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Using BartPE or others to remove infections

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#1 shinomen


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Posted 03 January 2009 - 09:38 PM

For quite some time I've been using a bartpe CD with the XPE plugin that has Ad-aware, A Squared, and AVG 7.5 plugins on it to fight viruses and spyware infection from outside of the windows OS. But I'm finding that as time goes by, these programs are not as capable of getting rid of some of the harder to fight infections that Combofix and Malware Bytes Anti-Malware can detect and remove.

In my opinion it's better to boot from a cd and remove spyware and virus infections from the outside since the infections aren't actively running and trying to avoid the scanners. It would be great if combofix and Malware Bytes Anti-malware could run on such a tool as the bartpe or even the UBCD4win CD since both of these softwares are able to load and access the registry for scanning of the PC on which it is running without having to boot the infected OS.

I don't know if this has been suggested or asked and whether or not it has been answered but can anyone shed any light on this for me?


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Posted 04 January 2009 - 12:14 AM

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", 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 shinomen

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Posted 04 January 2009 - 09:11 AM


Edited by shinomen, 04 January 2009 - 09:24 AM.

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Posted 07 January 2009 - 11:36 PM

MalwareBytes will not be ported to BartPE.

The way our heuristics work, MBAM's detection capabilities would be crippled when running in BartPE. The malware needs to be running normally for our heuristics to be the most effective, that means Windows needs to be booted normally.

For LiveCD cleaning of a Windows machine have a look at Trinity Rescue Kit.


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