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ComboFix: Date Error


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#1 pgn674

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Posted 15 November 2009 - 03:22 PM

I work at an IT help center on a university campus. We offer virus cleanings and other general IT help to students, staff, and faculty. As part of our standard virus cleaning process, we run ComboFix. Starting yesterday, however, ComboFix will not run on any (6 or so machines) of the customers' machines we try to use it on. It stops with the error "Date Error: 2009-11-15, Check your settings."

The only way we have found to get it to run is by taking the customer's machine out from behind the firewall (done this on 3 machines so far). We have a machine running m0n0wall sitting between the switches that the customers' machines connect to and the internet. It has very stringent rules, allowing only ports 53 (DNS), 80 (HTTP), 443 (Secure HTTP), 21 (FTP), and 5722 (Jabber) outgoing.

We have also tried disconnecting the machines from the internet completely before running ComboFix, but that doesn't work either. This is odd, since ComboFix used to run just fine without an internet connection, usually in a reduced mode because the Windows Recovery Console isn't installed.

I found a version of ComboFix we downloaded 11/14/09 at 11:10am EST, and it runs OK right now (tested on 1 machine still behind the firewall).

Would anyone know if ComboFix was recently updated in a way that would cause this error if the computer has no or heavily firewalled internet connectivity?

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Posted 15 November 2009 - 03:44 PM

There was a recent fix and update for ComboFix. It was taken offline for a short time and brought back up...

This topic mentions the issue.. http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/270612/broken-link-for-combofix/

Edited by Pandy, 15 November 2009 - 03:48 PM.

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Posted 16 November 2009 - 02:34 PM

I am also receiving the "Date Error" message on any machine that I run Combofix on. I download the newest version of CF Combofix everyday, but seems that this particular issue hasn't been resolved yet. Not sure what is going on or if there is a fix for it. The link posted in reply to this thread doesn't have much to do with the Date Error. Combofix is readily available for download, but it is not working.

** update ** I'm also trying to run this in Safemode Command Prompt Only. No sense in trying to remove a virus using Safemode with Networking or anything else that loads explorer.exe.

Edited by cardscomp, 16 November 2009 - 03:06 PM.


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Posted 16 November 2009 - 02:41 PM

I am also receiving the "Date Error" message on any machine that I run Combofix on. I download the newest version of CF Combofix everyday, but seems that this particular issue hasn't been resolved yet. Not sure what is going on or if there is a fix for it. The link posted in reply to this thread doesn't have much to do with the Date Error. Combofix is readily available for download, but it is not working.


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Posted 16 November 2009 - 05:02 PM

Unfortunately the author of the tool does not want information on how Combofix works on public forums.
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.

The only public information that is available can be found at this guide:

How to use ComboFix


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Edited by garmanma, 16 November 2009 - 05:03 PM.

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