Trend Micro HijackThis

Trend Micro HijackThis

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

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    2.0.4
  • Total Downloads:
    12,368,038
  • Date Added:
    Apr. 21, 2010
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    379.5KB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    6,330
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:
    #6 in Anti-Spyware

Editors' Review

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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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User Reviews
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  • Current Version

    3.8

    out of 18 votes

    • 5 star 4
    • 4 star 10
    • 3 star 2
    • 2 star 0
    • 1 star 2
  • All Versions

    4.2

    out of 713 votes

    • 5 star 412
    • 4 star 153
    • 3 star 67
    • 2 star 21
    • 1 star 60
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3 stars

"there are many new ones now."

April 19, 2011  |  By maimaimei

 |  Version: Trend Micro HijackThis 2.0.4

Pros

it is good. but Hijackthis has not been updated for a long time. I prefer the Startup manager in 360AMigo now. that one is better than Hijackthis.

Cons

missed some new things.

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4 stars

"detect's a whole bunch of malicious stuff on your PC"

April 06, 2011  |  By security970-

 |  Version: Trend Micro HijackThis 2.0.4

Pros

it has a massive detection and removal performance. very user friendly( a 7 year old would know what to do).

Cons

sometimes can detect stuff that you dont want it to detect.

Summary

good malicious stuff remover

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4 stars

"very useful utility"

March 10, 2011  |  By macgregor46

 |  Version: Trend Micro HijackThis 2.0.4

Pros

good and useful

Cons

can't fault it

Summary

worth having

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1 stars

"JUNK JUNK J"

February 25, 2011  |  By john3347

 |  Version: Trend Micro HijackThis 2.0.4

Pros

None that I could find

Cons

Would not run on my Windows 7 computer.

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4 stars

"works good"

February 04, 2011  |  By sdragon66

 |  Version: Trend Micro HijackThis 2.0.4

Pros

free fast install was fast

Cons

needs to be more clear on what needs fixed

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4 stars

"Great program to see what's running and more."

January 30, 2011  |  By pfberger

 |  Version: Trend Micro HijackThis 2.0.4

Pros

Small program, easy to install and use.

Cons

Hard to read for the novice.

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5 stars

"Needed only when needed"

January 30, 2011  |  By TeoJhso

 |  Version: Trend Micro HijackThis 2.0.4

Pros

Great way to get info

Cons

None to report

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5 stars

"Very fast and effective program."

January 18, 2011  |  By babybearmike

 |  Version: Trend Micro HijackThis 2.0.4

Pros

Its fast and it seems to find everything bad so I can deal with it.

Cons

It would be nice to have an expanded version that gives more information about the bad stuff, possibly even suggesting what to remove based on its assessment of the other programs installed on the computer... or something like that.

Summary

I appreciated the speed with which it works, the fact that every time I use it and correct what appear to be problems, it works for me. The online tutorial links to help me choose what to fix are very informative, and full of the nesessary resources. Whats the bottom line you ask, the bottom line is that you have a great thing going here, good luck trumping it, it'll be difficult.

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4 stars

"Be Careful"

January 15, 2011  |  By Ollie7018

 |  Version: Trend Micro HijackThis 2.0.4

Pros

Really digs into you registry and browser history. Just be careful and check for information on anything you are thinking about removing. Works quickly and easily.

Cons

Have to check each item to be sure of its safetyness.

Summary

Great to use, but you have to know what you are doing. NOt for the3 timid and beginner computer user.

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5 stars

"Works great when all else fails"

January 14, 2011  |  By HiRam_LoRam

 |  Version: Trend Micro HijackThis 2.0.4

Pros

This program will root out hijackers that all other programs miss. I tried 5 other anti-virus and anti-malware program - none of them worked. Hijack This FINALLY found the problem and allowed me to get rid of it.

Cons

This program is not easy to use. It's not an automated system like AVG or Ad-Aware. All it does is list all the registry keys that have anything to do with browsers. It's up to you to figure out if they are supposed to be there or not.

Summary

This program is only useful to the advanced user. None of this will make any sense to a beginner. However, to an advanced user it's VERY useful. Hijackers can make browsing the Internet almost impossible, and can be a nightmare to get rid of. Use this program when all else fails - but ONLY when all else fails. Try the automated programs first.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 2.0.4
Version 2.0.4:
  • Fixed parser issues on winlogon notify
  • Fixed issues to handle certain environment variables
  • Rename HJT generates complete scan log
General
Publisher Trend Micro
Publisher web site http://www.trendmicro.com
Release Date April 21, 2010
Date Added April 21, 2010
Version 2.0.4
Category
Category Security Software
Subcategory Anti-Spyware
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows Me, Windows 98, Windows NT, Windows XP, Windows 2000, Windows 95, Windows
Additional Requirements
Download Information
File Size 379.5KB
File Name HijackThis.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 12,368,038
Downloads Last Week 6,330
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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