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#1 dankuch

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Posted 28 September 2015 - 02:40 PM

Good afternoon, Is anyone aware of when Combofix will work with Windows 10?

Edit: Moved topic from Windows 10 to the more appropriate forum. ~ Animal

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Posted 28 September 2015 - 03:31 PM

Hello and welcome:

 

Short answer: No.

 

This very recent post by @Quietman7 (with input from other members in previous replies in that thread) contains the definitive answer.

 

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Posted 28 September 2015 - 03:42 PM

Don't use ComboFix; it's like an agressive fire-fighter, the fire and its damaging ways may be eliminated, however, the water damage could range from slight irk ['cause a little reConfiguration is needed] to HolyMolyMuchFlood! [some to many programs including security programs are either off'd or disabled].  My local computer store once ran that awhile back, fortunately I had an OS image backup; restored, was back in business.


Edited by RolandJS, 28 September 2015 - 03:43 PM.

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Posted 28 September 2015 - 04:25 PM

If you need individual assistance with a malware infection, other advanced tools are available but they cannot be used in this forum. Instructions for getting that help are in the link provided by MoxieMomma.
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Posted 02 October 2015 - 06:46 AM

rather than saying "don't use it", I would instead advise reserving it's use just after the rest of your common Windows tools (Roguekiller, Rkill, AdwCleaner, JRT, MBAM, HitmanPro) and offline/bootable tools (Windows Defender Offline, Kaspersky Rescue disk) have failed, and for when you are now seriously considering doing a full format/reinstall....

 

(You might want to also research a Tron script, which can be a mult-hour kitchen sink sort of approach with a variety of common but well know tools)

 

Now you have nothing to lose if something goes amiss with ComboFix, right?


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Posted 02 October 2015 - 08:04 AM

RolandJS advised not to use ComboFix because 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. This is because people should not be using ComboFix without being advised to do so by a trained expert (see here) who is assisting them deal with a malware problem.
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Posted 02 October 2015 - 08:49 AM

So apparently, even if a hypothetical Windows user was at the point of formatting/reinstalling due to a 10-15 day fiasco with malware and multiple 3-5 day waits for a response, even then the user should shun the CF option?

 

Yes, I understand all the CF support (lack thereof) and risk disclaimers, but, ... apparently even reserving it's use as a last resort is ill-advised?


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Posted 02 October 2015 - 10:49 AM

We are always willing to provide individual assistance with removing malware. As I noted above, there are alternatives tools but they are not permitted in this forum
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Posted 03 October 2015 - 07:28 AM

apparently even reserving it's use as a last resort is ill-advised?

This is correct, mostly if you have installed any O/S above Windows 8, this includes Windows 8.1 which is programmed away from the basic Windows 8 version.

 

Use on earlier Systems is still only advised in certain cases, and you are often advised to use programs more like Malwarebytes Anti-Malware.

 

Note that sUBs (C/Fix inventor) works with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware these days, and that program is much safer than your ideas.

 

We know this is not exactly what you want to hear, but the industry has now moved beyond a quick run of ComboFix, and uses more "refined tools".

 

If you need more assistance with any malware infection, other advanced tools are available but they cannot be used in this forum. Please follow the instructions in the Malware Removal and Log Section Preparation Guide starting at Step 6.

  • If you cannot complete a step, then skip it and continue with the next.
  • In Step 6 there are instructions for downloading and running FRST which will create two logs.

When you have done that, post your logs in the Virus, Trojan, Spyware, and Malware Removal Logs forum, NOT here, for assistance by the Malware Response Team only.

Start a new topic, give it a relevant title and post your log(s) along with a brief description of your problem, a summary of any anti-malware tools you have used and a summary of any steps that you have performed on your own.
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After doing this, please reply back in this thread with a link to the new topic so we can close this one, so any unwanted advice will not be posted.



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Posted 03 October 2015 - 08:49 AM

  Jaycan, you're spot on!  Because of the caustic nature of many utilities such as ComboFix, whenever I discover a utility of a caustic nature, I move into a folder "Last Resorts" to remind me what utilities, which utiilities, to never never use unless specifically asked to do so, and in the ways and means to do so -- by recognized malware giants [great techs] here in BC.  Perhaps I should label "Last Resorts" "AVOID THESE"   :)


Edited by RolandJS, 03 October 2015 - 08:49 AM.

"Take care of thy backups and thy restores shall take care of thee."  -- Ben Franklin revisited.

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Posted 03 October 2015 - 09:02 AM

ComboFix was never meant to be used as a general purpose malware scanner like SuperAntispyware, AdwCleaner or Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware which scan individual drives, different folders, the registry, etc on a computer for malware.
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Posted 03 October 2015 - 10:00 AM

Quietman7, even adwcleaner can be problematic.  It borders on, comes real close to, activities conducted by registry cleaner or rkill.  I like the fact that you guys and gals in here walk a person through usage of adwcleaner!   :)


Edited by RolandJS, 03 October 2015 - 10:00 AM.

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Posted 03 October 2015 - 10:24 AM

Rkill doesn't do anything but kill malicious processes and report other things, so I wouldn't call AdwCleaner *close to* Rkill :) And besides AdwCleaner is meant only to remove items from toolbars, adwares and other unwanted programs etc., not removing things indiscriminately like registry cleaners.

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Posted 03 October 2015 - 12:29 PM

And by now most our members know that Bleeping Computer DOES NOT recommend the use of registry cleaners/optimizers for several reasons but we are getting off topic.
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