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Win XP, SP3, All Updates Current

 

I have a bootable CD which makes a mirror of the hard disk as well as partitions it.

Assume the CD boot is DOS.   In order for the CD to boot, the BIOS must be modified.

Malwarebytes (free) goes through its motions to Read Memory, various DLLs and

Registry Entries, and Support Files (whatever they are), but based on CD light

CD is never read nor evaluated.

 

 

 

 

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AdvancedSetUp:

 

Thanks for response.

 

I thought since Malwarebytes shows the CD Drive letter

and associated checkbox is checkable,  that it would evaluate a CD.

Very surprised it did not.

 

I have Never run a virus check on this CD,, so was curious what

Malwarebytes would show since disk is about 10 years old.

 

Sorry to hear it won't work, even though the CD is bootable but

was NOT booted.  

 

May be an upgrade to consider for a future version.

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I have Never run a virus check on this CD,, so was curious what

Malwarebytes would show since disk is about 10 years old.

 

 

Malwarebytes is not an anti virus so if it did scan the CD you still would not have "run a virus check on this CD".

 

Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware (MBAM) targets non-viral malware which are most in the form of trojans.  Viruses are a type of malware that self replicate that is they are able to spread on their own .  File infecting viruses prepend, append or cavity inject malicious code into legitimate files.  Malwarebytes is unable to remove that code and return the files to the original state.  Therefore Malwarebytes does not target file infecting viruses.  Malwarebytes is also not a historical anti malware solution.  Malwarebytes targets non-viral malware that is affecting computers Today, not what infected computers last year or older.  Thus it won't target target malware that may (or may not) be on a CD that is 10 years old.

 

Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware is an adjunct anti malware solution and does not replace an anti virus application.  It does not target file infecting viruses, does not keep a historical database and doesn't target scripted malware which a fully installed anti virus application does.  As an adjunct MBAM compliments the anti virus application to give a broader detection and elimination capability on non-viral malware where most anti virus applications do poorly at.

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I'm sorry as I misunderstood what you were doing.  I didn't realize you were simply scanning a CD/DVD.  Yes the program will scan a CD/DVD but your antivirus will be much better at doing flat file scanning.  There are more possible reasons why a CD/DVD is not scanned than one can shake a proverbial stick at.  Autorun, Autoplay are a couple major possible reasons.  If the system does not properly refresh the cache of what it thinks is on the CD it may appear blank or have file types we don't scan for, etc.

 

Basically you have to choose Full scan and then select the CD/DVD to have it scan it.

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Mr. Lipman:

 

Thanks for the explanation on what Malwarebytes evaluates.  I think there is a lot of confusion as most believe -- including myself -- that Malwarebytes is basically an Antivirus program

and hence looks for both viruses and trojans.  The following statement is of most concern though:

 

 

Malwarebytes is also not a historical anti malware solution.  Malwarebytes targets non-viral malware that is affecting computers Today, not what infected computers last year or older.

 

If that statement is in fact correct, then if I swap in one of my old hard drives to obtain a file I need -- and that drive was never evaluated -- then Not only "may" my new drive(s)
have some malware issues, but if I run Malwarebytes against it, it most likely would not catch it.

 

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Advanced SetUP

 

 

Basically you have to choose Full scan and then select the CD/DVD to have it scan it.

 

I did that and the CD drive was never accessed to be evaluated.

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You can try the following but it does work as I've personally tested it on more than one system.  If it's not scanning I would have to believe that it's due to something beyond our control on your system.

 

As for scanning your drive for flat file (infected file is not actively infecting the computer) your antivirus is going to be much better at it period.  We focus our efforts on actual live infection detection for prevention and removal and why our database is typically 10MB or less and an antivirus database can reach almost 200MB these days as they have rules for all these various types of infections dating back years, we do not.

 

MBAM Clean Removal Process

 

If that does not I'll be more than happy to have you run some scans and see if we can find anything wrong, just let me know.

 

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