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Malwarebytes says Rootkit scanning is Disabled when I scan a file but when I check my settings it is Enabled. I checked with my coworker who recommended Malwarebytes to me and he said his does not do this. I also exported the txt file but it only says the same things the screenshots do, so I didn't attach it to reduce redundancy.



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1 hour ago, PaigeAlexis said:

Malwarebytes says Rootkit scanning is Disabled when I scan a file but when I check my settings it is Enabled.

Rootkit scan does not apply to single file scanning.

It is recommend rootkit be turned on only where there is an issue for removing something with the normal scan. Rootkit is slightly more dangerous as it has to disable some whitelisting to remediate some rootkits.

Maybe once a week if really want to use rootkit. But honestly, we rarely see rootkit files anymore and the newer engine can remove most of them anyways even without rootkit on.


54 minutes ago, PaigeAlexis said:

My windows defender isn't scanning either

That is because Malwarebytes turns it off like any AV program is designed to do. You can and I recommend that you re-enable it. To do so change the following setting to off (Wiindows Security Center).

I also suggest turning off the other 2 settings from your screenshot.


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@Porthos Thank you for your help explaining that to me. Did you happen to take a look at my zip? I think something was acting wonky... I am running a full scan with Windows Defender now and Malwarebytes Chrome Extension is wracking up over 18k alerts and rising as it scans. Is that normal?



Screenshots taken seconds apart with +200 alerts.

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4 minutes ago, PaigeAlexis said:

Malwarebytes Chrome Extension is wracking up over 18k alerts and rising

The Browser Guard is doing its job while Chrome is open. It is blocking what it is designed to do. Large numbers are normal. It all depends on sites open in Chrome. Nothing to do with the defender scan.

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@Porthos My full scan just finished & found no threats, you were right! What a relief. Thanks also for being so patient with my dumb questions.
I guess I will just have to uninstall Chrome to get my computer to run below 80% memory every once in a while. You wouldn't happen to have one (a browser) that you prefer which you'd recommend, would you? 

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16 minutes ago, PaigeAlexis said:

You wouldn't happen to have one (a browser) that you prefer which you'd recommend, would you? 

All browsers when running is usually the largest memory user.

I personally favor Firefox.

Since we are talking browsers, I suggest replacing ADBlock plus with Ublock origin. Which is also available for Chrome as well.

20 minutes ago, PaigeAlexis said:

to run below 80% memory every once in a while.

You have 8 gigs of memory. If you need to multitask more ram is recommended. The problem from my limited search(based on your log) on your laptop is it seems to have half of your ram (4gigs) soldered to the motherboard and a single slot to upgrade which makes it a little difficult to upgrade. You would have to buy a single large stick to upgrade.

Do not feel bad, all makers are pulling the soldered on memory crap on lower priced consumer systems. "You you get what you pay for"

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