Combofix leaving a "boot" folder on the root

Posted on 2012-08-16
Last Modified: 2013-11-22
I have noticed several times after running combofix it leave a "boot" folder on the root of the boot drive.  I can't find out much about it other then maybe it being there as a result of combofix cleaning a boot sector virus. I know you can't remove it or the computer won't boot :)

   The "Boot" folder is not a standard XP folder. It is sitting on the root not hidden. My fear is someone is going to delete it and all hell will break lose. Did Combofix put that folder there? Why? How can you safely remove it?
Question by:jimbecher
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    by:Lior Karasenti
    I ran Combofix hundreds times and never saw this folder.. I saw ComboFix folder once.
    This folder is empty or he have files inside (hidden or not)?

    You can try rename the folder on not important workstation and if you have problem booting
    then just boot into Live CD and rename it back

    You can also try Download a fresh copy of ComboFix and save it to your Desktop.

    Click Start > Run and type in the run dialog box: %userprofile%\Desktop\combofix /uninstall

    and see if the folder still there
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    Been there done that. It does appear to be created by Combofix. You can google it and determine that. It always, without fail, leaves a combofix folder. The boot folder does have a few files in it.

       I always download a fresh copy of combofix before running it and /uninstall when finished. The /uninstall option option does not remove the boot folder. If I rename it or delete it the computer will not boot. Yes I can get the computer to boot using UBCD4WIN but I have to go back to the original question.

    Did Combofix put that folder there? Why? How can you safely remove it?
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