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Running Programs In Safe Mode

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#1 deniroa


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Posted 13 October 2005 - 06:10 PM

i am trying to clean my computer as thouroughly as possible as it has been a very long time since anyone has bothered.
is there any disadvantages to running spybot, ad-aware, scan disk, defrag or ccleaner in safe mode? can you generally get better results when this is all done in safe mode? should safe mode scanning/cleaning be done regularly or only as needed when the regular stuff does not do the trick? thanks

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#2 jgweed


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Posted 13 October 2005 - 09:24 PM

What Safe Mode does is to run your operating system with only the most essential modules; this can save time when running scandisk or defragging, becuase fewer programs attempt to access the various files on the disk which causes these two programs to restart. At times, you will also need to run your AV in Safe Mode when it cannot quarantine a virus because other applications are accessing it and therefore Windows protects it.
If your computer is gunked up (forgive the technical language), then running all the applications and utilities you mentioned in Safe Mode for the first time might speed up the process. Normally, though, you can run these in regular mode.
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