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Need Help Explaining the Dangers of ComboFix


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#1 Ayeohx

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Posted 16 April 2011 - 12:57 PM

My buddy works for a large company that runs ComboFix at the drop of a hat. I need to give him info to convince his company that it's not a good idea to do so. So far I don't really have much proof other than a few personal hells caused by my own misuse of ComboFix.

Here's my short list of issues that occurred after running ComboFix. Please confirm if you have also had these issues or if the issues that I seen were possibly related to something other than ComboFix.

- Spyware removal resulting in bluescreen on reboot.
- Explorer.exe will not start after reboot.
- Customized HOSTS file replaced with default HOSTS file.

Remember, I'm not trying to bash ComboFix. I know it's a great tool. I just need proof that it's not a cure-all for every PC issue.

Thanks!

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Posted 16 April 2011 - 09:31 PM

Perhaps having them read this will enlighten them a bit.

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Posted 16 April 2011 - 11:33 PM

Combofix's disclaimer clearly says it is meant for for private use. The developer did not intend for his tool to be used any other way and it certainly was not intended for those running a computer business or for use in a business/corporate environment.

When issues arise due to complex malware infections, possible false detections, problems running ComboFix or with other security tools causing conflicts, experts are usually aware of them and can advise what should or should not be done while providing individual assistance. When false detections are identified, experts have access to the developer and can report them so he can investigate, confirm and make corrections. Those attempting to use ComboFix on their own do not have such information and are at risk when running the tool in an unsupervised environment.

Let them read a few examples of what can happen if ComboFis is used in an unsupervised environment:

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Posted 17 April 2011 - 11:37 AM

A fantastic list, qm7. Thanks, much appreciated.

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Posted 17 April 2011 - 04:33 PM

You're welcome.
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