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Windows won't boot (Combofix problem?)

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#1 happyloaf


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Posted 08 April 2009 - 07:46 AM

My computer got malware on it yesterday though the network it was attached to. My friend who has an IT background tried to download and run combofix. The program never seemed to run or load up and yet when he rebooted my computer, it gives a blue screen of death after about 2 min and an Driver_IRQL_NOT error. It will boot into safe mode though. Is there any way to fix this? I have tried reinstalling windows XP service pack 2 and I still have the same problems.

HELP!!! Please I need to get my computer working to write my masters thesis!

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Posted 08 April 2009 - 11:32 AM

Is your friend trained in the use of Combofix?

Please note the message text in blue
at the top of the Am I infected?
What do I do?

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

(Papakid @ Mar 1 2009, 09:30 PM)
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.

#3 garmanma


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Posted 08 April 2009 - 04:12 PM

The program never seemed to run or load up

Well, then it probably wasn't Combofix that messed up your computer but the malware instead.
You said that you reinstalled Windows, which would lead me to believe this is more a hardware issue
Since you have safe mode w/networking, try a couple of scan tools designed to run in safe mode
Dr. Web Cure-it
SAS free version

It has also been suggested that you disconnect all peripherals, and download and reinstall your video driver

Edited by garmanma, 08 April 2009 - 04:17 PM.

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