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If I right-click the file I'd like to scan, there is no "Scan with MWB" option. There used to be. Is it gone for good? Is there a setting that I might change to get the "Scan" option back into the context menu? Running Windows 10.

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Hello and Welcome @Dslomer64

That option is still available in the most current version of Malwarebytes.  During an upgrade to the latest versions, sometimes the Windows Context Menu items gets messed up.

Open Malwarebytes and go to Settings -> Application Tab -> Look for Windows Context Menus and turn off the setting. Exit Malwarebytes and turn it back on.

If it was already off, then simply turn that ON

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Oh, it was on. I probably should have thought of toggling myself but frustration trumped reason and sense to just look for the blasted setting.

Thank you.

MW really ought to fix this. GIves a less-than-secure feeling.

But I love and trust it almost no matter what. This is tiny in the great scheme of online ... schemes to screw us all.

 

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Thanks for confirming that fixed your issue.  The issue does not always happen to everyone, but I agree, it should be fixed. I have seen it happen on my boxes from time to time.

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5 hours ago, Dslomer64 said:

I should've sent this. Previous pic wasn't supposed to be included.

Be aware the file you appear to be scanning looks like a picture. MB does not scan pictures. 

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1 hour ago, Porthos said:

Be aware the file you appear to be scanning looks like a picture. MB does not scan pictures. 

This is true, however it will check to verify that it is an actual image/non-executable file which is quite useful for checking attachments and the like to ensure they aren't Trojans posing as other file types.  That said, the Exploit Protection and other real-time protection features in the Premium version are significantly more useful for dealing with non-executable malware (such as an image or document file that uses malicious scripting/exploits to infect the system/drop malware on the system; something the scan engine is incapable of detecting).

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That's not entirely true.

If you can see an image, it is an image file, and MBAM stops there.

However the file can be manipulated such as a PE binary appended to the graphic or mathematically added ( Example: XOR ) or can be a case of steganography.  I recently looked at a Chinese data stealing trojan that downloaded assistive modules, from BAIDU, that were supposedly a JPEG (  identified by the string JFIF in the binary header ) but further into the binary was appended a PE executable.  It was that Chinese data stealing trojan that would strip off the JPEG from the PE contents.  Thus allowing the add-on malware modules to "hide in plain sight".

MBAM will only look at the first two characters and see if it is marked by 'MZ' and if it isn't, it will pass scrutiny even if at a given Offset there is an appended PE binary.  Off course in that state the modified graphic is safe and will not "self execute" and will require a secondary program or script to extract the PE binary.

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