Anti-Virus Scan

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Security' started by JamesJ, Apr 10, 2010.

  1. JamesJ

    JamesJ Guest

    vista basic 32 bit sp2

    When doing a scan for malware with any anti-malware/anti-virus software,
    does it matter whether I do the scan in safe mode or in normal mode??

    JamesJ, Apr 10, 2010
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  2. Yes for some antimalware scanners. Some *require* normal mode for the
    best results. Others hope that safe mode has an inactive installation
    that they can address from there. Antivirus (specifically, file content
    scanners) don't care one way or the other - active malware can hide from
    scanners, so safe mode has its advantages there. Context scanners sort
    of look for evidence of malware installation (infestation) - you have to
    be malware infested in order for that evidence to be there.

    Some things that scanners scan for might be rootkits. A rookit is very
    hard to detect if it is not active (most rootkit detectors look for
    "rootkit activity" - which means it must be active). Some rootkits hide
    from detectors by detecting the detector and ceasing their "rootkit
    activity" while they are being looked at.
    FromTheRafters, Apr 10, 2010
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  3. JamesJ

    JamesJ Guest

    Got it.


    JamesJ, Apr 11, 2010
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