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Malwarebytes and safe mode

I just have a quick question concerning Malwarebytes. I have one friend that says that you should run Malwarebytes in safe mode and another one who says you don't have to. I'm just wondering what the correct answer is. Thank you in advance for your answers.

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Both

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Both are right, it depends on the circumstances. MOST of the time it can root out any pests without needing to resort to Safe Mode, but sometimes a pest buries itself so deep into the OS that Safe Mode is your only real hope of excising it short of formatting.

Of course I would argue that the better question to be asking here, is what are you doing that is making malware such an issue. Then the follow-up question of what can you do to eliminate this particular threat to your system's security. If you have to rely on the likes of malwarebytes to routinely clean your system of pests, then that should tell you there is something wrong. Would you simply accept the idea of someone breaking into your house regularly, maybe taking over your living room while you're asleep, and you kick them out in the morning just to have the cycle repeat again the following night? I highly doubt you would, so why you allow the same basic thing to happen with your computer is one of those things that baffles me about most people.

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Malwarebytes and safe mode

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Hi,
My name is Abhi and I work for Social media and Community at Dell.
I just went through your query. You can run Malwarebytes in any mode but; I recommend you do it in safe mode because the computer is working with bare basic drivers and services; normally if there is any bug in the system it will not be active in safe mode which makes the infections easier to remove. In normal mode the virus/bug would be active; So Malwarebytes will not be able to remove all the bugs.

Regards
Abhi
Dell | Social Media Outreach Responder

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From the Anti malwarebytes forums administrator

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it doesn't have to be run in Safe mode unless it won't run in normal mode. What that means if something at startup disables it then you can try it in Safe mode but it's designed to run in normal mode. I think thats even true with most antivirus software and that is why you are asked to restart your system to completely remove the virus.

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2 months late but.. you are quite correct about MBAM!

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Two months late but I thought I'd add.. you are quite correct! It was not designed to run in Safe Mode. Not many are aware of it.

In fact, " MBAM loses some effectiveness for detection & removal when used in safe mode because the program includes a special driver which does not work in safe mode. Further, scanning in safe mode prevents some types of malware from running so it may be missed during the detection process. For optimal removal, normal mode is recommended so it does not limit the abilities of MBAM but sometimes there is no alternative but to do a safe mode scan."

My ¢ ¢ ........ 2 months late. Happy
Carol

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