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Is it safe to run combofix on the bootcamp partition of Windows XP (mac)


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#1 djvic87

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Posted 31 March 2009 - 06:59 PM

I don't know if this post belongs here but here it goes. Is it safe to run combofix under the windows partition (bootcamp) on an Intel Macbook pro? I was just wondering if it is possible. I don't want to screw anythig up. Please let me know, thank you very much.

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Posted 31 March 2009 - 08:00 PM

Hello,

Please note: 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.

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.

. . . CF does make some alterations to your system if you run it. Even if you had no malware removed and run the uninstall command, some things may be different now on your system. I can tell you that one thing is that all your restore points will be flushed out and a new one created. There is a good reason to do that when you have a severe infection--but if you aren't infected you might need those restore points.

Read and abide by the disclaimer people. It's there for a reason. Stick to running and protecting yourself with a good AV and firewall and an anti-malware scanner or two. If you feel you need a second opinion, try running online scans. If you feel you might need surgery, come here to BC and ask for help--that is what we're here for.


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I see that you have posted a similar topic here: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/215733/is-it-safe-to-run-combofix-on-the-bootcamp-partition-of-windows-xp-mac/ so I shall close this one.

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