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

01 May 2012   #1
Jacee
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1
 
 
Do not use Combofix on your own!!

This is a 'specialized/heavy duty tool' and it can render your computer as a doorstop if not used without trained supervision.

Please don't download and run it unless you are asked to do so by a "certified" malware instuctor who has gone through the use and special training of this Application.

You have been warned.


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02 May 2012   #2
marsmimar

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Good reminder, Jacee.
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04 May 2012   #3
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

+1 Jacee. Glad to see its stickied.
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06 May 2012   #4
A Guy

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

+1, glad you made this post Jacee We might add, if you are not a trained malware instructor, don't recommend Combofix as well. Point the poster towards this forum, and one of our certified experts will do any recommending. A Guy
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19 May 2012   #5
python134r

 

Yeah, I agree.......I have seen a few folks hose their OS installs. Good intentions, in the history of humankind more suffering has been allocated under the auspices of "good intentions.

OK, I took it to a level it did not need to go to.................................................
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20 May 2012   #6
Zepher

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Where do you get special training to use this app?
There aren't any options or setting or anything you can mess with when running this app, you just run it and let it do it's thing.
I use it all the time on systems that are infected, haven't had an issue in the 3-4 years I've used it.
It's usually the only thing that can fix a machine to get it to boot properly and then I can run other malware and virus apps to get rid of anything else left over.
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20 May 2012   #7
A Guy

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

Most forums that have instructions for using Combofix, also say to do so only after being asked to do so by a helper. There are sites that will interpret your results, but again, only if you have been asked to run it.

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You should not run ComboFix unless you are specifically asked to by a helper. Also, due to the power of this tool it is strongly advised that you do not attempt to act upon any of the information displayed by ComboFix without supervision from someone who has been properly trained. If you do so, it may lead to problems with the normal functionality of your computer.
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As with registry cleaners, while it may be ok for you, I believe it is a much different thing recommending Combofix to another, especially when the post may be viewed by thousands, any of which might decide to try it themselves, with possible disastrous results. I'm sure Jacee or Corrine could tell us how you become trained in it's use. A Guy
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20 May 2012   #8
Zepher

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Ok, I see what's going on. That statement on their site is a disclaimer so that they aren't responsible for anything going wrong.
They are passing responsibility to the helper.
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20 May 2012   #9
A Guy

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

Well, I'm sure that enters into it, but I interpret to mean don't try this on your own. Only when asked to, and then only under expert supervision. A Guy
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20 May 2012   #10
tom982

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 8.1 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Zepher View Post
Where do you get special training to use this app?
There aren't any options or setting or anything you can mess with when running this app, you just run it and let it do it's thing.
I use it all the time on systems that are infected, haven't had an issue in the 3-4 years I've used it.
It's usually the only thing that can fix a machine to get it to boot properly and then I can run other malware and virus apps to get rid of anything else left over.
There are several schools teaching malware removal, I'm currently studying at GeeksToGo in their university called GeekU On the UNITE site, you can find a list of malware removal schools:

UNITE - Unified Network of Instructors and Trained Eliminators

It's a lot of work, but I would really recommend doing it. I'm currently 9 months into my training.
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