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Combofix Keeps Appearing on Desktop


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#1 gabrielcampisi

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Posted 15 November 2014 - 03:58 AM

Okay, I haven't seen this on the forums, so I thought I'd start a new thread.  I removed a poweliks virus from my computer a few days ago.  I had downloaded combofix.exe to help fix it, but I never wound up using it.  So I put combofix.exe in the trashbin.  Deleted it.

 

Well, now I notice at least once a day when I come on my computer, the combifix.exe icon is right here on my desktop!  I've deleted it at least 3 or 4 times already, over the past same number of days.  If I delete it now, I'm sure it will pop up again by tomorrow sometime!!

 

What the heck is going on??  Has anyone encountered this before??

 

Combofix is NOT installed on my computer.  I ran a check of REGEDIT, too.  Nothing.  Full scan of the computer.  Nothing.  Yet every day, Combofix.exe pops up on my desktop.



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Posted 15 November 2014 - 04:02 AM

Uninstall Combofix:
Type "combofix /uninstall" in the run box (w7.png+R) and hit enter.
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Posted 15 November 2014 - 04:04 AM

Also....now that I have your attention.....you would be well advised to Never run combofix without supervision from someone who Really knws what they are doing !!!

 

No one should be using ComboFix unless specifically instructed to do so by a Malware Removal Expert who can interpret the logs. It is a powerful tool intended by its creator to be "used under the guidance and supervision of an expert. Using this tool incorrectly could lead to disastrous problems with your operating system such as preventing it from ever starting again. When issues arise with new malware infections or other security tools conflicting with ComboFix, experts are aware of them and can advise users what should or should not be done while providing assistance. 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. Please read the pinned topic ComboFix usage, Questions, Help? - Look here
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Posted 15 November 2014 - 09:54 AM

Combofix is NOT installed on my computer.... Yet every day, Combofix.exe pops up on my desktop.

Is it a shortcut or the actual .exe file?

Right-click on it and choose Properties...what information is provided there?
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Posted 15 November 2014 - 11:43 AM

I'll try the /uninstall option and see what happens.  But like I said before, I never installed it, and so never even had to uninstall it.  But I'll definitely try that anyway to see what happens.

 

quietman7, it's the actual .exe file, not a shortcut.



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Posted 15 November 2014 - 12:25 PM

That's an odd issue.

You can also try this...

Please download DelFix by Xplode and save to your Desktop.
  • Double-click on delfix.exe to run the tool.
    Vista/Windows 7/8 users right-click and select Run As Administrator.
  • Put a check mark next to these items:
    - Activate UAC
    - Remove disinfection tools
    - Create registry backup
    - Purge System Restore
    - Reset system settings
  • Click the "Run" button.
  • When the tool has finished, it will create and open a log report (DelFix.txt)
  • A copy of that report will be saved to the following location C:\DelFix.txt.
-- Doing this will remove many specialized tools downloaded and used for malware removal. Any leftover logs, files, folders or tools remaining on your Desktop which were not removed can be deleted manually (right-click on it and choose delete).
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