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Solved: ComboFix vs. Registry Cleaners

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Jason08, Jun 2, 2009.

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Which is the better of the 2 to use anytime/fix up the PC

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  1. Jason08

    Jason08 Thread Starter

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    I was thinking, the general user should just not use either one, but which would be the "better" to just pick up and start using? (Not like I'm going to do so, but just out of curiosity.) I'm thinking Registry Cleaners.
     
  2. Jack Hackett

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    There are two totally different things, cant see how you can compare them and have a poll.
     
  3. Rich-M

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    Exactly one is for cleaning Vubdo infections and the other is for mutillating your registry.
    They have nothing to do with each other though used without supervision, Combofix will bork your system and make it as unbootable as a registry cleaner will.
     
  4. Jason08

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    I know they are totally different, but from what I've heard, they both can severely mess up the computer.
     
  5. Jack Hackett

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    Combofix is a powerful malware cleaner, you can write specific scripts for it to kill processes , remove folders and files. It can if used properly (preferably with supervision) help cleanse an infected system.

    A registry cleaner does no real good for your system whatsoever and can screw it all up beyond repair.
     
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    As stated, you are comparing apples and oranges.

    Reg Cleaners are NOT for the feint of heart and Combofix should only be run under the direction of a Malware Expert (IE a Gold Shield).

    And yes, both in the wrong hands can mangle your system!
     
  8. Jason08

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    Thanks, but I actually already have Malwarebytes, and I do not have any infections.

    Maybe to resctructer the thread I should say, "When the registry has hundreds of errors and there are serious infections on the computer, to use either if the situation comes up, which is the better of the two, since they both can be dangerous?"
     
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    Don't use any registry cleaner under any circumstance - no matter what it claims to have found or can do.

    As previously advised, Combofix should be used only under the supervision of a yellow shield malware expert who will give you specific instructions.

    If you want to ignore the advice given, then make sure to have a full version XP CD and a CD-R with the device drivers for your computer.

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  10. Jason08

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    I understand, neither should just be picked up and "used", but I guess what I should really ask, which can do more harm to the computer? If I found myself in either situation, I would likely come here for help, but it was out of curiosity, since we don't recommend either initially to fix either problem, which could do more harm/be better for the PC, since they both can do harm.
     
  11. WhitPhil

    WhitPhil Gone but never forgotten Trusted Advisor

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    How long is a piece of string?

    It's a rhetorical question! On some configs, registry cleaners to little OR nominal damage. On others, complete devastation.

    Similarly Combofix. It would depend on the level of infestation.
     
  12. Blackmirror

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    I have resorted to a reg cleaner
    made a restore point first

    In my attempt to install an AV
     
  13. Jason08

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    Ok. Since I guess the answer is "similar", I'm going to mark this solved.
     
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