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#1 mypenry


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Posted 17 September 2006 - 01:45 AM

Can any one please tell me when running a scan programme for viruses, Trojans Etc is it better to use the
Scanning programme when….

A. Off line ( no internet connection )
B. On Line ( with internet connection on )
C. Off Line but in Safe Mode

The reason I ask is that ive been running my scan programs while I surf the internet…?
Does it really make any difference when you run a scan..?

Thanks ………………. Mypenry

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Posted 17 September 2006 - 07:52 AM

The Windows operating system protects files when they are being accessed by an application or a program. Hackers know this so they will write malware 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 the essentials to 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.
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Posted 17 September 2006 - 04:20 PM

I generally, when I do a set series of scans,I do so off-line and in Safe Mode. As Quietman7 has suggested, Safe Mode will make Windows protect far fewer files. It will, as well, speed up the scanning process. Once this is completed, I generally run scandisk/checkdisk, and if necessary defrag my hard drive.
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