I want to inform you that the execution of ComboFix, without supervision from a trained helper, can have very harmful effects on your computer.
ComboFix is a powerful tool, that can, without supervision from one of us, make your system (partly) corrupt. So I advise you to don't use this tool, and our other tools, in the future anymore without supervision.
and I simply have to ask: What is so inherently dangerous about the program? I've been working with computers since I was able to type, my first machine was a C64 (yes, I'm sure someone else is older than I am) and I have been working in IT for about 8 years (yes, I'm also aware that others may have worked in the field longer).
Why is this the de-facto response when someone asks about Combofix? I have used Combofix countless times and have never seen it behave in a way that "utterly destroyed" any machine I used it on.
So, again I just need to know - what is it about Combofix that is so dangerous to computers that this warning needs to be incessantly repeated ?
There are no options to choose when running the program (other than to install or not install the Recovery Console if it isn't already). There are no choices to be made after the program finishes, it simply produces a log report of what it did. And it creates a restore point before it does anything that one can simply go back to, if Combofix does, indeed, wreak havoc and "destroy" a computer.
So, why is Combofix so dangerous and why are people told not to use it, unless a "professional" from these forums tells the user to run it?
Edited by norwood781, 13 September 2010 - 09:01 AM.