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Editors' Review

by   / November 09, 2008

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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Full Specifications

What's new in version 2.0.5 beta

  • Fixed "No internet connection available" when pressing the button Analyze This
  • Fixed the link of update website, now send you to projects
  • Fixed left-right scrollbar when in safe mode or low screen resolution


Publisher Trend Micro
Publisher web site
Release Date May 09, 2014
Date Added July 21, 2014
Version 2.0.5 beta


Category Security Software
Subcategory Anti-Spyware

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Windows 98/Me/2000/XP/Vista/7
Additional Requirements

Download Information

File Size 379.5KB
File Name HijackThis.exe


Total Downloads 12,715,980
Downloads Last Week 98


License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free
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