ComboFix was never meant to be used
as a general purpose malware scanner like SuperAntispyware or Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware which scan individual drives or different folders on a computer for viruses. 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.
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
.HijackThis only scans certain areas of a computer's system/registry
to help diagnose the presence of undetected malware in known hiding places. Given the sophistication of malware hiding techniques used by attackers in today's environment, HijackThis is limited in its ability to detect infection
and generate a report outside these known hiding places. This limitation has made its usefulness nearly obsolete
since a HijackThis log cannot reveal all the malware residing on a computer. As such, HijackThis has been replaced by other preferred tools
that provide comprehensive logs with specific details about more areas of a computer's system, files, folders and registry keys which may have been modified by malware infection.
As with HijackThis, these are powerful tools and rely on trained experts to interpret the log entries
, determine what needs to be fixed and plan a strategy for disinfection. Using such tools requires advanced knowledge about the Windows Operating System. If you do not have advanced knowledge about computers or training in the use of these tools, you should NOT attempt to fix anything
without consulting a expert as to what to fix.mvps.org
is no longer recommending
Spybot S&D or Ad-Aware due to poor testing results. See here
- (scroll down and read under Freeware Antispyware Products)
. Further, most people don't understand how to use Spybot's TeaTimer
and that feature can cause more problems than it's worth. TeaTimer monitors changes to certain critical keys in Windows registry
but does not indicate if the change is normal or a modification made by a malware infection. The user must have an understanding of the registry
and how TeaTimer works in order to make informed decisions
to allow or deny the detected changes. If you don't have understanding how a particular security tool works, then you probably should not be using it. Additionally, TeaTimer may conflict with other security tools which do a much better job of protecting your computer and in some cases it will even prevent disinfection
of malware by those tools.