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#1 Junior2007

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Posted 10 November 2007 - 06:17 PM

Hello,

Sorry if this has been asked before, but hopefully I won't get bashed for asking again. I see many times here at this site when people ask about software for spyware/adware, it is recommended that after installing it to run it in safe mode. What is the benefit, or advantage, of this? I currently run AdAware 2007 Free, AVG Anti Spyware, and Super Antispyware for spyware/adware prevention. I normally run these while the computer is running normally, or NOT in safe mode. Would I be better off to run these programs in safe mode? Will I detect/find/remove more this way? Your comments welcome, thanks.

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#2 jgweed

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Posted 10 November 2007 - 09:20 PM

Windows when running normally often "protects" files it is using for various purposes, and malware often hides itself in these files for that very reason. When you run your computer in "safe mode" this limits Windows to the most basic of operations, thus "unprotecting" additional files because they are not being used or needed by the operating system.
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#3 Junior2007

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Posted 11 November 2007 - 12:41 PM

So then, would it be better to run spyware/adware scans in safe mode?




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