Question about Hijackthis

Discussion in 'other security issues & news' started by Albinoni, May 16, 2008.

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  1. Albinoni

    Albinoni Registered Member

    Feb 17, 2005
    Perth, Western Australia
    I've seen this small but powerful piece of software mentioned quite often on different security sites and I would really like to learn on how to use it more. Can this be a powerful tool if used correctly ? Also as I am aware HT is not a antivirus scanning program or does not contain any AV engines in it.

    Further Q's:

    1. Does HT scan for Malware, Trojans, Viruses etc or just purely Malware ?

    2. I know in HT you can create a log file and save it to notepad, once saved
    can you actually scan that notepad with your AV software eg NOD32 or
    what ever.

    3. Any good simple sites that show how to use HT ?

    4. Does HT actually scan the whole C drive ? Just seems the scan is very

    5. This might sound stupid but can you intergrate HT with your AV ?
  2. WSFuser

    WSFuser Registered Member

    Oct 7, 2004
    1. HT doesnt scan for malware. It creates a log of various items like startup locations and certain registry entries.

    2. You dont scan the log.

    4. HT scans certain locations only.

    5. No.
  3. Vietnam Vet

    Vietnam Vet Registered Member

    Feb 9, 2002
    I am not sure that a simple site would be the way to go.
    The following link is for a detailed tutorial on HijackThis. Do not overlook the warnings and conclusion on using HijackThis.

    Best wishes,
  4. ErikAlbert

    ErikAlbert Registered Member

    Jun 16, 2005
    At SWI forum, there was a bootcamp, where you could learn how to read and interprete a HJT Log in order to become a qualified helper at SWI.
    I don't know if this bootcamp still exists, but I had no time to learn this and I was too less-knowledgeable also.
    It wasn't easy and you need to know alot of other things as background information. Solving HJT Logs is also very addictive like crossword puzzles and I didn't want to end up like that.

    I prefer to learn how to keep my computer malware-free instead of removing malware. After all removing malware is a waste of time and a negative activity, unless it's your job or hobby.
    I avoid any contact with malware as much as possible.
  5. 19monty64

    19monty64 Registered Member

    Apr 10, 2006
    Nunya, BZ
    Yes, it still exists...
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