ComboFix

by Inspector on November 10, 2013

in Security, Privacy

Combofix is a powerful anti-spyware and anti-malware tool created by sUBs. It was designed to scan a computer for malware, spyware (SurfSideKick, QooLogic, and Look2Me as well as any other combination of the mentioned malicious applications) and remove them. It allows the manual removal of computer infections. It’s a specialized effective PC cleaning tool, which is more useful as compared to other anti-malwares and anti-spywares. After Combofix finishes the operation, it creates a report which can be used to search and remove remaining infections if any.

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When you execute this program you will be guided through the wizard to give you step-by-step instructions on how to remove the destructive malwares and spywares that have made your computer useless. If infections are found, ComboFix will automatically reboot windows to complete the removal process. Combofix attempts to automatically clean infections. It can also list down System Registry keys. This feature lets users identify areas where suspected malicious programs are hiding. Another unique feature of Combofix is its rootkit detector which allows users to see if rootkits are present in the computers or not.

You need to install the ‘Windows Recovery Console’ before using Combofix. This application lets the PC start in a special recovery mode in case it encounters a problem after trying to remove a certain malicious program. You have to disable anti-virus, anti-spyware or antivirus programs. Then start Combofix. Do not click on any part of its user interface after this. You may leave the PC for a while because Combofix may take several minutes to complete its operations. You may notice that computers is disconnected from the Internet during a system scan. This is a normal part of the process. A log will be shown on the screen after system scan completion.

When you run ComboFix it will also automatically delete files from the locations of ‘Windows Recycle Bin’, ‘Temporary Internet Files’ and ‘Temp Folder’.

How to use ComboFix

  • Download ComboFix.
  • Disable or close all anti-spyware, anti-malware or antivirus programs.
  • Close all running programs or Windows.
  • Double click ComboFix.exe.
  • Wait while it scans and performs its operations.
  • When Combofix finishes its operations, it will create logs for you.

How to Uninstall ComboFix

If you uninstall ComboFix, it will also remove all backups and quarantines created when ComboFix scanned and cleaned your computer. Therefore, only uninstall ComboFix when you are sure that your computer is operating correctly and that you no longer need any of the files that were backed up or quarantined by ComboFix.

To uninstall ComboFix from Windows XP, click on the Start button and select Run from the menu (key: Windows+R). Run dialog box will be opened. In that, type combofix /uninstall to uninstall the program and hit ok.

If you are using Windows Vista or Windows 7, click on the Start button and in the Search field type combofix /uninstall. Search will bring up the result. Select that result and run the program to uninstall Combofix.

Recommendation

ComboFix is extremely powerful , You should not run ComboFix.exe unless you are an expert user or you are asked to by an expert to do so. Use ComboFix at your own risk. Close all open programs, windows and exit or disable current security software from PC before running ComboFix.

Requirements

Windows Recovery Console is required. ComboFix will install it in the process or you should install it manually before using ComboFix.

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