ellentk

Scan Options Enabled/Disabled?

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I did a full scan and these options were all enabled:

Scan options enabled: Memory | Startup | Registry | File System | Heuristics/Extra | Heuristics/Shuriken | PUP | PUM | P2P

The scan turned up a minor problem in one file. I scanned that file using the right click context menu and the problem file was not found because the scan options were as follows:

Scan type: Custom scan (D:\YYYY\JJJJJJ.exe|)

Scan options enabled: File System | Heuristics/Shuriken | PUP | PUM | P2P

Scan options disabled: Memory | Startup | Registry | Heuristics/Extra

How can I enable Memory, Startup, Registry and Heuristics for a custom scan?

Thanks.

Ellen

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It is not supported by doing a right click scan of a file or folder. If you want to scan those other items then you need to do an actual System type scan.

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Then what is the purpose of "scan with malwarebytes" being in the right click context menu?

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Because it does scan the file in question. If scanning the file alone is not sufficient then you will need to do a regular Quick Scan or Full Scan if you want the Registry and System also included as part of the scan.

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How would I know there was a problem with the file if scanning it alone doesn't report it? Is the only reliable way to find out if there is a problem is to always do a full scan, even if you are interested in only one file? Seems counterproductive.

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If the file scans clean and you still suspect it then I would recommend uploading it to virustotal.com and have them check on it for you.

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Here's the thing. I downloaded a file from a freeware site that had a good rating from WOT. I scanned it using the right click menu. It was clean. I began to install it. Mbam advised it contained a trojan which it quarantined. It's good that I was protected on install, but I'd rather a scan warn me before I install a program. Since Mbam is capable of identifying this trojan, both in the protection module and in a full scan, I believe it should do so in a right click scan too and if not that it should be clear to users that this scan is not as thorough.

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Ah.. well the actual file by name or by MD5 hash may not be known but once the file has started to extract then we may see the "real" file behind it.

Basically any time you download a file that you're the least bit suspicious of you should upload it to VirusTotal and let them scan it for you. They use 40+ different antivirus and antimalware programs to scan the file to see if something is there. That is a lot safer than relying on a single scanner.

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