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Hello,

Been having some serious issues with my computer and a friend recommended this program. Thus far the program has been scanning for 4 hours 15 minutes and has detected 34 objects. This is my first time doing a malware scan in 3 years since I have had this computer. Is that normal?

thank you!

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Hello and :welcome:, @Donsauce:

There are many, many factors that determine scan times. These include, among others:

Size of disk
Disk type
Disk speed
Disk caching
CPU speed
Controller type and speed
Operating System version
Number of files (including temp files!)
Number of folders
Number of archived files such as zip, rar, sfx, etc. (if this is enabled)
Rootkit scan or not (if this is enabled)
PUM/PUP scans
Other security programs running at the same time that may potentially be monitoring all file accesses by any other process
Drive integrity - if a drive is failing it can take a long time to ignore and bypass sectors on a disk or simply fail period and hang the scan
Other ongoing disk I/O processes
System infection
MBAM database size

If you are running a full, custom scan of all mounted volumes and drives, with lots of archived files and rootkit scanning enabled, then, yes, a scan could take a while.
This would be especially true if the system is heavily infected.
If you are running the recommended and default scan, a Threat scan, then, no, 4 hours would be excessive.

Given that you said that the scan has already detected several dozen items, it sounds as if you might be infected. 
Malware cleanup work is done in special forum area reserved for that purpose.

So, for expert assistance, I suggest that you might want to please follow the advice in this pinned topic: Available Assistance For Possibly Infected Computers.
It explains the options for free, expert help >>AND<< the suggested, preliminary steps to expedite the process.
A malware analyst will assist you with looking into your issue - the helper will guide you through scanning, cleanup and repair.

Thank you,

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