Quote: Originally Posted by Shane Williams
The responses to my posting seems to be an attack. I stated my experince with the program and the cautions that should be implimented. You wish me to be silent instead of letting people know that this isn't a scarey program to use on your own machine?
Yes, because a large proportion of people here are the ones looking for help, not giving it out, so it's quite likely that they're not very confident with using a computer. If they see ComboFix fixing lots of issues in this forum they might think that it's a good idea for them to try it without knowing what it could do to their computer.
#1 If you dont have your machine backed up and you dont have a disk to restore your machine, you shouldn't be playing with any program like this.
If you want to play with it, then get the necessary training beforehand so you know what you're doing.
#2 If you have followed the protocols in #1 then use any program you like and learn how it works and what it will do to your machine. Or use a secondary machine to test things on like I do. You learn much more by doing than you will learn anywhere.
So the 162 A4 pages of ComboFix tutorials are useless then? When everyone can apparently learn on the job.
#4 The title is system security not network security and Combofix, in my experience, does nothing to mess with your security. I dont use an AV software so my machine is secured by me and since I am not perfect, I run into security issues occationally. And when I go to fix those issues, I do everything else before using Combofix. It has helped me recover from situations I have been told were unrecoverable.
#5 Combofix should NEVER be used as a primary fix. It is a last ditch to recover your system from hijacks, etc.
You see, you're wrong again. ComboFix performs certain subroutines dependent on what files it detects in the initial scan, if you remove some of these then there's a good chance that others will be missed as a consequence. Perform initial scans (OTL, DDS, GMER etc.), diagnose problems then use the appropriate tools.