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#1 realsimonwatts

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Posted 07 June 2012 - 06:42 PM

I'm a newbie here and would like to ask that some kind and knowledgeable soul supervise my running Combo Fix to see what's up with my computer. A couple weeks ago I noticed some weirdly named folders in various places in my Windows 7 file system that looked like Hex strings. I deleted one or two and then thought I noticed a couple more appear. My machine is taking a long time to boot and I think I may have picked up some virus. I have McAfee running but when I try a About Virus Scan Enterprise I get a dialog that says Illegal operation attempted on a registry key that has been marked for deletion.

A month ago I got a couple blue screens of death.

I'd like to run ComboFix.

Any help would be much appreciated.

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Simon

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Posted 07 June 2012 - 08:14 PM

As a general policy, Bleeping Computer does not offer advice on how to run ComboFix unless we asked someone to run it or if there is a problem with the computer caused by running the tool. This is because people should not be using ComboFix without being advised to do so by a trained expert (see here) who is assisting them deal with a malware problem. When issues arise due to complex malware infections, possible false detections, problems running ComboFix (i.e. stalling, hanging, crashing) 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.

Also be aware that using ComboFix 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.

While our policy is not to offer advice on running ComboFix unless we asked someone to run it, we are certainly willing to help with malware disinfection. If that assistance requires running ComboFix, you will be advised what to do in order to get the tool to run properly or investigate any error messages. If you need such assistance, please follow the instructions in the "Preparation Guide For Requesting Help" starting at Step 6. When you have done that, post your logs in the Virus, Trojan, Spyware, and Malware Removal Logs forum, NOT here, for assistance by the Malware Response Team Experts.
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