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#1 .user

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Posted 26 May 2015 - 02:40 PM

Story goes like this! I have this 128 MB of PC100 SDRAM box and I have been running Combofix happily in the past. Easy, fast, clean and more importantly effective.

 

But Combofix outgrew itself around last year or so and now I can't actually run it. It just scans for hours, possibly days and eats losts of virtual memory without finishing its tasks.

 

Is there any way I can get the old Combofix behaviour back?

 

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Athlon over 1 Ghz

Windows XP


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Posted 26 May 2015 - 02:51 PM

I am not aware of any changes in ComboFix which would result in it's inability to scan on older systems with older hardware. It will not run on Windows 2000 but since you have run it before, I am assuming you are running Windows XP, Vista or Windows 7.

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. With that said, there are circumstances ComboFix will hang, crash or stall at various stages due to malware interference, failure to disable other real-time protection tools or the presence of CD Emulators (Daemon Tools, Alchohol 120%, Astroburn, AnyDVD) so that it does not complete successfully. Also, depending on how badly a system is infected, ComboFix may take longer to complete its routine than it normally does or fail to run properly. While that is not normal behavior, it is not unusual. In such cases, it is helpful to know at what stage CF stalled/crashed and to provide that information to the Helper who is assisting you so they can investigate.

While our policy is not to offer advice on running ComboFix unless we asked someone to run it, we are willing to assist with resolving problems caused after using it and 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.

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Posted 26 May 2015 - 02:52 PM

The best time and way to run ComboFix is when excellent folks working in that department/forum ask someone to run ComboFix, informs how to run ComboFix, and how to save the resultant logs.   :)  [quietman & I posted at same time]


Edited by RolandJS, 26 May 2015 - 03:11 PM.

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Posted 26 May 2015 - 03:00 PM

Only those trained to assist members in the Virus, Trojan, Spyware, and Malware Removal Logs Forum can request someone to run ComboFix and then only in that forum after they followed the Prep Guide and created a new topic.
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Posted 26 May 2015 - 03:06 PM

adjusted [again] my earlier post!


Edited by RolandJS, 26 May 2015 - 03:11 PM.

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Posted 26 May 2015 - 03:09 PM

Ok but they are not techs, they are malware removal experts who have been trained at various Unite Schools.
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