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Windows 7: IT Professional cannot solve this maybe you can - Malware/virus

11 Nov 2011   #11



That link is the same one I referenced in my original post. Reading through the guide does not reveal any significant decision points where some sort of expert knowledge is required. And that was precisely my experience - although the software took a while to run it did not put up any dialogs or options that I was not able to understand. So as I noted, I simply ran the software and it fixed my problem, which apparently was a rather obscure one.

I understand the potential for problems when dealing with something like a rootkit, but it seems to me its up to each user to decide if the risk of such problems is worth the benefit of fixing the problem....or not. My post was intended to give the OP the option of taking that risk, or not, depending on his perception of his particular situation.

If you are aware of bad things happening from running ComboFIx I'd be interested to hear them.

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11 Nov 2011   #12

Win7 Home Premium 64x

Sorry that was a reading comprehension failure on my part. I didnt see your link.

The only thing I can say is that it tries to repair compromised computer data. This data in some cases would be crucial for system integrity. If you have a rootkit then the system is past integrity being the main issue. Your issue now is recovery if possible. As to what it does specifically, the secrets behind it are not often discussed to prevent malware creaters from bypassing its abilities. I know it does seek out registry keys specifically for certain things and it looks at the file structure, programs listed in the registry and other types of data to look for rootkits that often get missed by other anti-malware programs.

If you have a simple malware program on your computer, there are safer ways of going about removal instead of combofix that have less impact on system files. Even if your malware is missed by the top antivirus programs, there are specific fixes designed for specific infections that are still way safer. A pro will know what programs can fix these infections and will only use combofix if there is not another specific program that will help. That is why it is warned to stay away unless helped by a pro. there are a lot of people who get computer infections and most of them are either unskilled or dont know how to clean their computer other than running program X. Program X being combofix, I have to stress the reluctance with running this program as a solution.
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