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#1 cintim

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Posted 30 March 2009 - 09:40 PM

ran combofix as recommended.....at reboot, my antivirus tried to load, so it recommended closing the antivirus and scanning process associated with it, unfortunately, couldn't disable the scanning process, and then the power went off in our home, and when it came back on, i rebooted the computer, waited, then try to run combo fix again.....i get my anti-virus disabled first, then combofix's blue screen starts.......the cursor starts blinking and then nothing....for hours......i close combofix, then try to restart computer, and it locks up.....several attempts to restart combofix only resulted in the same.
so, i uninstalled combofix, cleaned the registry files, and redownloaded combo fix....still the same result......
i think a process of it that remains on my computer wants to complete the original task, but it won't...i don't know......
i like combofix cause it has been the only easy fix to malware/adware crap that keeps finding it's way back onto my computer, thanks to my family that won't follow the rules......
anyway, what can i do to restore combofix?

or should i use hijackthis instead?

i run zonealarm antivirus and firewall, spyware doctor and ad-aware, and well, they find crap all the time, but, doesn't seem to truly destroy it.

running windows xp, in case you need to know

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Posted 31 March 2009 - 03:20 AM

What recommendation was given for you to use Combofix? Combofix is a tool that is used by advanced malware teams. Please note the text in blue at the top of the Am I Infected forum.

ComboFix is a tool that should only be run under the supervision of someone who has been trained in its use. Using it on your own can cause problems with your computer. Any posts containing CF Logs will be ignored.


Also, please refer to here as to why it can be a bad thing to run combofix.

Running ComboFix by yourself is like performing open heart surgery on yourself--the scalpel and other surgical tools that is ComboFix is meant to be wielded by a highly trained surgeon only in emergencies or dire circumstances. When the surgeon is thru s/he leaves the room. So combofix should be removed from a system once it has accomplished its job, unlike an AV that is there to protect you from future infections.


ref: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/ind...p;#entry1159014

Any information regarding Combofix that isn't available is strictly prohibited outside of private forums as the nature of the tool is meant to be kept secret from other malware writers being able to create counter-measures to its detection system.

Edited by scff249, 31 March 2009 - 03:26 AM.

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Posted 31 March 2009 - 09:56 AM

yes, it was under supervision, via cell phone with my son, who's in college mastering in this stuff....but, were disconnected just before the power outage. i have yet to get him back on the phone.

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Posted 31 March 2009 - 09:58 AM

btw, i had successfully used this program in the past, and have full knowledge of it's usage guide.

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Posted 31 March 2009 - 10:11 AM

Any discussion on the or using ComboFix will be done in the HJT forum. As you still have issues after running it an HJT log should be posted now.

We need to run HJT/DDS.
Please follow this guide. Preparation Guide For Use Before Using Hijackthis. Then go here HijackThis Logs and Virus/Trojan/Spyware/Malware Removal ,click New Topic,give it a relevant Title and post that complete log.

Let me know if it went OK.
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