I am the guy who originally posted the message about combofix screwing up my two computers last night.
I find it very amusing that they locked the thread about combofix screwing up many computers so we wouldn't embarass the developers even further.
Like one of the people who posted a message to my thread i found out that combofix quarantined and deleted C:\Windows\System32\Drivers\pciide.sys from both my systems,
I found this out after i slaved one of the hardrives that wouldn't boot into one of my computers and i saw the pciide.sys file had been quarantined as a virus with yesterday's date, but after i scanned the quarantined file in totalvirus.com, the scan came back clean.
I've had to reinstall XP on one of my computers and right now i am going to reimport some of the software registry hives so i don't have to reinstall all the software.
I am going to slave the second's computer drive into one of my working computers and copy pciide.sys from a working system (they are both the same computer model) and i think that should make the system bootable again.
Please do not delete this thread, as i would like people to know that if they restore the C:\Windows\System32\Drivers\pciide.sys file that combofix quarantined and deleted, their system may have a chance to come back to life.
I can't believe the irresponsability of the combofix developers trying to sweep this matter under the rug.
The least thing you can do is to admit you guys screwed up.
I have been using combofix for years without any problems without "supervision" because i have over 15 years of administering servers professionally.
There is no excuse for shoddy programming, no matter how "powerful" Combofix may be.
Combofix is truly an amazing tool, and it has gotten rid of spyware no other software was able to get rid of..
Unfortunately combofix has managed to do what no spyware has ever done to two of my computers, which is to render them unusable.
It seems the cure has become worse than the disease.
Edited by yj7777, 21 November 2009 - 07:28 PM.