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#1 street9009

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Posted 14 January 2013 - 08:54 AM

I have several PCs that I'd love to have scan automatically every week. The problem is this- in the past probably year or so, I've gotten almost no use out of any product but ComboFix. It seems that Spybot and Malwarebytes pretty much pick up cookies and maybe something else here or there, whereas if a PC has a problem- it seems ComboFix is almost always the cure. In all honesty- I haven't had a PC in at least the last year that once ComboFix ran, that the other two did any good. I still do it (for what reason I do not know), but it seems kinda pointless. Maybe I'm the exception and not the norm, but that's honestly been my experience.

However- from what I've read on the internet, automating a run of ComboFix is a bad idea? I guess what I'm trying to do is make sure I can keep these PCs clean without having to touch them once a month, quarter, etc.

So I'm looking for suggestions from some folks with experiences beyond my own. How would you suggest creating a process (scheduled task) on a PC that performed routine scans and disinfected or notified someone of any it found?

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Posted 15 January 2013 - 07:21 AM

If I understand you, you want to schedule a scan but don't want to use the AV product that is installed on said machines?

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Posted 15 January 2013 - 08:07 AM

It's not that I don't want to use it, more than I want to supplement it.

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Posted 15 January 2013 - 01:48 PM

... I've gotten almost no use out of any product but ComboFix. ...whereas if a PC has a problem- it seems ComboFix is almost always the cure. In all honesty- I haven't had a PC in at least the last year that once ComboFix ran, that the other two did any good.... I guess what I'm trying to do is make sure I can keep these PCs clean without having to touch them once a month, quarter, etc.


If I'm reading/comprehending this correctly you need to run Combo-Fix on a regular basis...on multiple machines...to "clean" them? Clean meaning what? Routine pc maintenance? Or some other definition?

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 09:32 AM


... I've gotten almost no use out of any product but ComboFix. ...whereas if a PC has a problem- it seems ComboFix is almost always the cure. In all honesty- I haven't had a PC in at least the last year that once ComboFix ran, that the other two did any good.... I guess what I'm trying to do is make sure I can keep these PCs clean without having to touch them once a month, quarter, etc.


If I'm reading/comprehending this correctly you need to run Combo-Fix on a regular basis...on multiple machines...to "clean" them? Clean meaning what? Routine pc maintenance? Or some other definition?


Yep, you got it. "Clean" basically meaning scan for any Malware and remove it. And I believe ComboFix is the best at doing that.

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 02:22 PM

Not to be sarcastic but I'd say you need to change your surfing habits. Just my .02, YMMV.

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 05:08 PM

Not my PC. I'd agree with you but you know as well as I do that 95% of the PCs on the internet have something on them.

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 07:00 PM

Are you running an internet cafe or something?

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Posted 17 January 2013 - 08:08 AM

Nah. Just people (friends, family) who I help with cleaning PCs so I was trying to do some preventative/automated cleaning so I don't see them so often.

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Posted 17 January 2013 - 08:49 AM

...95% of the PCs on the internet have something on them.


:unsure: :blink: :huh: if you're including tracking cookies I'd say that's probably true, maybe even higher, but malware? Maybe according to CNN or CNBC. :whistle:

Edited by Union_Thug, 17 January 2013 - 08:51 AM.


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Posted 17 January 2013 - 08:51 AM

Am I wrong? I don't believe I am. It's the nature of the users that use PCs. They think it's fine to install a "Free" coupon printer and then wonder why their PC breaks down.

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Posted 17 January 2013 - 11:14 AM

Maybe 95% of the people you know don't care about their computers. A PC is not a glorified doorstop. What does that have to do with anyone else? The bottom line is that Combofix is not a maintenance product. It removes malware after the fact. I've never used it because I haven't been infected in a long time. I think you're looking for something foolproof. That doesn't exist. There is always the possibilty that infections can get through because new strains of malware are created daily. I scan for infections weekly and that's what everyone should do. If something slips through, I will catch it in time. And I practice safe surfing habits. Look, if family and friends are coming to you as Mr. Expert with repeated infections, maybe you need to draw the line and stop helping them. Send them here. We'll educate them.

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Posted 17 January 2013 - 11:21 AM

Oh I agree. However, I think there's something in what you just said that lends itself to my point "I scan for infections weekly and that's what everyone should do." That's what I'm trying to do- run ComboFix once a week and clean up anything it finds. It's not preventative. It's maintenance, like you yourself do on a PC that you know how to care for.

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Posted 17 January 2013 - 12:38 PM

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Posted 17 January 2013 - 02:55 PM


...95% of the PCs on the internet have something on them.


:unsure: :blink: :huh: if you're including tracking cookies I'd say that's probably true, maybe even higher, but malware? Maybe according to CNN or CNBC. :whistle:


I don't know man. Most PCs I see, whether brought to me because they're infected or not, have some form of Malware on them. I'm talking about PCs where I've been asked to do something for a business, or set up a wireless network in a home, etc. where the user had no idea they'd been infected but they indeed had. I don't read reports. I observe.

I reply to your post again because it was edited after my first reply.




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