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#1 RHE09

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Posted 24 December 2009 - 02:44 AM

A friend's computer got infected with the above and more. Computer has Win XP Home SP 3 as OS. I ran combofix and although did handled a few things, the first time it ran it got stuck in a "deleting folders" part of it towards the end. Had to restart computer. Whatever was handled in that run allowed me to install MBAM and run it. It found a whole bunch more of malware. Removed, restart, ran combofix again, this time it got stuck after stage 50. had to restart again.

The computer seems clean now, except when I open Windows explorer, and expand the c drive, it shows an item within it with a computer icon and named combofix. When I expand that, it shows another tree of My Computer (drive a, c, etc). If I open the drive c within it, it shows yet another set of My Computer, on and on. I assume the incomplete combofix runs are related, but how do I fix this?

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Posted 24 December 2009 - 10:08 AM

I guess you didn't heed the warning built into Combofix. It should never be run without the supervision of someone trained in the use of the tool.

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Posted 24 December 2009 - 11:14 PM

Thanks, that helped.

So to anybody who can help, can I safely delete that item called Combofix described in my original post?

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Posted 25 December 2009 - 11:43 AM

Without giving away the inner workings I can tell you that with some infections CF reboots or attempts to reboot very early at certain stages before continuing to run its routine to completion.

Again without going into specific details, the numerous repeating folders you describe are expected behavior by design.

To uninstall ComboFix, press the Windows Key + R keys on your keyboard or go to Posted Image > Run... and in the Open dialog box, type: ComboFix /Uninstall
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  • This will delete ComboFix's related folders/files, reset the clock settings, hide file extensions/system files, clear the System Restore cache to prevent possible reinfection and create a new Restore point.
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Posted 25 December 2009 - 01:37 PM

Without giving away the inner workings I can tell you that with some infections CF reboots or attempts to reboot very early at certain stages before continuing to run its routine to completion.

Again without going into specific details, the numerous repeating folders you describe are expected behavior by design.

To uninstall ComboFix, press the Windows Key + R keys on your keyboard or go to Posted Image > Run... and in the Open dialog box, type: ComboFix /Uninstall

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  • Press OK.
  • This will delete ComboFix's related folders/files, reset the clock settings, hide file extensions/system files, clear the System Restore cache to prevent possible reinfection and create a new Restore point.
-- Vista users, users can refer to these instructions: How to Enable Run Command in Vista


Thanks so much quietman7, that's exactly what I needed to know. I really appreciate the tip on how to handle. Will execute.

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Posted 25 December 2009 - 10:59 PM

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