Author Topic: Why is Avast apparently designed to not be able to run in Safe mode?  (Read 706 times)

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Offline Robert333

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I would be interested to know why it is not possible to run Avast antivirus in Safe mode.
When attempting to do so:
"Sorry we've crashed".

Why do I want run Avast antivirus in Safe mode?
Because there would be less applications running while carrying out an Avast "Full Virus Scan", that could potentially (particularly if there is a virus Threat") interfere with detection or action on any Threats, and likewise take up system resources and thus I assume, such an Avast scan could take less time.

Why do I want to run Avast antivirus in Safe mode rather than carrying out an "Avast Boot-Time Scan"?
It would just be an extra option, but I have also encountered an issue when attempting to download for the "Boot-Time Scan", its "Specialized antivirus definitions" (as I put to discussion in two recent threads).


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Re: Why is Avast apparently designed to not be able to run in Safe mode?
« Reply #1 on: June 11, 2024, 03:27:33 PM »
Hello, it is common conception to load only neccessary processes /drivers in safe-mode. The safe-mode is not intended for normal usage, it is designed for diagnostics and fixing mostly.

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Re: Why is Avast apparently designed to not be able to run in Safe mode?
« Reply #2 on: June 17, 2024, 02:41:07 PM »
Thank you "Spec8472" for your response.

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The safe-mode is not intended for normal usage, it is designed for diagnostics and fixing mostly.

From what you have said I would have thought a virus scan would come into that category of usage of Safe mode.

Other antivirus products can run virus scans in Safe mode, for example Comodo.


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Re: Why is Avast apparently designed to not be able to run in Safe mode?
« Reply #3 on: June 17, 2024, 03:02:18 PM »
Avast has had a Boot Time scan function for some considerable time.

It is initiated from within the program settings, a restart is required and some files/signatures need to be downloaded.
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Avast has had a Boot Time scan function for some considerable time.

It is initiated from within the program settings, a restart is required and some files/signatures need to be downloaded.

May I respectfully refer DavidR to the first message I posted here, which he may have missed.

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I didn't so much miss it, as misinterpreting exactly what it was you were trying to achieve.

Quote from: Robert333
Because there would be less applications running while carrying out an Avast "Full Virus Scan",
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As "Spec8472" Avast team member said
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Hello, it is common conception to load only necessary processes /drivers in safe-mode. The safe-mode is not intended for normal usage, it is designed for diagnostics and fixing mostly.

So my assumption (dangerous I know) that your purpose of running in safe mode was to be able to do a scan in safe mode whilst few programs would be running.  Then the boot-time scan should be able to achieve that as there wouldn't be anything running to impede a scan.
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