Are all user accounts scanned for viruses when scanning in Safe Mode?

Kamil January 5, 2012

I have a general anti-viral question. My PC running Windows XP has two user accounts – mine (administrator) and my niece’s (standard). If run an anti-viral program in Safe Mode under my account, will it also scan her account since I am an administrative account?

  1. Johnrich
    January 20, 2012 at 6:27 pm

    I was having a number of problems with Mail-washer and Firefox so optimistically I tried an Avast Boot Scan.Miraculously this apparently removed problems , speed-ed up computer and allowed me to download Mail attachments.
    Was I just lucky, I just don't know!

  2. Anonymous
    January 6, 2012 at 8:51 am

    perhaps if you boot with a live cd of avast things can get more accurate

    concerning malwarebytes here is a discussion

    January 6, 2012 at 6:10 am

    Hello, if there is only one harddrive in computer, as long as you select complete scan for C: drive, it will scan both accounts.  If there is more than one harddrive, select both for full scans. 

    January 6, 2012 at 2:00 am

    Hello, as long as choose a full scan and make sure that both accounts are selected, yes.

    • Koz83
      January 6, 2012 at 4:08 am

      How do you select two accounts?  In Avast or Malwarebytes?

  5. Jeff Fabish
    January 6, 2012 at 12:49 am


    This greatly depends on which anti-virus you're using. Predominantly, yes, an anti-virus will scan all files that the user has access to (including users public files and system folders).  

    • Koz83
      January 6, 2012 at 1:05 am

      I was thinking about Avast and Malwarebytes.

      • Jeff Fabish
        January 6, 2012 at 1:08 am

        As long as you're logged in as an administrator, they both will perform scanning on all users public & private files. Otherwise, if you scan as a standard user, it may only can other users public files.

        • Koz83
          January 6, 2012 at 1:12 am

          So if I understand you correctly, scanning from the administrative account will also scan the standard user, yes?

        • Jeff Fabish
          January 6, 2012 at 1:16 am

          That is correct (:

        • Koz83
          January 6, 2012 at 1:19 am

          Great, thank you :)

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