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Combofix Tutorial Not Working For Me

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#1 Larson


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Posted 12 June 2008 - 07:32 PM

The tutorial for ComboFix states that once the Microsoft file (for me being WindowsXP-KB310994-SP2-Home-BootDisk-ENU.exe) has finished downloading, you should drag it on top of the ComboFix icon and ComboFix will then automatically install the Windows Recovery Console onto your computer. Then, once the Windows Recovery Console has finished installing, ComboFix will open a prompt stating that it was installed and asking if you would like to proceed with scanning your computer.

What happens for me is this, I drag drop the WindowsXP file onto the ComboFix.exe and my computer asks if I want to "Run" ComboFix.exe, if I hit yes the ComboFix.com starts to run and asks me if I'm sure I want to run it, then it says 1/100 times it doesn't work so I hit no, because from the tutorial for ComboFix all that is really supposed to happen after the drag and drop is an automatic install of the Windows Recovery Consule.

Any help out there?


Edited by Orange Blossom, 12 June 2008 - 10:13 PM.
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Posted 12 June 2008 - 10:16 PM

Hello Larson and welcome to BC :thumbsup:

What has prompted you to run Combofix? ComboFix is an extremely powerful tool which should only be used when instructed to do so by someone who has been properly trained. ComboFix is intended by its creator to be "used under the guidance and supervision of an expert." It is NOT for private use. Please read Combofix's Disclaimer. Using this tool incorrectly could lead to disastrous problems with your operating system such as preventing it from ever starting again.

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#3 Larson

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Posted 13 June 2008 - 12:17 PM

I did post what my problems were at www.maddokter2.com on the malware forum board. I ran the HJT software and the guy there Mr Charlie said I need to run CF and post my log there. I didn't want to run CF without following the directions precisely, but the directions don't work. when I drag drop the Microsoft file onto CF it doesn't install the Windows Recovery Console . I have the CD but when I try to use that it says the OS is newer than that on the CD, because I have installed the S2 for my XP and the CD is for just XP not with the S2. I did find a workaround though on the microsoft boards that allows you to integrate the s2 into my original i386 folder. this required me to download a 277M file for the s2 network installer, but at least I was able to install the Windows Recovery Console. I ran the CF and posted the results at www.maddokter2.com, which is one of the sites that the CF page here at bleepingcomputer.com says is a place that helps with the use of CF.

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