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Enhancement request: Update the software to allow a full scan to be scheduled. Currently, the schedule option will only execute a quick scan. I schedule all of my maintenance to occur during off-shift hours so executing a full scan would have no impact to daily tasks.

Please update the current information to specify that the schedule option will only execute a quick scan.

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If you bring up the scheduled scan under the Windows Task Scheduler it might be possible to edit it so that it uses the full scan instead of the quick scan. You'd simply need to change the /quickscan or /quickscanterminate parameter to /fullscan or /fullscanterminate.

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Thank you Exile360! I was able to add the fullscanterminate parameter via the schedule task panel and successfully pre-schedule a full scan. Syntax was interesting with this command...I rarely edit anything in the task scheduler so it took a couple of tries to find the correct setting...IE: leave the quotes 'as-is' and insert a space following the double quote after the .exe. This is the combination that worked: "C:\Program Files\Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware\mbam.exe" /fullscanterminate

Hopefully Tech Support will see these posts and incorporate this as a future enhancement to enable the 'causal user' the option to easily schedule a full scan.

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I'm not sure why a Full scan is necessary to be scheduled with Windows Task Scheduler as a Quick scan will detect 99.9% of all infections.

I'm willing to learn why a 'casual user' would need this as I believe that a Full scan should only be needed after an infection at the recommendation of one of the Malwarebytes experts.

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Some feel more secure with the full scan, it also allows MBAM to possibly detect a few traces the quick scan might miss (although even that is admittedly rare). Mine is not to question why, simply to provide assistance :P . All that being said, I do agree YoKenny1, the quick scan in normal mode (not safe mode) is designed to catch all the threats that MBAM can detect, and most often this proves to be accurate.

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Some feel more secure with the full scan, it also allows MBAM to possibly detect a few traces the quick scan might miss (although even that is admittedly rare). Mine is not to question why, simply to provide assistance B) . All that being said, I do agree YoKenny1, the quick scan in normal mode (not safe mode) is designed to catch all the threats that MBAM can detect, and most often this proves to be accurate.
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I rely on these malware tools to prevent/detect the unexpected (just like everyone else) so when there is an option of performing a full scan for everything to detect any intrusions, I prefer to take that route...even if it only eliminates the slightest chance of infection, over a quick scan. In addition, I schedule it to execute off hours so the extended execution time doesn't mater since the PC is not being used.

My reference to a 'casual user' is just me indicating that I rely on 'ease of use' with software programs to achieve the maximum protection with as little involvement from me as possible...I want to load it, set it up and forget it. Personally, I understand that users can be satisfied with 99.9% and that's absolutely fine, but in this case, I prefer 100%. I think it's worth running a full scan if it eliminates the .1% change of infection over the quick scan.

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I can't blame you, it's your preference and you want security to the utmost, something I can certainly relate to (note my signature below). I take PC security very seriously and won't give you a hard time for using the full scan vs the quick one, especially since your PC is sitting idle anyway, so it's not like you're wasting precious time that you would normally be using it or anything.

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Hi.

I use System Scheduler, free from from SplinterWare ( http://www.splinterware.com/ ).

I use it mostly as a pop-up reminder tool, but it is very easily configured to schedule any application.

(I always seem to get in a muddle when trying to use the Windows scheduler, and this little freeware does it much more simply.)

I just ask it to run "mbam.exe " with the added parameter "/fullscan", and put the required period(s) into scheduler section.

kb-r

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I agree with TomP Malwarebytes' should be updated to have a user interface to permit scheduling a full scan.

I purchased a license to Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware because of the C|Net download.com Editor's high rating and the Editor's note the scheduler for updates and scans is restricted to the paid version.

In all my spyware removal software I always run full scans and schedule them to run when my computer would normally be sitting idle. After I registered Malwarebytes' I was disappointed that I could only schedule an update and a quick scan. Using Help I did find something about using Command Line Parameters but it didn't make any sense to me.

And I don't feel comfortable using the Windows Task Scheduler.

I'm not sure what YoKenny1 means when he refers to a 'casual user'. I'm quite serious about my computer's security and I consider anything less than a full to be not adequate.

If I had know I couldn't schedule a full scan I wouldn't have bought a license.

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Greetings jh1836 :) .

I'm not going to argue too much about the fact that MBAM detects all the malware it possibly can using only the quick scan because it's a topic that's been exhaustively discussed here on the forum by both the developers and security experts. As far as your regret for having purchased it, all you need do is simply contact the Malwarebytes' Helpdesk or one of the developers (RubberDucky or Nosirrah) and I'm sure they will provide you a full refund for your purchase.

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I am encouraged by the comment from AdvancedSetup that an enhancement to have a user interface to permit full scan scheduling for paid users would be nice.

Not to belabor the effectiveness of a quick scan vs. a full scan, but I did compare the the elapsed times of the two scans. The elapsed time for a quick scan was 4 minutes, 7 seconds. The elapsed time for a full scan was 43 minutes, 53 seconds. Now I'm neither a developer nor a security expert and I don't know the internal workings of the software, but from the scan times it looks like a full scan is doing a more thorough scan.

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