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combo fix has expired? error

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#1 Kozlovich


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Posted 17 August 2012 - 08:04 PM

Im trying to fix a Dell inspirion 5030 series laptop and run combofix. i get a pop up screen that says (in header)


Current date is 2012-08-17

Combofix has expired

click 'yes' to run in REDUCED FUNCTIONALITY mode

click 'no' to exit

i have never seen a message that combofix has expired, is this a virus stopping combofix from working?


Edit: Moved topic from Windows 7 to the more appropriate forum. ~ Animal

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#2 SleepyDude


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Posted 25 August 2012 - 10:31 AM


Please don't run combofix without supervision of an expert in Malware Removal.

You should create a new post on the Am I infected? What do I do? section of the forum describing your problem the best you can.

Another option is to create a post on the Virus, Trojan, Spyware, and Malware Removal Logs section where you will be helped by a Malware Expert.
Before you start on there please read Preparation Guide For Use Before Using Malware Removal Tools and Requesting Help.

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#3 hamluis



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Posted 25 August 2012 - 03:18 PM

Reference: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic430941.html , see comments by Animal.

"While ComboFix should only be run under the supervision of a trained helper. If you choose to ignore that advice and run it yourself you should always download and use the latest version. ComboFix is constantly updated and as you have found out has an 'expiration date'."


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Posted 26 August 2012 - 07:08 AM

Combofix has a built-in time out (expiration) feature which is there for protection against using outdated versions which may cause serious problems with your computer if used. Thus, the date check is a safety feature deliberately incorporated by the tool's creator for that very reason.

Without going into specifics to protect the integrity of the tool, ComboFix gives users the choice of running itself in "Reduced Functionality" mode with limited capabilities...most of its autofixing routines are disabled. The 'Reduced Functionality" mode protects users who are running an older and/or possibly buggy version of the tool which may cause problems. It also serves as a way for users to create a log for review when asked for by trained experts providing instructions for using ComboFix under supervised guidance.
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