I am trying to rid my fiancee's cousins computer, running Windows XP SP3, of all spy-ware because he seems to know exactly how to accumulate it. Using MalwareBytes Anti-Malware and SuperAntiSpyware I have managed to take off roughly 500 or so of the usual spy-ware/malware. Normally my cocktail of anti-virus/spyware and removal program starts with combo-fix, then Malware-Bytes and lastly SuperAntiSpyware, repeat when necessary, but this time combo fix wouldn't even work. First it said that the version was corrupt and to re-download, but that was just some malware causing that, I have seen that before. Eventually I managed to get combo-fix to start up, and it went through the creation of the restore point, but it stalls at the:
"Scanning for infected files...
This typically doesn't take longer than ten minutes,
However scanning times for badly infected machines may easily double...
and a continually blinking under-score"
I have let the scan run for two and a half hours and it does not get past that step, it doesn't even get to the first scanning stage. Am I just not letting it run long enough?, because in my experience with combo-fix it never takes that long, and always at least gets to stage one before bogging down.
Any help is appreciated,
Edited by mysterbrody, 05 December 2009 - 07:40 PM.