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#1 sseba15

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Posted 23 May 2011 - 03:14 AM

Dear all,

As i read license of combofix I am not sure that this software could be use in company? Before installation is notice that is software only for private use but i read from some other sources that is used in company too.

I have some computer which i would like to check with Combofix but i would like to know that using it in company evnviroment is legal,

Thank you for your answers,

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Posted 23 May 2011 - 06:25 AM

Welcome to BC sseba15

Yes, Combofix's disclaimer says it is meant for for private use. The developer did not intend for his tool to be used any other way and it certainly was not intended for those running a computer repair business or for use in a business/corporate environment. This is because no one should be using ComboFix unless specifically instructed to do so by a Malware Removal Expert who can interpret the logs. It is a powerful tool intended by its creator to be "used under the guidance and supervision of an expert. Using this tool incorrectly could lead to disastrous problems with your operating system such as preventing it from ever starting again. If you choose to ignore the disclaimer, you run ComboFix at your own risk but it is not illegal to do so.

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. Please read the pinned topic ComboFix usage, Questions, Help? - Look here.

Note: If you ran or want to run 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.

If you need assistance with a malware infection that requires using ComboFix, please read the "Preparation Guide For Use Before Using Malware Removal Tools and Requesting Help".
  • If you cannot complete a step, then skip it and continue with the next.
  • In Step 7 there are instructions for downloading and running DDS which will create a Pseudo HJT Report as part of its log.
  • When you have done that, post your log in the Virus, Trojan, Spyware, and Malware Removal Logs forum, NOT here, for assistance by the Malware Response Team Experts.
  • If you already ran ComboFix, include the log (ComboFix.txt) in your topic. It should have been saved to your root directory, usually C:\.

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Posted 23 May 2011 - 07:01 AM

Hi quietman7,

Thank you very much for your prompt and very large answer. I know that I can broke OS (this not will be first time when i broke OS :) ) I use Combo Fix on my own risk ( i used it at home and my OS still work :) ) so that is the reason why i want to use it in company. I only wasn't sure that this combo fix license allow to use this software in commercial use


Please correct me if i am wrong but according you replay I can use Combo Fix in company (of course on my risk)

Thank you in advance,

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Posted 23 May 2011 - 08:03 AM

Please correct me if i am wrong but according you replay I can use Combo Fix in
company (of course on my risk).

Yes at your own risk, without warranty of any kind as indicated in the disclaimer.
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Posted 27 May 2011 - 12:05 AM

Thank you very much for your help,

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Posted 27 May 2011 - 07:38 AM

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Posted 05 February 2013 - 10:22 AM

Is this still correct? Can we use Combo Fix in a corporate environment at our own risk? Obviously using it for a computer repair facility is against the licence, but an IT staff using it to clean computers they support, is that against the EULA?

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Posted 05 February 2013 - 11:02 AM

Combofix's disclaimer clearly says it is permitted for non-commercial purposes only and should not be used in an unsupervised environment. The developer did not intend for his tool to be used any other way. That same disclaimer is included in the authorized guide How to use ComboFix hosted by BleepingComputer. If you choose to ignore the disclaimer, you run ComboFix at your own risk but it is not illegal to do so.
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Posted 12 December 2013 - 02:47 PM

Hello, it looks like this question has been answered in the same way over the past three years, but I work for the IT department of a company that had been using ComboFix.  The licensing has changed multiple times, to the point it was required to purchase a subscription a couple of years ago.  Now it seems a subscription is not required and the author is just accepting PayPal donations made on a voluntary basis.  I am reading here that our use of ComboFix in a corporate environment ignores a disclaimer but is not illegal.  Hopefully this is still correct (?).



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Posted 12 December 2013 - 02:57 PM

As ComboFix's disclaimer says, it is permitted for non-commercial purposes only. Although the wording has changed some, this part has been the same every since the developer created the tool.

I'm not sure what you mean by "licensing has changed multiple times, to the point it was required to purchase a subscription a couple of years ago." I'm not aware of any requirement to purchase a license. ComboFix is available as a free download (with links provided) in the authorized guide noted above.

ComboFix.org and ComboFixdownload.com offer unauthorized versions of Combofix. Neither of them are affiliated with ComboFix by sUBs.

Again, if you choose to ignore the disclaimer, you run ComboFix at your own risk but it is not illegal to do so.
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Posted 12 December 2013 - 02:58 PM

Thanks!



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Posted 12 December 2013 - 03:05 PM

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