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Windows 7: Do not use Combofix on your own!!

20 May 2013   #121

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

"CF" isn't a malware remover -
such as "MBAM".....
Use it with care - under the direct, instructions of somebody who knows how to use it!

rossfingal

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21 May 2013   #122

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Windows 8.1 Pro x64
 
 

It shouldn't be used for day to day use, it's a specialised anti-rootkit and malware removal tool If you're infected and a trained analyst, such as Jacee, deems the use of Combofix appropriate for your infection then she would talk you through it's use. So many people run it thinking it will fix everything, that's not what it's designed for.

It's far from a registry cleaner and you should never run any form of registry cleaner/optimiser in the first place if you value your registry! The gains they promise are non existent and the software will destroy your registry eventually - I personally dealt with a thread here where a registry cleaner deleted 20,000+ keys belonging to Windows Update - not good!


Combofix is only hosted at BleepingComputer now. No one will stop you from running it yourself, but I would highly advise against it Combofix would have no problem whatsoever with deleting a core Windows file, it's a powerful tool and shouldn't be played with.


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Tom
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25 Oct 2013   #123

Windows 8 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Jacee View Post
...it can render your computer as a doorstop...
What exactly do you mean? How could it do anything other than ruin the OS install? I assume it would be safe to try it on a VM install of Windows.
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25 Oct 2013   #124

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Windows i7 920 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Jacee View Post
...it can render your computer as a doorstop...
What exactly do you mean? How could it do anything other than ruin the OS install? I assume it would be safe to try it on a VM install of Windows.
Sure it'll be fine go ahead and run it if you wish.
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25 Oct 2013   #125

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Windows i7 920 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Jacee View Post
...it can render your computer as a doorstop...
What exactly do you mean? How could it do anything other than ruin the OS install? I assume it would be safe to try it on a VM install of Windows.
Of course it would only ruin the operating system. This is an operating system board If most people's OS is hosed, their PC is a doorstop. A VM would be a good place to experiment, most people would not, hence the warning.

I still see a great number of people who seem to think it's OK because they have used it themselves, or know people who have effectively. But it can bite you at any time, and every system is vastly different. A Guy
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01 Nov 2013   #126

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Sometimes, you want to try and go into someones computer and try to retrieve files, "docs", pictures etc...
Before you might have to use the "R & R" on the machine.
"CF" is very good at requiring an "R & R"!
Have fun with it - it's just another, "toy"!
Happy September!
(Got your "X-mas" shopping done?)
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01 Nov 2013   #127

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

rossfingal I have heard Combofix called a lot of things but never a toy.
If use wrong one would get a lot of practice doing clean installs.
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01 Nov 2013   #128

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Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

This is a toy too...



...what could go wrong?

A Guy
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01 Nov 2013   #129

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Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

I think if someone has sense enough to know how to use the power button, they are qualified to go ahead and run Combo Fix.

It will give us practice in helping them afterwards.
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01 Nov 2013   #130

Win 7 Home Premium SP1 32 bit
 
 

Practice makes perfect.. Set up a test computer to play with it..
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