I recently discovered the pciide.sys issue with combofix. It wasn't a severe issue for me, and I have been using this sort of software, as well has sdfix, smitfraudfix, etc for a long time. I have occasionally had good files flagged/deleted by decent software, and it doesn't really bother me. Everyone makes mistakes, and there are plenty to make. Combofix is an amazing tool, but certainly not for someone unfamiliar with it.
However, I have to say I am disappointed with the locking of the threads regarding the pciide.sys problem. True, he may not have been in the right forum, but it looks overly defensive to lock the thread, and criticize someone for using CF without guidance. Anyone using Combofix *with* guidance under these circumstances will have pciide.sys flagged and quarantined. Upon reboot of the machine (happens automatically quite often) they will be in a reboot loop unless they have disabled auto restart.
EDIT: this may prevent them from coming back to the forum, leading the helper to think the problem is resolved and the thread abandoned
Please do not deflect from the issue at hand, which is that Combofix had a release that was deleting an important system file. Bug should be submitted, poster should be asked to post in the correct forum next time, and everyone should just move on. Having said that, that's what I am doing.
Thank you all, and thanks especially to the ComboFix author, who has saved so many so much time and money.
Edited by Interested, 22 November 2009 - 11:52 PM.