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Multiple User Accounts on XP, do I scan them all?


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GreenGambler

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Hello,

I tried to post this question on the Maleware section but I could not post, probably 'cause I am new.

I have 4 user accounts set up on my PC. I am wondering if I need to scan all users or just the main "admin" account?

I know that when one becomes infected or I start to get alot of popups I can start a new user and it will not have the problem.

thanks,
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Ztruker

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By scan, do you mean a anti-virus scan? If so, it scans files on the hard drive and does not care about accounts, so one scan is good for all.
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Yep, that's what I was reffering to. Thanks for your respones :)
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By scan, do you mean a anti-virus scan? If so, it scans files on the hard drive and does not care about accounts, so one scan is good for all.

don't quote me on this..but if the AV is running as a limited user it won't actually scan EVERYTHING...as the program will have the same access as the user running the scan....i think it's best practice to do all your scans as admin when possible
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I didn't think you could install an AV program from a limited account as it requires access to Administrator level resources to put it's hooks into the system.

I've never tried it though, would be an interesting experiment. Maybe I'll give it shot some time soon.
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like i said..don't quote me...i could be wrong..

you can't install it as a limited user but you can run them as such.....i wonder if the program retains the highest privelages once it's done? i guess it depends on the AV? i know alot of them install as a service that runs as the account that installed it....so...i dunno

maybe i just run them as admin to be safe?
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