And my I know why there is a warning like this in this forum.. "DO NOT RUN ComboFix unless requested to." combofix is a harmful tool? What about Rkill and roguekiller? Both of them are used by bleeping users.. are both of them harmful just like combofix? What type of harm can ComboFix cause to ?
designed to be comprehensive malware removal tools...they are primarily designed to terminate the most common malicious processes that prevent other security tools from being executed, complete a scan or used to disinfect the system so using them is not required in all situations. When needed, they are safe to use for their intended function.
It's not so much that ComboFix is dangerous or harmful, but that it is a powerful
is a specialized first responder tool
for malware removal experts who assist others as it has the ability to deal with multiple malware infections and has built in removal functionality which makes it very powerful. Combofix is intended by its creator to do two things: 1
) automatically remove known infections and 2
) provide a detailed system report similar to DDS that a trained expert can use to further investigate and remove malicious files and registry entries. Combofix was never meant to be used
as a general purpose malware scanner like SuperAntispyware or Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware which scan individual drives or different folders on a computer for malware.
ComboFix is safe to use by someone trained
in how to use it or when following instructions provided by a trained expert helper who is assisting them deal with a malware problem. However in untrained hands, using this tool incorrectly could lead to disastrous problems with your operating system
such as preventing it from ever starting again.
With ComboFix there is always a risk that something on a computer may be erroneously changed when running the tool or using it incorrectly. These issues are able to be quickly resolved by those trained in its usage. For those who have no training, there is a good chance they will be left with an unusable computer. Further, 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.
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