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  • 2.0 stars

    "Too geeky, which means nasty."

    March 7, 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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  • 1.0 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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  • 5.0 stars

    "This one always works"

    January 19, 2014  |  

    Version: Combofix 14.1.16.3

    Pros

    Fairly fast
    Very effective

    Cons

    None really, but if I have to ding something, you have to disable virus scanners while using this then manually re-enable them

    Summary

    Has never let me down. Always finds everything. This is the tool I use when everything else fails. Older versions used to remove recently used file pointers, but that was on XP. The latest version either doesn't or it has been improved not to. If you not using this, you should be. If you're using something else, you're wasting your time.

    Updated on Jan 19, 2014

    The last time I used this, I suspected root kits or other malware damage as I was unable to re-enable windows firewall after going through all of Microsoft's support pages and procedures which all failed. It was also after running more popular malware removal software which I use as first resort because most infections are light. 1 run with the newest version of this software not only cleaned up the system, but automatically re-enabled the firewall at default settings. Excellent! Consider this software as your big gun software when nothing else works.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Great Program"

    January 15, 2014  |   By tomthabom24

    Version: Combofix 14.1.14.2

    Pros

    I have Windows 7. I downloaded this program, not knowing what to expect. I was surprised what a great job this program did. My computer was full of malware that no one else picked up. After it deleted the mess I had, I had no problems with the program and no problems with my PC after the deletion. Some of the reviews were very negative about the program, I had no problems with it.

    Cons

    None at this point.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Nothing better"

    January 8, 2014  |   By DaDreamWizard

    Version: Combofix 14.1.8.2

    Pros

    Combofix can and will rid you of malware that absolutely cannot be removed by any other program. Having fixed and cleaned computers since before some of you were born, one of the things I have done was test an obscene amount of software that never lives up to the task.

    With Combofix browser hijacks, transformer type virus's, replicators, it just gets em all.

    Cons

    absolutely none.

    Summary

    Anyone who knocks this software must have motive, ie., get's paid for other peoples misery and problems. I have seen commercial pc repair centers offer to wipe drives for a fee, yet I took these same machines and restored them to like new condition with the help of Combofix. BTW, that includes fully hijacked machines.

    Using software like Malwarebytes is a powerful way to avoid mishaps, but, we do venture out, putting ourselves at risk. And when some type of malware slides on through it's Combofix to the rescue.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Wonderful and Effective!!!"

    December 7, 2013  |   By ducktoes

    Version: Combofix

    Pros

    This program isn't for people who don't know what they're doing but I have found Combofix to work quickly and effectively on serious viruses and malware that nothing else could crack. It is not meant to be a complete solution. If you have a virus you can't stop, try it. Then you can run Malwarebytes and Superantispyware etc. to finish up. It is much better than reformatting which is often the only alternative. I've never known it to do the things some of these other people are complaining about and I've used it a lot. Hats off to sUBs and the other volunteers at Bleeping Computer who help a lot of people remove viruses for free. After you run it some of your programs might not work until you reboot. Combofix turns off programs (viruses are programs) just until it can remove the malware. After you reboot everything will go back to normal.

    Cons

    It doesn't yet work on Windows 8.

    Summary

    It has saved many a computer from being reformatted.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Works great when used properly!"

    November 27, 2013  |   By PureGNS

    Version: Combofix

    Pros

    When downloaded from BleepingComputer ONLY it will run as it was designed to do. Always refrain from downloading software from any 3rd party links.
    I have used this program for years now on to many computers to count from personal to professional.

    Cons

    You must follow directions, and save vital information before running any software like this. People need to use common sense is all, and simply downloading a program and ignoring what others have already stated is ignorance only.

    Summary

    When used as designed it is a great lifesaver for many that want to keep their current setup as is minus the slow issues from possible malware/spyware/hijackers/etc......

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  • 1.0 stars

    "DO NOT USE THIS "PRODUCT" !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

    October 29, 2013  |   By Leatherider_too

    Version: Combofix

    Pros

    Easy download

    Cons

    Combofix will:

    1. Destroy all of your settings,

    2. Shut down your Clipboard,

    3. Delete the settings for and make inoperative your System Restore feature (you can't even access the feature console),

    4. Lock other protective software such as System Protector (Systweak), Malwarebytes, the spyware feature of Advanced System Optimizer -- all three of which are Microsoft Gold Certified --

    5. Your Microsoft Computer Management Console will become inoperative.

    6. Make your Taskbar inoperative except for Quickstart and the clock . . . .

    And this is just what I've discovered so far . . .

    Summary

    MALWARE, SPYWARE !!!! AND WHO KNOWS WHAT ELSE.

    A PIECE OF CRAP THAT CNET SHOULD BE ASHAMED TO RATE "EXCELLENT"

    Updated on Nov 3, 2013

    HERE IS A POTENTIAL FIX:

    Took a lot of searching and analysis, but here is the fix for XP USERS (don't know if it works for later Windows versions):

    What Combofix does is delete data instructions from the XP Registry and in effect shuts down the Remote Procedure Call. I don't claim to be an e-geek, but the RPC is sort of a server through which many functions must pass in order for your PC to operate correctly. The initial information I dredged up (not from Microsoft.com which was virtually useless) is from Here:

    http://www.blackviper.com/2002/10/28/i-disabled-remote-procedure-call-before-i-read-your-advice-and-my-computer-is-broke-what-do-i-do/

    wherein the author instructs the user in the following manner:

    "Boot into safe mode and install this registry patch. It will place RPC service back into automatic. After applying the registry fix, you should be able to boot normally.

    This file contains only the "Start" key:

    Go to FIRST REPLY . . .

    Updated on Nov 3, 2013

    The "RpcSs" service, this information is applied:
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\RpcSs]
    "Start"=dword:00000002

    Download File Name:
    RpcRepair.zip ~ 288 bytes ~ Version .01 ~ October 28, 2002

    If this does not fix the problem, you can attempt to reinstall Windows on top of the old installation. This usually repairs the OS, but keeps user data still accessible. However, I do not support such actions for obvious reasons and you will need to reapply all patches, driver updates and service packs.

    Anything on this page is offered with zero guarantee. Back up everything vital."

    This didn't work in my case but gave me an idea. I have an older Toshiba laptop that runs XP (not the Media Center I have on here) so with nothing to lose I opened the RpsSs there. It was full of instructions that simply didn't exist on the Media Center. A bit of Copy and Paste later and VOILA!! The Media Center came back to life!

    MORE

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Works and works well."

    October 1, 2013  |   By Fudd123

    Version: Combofix

    Pros

    Easy to use and thorough.

    Cons

    It didn't come with cake.

    Summary

    Gave such relief (again). I'm pretty sloppy when it comes to security. Put bluntly, I dont use any because 99 times out of 100 the security software causes more headaches than malware.

    But theres eventually always that one time. So I do run some big name anti-malware. Combofix always finds and kills what my antimalware doesnt. It saves me from trying to manually hunt down the problem, usually severe, arcane ones and is my 'magic bullet' "big gun' when I am up against malware that's above my skill to remove otherwise.

    I dont really know what it is or how it works, I just know it works better than anything else Ive used. And I am very grateful. Thank you, sUBs.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Good and Bad!"

    August 30, 2013  |   By jclemet

    Version: Combofix

    Pros

    Seems to have helped remove unwelcome files.

    Cons

    Did not eliminate the problem! Bad guys still on my computer. Using Windows and various permissions to track them down.... Did not keep me informed of progress other than a few numbers.

    Summary

    Overall, I don't think Combofix is that great.

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