Posted 04 January 2012 - 06:57 PM
First off, I have been working on computers since MSDOS 3 days. I started out on a Sinclair kit & moved on to TRS-80's. I have studied Basic on a TRS-80 Model 3 & 4, done programming in dBase 3 & Access. I have built all of my computers, except laptops, since the 80286 days & dabbled on some Apples.
I'm not bragging (since I don't really have any reason to), but I'm not a new user or newbie to AV. I'm 60 yrs. young & have been thru most of the AV & spyware tools for years. I have made many efforts to learn about virus' & spyware, which included reading much information on the BC site & others.
I have used ComboFix many times with great success & have saved the logs to try to make a collection to learn from. I'm not very active on many lists that I have been a member of since I don't consider myself a guru or super geek, but I try to keep up with very knowledgeable people on several lists such as EE, & others.
I have read the warnings about ComboFix so many times that I almost think I can recite them, if I was a little younger.
All that being said, I think I can handle CF in most cases, even though I'm definitely not an expert on it.
I asked this question about running CF on a CD because it will not run on this Windows laptop. Other than booting up to the desktop, it will NOT run any applications or executable files, so I can not get any AV, AS, utilities to run (not even in safe mode or safe mode command prompt. As a matter of fact Windows will not run Regedit, command.exe, msconfig, etc. But I have been able to run a couple of AV apps from their bootable CD's. I think most likely I could run UBCD4Win, Barts PE, or some of these if I have to & could probably just run CF after booting from one of these. But I was wondering if there was some sort of bootable CF that I do instead of having to go thru all of those other environments.
Anyway if no one wants to respond to my request, I can easily understand that this forum is very concerned that someone will use CF, screw their system up, & sue the creator or BC for their own stupidity. Anyone & everyone need to know that most all of these utilities are a "use at your own risk if don't know what you are doing" & don't be blaming those very smart people that create these great apps to help us deal with trash out there that is creating these virus' & spyware. So thanks anyway for taking the time to let me know that I don't know what I'm doing & shouldn't be using CF anyway.