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#1 johnnya

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Posted 17 February 2008 - 07:21 PM

To start, many thanks to all you contributors from whom I have learned much in the last several months.
I had a friend whose computer had a particularily tricky bug. Tried all the tools I had. Many.
Found ComboFix thru your site. I always run new tools on my own machine first to get a feel for how they work. "Do No Harm" lol Well the tool ran, produced a log, and I exited. No problem. OOPS.
Several observations 1)cannot find MSCONFIG from the Run command - it is there on search and works, just can't execute it from run. 2)It did not restore my date format, now is24hr clock, can't change to AM/PM. 3)Most scary, non of my restore points will work, even ComboFix restore point.
Some other wierd changes too long to list. BTW this was a clean machine, just built. Xp Pro Sp2 all updates.
I dare not run this prog. on my friends machine until I find out why it adversly affected my own machine. Any ideas would be appreciated
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Posted 17 February 2008 - 07:28 PM

Moved to more appropriate forum.
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Posted 17 February 2008 - 11:33 PM

You should not be using Combofix unless instructed to do so by a Malware Removal Expert. It is a powerful tool intended by its creator to be "used under the guidance and supervision of an expert", NOT for private use. Using this tool incorrectly could lead to disastrous problems with your operating system such as preventing it from ever starting again. Please read Combofix's Disclaimer.

Please read the pinned topic titled "Preparation Guide For Use Before Posting A Hijackthis Log". You may have performed some of these steps already. If you can't perform a step, then skip and continue with the next. In step #9 there are instructions for downloading HijackThis and creating a log. (This is a self-extracting version which will automatically install the current version of HJT in the proper location.) If using Windows Vista, be sure to Run As Administrator.

When you have done that, post your log in the HijackThis Logs and Malware Removal forum, NOT here, for assistance by the HJT Team Experts. A member of the Team will walk you through, step by step, on how to clean your computer. If you post your log back in this thread, the response from the HJT Team will be delayed because your post will have to be moved. This means it will fall in line behind any others posted that same day.

Start a new topic, give it a relevant title and post your log along with a brief description of your problem, a summary of any anti-malware tools you have used and a summary of any steps that you have performed on your own. Please include the top portion of the HijackThis log that lists version information. An expert will analyze your log and reply with instructions advising you what to fix. After doing this, we would appreciate if you post a link to your log back here so we know that your getting help from the HJT Team.

Please be patient. It may take a while to get a response because the HJT Team members are very busy working logs posted before yours. They are volunteers who will help you out as soon as possible. Once you have made your post and are waiting, please DO NOT "bump" your post or make another reply until it has been responded to by a member of the HJT Team. Generally the staff checks the forum for postings that have 0 replies as this makes it easier for them to identify those who have not been helped. If you post another response there will be 1 reply. A team member, looking for a new log to work may assume another HJT Team member is already assisting you and not open the thread to respond.
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Posted 18 February 2008 - 10:15 AM

My bad! Thanks for the stock answer about only Experts should run Combo Fix. As I said in my post, I ran it on a clean install of Windows XP Pro just to get a feel for the program. I do not see why it would have caused the problems I described. Oh well, it will only take me an hour or so to rebuild hard drive with all updates. I have followed your forums with great interest and learned a lot. You have many people who really need your help so I won't bother you regarding this simply technical question any more.




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