Safe mode for scans



Dick Mahar
07-09-2005, 11:39 PM
I have seen several references to using safe Mode for Virus and/or Spyware
scans. Is there any advantage to this? TIA

CWatters
07-09-2005, 11:39 PM
"Dick Mahar" <rmahar01@comcast.net> wrote in message
news:IfSdnS968rwFIw3fRVn-1Q@comcast.com...
> I have seen several references to using safe Mode for Virus and/or
Spyware
> scans. Is there any advantage to this? TIA

Many viruses install processes that start automatically at boot up. Some of
these processes attempt to repair themselves when you try and remove them.
For example if the virus were to run two processes that were designed to
"look after each other" then they could be hard to kill because whichever is
killed first would be repaired and restarted by it's partner.

Some viruses install so many proceses that your machine grinds to a halt and
you can't run removal tools or they run really slow.

In theory when you boot in safe mode only essential operating system
processes are started so you get a shot at removing the suspect one.

webmaster2010
07-09-2005, 11:39 PM
Yes, because in safe mode only necessary windows programs run, therefore the
scan is faster and removal is easier. (if there is a virus or spyware it wont
run in safe mode, and so the antivirus can delete it automatically without
rebooting)

"Dick Mahar" wrote:

> I have seen several references to using safe Mode for Virus and/or Spyware
> scans. Is there any advantage to this? TIA
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Safe mode for scans