Combofix

Download Editors' Rating:
3.5
Very good
Average User Rating:
3.6
out of 104 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    14.12.14.1
  • Total Downloads:
    939,819
  • Date Added:
    Dec. 15, 2014
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    5.34MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    3,712
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:
    #8 in Anti-Spyware

Editors' Note: Please note that running this program without supervision of an experienced helper can cause your computer to not operate correctly.

Editors' Review

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Combofix is a powerful anti-malware and anti-spyware program that can eliminate the type of combination programs that other apps often miss. It runs with no frills but produces impressive results, although it may be hard to use if you don't have a good amount of technical knowledge.

Pros

Fast: For as deep as this program goes to remove problem files and software, it works quite quickly. The deep scans of many similar programs take much longer than the intensive search-and-delete that this app performs.

Basic communication: While it's not overly forthcoming and doesn't provide you with a lot of obvious options, Combofix does let you know what it's doing while it's doing it. Steps are clearly presented, and the program really takes care of most details on its own.

Cons

Confusing for beginners: This is not a program you should try to use if you don't have some experience with this type of software or if you don't have someone there to help. Because the software is so powerful, it can sometimes delete items you need, so you have to be able to recognize them and know what to do to stop that from happening.

Bottom Line

Combofix is a great way to supplement standard system cleaners and keep your machine running smoothly. It works well and it's free, but it isn't for the novice user without some additional guidance.

 
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User Reviews
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5 stars

"Awesome - did the job with Powerlink & DLL.EXE Virus"

October 23, 2014  |  By seganfl

 |  Version: Combofix 14.10.21.1

Pros

Fast
Fairly Easy
Fixed what other ware could not

Cons

Only had to reset my IE settings - no biggie

Summary

I was hit with the powerlink / dll.exe virus that was eating up all my CPU and reaching out to malicious websites - -tried many sites and fixes - - but this was the one that did the trick - - Many Thanks

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1 stars

"NEVER, RATHER REINSTALL OS !!!"

August 28, 2014  |  By alex3518

 |  Version: Not Found

Pros

Yes Combofix can remove Trojans, but also will remove Windows registration, and make such mass, what cannot be fix !!!

Cons

As IT PRO my advice is never, only if it is last chance and be prepare to reinstall Windows after few days !!!

Summary

Only in case that you cannot remove keyloggers Trojans, but be aware of outcoming consequences !!!

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1 stars

"Horrible. It starts deleting files without asking if ok"

August 24, 2014  |  By cesarinternational

 |  Version: Combofix 14.8.21.1

Pros

The description by Download.com might be correct, but I did not reach that point.

Cons

It creates a System Restore Point and then starts checking your computer in a Windows DOS window, then it starts deleting folders and files without asking. That should not be the way such a program should work. It should indicate what is wrong, what should be deleted and then ask the user for approval before deleting them. Once I noticed the deletions I used Ctrl Break twice to stop the procedure and exited the program. Then I did not have access to the Internet on any browser and several programs did not work anymore. The Control Panel utilities were not finding a reason why I was not being able to access the Internet. I did not trust the program's restore point and used the previous one. That brought my computer back to how my computer was at that point and time (4 days prior). I suggest not using this program and if you do then create your own System Restore Point and use it if something goes wrong. Maybe if I had not stopped the program then things would have been Ok.

Summary

The way it works is definitely the way a program should work.

Updated on Aug 24, 2014

Correction: The way it works is definitely NOT the way a program should work.

Updated on Aug 24, 2014

Upon start it tells you to turn off your antivirus programs and let it do its work. It is basically letting it do its job. It deleted Ammy, which is a remote control utility, a web page I saved and then it was going to delete more files. I was very concerned what else was going to delete without asking for my approval. Then since I stopped the utility then something went wrong and several programs did not work anymore including three browsers. The Windows utilities in the Control Panel were not able to fix that problem. Imagine yourself without the internet and the right tools to fix your PC. Luckily there is the Windows Restore Point.

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4 stars

"Good program"

August 22, 2014  |  By capitanflorius

 |  Version: Combofix 14.8.21.1

Pros

It does its job

Cons

Not for novice users

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5 stars

"Program Helped Rid Viruses"

August 09, 2014  |  By AZjeepGuy2014

 |  Version: Combofix 1.0.0

Pros

The program worked well when working with an experienced helper. I received FREE online step by step help with my Trojan.fakems viruses at techsupportforum.com. The guy who helped me was named chemist and he walked me step by step. They use this program and then write certain scripts based off the info the text file gives them. I wouldn't want to do this with qualified help as it is a very powerful program. You can view my problem and cure and see them walk me through the repair at http://www.techsupportforum.com/forums/f100/trojan-fake-virus-9-of-them-comes-back-hourly-875769.html#post5505441

Cons

No cons really..the program worked great. I would say if their is any cons to this program its is not for novice computer people such as myself without the guided assistance of a very qualified helper.

Summary

Good program, just make sure you either have the high level computer backgrounds skills to use this program or a qualified helper. I am glad that there are people such as the person who designed this tool to help defend us against people who write viruses and malware.

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5 stars

"Cleans house very well!"

May 30, 2014  |  By dnelsch

 |  Version: Combofix 14.5.19.1

Pros

Once it is set up to your preferences, it moves right along.

Cons

I haven't found any problems. But if you check all of the blocks, your system will be cleaned up - perhaps deleting some values that you don't want deleted!

Summary

Price is right. Works good.

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5 stars

"Amazing Tool to use for professional use."

April 25, 2014  |  By Dylan_Coulbeck

 |  Version: Combofix 14.4.20.1

Pros

It gets rid of the tricky rootkits that some are unable to get rid of

Cons

IT DIDNT COME WITH CAKE :( ;)

Summary

This is an amazing tool we use at work, it's unfortunate that there are people that don't have a trained person to help guide them through, we use it at work along with Malwarebytes anti malware to get rid of nasty viruses (seperatly of course) I on the other hand prefer to use it in safe mode :)I advise that if you are not trained you have a person to help guide you through the process if something goes wrong

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4 stars

"The ONLY Thing I Need To Scan For Problems:"

April 21, 2014  |  By In-Correct

 |  Version: Not Found

Pros

ComboFix Saved My Computer MANY Times While The Other Competing Scanners AND EVEN ANTI-VIRUS SOFTWARE Missed.

Cons

After restart it says "Do not load any programs until ComboFix has finished." What about the startup items?! If it is that important, then ComboFix needs to actually BLOCK the programs from loading until the log report appears.

And ...

IT KEEPS PUTTING INTERNET EXPLORER ON MY DESKTOP. IT MAKES THE DEFAULT BROWSER AND DOWNLOAD MANAGER SET TO INTERNET EXPLORER. I HATE INTERNET EXPLORER.

Summary

Other Scanners are useless. They either 1. Report the item removed only to have it REAPPEAR AGAIN. or 2. Report "no items were detected." Meanwhile ComboFix deleted the items permanently.

There is a warning that this is not meant for use without the guidance of skilled technical support. That is wrong. All the other competition needs this warning. I have had two other spyware scanners BLUE SCREEN OF DEATH just by clicking the "Scan" button. An Anti-Malware never removed the items. Sometimes it didn't even FIND any items. The Anti-Virus does nothing but SLOW DOWN my computer. I still have a Registry Cleaner, and I even have the MSE "Anti Virus and Anti Spyware" scanner but with Real Time Protection turned off. (This is required with ComboFix regardless) but I rarely use them. I use ComboFix regularly and I have not experienced any problems with it "destroying my computer". Also, I have Flash Player blocked and I also have Ad Blockers and Third Party Image blocked.

I recommend ComboFix to anybody. As long as you follow the instructions, and never turn off the computer while scanning, you should be fine. I have not had any issues except for the two "CONS".

If ComboFix did not exist, many computers would be dead.

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2 stars

"Too geeky, which means nasty."

March 07, 2014  |  By Aarby

 |  Version: Combofix 14.3.5.1

Pros

How would I know?

Cons

In regard to finding malware: I have no idea. In regard to user-friendliness: Where the hell is the plain English? A couple of sentences in plain English wouldn't kill these geeks. The attitude stinks. I have no idea whether the prog worked or not. I'm going completely on faith, based on CNET's glowing review. Still...

Summary

I don't care whether Combofix disappears tomorrow.

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1 stars

"Big Problems"

January 28, 2014  |  By fixit10

 |  Version: Combofix 1.0.0

Pros

None that I can think of.

Cons

Totally messed up my windows 7 pro. did not let me uninstall. Messed up numerous files and programs. Took quite a lot of work to restore my system - eventually was able to totally restore, but had to manually remove the program from the registry and files.

Summary

Program is NOT READY for prime time. I would give it a while to develop.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 14.12.14.1
Version 14.12.14.1 may include unspecified updates, enhancements, or bug fixes.
General
Publisher sUBs
Publisher web site http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/download/publisher/subs/
Release Date December 14, 2014
Date Added December 15, 2014
Version 14.12.14.1
Category
Category Security Software
Subcategory Anti-Spyware
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows, Windows XP
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 5.34MB
File Name ComboFix.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 939,819
Downloads Last Week 3,712
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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