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Hello Alan08555: :welcome:

The following was well written by Malwarebytes' staff member exile360:

  • Quick Scan - This is the default and recommended scan type. It checks all the known locations where infections like to actually install on your system, including program folders, system folders and the registry (and many more). Every time we find infections installing in a new location, it automatically gets added to the Quick Scan :). It checks everything that the Flash Scan checks and a lot more.
  • Flash Scan - This is a very quick check of your system for active infections running in memory, the registry as well as a heuristics check to look for new/unknown threats. It is less comprehensive than a Quick Scan, but is useful if you just updated MBAM and want to make sure that nothing that was added to the current update but wasn't detected by the previous database has infected your system (this is why we have an option for it to run after a successful update in the Scheduler if you have the PRO version of Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware).
  • Full Scan - This is the most thorough scan type. This is what you use when you suspect your system is infected, but the infection was not found by a Quick Scan. It will check all locations on your computer, not just the locations where threats are known to install. It is generally not needed, but can be useful for finding dormant traces as well as infection installers/droppers that might be saved in a location that is not checked by the Quick Scan (if, for example, you save your downloads to a custom folder somewhere etc.).

HTH :)

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Hi, alan08555:

In addition to 1PW's excellent advice, if you are using MBAM PRO, you might find this scheduler tutorial helpful.

As a home user who often has the computer up and running 24/7 for a few days at a time, I have my Updates + Flash Scan scheduled for hourly, and my Quick Scan scheduled for daily.

I think that's pretty typical for many of us.



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