Gee, I wish these websites wouldn't indiscriminately tell folks to run Combofix as if it were a cure all. It isn't. For the benefit of all reading this topic, please note that 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.
Here is a topic in which someone ran the tool and then couldn't get into his/her system again: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/229236/please-help-combofix-problem/
Fortunately, that didn't happen with you.
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.
That said, the folks here who know how to use and analyze Combofix logs are our HiJack This team. They are very busy, so it can take some time before getting a response. Also, they would prefer that you don't post a Combofix log unless they ask for it, but please keep it available.
At this point, I'm going to suggest that you follow the instructions in ==>This Guide<==
Once the proper logs are created, then make a NEW TOPIC
and post it ==>HERE<==
If you cannot produce the DDS logs, then post back here and we will provide you with further instructions.
Help us help you. If HelpBot replies, you MUST follow step 1 in its reply so we know you need help.
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