Trend Micro HijackThis

Trend Micro HijackThis

Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
4.2
out of 713 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
2.0.5 beta
File Size:
379.5KB
Date Added:
July 21, 2014
Price:
Free
Operating Systems:
Windows 98/Me/2000/XP/Vista/7
Total Downloads:
12,343,370
Downloads Last Week:
5,772
Product ranking:
#6 in Anti-Spyware
Additional Requirements:
Not available

Editors' review

If persistent spyware is bogging down your computer, you might need HijackThis. The tiny program examines vulnerable or suspect parts of your system, such as browser helper objects and certain types of Registry keys. Pressing the Scan button generates a log of dozens of items, most of which are just customizations. Don't check off an item and hit the Fix Checked button unless you're sure it's malware. Clicking Info on Selected Item tells you why the entry was flagged as suspicious, but not whether it's actually malware. To find that out, search the Web for that item's name or go straight to a forum, such as SpywareInfo or Computer Cops. Saving the log creates a text document you can post to these forums.

The latest version adds powerful tools to the Config window. The process manager and hosts file editor help you excise virulent infections. The unique ADS Spy tool scans for alternate data streams, which some browser hijackers use to hide from spyware removers. The program still installs into whatever directory in which you unzip the file, which can make it hard to locate. HijackThis is a serious tool for any user who needs to root out a serious infestation, but wield it with caution.

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