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#1 Alan08555

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Posted 03 September 2011 - 04:01 AM

What is the difference in a quick and a full scan?

As a home user should I use the full scan regularly? If so how often?

#2 1PW

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Posted 03 September 2011 - 04:08 AM

Hello Alan08555: :welcome:

The following was well written by Malwarebytes' staff member exile360:

  • Quick Scan - This is the default and recommended scan type. It checks all the known locations where infections like to actually install on your system, including program folders, system folders and the registry (and many more). Every time we find infections installing in a new location, it automatically gets added to the Quick Scan :). It checks everything that the Flash Scan checks and a lot more.
  • Flash Scan - This is a very quick check of your system for active infections running in memory, the registry as well as a heuristics check to look for new/unknown threats. It is less comprehensive than a Quick Scan, but is useful if you just updated MBAM and want to make sure that nothing that was added to the current update but wasn't detected by the previous database has infected your system (this is why we have an option for it to run after a successful update in the Scheduler if you have the PRO version of Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware).
  • Full Scan - This is the most thorough scan type. This is what you use when you suspect your system is infected, but the infection was not found by a Quick Scan. It will check all locations on your computer, not just the locations where threats are known to install. It is generally not needed, but can be useful for finding dormant traces as well as infection installers/droppers that might be saved in a location that is not checked by the Quick Scan (if, for example, you save your downloads to a custom folder somewhere etc.).
HTH :)

Comments expressed above are strictly my own and not those of Malwarebytes or their staff unless I directly quote.


#3 daledoc1

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Posted 03 September 2011 - 04:21 AM

Hi, alan08555:

In addition to 1PW's excellent advice, if you are using MBAM PRO, you might find this scheduler tutorial helpful.

As a home user who often has the computer up and running 24/7 for a few days at a time, I have my Updates + Flash Scan scheduled for hourly, and my Quick Scan scheduled for daily.
I think that's pretty typical for many of us.

HTH,

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Posted 03 September 2011 - 04:37 AM

Hi, could you please change your link, it is now http// instead of http://
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Posted 03 September 2011 - 05:35 AM

@gerardwil:

Hi.
Not sure to whom you were replying and specifically what link you mean, as the BBcode looks fine in the editor and the link to the scheduler tutorial works fine for me.
(It was copied directly from the FAQ section.)

Nonetheless, here it is again:
FAQ - Section O: Scheduler

Thanks for pointing that out,

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Posted 03 September 2011 - 01:21 PM

I corrected the link daledoc1 but forgot to mark it edited, sorry about that.

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#7 daledoc1

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Posted 03 September 2011 - 01:30 PM

@ AdvancedSetup: Thanks for correcting my early-morning "copy-and-paste-o".

@ gerardwil: Thanks for catching the error.


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Just a home user & forum volunteer
DT1: Win7/Ult/64 SP1; Intel Core i7-3770 @3.4 GHz; 16 GB RAM; NVidia GeForce GT620; IE9; Fx; TB; Cable HSI; MBAM PRO 1.75.0.1300; KIS2014; SAS Free; CCleaner
DT2: Win7 Ult/64 SP1; Intel Core i7-860 @2.8 GHz; 8 GB RAM; ATI Radeon HD 5770; IE 9, Fx; TB; Cable HSI; MBAM PRO 1.75.0.1300; KIS2014; SAS Free; CCleaner.
LT: Win7 Pro/64 SP1; Intel Core i7-3632 cached @3.2 GHz; 16 GB RAM; NVidia GeForce GT640M; IE 10; Fx; TB; WLAN; MBAM PRO 1.75.0.1300; Sophos ES 10.3; SAS Free; CCleaner.





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