I found a combo fix instructions page on Bleeping Computer that goes into more details than the instructions I was given. It says ... "Please note, that once you start ComboFix you should not click anywhere on the ComboFix window as it can cause the program to stall. In fact, when ComboFix is running, do not touch your computer at all". I have not clicked anywhere near the combo fix screen and have not even clicked at all anywhere on the computer, except the Yes box to install the Recovery Console (I am replying right now from the iPad, not the infected computer).
However, this ThinkPad laptop is set so that after a certain amount of time, it will go to screen saver. I have wiggled the TrackPoint button to bring it out of screen saver a couple times while I have been waiting for the next Recovery Console message that I am supposed to click on to see if it has appeared yet. Would this stall combo fix ? I could set the computer so that it will not go to screensaver at all, so I will not have to even wriggle the TrackPoint to see the screen. (I do not have the version of TrackPoint where you can also use it to click, so there is no way to accidentally click with the TrackPoint. You must click a separate button in order to click on this laptop)
I am being helped by a member of the Malware Response Team. I am not going to do anything until he says to reboot or whatever. I am just curious If this could have caused a stall for combofix ? Also, how long does it usually take for ComboFix to fully run ?? Don't need an exact time ... just curious if I am in for 1 hour, 4 hours, 12 hours etc ? Or maybe a timespan like "usually 1-3 hours but can take up to 6 hours on rare occasions. Any longer than this and it is possible that ComboFix has stalled"..
Edited by Angela12345, 17 April 2012 - 01:54 PM.