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Ran combofix; nothing seem to happen!


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#1 Norby Dooley

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Posted 12 January 2010 - 09:53 PM

I was curious to see what combofix would show about my computer. So I downloaded it and followed the instructions. The only thing that happened was a little progress bar displayed. When it finished progressing to 100%, I expected to see something akin to what the tutorial showed would happened. Nothing else happened.

I am running XP Home SP3. I tried this in normal mode and safe mode.

My computer seems to be running okay, i.e., I can't tell any adverse effects.

Any ideas?

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Posted 12 January 2010 - 11:04 PM

was it SAFE MODE with networking? you need an internet connection i believe to get it going. I just used combofix again in safemode with networking and it worked great.

I'm not a mod nor am i very knowledgeable about combofix EXCEPT that i've used it 8 or 9 times and it worked every time for me. If i can find a paypal link i'm going to toss someone some cash, this program works EVERY time for me.

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Posted 12 January 2010 - 11:42 PM

Hello Norby Dooley,

I am curious to know what you meant by a tutorial for ComboFix since there isn't one publicly available.

It as unwise to run ComboFix for the reasons you did as it is to do exploratory surgery to find out how your body is put together. Please read this topic: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/273628/combofix-usage-questions-help-look-here/ concerning ComboFix.

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Posted 13 January 2010 - 11:23 AM

tutorial for ComboFix since there isn't one publicly available.



http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/combofix/how-to-use-combofix
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#5 Norby Dooley

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Posted 16 January 2010 - 01:06 AM

tutorial for ComboFix since there isn't one publicly available.



http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/combofix/how-to-use-combofix


Yep, that would be the tutorial I was talking about.

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Posted 17 January 2010 - 09:09 PM

Hello Norby Dooley,

I am curious to know what you meant by a tutorial for ComboFix since there isn't one publicly available.

It as unwise to run ComboFix for the reasons you did as it is to do exploratory surgery to find out how your body is put together. Please read this topic: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/273628/combofix-usage-questions-help-look-here/ concerning ComboFix.

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OK, for the curious, I felt "safe" running combofix for 2 basic reasons:

1. I am not an unexperienced computer user. I may not be the world's expert on PC's, but I know my way around and what I am doing. I've run lots of diagnostic programs before with no problems. Combofix seemed like just another diagnostic to me, all the warnings notwithstanding.

2. I heard about combofix on a local TV channel in response to a comment about a caller asking about his computer having some problems. The PC technician told the caller to run combofix in safe mode. (I must have missed the part about "with networking".) I figured if a PC technician is telling an inexperienced PC user on a public TV station that he should run combofix in safe mode to diagnose his computer, I certainly should have no problem with it. (I guess somebody should get in touch with this PC technician guy and tell him to warn the user how dangerous it can be and to be careful or maybe to take it in to a local shop and ask an experienced person to consider running combofix for him.)

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Posted 18 January 2010 - 01:02 PM

The PC technician told the caller to run combofix in safe mode

Combofix is optimized to run from normal mode where it is most effective.
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