Malwarebytes Anti-Malware is designed to remove malware as effectively with a Quick Scan as it will with a Full Scan which takes much longer to complete. Both scans use heuristics
that bypasses polymorphic blackhat packers & encryption, MD5
, check memory (loaded .exes and .dlls), unique strings, autostart load points and hotspots (everywhere current malware is known to load from) and multiple other malware checks which are not discussed in public to safeguard the program from malware writers.
- A Quick Scan looks at the most prevalent places for active malware so scanning every single file on the drive isn't always necessary.
- A Full Scan only has the ability to catch more traces in rare circumstances but it can be used to scan every drive (including removable) on the system.
- A Flash Scan will analyze memory and autorun objects but that option is only available to licensed users in the paid version.
The above information about how the program works is general rather than specific. The reason for this is that the developers of MABM do not want to reveal all the special techniques
utilized in order to protect the integrity of the tool from malware writers who would use that information for nefarious purposes.
Generally speaking, the difference between a Full Scan and Quick scan is applicable to most security scanners...with the full scan being much more in depth in that it scans all files on a system. SUPERAntispyware offers more user choices in its scanner options. The reason being that sometimes disabling certain options will allow a scan to complete when otherwise it may stall or hang.
These are BC's tutorials for performing scans:
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, MBAM 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. Additionally, there are various types of malware infections which target the safeboot keyset so booting into safe mode is not always possible. For optimal removal, normal mode is recommended
so it does not limit the abilities of MBAM. Doing a safe mode scan should only
be done when a regular mode scan fails or you cannot boot up normally. If that is the case, after completing a safe mode scan, reboot normally, update the database definitions
through the program's interface (preferable method
) and try rescanning again.
I generally recommend scanning with SUPERAntispyware in safe mode but in some cases you may need to perform both a normal and safe mode scan. There are no guarantees or shortcuts
when it comes to malware removal. Depending on the infection you are dealing with, it may take several efforts with different, the same or more powerful tools to do the job. Even then, with some types of malware infections, the task can be arduous.Safe Mode
is a troubleshooting mode designed to start Windows with minimal drivers
and running processes
to diagnose problems with your computer. This means some of the programs that normally run when Windows starts will not run. Why use safe mode
? The Windows operating system protects files
when they are being accessed by an application or a program. Malware writers create programs that can insert itself and hide in these protected areas
when the files are being used. Using safe mode reduces the number of modules requesting files to only essentials which make your computer functional. This in turn reduces the number of hiding places for malware
, making it easier to find and delete the offending files when performing scans with anti-virus and anti-malware tools. In most cases, performing your scans in safe mode speeds up the scanning process. Why not use safe mode
? Some security tools like anti-rootkit scanners (ARKs) and programs with anti-rootkit technology use special drivers which are required
for the scanning and removal process. These tools are designed to work in normal mode because the drivers will not load in safe mode which lessens the scan's effectiveness. Other security tools are optimized to run from normal mode
where they are most effective. For example, Malwarebytes Anti-Malware is designed to be at full power when malware is running so safe mode is not necessary when using it. In fact, MBAM loses some effectiveness
for detection and removal when used in safe mode.
Further, scanning in safe mode prevents some types of malware from running so it may be missed during the detection process. Additionally, there are various types of malware infections which target the safeboot keyset so booting into safe mode is not always possible.Note: If the malware is not related to a running process (i.e. malicious .dll) it probably will not make a difference performing a scan in normal or safe mode. If the scanner you're using does not include definitions for the malware, then they may not detect or remove it regardless of what mode is used.