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ComboFix is a program, created by sUBs, 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 the most common and current malware, ComboFix also displays a report that can be used by trained helpers to remove malware that is not automatically removed by the program.
The program is designed for advanced users, system administrators and computer technicians; it is not to be used by beginners, because it can cause serious damage to your computer, to the point where the system can become unbootable. In other words, Combofix can return the best and furthermore, the safest results only if in the right hands.
Although it performs such a complex task and should be handled with the utmost care, it isn’t difficult to accommodate it on the system. In addition, it creates a backup of the registry, as well as a system restore point, in case crashes occur.
Please note that during the scan / cleaning process, Combofix deletes files from three locations, namely Recycle Bin, Temporary Internet Files and the Temp Folder; a wise move would be to backup this type of data before you run the application.
The scan process takes about ten minutes if infections are minor, but may extend to a much larger time frame if the computer is populated with severe threats. One of the greatest advantages of Combofix is its ability to detect combinations of common spyware and malware threats, leaving your computer clean from the first run.
Normally, the infections are cleaned automatically; however, if it turns out that the threats can’t be cleaned with Combofix, advanced users can study the log file that holds information about each malware item and attempt a manual removal with a different utility.
All of the above considered, this is a program that may save your computer from infections faster than similar software, because of its speedy algorithms. On the other hand, it’s got written ‘Handle with extra care’ all over it.
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.