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Reenabling the Services caused by Malware

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#1 Zonny


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Posted 26 October 2009 - 08:49 AM

On September 8, 2009, I downloaded and installed the latest version of Combofix, which I had used several times previously with success.

I was working on a Dell XPS M1330 with Vista; the PC in question was infected with GreenAV, a variant of common scareware.

Combofix ran and appeared to remove the malware. Two serious problems have occurred:

=== Unfortunately, I forgot to disable the Windows Firewall and Windows Defender. These features and other related Windows Services are disabled; I can not reenable them from the Services menu.

=== Even worse, when I click on C:\Combofix a loop is created of the C drive. Each time I click on the loop repeats. There is no apparent way to uninstall Combofix.

I am uncertain whether the malware or Combofix have caused the problems.

=== Is there an easy solution other than a clean install?
=== Is there a way to uninstall combofix from the RecoveryConsole?


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Posted 26 October 2009 - 09:26 AM

Please note the message text in blue at the top of this forum.

You should not be using Combofix unless instructed to do so by a Malware Removal Expert who can interpret the logs. It is a powerful tool intended by its creator to be "used under the guidance and supervision of an expert", NOT for general public or personal use. Combofix was never meant to be used as a general purpose malware scanner like SuperAntispyware or Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware. Using this tool incorrectly could lead to disastrous problems with your operating system such as preventing it from ever starting again. Please read Combofix's Disclaimer. That's the decision by the creator and we will abide by that decision.

To uninstall ComboFix, go to go to Posted Image > Run... and type in the run dialog box: ComboFix /Uninstall
  • Press OK.
  • When shown the disclaimer, Select "2"
  • Doing this will:[list]
  • Delete ComboFix's related folders and files.
  • Reset the clock settings.
  • Hide file extensions and system files.
  • Clear the System Restore cache to prevent possible reinfection
  • Create a new Restore point.

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