   #6
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

This from the MBAM forums:

Log File Locations

Quick Scan and Full Scan Logs
  • Windows 2000 & Windows XP:
    C:\Documents and Settings\<USERNAME>\Application Data\Malwarebytes\Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware\Logs
  • Windows Vista & Win7:
    C:\Users\<USERNAME>\AppData\Roaming\Malwarebytes\Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware\Logs
File Protection and IP Protection Logs
  • Windows 2000 & Windows XP:
    C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Malwarebytes\Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware\Logs
  • Windows Vista & Win7:
    C:\ProgramData\Malwarebytes\Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware\Logs
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25 Dec 2010   #7
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

I have been in touch with MBAM : the will apparently forward my suggestion, to allow users to nominate the logfile location during installation, to their developers.
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