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


25 May 2012   #11
ICit2lol

Desk1 8 Pro / Desk2 7 Home Prem / Laptop 8.1 Pro all 64bit
 
 

Um now just being your average small nong if I had not read this I might have gone in boots and all - thanks Jaycee.

But just as matter of curiosity why should such an app be freely available for dopes like me to use and not be really fully aware of the consequences. Because I suppose you are always going to get the ones - like me who will try anything if frustrated enough?

From the little understanding I can glean does this app work like those regedits one does in some of the tutorials? - which is why I said I would be diving in without testing the depth of the water so to speak


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26 May 2012   #12
A Guy

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The security forum(s) where Combofix originated, will warn about it's use. But it's all the "helpful" people posting "try this program for your problem, it's great!" that are the issue. Lots of dangerous things are freely available, it's the end user not researching what they are about to use that is the issue. But then, that's what dopes do

A Guy
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26 May 2012   #13
ICit2lol

Desk1 8 Pro / Desk2 7 Home Prem / Laptop 8.1 Pro all 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by A Guy View Post
The security forum(s) where Combofix originated, will warn about it's use. But it's all the "helpful" people posting "try this program for your problem, it's great!" that are the issue. Lots of dangerous things are freely available, it's the end user not researching what they are about to use that is the issue. But then, that's what dopes do

A Guy
Yeah mate gung ho dopes like me but I do usually research a bit before I do anything but not being that savvy some things just look too easy eh?
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26 May 2012   #14
A Guy

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Lol, didn't mean you You might run it and all will be well, but then again...

People run these cleaner/optimization programs willy nilly all the time. Hell, they pay for them. Might even use them with no issue. Or use them 1000 times, but #1001...oh boy. A Guy
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26 May 2012   #15
ICit2lol

Desk1 8 Pro / Desk2 7 Home Prem / Laptop 8.1 Pro all 64bit
 
 

Yeah I guessed you didn't mean me but all the same something that I would be likely to do in the mad scramble to get things done

Yeah I know been there doe that too just one wrong key sometimes eh?
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26 May 2012   #16
nitroman84

windows 7 Pro 64Bit
 
 

Common sense could greatly reduce or even totally eliminate the need for heavy duty programs such as this. Sadly that virtue seems to be in ever diminishing supply these days. An ounce of prevention... Just saying.
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26 May 2012   #17
ICit2lol

Desk1 8 Pro / Desk2 7 Home Prem / Laptop 8.1 Pro all 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by nitroman84 View Post
Common sense could greatly reduce or even totally eliminate the need for heavy duty programs such as this. Sadly that virtue seems to be in ever diminishing supply these days. An ounce of prevention... Just saying.
Absolutely Nitro I have always said that the responsibility is up to the end user after all is said and done. I think a lot of ordinary users think that just because they have a security system suite call it what you will in place they are safe but we know that nothing is 100% safe.

If one doesn't mind being a bit reckless and take the odd risk then sooner or later then one is going to get caught out eh?
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27 May 2012   #18
tom982

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Windows 8.1 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ICit2lol View Post
Um now just being your average small nong if I had not read this I might have gone in boots and all - thanks Jaycee.

But just as matter of curiosity why should such an app be freely available for dopes like me to use and not be really fully aware of the consequences. Because I suppose you are always going to get the ones - like me who will try anything if frustrated enough?

From the little understanding I can glean does this app work like those regedits one does in some of the tutorials? - which is why I said I would be diving in without testing the depth of the water so to speak
I don't (yet) have the experience that Jacee does, but from the training that I've been doing, I understand that the current distribution method is the best balance between the ease of downloading and restriction of it's use. If you tried to lock down the download (such as behind temporary passwords or something disclosed to the malware removal community), you're just making the process one step harder for the OP. So it remains how it currently is: download links active for a limited time period and direct download links are not freely distributed Hope this helps.

Tom
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27 May 2012   #19
Corrine

Windows 7 & Windows Vista Ultimate
 
 

Nice explanation by Tom about the distribution method! If anyone sees ComboFix offered at any location other than the normally supplied download links by security analysts, walk away quickly as there is no way of knowing what the file contains. It would most definitely not be an authorized download site. In addition, it would not be the most recent version, the program being changed regularly to deal with new malware.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ICit2lol View Post
From the little understanding I can glean does this app work like those regedits one does in some of the tutorials? - which is why I said I would be diving in without testing the depth of the water so to speak
No, it does not work like what you see in some of the tutorials here or at other sites. Techniques and procedures change. The private discussion about procedures, questions, problems, etc. among trained analysts and the developer at just one security forum is over 700 pages. That does not include the extensive tutorial or a number of related sub-threads.
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28 May 2012   #20
ICit2lol

Desk1 8 Pro / Desk2 7 Home Prem / Laptop 8.1 Pro all 64bit
 
 

Thanks Tom and Corinne you have just made it that much clearer what not and what to do re these things. I am a suspicious person by nature and also no Einstein either so it has helped me understand just that little bit more (?nice pun ).

I suppose just the very name / title Combofix sounds so matter of fact - or at least it did to me and I suspect many other people too. But I suppose these are the benefits of SF membership.
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