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#1 oldblueeyes

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Posted 24 May 2014 - 11:51 PM

Malwarebytes does not recommend checking rootkits with its default settings when scanning so I  did not.  Why would this be recommended or should I check it anyways?  I think not.  Could it be that it would require much more time to check this pesky malware and the extra time needed would not be worth it?

 

It should be noted that I also have Microsoft Security Essentials and Webroot Secureanywhere endpoint protectoin (webroot being a closed system managed by Click for Support) whcih may presumably be monitiring rootkits already.  I am not sure? Thanks for any help!   :)



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Posted 25 May 2014 - 07:01 AM

Antirootkit technology in Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 2.0 is integrated into the scanner (under Detection Settings) in MBAM v2.0 but it is not enabled by default. If the "Scan for rootkits" setting is enabled, it will increase the length of the average scan time from previous versions which defeats the purpose of routinely using the recommended THREAT Scan to quickly check the most prevalent places for active malware....see Why is scan for rootkit off by default?

Scanning for rootkits is only necessary for heavily infected systems or when malware symptoms are present but the THREAT Scan does not detect anthing.
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Posted 25 May 2014 - 12:04 PM

Thank you very much for the help.  It's good to know that the rootkits and other malware  are  checked allbeit only in the most likeley places.  I will leave the setting as is.



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Posted 25 May 2014 - 02:24 PM

You're welcome.
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Posted 25 May 2014 - 03:01 PM

Malwarebytes does have indeed an own Rootkit scan tool (MBAR for short)... used it a couple of times and it served me very well so far (and hope serving it so far as well)



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Posted 25 May 2014 - 07:18 PM

Antirootkit technology in Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 2.0 is identical to that of MBAMAntiRootkit (mbar). The development team kept them them separate in case they need to quickly adapt to new rootkits with engine changes that cannot be accomplished with definition updates since releasing new versions of MBAMAntiRootkit are much faster. When this does happen, any changes that occur in MBAMAntiRootkit's new versions will be integrated into Malwarebytes Anti-Malware in the next release that follows.
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Posted 09 January 2016 - 04:46 PM

I had same question too re Malwarebytes & rootkits.  Went to malwarebytes.com Help and found this answer:

 

https://support.malwarebytes.org/customer/en/portal/articles/1834842-why-is-scan-for-rootkit-off-by-default-?b_id=6438



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Posted 09 January 2016 - 04:58 PM

As noted above...if "Scan for rootkits" is enabled, it will increase the length of the average scan time from previous versions and sometimes cause the scanner to freeze (hang) or even crash. This defeats the purpose of routinely using the recommended THREAT Scan to quickly check the most prevalent places for active malware.

However, that feature may be enabled in future versions.
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