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Combofix rewrote my hosts file

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#1 J.R. Sanford

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Posted 09 September 2011 - 01:26 AM

Combofix rewrote my host file in c:\windows\system32\drivers\etc to local host and in so doing My Photoshop CS5 Extended is now acting like a trial version. Lucky for me I made a copy of the hosts file so I could restore it. So, prior to running Combofix check your hosts file in c:\windows\system32\drivers\etc (open with notepad) and if it has anything other that " local host" then make a copy of it and save it as hosts_original so in case Combofix overwrites your hosts file you'll be able to restore it.


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Posted 09 September 2011 - 01:35 AM

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. When issues arise with new malware infections or other security tools conflicting with ComboFix, experts are aware of them and can advise users what should or should not be done while providing assistance. 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.

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