Malwarebytes' founder on quick scan vs. full scan

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  1. MrBrian

    MrBrian Registered Member

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    From interview linked to in Interview with Malwarebytes' founder, Marcin Kleczynski:
     
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    Do people, who have MBAM pro, still scan? If so, how often?
     
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    I do, about once a week, along with full scan by Nod32. I use SSD's for my system and data disk's so it goes pretty fast.
     
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    I schedule a daily quick scan (hidden and running as system) on some of the systems I maintain. It typically takes 5 min or less.
     
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    Marcin ought to create an intermediate scan for people who aren't sure if they believe him or not. :shifty:

    I do auto quick scans daily and full scans approximately every 2-4 weeks... closer to 4.
     
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    Once a week I have a quick scan scheduled.
     
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    Whatever av I have I either don't do any scans or sporadically only quick scans.
     
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    I schedule an update at every reboot, followed by a flash scan. I do a quick scan once a month or so.
     
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    I do quick scan, then when something is found I do a full scan and then more bugs are found.
     
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    Yes,my scheduler it set for once a day, quick scan.
     
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    And an almost-quick scan for those who want to believe.
     
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    Personally, I never run full scans, not even on heavily infected machines. It's always been my opinion that a quick scan is all you need to do, as anything a quick scan misses will not be an active threat.
     
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    There could be a scan that varies in length, sometimes fast, sometimes slow, designed for people who keep changing their mind about believing him.
     
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    I have scheduled MBAM to run quick scans weekly and full scans once a month.:)
     
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    Despite the fact that this thread has morphed into a "what scans do you use and how often" poll, I must say, the more I ponder Marcin's words, the more intrigued I am. Maybe dumbfounded is a better word.
    Can he be entirely serious?
    Was he being glib?
    Has he told us many times that the full scan is as worthless as nipples on a boar hog?
    Why didn't I get that memo?
    Too busy running the full scan, I suppose.
    Maybe we should invite Marcin here to see if he will flesh that out for us.
    Seriously, there is no value in running the full scan? Good grief! :eek:

    (Invitation sent!)
     
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    Let's call Rubber Ducky over here so he can explain it in details.....
     
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    I think he could have been serious. Malware usually wants to run all the time, so restricting the search space to what autoruns on a system might be sufficient to catch the majority of malware. HitmanPro doesn't take long to do its scan either.
     
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    I think he was serious too.
    But I never thought it could be that way (a placebo full scan) until I read his words.
     
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    Indeed, quite relevant, MrBrian. Thank you for posting the links.
    I had looked a bit myself on the MBAM forums to no avail.
    Goodbye, full scan! ;)
     
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    You're welcome, and good riddance! (to the Full Scan, not you :D)
     
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    Quick'ie' vs full. Both gets you to more or less the same thing. But one can never be fully satisfied until one tries with another. Scanner, that is. What were you thinking? :p
     
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    Hello all! I was indeed serious when I said that, the full scan is really only there to find potential old archives of non-resident malware on your computer. You can definitely run a full scan once a week and be very safe. The quick scan finds 99.99999999% of all infections and our researchers never have to use a full scan to remove any malware.

    We've completely removed the full scan out of 2.0 and named it the custom scan for this very reason. We've also renamed the quick scan to be a threat scan so it's more clear.

    Any more questions, throw 'em my way :). Rock on guys!
     
  25. Tarnak

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    I agree with Marcin, I don't believe a full scan is necessary, either.

    I have EAM too, and I will never do a full scan with it. I posted in the Emsisoft Anti-Malware 8.1 released thread recently, about the misery I had when doing a custom scan with that program.
     
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