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I installed Premium last week and two scans have run. The first one took about an hour 40 mins (1:39:27) and scanned 520,805 objects - per the log report. Tonight the scan ran again but took 3:21:52 while also reportin 520,805 scanned objects. I didn't use the PC during tonight's scan but when I looked in on the progress at one point the app was reporting well into 900,000 objects scanned. Can anyone explain the discrepancy in the 900,000 vs the reported 520,805? And, why tonight's scan took almost two hours longer? (The first scan I *don't think* I was using the PC either - but maybe it went to sleep overnight?) Thanks in advance!

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Greetings :)

What types of scans are these, Custom scans?  I ask  because that's a really long time and a very large number of items for it to be scanning.  For reference, it is generally best to primarily rely on the Threat scan as it was developed specifically by the threat Research team to look in all of the places that malware likes to hide and install itself, and besides that, even if a threat were active on your system but running from a non-standard location, Malwarebytes would still likely catch it because it checks all processes/threads/modules loaded into memory and the files that they belong to regardless of where they are located and it also checks all known loading points such as the various startup folders and RUN keys in the registry along with the Uninstall keys and many others in order to locate threats and their various traces/components, and thanks to a special capability within the scan engine called Linking, it is able to trace a threat's installation across multiple locations and objects based on as few as a single detected trace (such as a single startup entry in the registry and/or a single file found on disk) which it can use to extrapolate where other components are installed/hiding so that it is able to strip out all components of an infection (this is also one of the key reasons why Malwarebytes is known for having such excellent remediation capabilities).  The Research team can also modify/add to the locations checked during the default Threat scan through database updates without having to push out a new program version so whenever a new location is found to be used by malware, they can add it and have it included in the default scan type which means it is as dynamic as it needs to be since they can change it on the fly.

That said, I do not know why there was such a large discrepancy between the number of objects scanned during the scan and the total number of objects scanned at the end, however it may have been a bug with the scan engine or database which also might account for the difference in total scan times.  For example there is a known issue where occasionally the scan will get stuck in a "loop" of sorts inside a directory while recursively checking within a nested folder structure and it will cause it to appear to be scanning the same location over and over with the name of the directory repeating itself so that might be it.  There are also occasional problems caused by some rules/signatures in the database, and since it is almost certain that different databases where used during the two scans given the time between them, this could definitely account for it as well.

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