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MSCONFIG & Process Explorer Disappear after ComboFix


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#1 sloane9

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Posted 25 October 2009 - 12:54 PM

I installed ComboFix to try and figure out why SVCHOST was calling to llnw.net during bootup. I never discovered why but it seems others have this problem. I switched off BITS as I update XP manually.

After installing ComboFix and allowing it to install the XP SP2 Windows Recovery Console I have noticed some issues

1. MSCONFIG has disappeared and cannot be accessed

2. Process Explorer is no longer the default for Task Manager

3. Firefox has to ask if it could be my default browser (it never had to before because it has always been so)

Windows Recovery Console did not work when selected at boot up and gave an error. I have now uninstalled as it could be a security risk.

Anyone know about these issues? What would be the best way to restore the system?

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#2 sloane9

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Posted 25 October 2009 - 05:17 PM

Also I discovered that my hosts file, which had been large, was no longer there.

This either happened when using ComboFix or not long before

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Posted 25 October 2009 - 07:02 PM

We do not offer Combofix support

One of the reasons it is not recommended to use ComboFix without supervision is because of these kinds of problems, as you already know. What hasn't been pointed out is that, if you had had supervision, your helper could have gotten in contact with CF's author to resolve the issue. He won't do that with people who ignore the disclaimer and run it on their own--he uses his time to make CF better.
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