Release Date: August 1, 2004.
HijackThis is an application that scans your system's settings to detect any modifications that are made by installed software or malware components. It's designed to scan your computer and generate a log file with all the detected changes.
The log file is automatically exported as a Notepad file which you can save on your computer.
HijackThis adds a code to it. When you look at the resulting scan list, all the entries are alphabetized according to those applied codes. They correspond to changes that are made to the registry, autoloading entries, browsers and other settings.
Since the applications is unable to differentiate the changes made by clean software from those made by malware components, you need to be very careful which ones you remove.
To help you in this matter and get a better understanding of what the detections means, the application provides you with a detailed explanation for each item in the list.
With HijackThis you also get a series of specialized tools that work great in resolving more delicate issues. Such is ADS Spy scanner, that scans metadata embedded in files. This data is not visible in Windows Explorer and in most cases oblivious to anti-malware scanners, which is not a good sign since malicious code can be hidden inside.
HijackThis is indeed an invaluable tool that helps you make sure that your system maintains stability by reverting unauthorized settings on your computer.
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