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#1 Riince

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Posted 07 May 2011 - 09:13 PM

Greetings. im Riince, and i run windows xp professional and have been for 5 years, never had a problem with it and never had to reformat or anything..

Starting 2 months ago I was having issues with my computer, everything running slow, getting access violations and permissions being changed randomly, files being hidden, sites being redirected, applications getting corrupted while running and freezing... :cold: i had tried AVG, norton, malwarebytes, adaware, webroot, pretty much everything i could think of. even my desktop background wasn't loading anymore. I knew the infection was too deep now... no antivirus or passive scanner could save me now.. i had to do something..

and then i found combofix. I was at the point where i had to laugh at the warning combofix gave that it should only be used in an emergency, so i just ran it as fast as i could before my computer finally kicked the bucket. I ran it and a message popped up saying it had discovered rootkit activity and not a second later it was rebooting. How assertive, i thought.

It interrupted the bootup to my desktop, and after a 10-15 minute session where it basically told me what to download [something about system restore] and what to let it do like some programming guru instructing me over my shoulder, i was shocked to find everything running as if i had been teleported 2 months in the past before the problems started arising.. it had apparently removed a rootkit [had a snack? good kitty.] among other things. my redirect problem was also solved!

the other things i've tried didn't even detect the rootkit, and when they removed the other things what combofix removed, they always came right back after i rebooted.

it's been a week since i performed "open heart surgery on myself" using it, and everything's been running perfectly. :thumbsup:

Thank you all so much for making this wonderful program, and making it free. :clapping: I'm so grateful I just had to sign up and make this thread.

I'm sticking this wonderful kitty on a pen drive where hopefully I'll never have to use it again.

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Edit: Moved topic from XP to the more appropriate forum. ~ Animal

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Posted 07 May 2011 - 10:07 PM

I'd say you got real lucky. Run out and buy a lottery ticket...

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Posted 07 May 2011 - 10:18 PM

I'd say you got real lucky. Run out and buy a lottery ticket...


lucky? in what way

edit apparently the rootkit was tdss, but something else was changing folder permissions

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Posted 07 May 2011 - 10:24 PM

If you ran ComboFix on your own due to malware infection, please be aware that using it is only one part of the disinfection process. Preliminary scans from other tools like DDS, RSIT and GMER should be used first because they provide comprehensive logs with specific details about files, folders and registry keys which may have been modified by malware infection. Analysis of those logs allows planning an strategy for effective disinfection and a determination if using ComboFix is necessary.

Further, when issues arise due to complex malware infections, possible false detections, problems running ComboFix or with other security tools causing conflicts, experts are usually aware of them and can advise what should or should not be done while providing individual assistance. When false detections are identified, experts have access to the developer and can report them so he can investigate, confirm and make corrections. Those attempting to use ComboFix on their own do not have such information and are at risk when running the tool in an unsupervised environment. Using this tool incorrectly could lead to disastrous problems with your operating system such as preventing it from ever starting again. Please read the pinned topic ComboFix usage, Questions, Help? - Look here.

With that said, you were fortunate in this instance that no unforeseen consequences or serious problems occurred.
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Posted 07 May 2011 - 10:33 PM

If you ran ComboFix on your own due to malware infection, please be aware that using it is only one part of the disinfection process. Preliminary scans from other tools like DDS, RSIT and GMER should be used first because they provide comprehensive logs with specific details about files, folders and registry keys which may have been modified by malware infection. Analysis of those logs allows planning an strategy for effective disinfection and a determination if using ComboFix is necessary.

Further, when issues arise due to complex malware infections, possible false detections, problems running ComboFix or with other security tools causing conflicts, experts are usually aware of them and can advise what should or should not be done while providing individual assistance. When false detections are identified, experts have access to the developer and can report them so he can investigate, confirm and make corrections. Those attempting to use ComboFix on their own do not have such information and are at risk when running the tool in an unsupervised environment. Using this tool incorrectly could lead to disastrous problems with your operating system such as preventing it from ever starting again. Please read the pinned topic ComboFix usage, Questions, Help? - Look here.

With that said, you were fortunate in this instance that no unforeseen consequences or serious problems occurred.


i took all of the precautions other than making a thread before running it, i was sure there was a rootkit and im at least semi computer-literate from fritzing around with my operating system's registry and files for a good 5 years :crazy: <- me

i just assumed i was going to be told to use it anyway if i asked, it was that bad hahah.

if i was lucky go me! i'll remember what you said for next time [if there is a next time..] of course

Edited by Riince, 07 May 2011 - 10:34 PM.


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Posted 07 May 2011 - 10:39 PM

i'll remember what you said for next time [if there is a next time..] of course

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