: If you are slaving a problem drive due to a malware infection like Virut, keep in mind that there is always a chance it will infect the hard drive you are slaving it to.
Before resorting to slaving, you can try using VIPRE Rescue
- the size of the downloaded application is large
. This is a command-line utility that will scan and clean a computer which is so badly infected that programs cannot be easily run. Be sure to print out and follow the instructions provided on the same page
You can also try running MABM in safe mode
. Scanning with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware in safe or normal mode will work but removal functions are not as powerful in safe mode. MBAM is designed to be at full power when malware is running so safe mode is not necessary when using it. In fact, it loses some effectiveness
for detection & removal when used in safe mode because the program includes a special driver which does not work in safe mode. Further, scanning in safe mode prevents some types of malware from running so it may be missed during the detection process. For optimal removal, normal mode is recommended
so it does not limit the abilities of MBAM. If you cannot use or complete a scan in normal mode, then try performing a Quick Scan
in safe mode.