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A Tutorial on Using ComboFix

A Tutorial on Using ComboFix

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A guide and tutorial on using ComboFix
BleepingComputer.com-> A guide and tutorial on using ComboFix
How to use ComboFix
Table of Contents
ComboFix is a program, created by
, that scans your computer for known malware, and when found,attempts to clean these infections automatically. In addition to being able to remove a large amount of themost common and current malware, ComboFix also displays a log when it is finished that contains a great dealof information that an experienced helper can use to diagnose, retrieve samples of, and remove infections thatare not automatically removed.Due to the power of this tool it is
strongly advised
that you do not attempt to act upon any of theinformation displayed by ComboFix without supervision from someone who has been properly trained. If youdo so, it may lead to problems with the normal functionality of your computer.Please note that this guide is the only authorized guide for the use of ComboFix and cannot be copied withoutpermissions from BleepingComputer.com and sUBs. It is also understood that the use of ComboFix is done atyour own risk.For those who wish to help finance the authors work, he is accepting contributions via Paypal. You cancontribute by clicking on the following image: 
Using ComboFix
The first thing you should do is print out this guide as we will close all the open windows and programs,including your web browser, before starting the ComboFix program.
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A guide and tutorial on using ComboFix
Next you should download ComboFix from one of the following URLs:
To download ComboFix, simply left-click on one of the links above and if you are using Internet Explorer, youwill see a prompt similar to the figure below. 
Download ComboFix Prompt
 Click on the
button and then when it asks you where to save it, make sure you save it directly to yourWindows
. An image showing this is below. 
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Downloading ComboFix to the Desktop
 When you have the Save as screen configured to save ComboFix.exe to the Desktop, click on the
 button. ComboFix will now start downloading to your computer. If you are on a dialup, this may take a fewminutes. When ComboFix has finished downloading you will now see an icon on your desktop similar to theone below. 
ComboFix Icon
For now, do not start ComboFix as there are a few more steps that need to be done first.You should now install the Windows Recovery Console. The Windows recovery console will allow you to bootup into a special recovery mode that allows us to help you in the case that your computer has a problem afteran attempted removal of malware. If you use Windows XP and have a Windows CD, then you can follow the
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