Spyware on entire drive Scanning other users on Windows Vista
Posted 21 February 2011 - 09:36 PM
Or can I go into Windows Explore and scan their user profile folder?
Or can I just go into my own user profile and that will scan the whole entire computer with all the usernames?
Posted 22 February 2011 - 09:28 AM
It is definately possible that some accounts have malware that is only started when their account logs in. So it would be safer to scan on each logon.
For example, it is possible to modify the properties of a malware so that it cannot start or run properly. In this case, a malware scanner may not be able to find it, even though it is still present. I'm not sure how concerned you would be about having remnants sitting around.
Posted 22 February 2011 - 11:23 AM
Sometimes I take out the drive and slave it to another computer via usb cord and do scans. Now the other day I did a SAS scan externally this way and found around 20 bugs. I then put the hard drive back into the laptop that it came from and did an SAS scan again within the computer itself. SAS then found around 60 more bugs. So what does this tell us about external scans?
Posted 05 March 2011 - 11:21 AM
Ok, now, Within Windows Explorer------------if I right click on their user profile folder and choose to scan this way ------------will that scan completely that profile?
Again: With Malwarebytes installed you will have an icon if you right click on any folder on your computer and you choose to "Scan With Malwarebytes"
Again, so if I do a complete MWB scan will it be best to do this scanning of the other profiles folder.
Or should it be better to actually log into this profile and do the scan this way. Or am I repeating a scan of the rest of the computer twice this way.
What I don't want to do is to do a complete scan then log out and log into another profile and scan again then go into another profile and scan again. This is with three profiles of course.
I am thinking that a complete scan will do the entire computer but neglecting a particular user profile that I am not logged into.
Windows is not loaded or copied three times just because it has three people using the computer with their own profiles.
This post has been edited by forjonny: 05 March 2011 - 11:23 AM
Posted 06 March 2011 - 05:33 PM
Posted 06 March 2011 - 06:31 PM
Tom M., Mar-05 12:17 (PST):
Q: What is the proper way to scan a computer with multiple usernames on it with MWB?
A: Hello and welcome to the Malwarebytes consumer helpdesk. Thank you for choosing Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware as your malware security solution, my name is Tom M. and I'll be assisting you today.
Malwarebytes will scan all user profiles. Always scan in normal mode using the default quick scan option.
Malwarebytes does not recommend full scans to search for malware. Our scan engine is configured to find all the places malware loads in memory and hides from conventional scanners in the default quick scan option.
Q: So what are the full scans for anyway or when will you this full scan?
A: Full scans are for new external devices or to look for minor non threat remnants which will not be of any consequence to the system.
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