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

21 Sep 2012   #31

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by darksent21 View Post
so if combo fix can mess up your system.. can you just repair it using your windows installation disc?
Yes, but I think its likely you will probably have to do a clean install.

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21 Sep 2012   #32

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by darksent21 View Post
I get your point.. it's a bit risky.. now I can compare it to an antibiotic.. it kills bacteria.. even the good one.. same with the combo fix.. it may delete the virus.. even your core files..
in my situation where I find CF useful.. I have a cousin who watch porn every night.. and when I use my computer I suddenly notice that its already infected(trojans,worms,backdoor). I install avira, AVG and other free antivirus software.. I also install malwarebye and ccleaner.. still no luck.. I entered the darkside (ifyouknowwhatImean).. it might work because it's a full version.. but STILL no LUCK!!.. so my last resort is to reformat my computer.. but I misplace my windows 7 DVD.. and using a pirated one is a bit hassle because I paid for my OS.. and at last... someone suggest to use CF.. it's like a do or die situation... and im really really impress because it fix my computer... the end
I know it can seem very tempting to run what seems to be an automated malware removal program, especially when you're pulling your hair out trying to get to the bottom of a problem. At the end of the day it's your choice, but I just wanted to point out the risks anyway

Just remember, there's plenty of security experts around the place (we have one here and I'll be joining her in the next few months ) so if you're ever stuck with something then just post in the security forum and we'll come to your rescue!

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by darksent21 View Post
so my last resort is to reformat my computer.. but I misplace my windows 7 DVD.. and using a pirated one is a bit hassle because I paid for my OS..
Let me make your day, and bring you from the dark side into the light : if you have paid for your OS, then you have a Product key. All you need is a Windows 7 installation DVD, which you can create in a matter of minutes by downloading the ISO for the version you are using:
Download Windows 7 ISO (Official 32-bit and 64-bit Direct Download Links) « My Digital Life
Nice post Colin
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23 Sep 2012   #33

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Just a question (probably already answered thousand times).

What does exactly that Combofix do? I saw much fuss around it but never saw any post explaining how to use or what it does or how it does that. Maybe it's a nice tool to have

Is there any tutorial, documentation or something about it? Any where to download it?
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23 Sep 2012   #34

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I've never had any training with it. I have used it on several machines to recover from bad virus intrusion where the AV just wasn't enough to fix it. I wouldn't send that kind of warning out unless you are referring to a network situation. Then I would let the HMIC take care of it. On your own machine, I wouldn't use it unless it was a last resort but I wouldn't be sending fear out like the OP did.
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23 Sep 2012   #35

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Shane Williams View Post
I've never had any training with it. I have used it on several machines to recover from bad virus intrusion where the AV just wasn't enough to fix it. I wouldn't send that kind of warning out unless you are referring to a network situation. Then I would let the HMIC take care of it. On your own machine, I wouldn't use it unless it was a last resort but I wouldn't be sending fear out like the OP did.
The OP is a Security expert, and a MVP. I can't get over people saying, "I used it myself, and had no problems". As if that means that will be the case for everyone. The original warning was for a valid reason, and it still applies. A Guy
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23 Sep 2012   #36

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I'm simple so I will keep it simple.
When Jacee speaks on security, believe it.
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MS MVP Consumer Security 2006~2012
I'm done.
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23 Sep 2012   #37

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Alejandro85 View Post
Just a question (probably already answered thousand times).

What does exactly that Combofix do? I saw much fuss around it but never saw any post explaining how to use or what it does or how it does that. Maybe it's a nice tool to have

Is there any tutorial, documentation or something about it? Any where to download it?
Probably been mentioned before but I found this looking for an answer to the query what does it do? Noq some of the refs are oldish and I suspect combofix is in here but I have only had a cursory look s far.
Spyware And Malware Removal Guides Index

Just found this too

http://i.techrepublic.com.com/downlo...ls_malware.pdf

and this - what is needed I suspect.

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/combofix/ < excellent guide.
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23 Sep 2012   #38

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ICit2lol View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Alejandro85 View Post
Just a question (probably already answered thousand times).

What does exactly that Combofix do? I saw much fuss around it but never saw any post explaining how to use or what it does or how it does that. Maybe it's a nice tool to have

Is there any tutorial, documentation or something about it? Any where to download it?
Probably been mentioned before but I found this looking for an answer to the query what does it do? Noq some of the refs are oldish and I suspect combofix is in here but I have only had a cursory look s far.
Spyware And Malware Removal Guides Index

Just found this too

http://i.techrepublic.com.com/downlo...ls_malware.pdf

and this - what is needed I suspect.

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/combofix/ < excellent guide.
Great, thanks very much. That's what I've been looking for. Will give it a try on a virtual machine to see what it does, but seems a nice thing to have handy, just in case. Thanks!
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23 Sep 2012   #39

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by A Guy View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Shane Williams View Post
I've never had any training with it. I have used it on several machines to recover from bad virus intrusion where the AV just wasn't enough to fix it. I wouldn't send that kind of warning out unless you are referring to a network situation. Then I would let the HMIC take care of it. On your own machine, I wouldn't use it unless it was a last resort but I wouldn't be sending fear out like the OP did.
The OP is a Security expert, and a MVP. I can't get over people saying, "I used it myself, and had no problems". As if that means that will be the case for everyone. The original warning was for a valid reason, and it still applies. A Guy
You will note that in my post I said "I wouldn't send that kind of warning out unless you are referring to a network situation. Then I would let the HMIC take care of it." HMIC = Head man in charge. That would be the expert. on your own PC, you should be fine. I also said that I have used it on several machines as a last resort. Which makes me an expert on personal use of the program. I've used it on everything from 98SE to 7 and have never had an issue when used at default settings.
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23 Sep 2012   #40

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Shane Williams View Post
on your own PC, you should be fine.
False. On your own PC you MAY be fine. I am amazed that you disagree with trained windows security experts, and feel the need to continue to belabor the issue.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Shane Williams View Post
I also said that I have used it on several machines as a last resort. Which makes me an expert on personal use of the program. I've used it on everything from 98SE to 7 and have never had an issue when used at default settings.
False. It means you have used it with no apparent issues, at least so you say. It in no way makes you an expert of any kind. We have hundreds of thousands of visitors here. We do not want to condone using Combofix on your own. Everyone has the right to do so if they please. But we will still warn them of the dangers!

A Guy
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