Posted 13 January 2012 - 01:19 AM
I am brand new to the forum, but have been using ComboFix for 2+ years now. Like w8ing4winter, I love it and consider to be hands down the best tool available for dealing with malware. I am not trying to hijack this thread, but I have what is seemingly the exact same issue(s) happening when I try to download and run Combofix.
Like the OP, my system is Windows XP, 32 bit. I too thought their was a problem with the link, because when I went to download the latest tonight, in both Chrome and FireFox, the download would not complete, and I got an error stating that the "file could not be read".
When I tried to execute the version I had saved locally (an older .exe file) I also got the message "do not run in compatibility mode" for the first time ever tonight, and right before trying to run it, my system had prompted me to reboot for a Windows Update, which I did.
Also, while I understand conceptually what compatibility mode is, I am not trying to execute ComboFix.exe in compatibility mode (i.e. by right-clicking and choosing that option.) I have no idea why it is trying to do that automatically. Can anyone help me understand why that is all of a sudden happening?
Also one note, when I run the .exe, and prior to getting the error message about compatibility mode, I am seeing an error message while ComboFix "unpacks" (for lack of a better term) where it states that a specific file was unable to be extracted, and offers the choices to try again, abort, or exit. This has happened 3 times in a row, and I always choose "try again" and shortly after that, it terminates with that compatibility message.
Any help would be appreciated at least in understanding why this behavior, which is new to me, is now happening. In the future, I am happy to follow the bleepingcomputer protocol for diagnosing and cleaning, getting supervision etc.