HijackThis Reader Software

By fastco
Feb 12, 2008
  1. Description: (Link to software at the bottom)
    HijackReader is a free program which reads HijackThis log files and tries to give advice on what to fix. It is based on Merijn's tutorial on the subject, and automatically searches in Pacman's startup list as well as Tony Klein's Browser Helper Object (BHO) list.

    It's main features are:

    Automatically reads HijackThis logs
    Gives advice on what to fix
    Can output the report to text (txt) or web (html) format
    The web report includes a link, for quick Google searching, based on the object in question
    Requires no installation or DLL files. Does not write any settings to the registry or create any files, unless the user wants it to
    Completely portable. Can be run from a USB-flash drive, CD, etc.
    No internet connection required (unless you want to check things using the Google function)
    Add your own recommendations (since version 1.02)

    Limitations and bugs
    This is a beta version, so it may still contain some bugs. It cannot yet be regarded as a full HijackThis log reader. HijackReader relies mostly on the following sources:
    - Pacman's Startup List
    - Tony Klein's BHO List

    HijackThis Reader Software HERE
  2. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 11,138   +985

    use with caution: it's beta software and running it on a clean system, there are
    a LOT of false positives. (ie suggestions to delete)
  3. Bobbye

    Bobbye Helper on the Fringe Posts: 16,334   +36

    I also suggest caution in interpreting the hijkackthis log. And I would not suggest using any Beta program to do it!

    The log has many entries. Most of the time, most of those entries are harmless. The average user, however, can't interpret the differences between malware, acceptable entries and just plain excess entries that can be safely removed.

    The HijackThis program itself is only suggested for the Advanced user or, in the case of virus/malware cleaning as recommended on this site, where knowledgeable people will interpret the log files.
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