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Beta version 2 of Hijackthis-- (Updated)

Discussion in 'Virus & Other Malware Removal' started by Byteman, Mar 13, 2007.

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  1. Byteman

    Byteman Gone but Never Forgotten Thread Starter

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    ATTENTION- anyone who is using Hijackthis--- As dvk01 has posted below, now we can use this newer version 2 of Hijackthis..... But- read this entire thread, about NOT using this new version when you are infected and your antivirus program alerts you when you try to open the new version....please, do NOT disable your antivirus program just so you can try out this new version, especially when you are working with an infected computer. There is not that much new that it shows.
     
  2. dvk01

    dvk01 Moderator Malware Specialist

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    It is officially released by trend micro so it can be used

    It will be a Beta in the same way that Microsoft antispyware was a Beta for an extended period

    I feel it is perfectly safe to use provided it is put into a permanent folder & the make backups option is enabled ( it is enabled by default)
     
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    Byteman Gone but Never Forgotten Thread Starter

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    Hi and thanks Derek.....seems a shame they didn't give it an automatic Program Files install location like your HJTSetup did....I think you built that, or am I not correct...anyway, my understanding is, this new version does not create a directory....?
     
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    dvk01 Moderator Malware Specialist

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    The new version is a stand alone .exe file so if you use it create a folder called hijackthis eitehr on desktop or in program files and run it from there

    I am speaking to someone at trend & suggesting an installer
     
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    Byteman Gone but Never Forgotten Thread Starter

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    I figured you would be talking to them....

    Have you seen my post about the AVG VB alert it just gave me when I downloaded the new HJT right from TrendMicro website? It's in the Gold shield dungeon thread.
     
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    My AVG Free tells me that a virus was found in The HiJackThis! 2 setup program I got from download.com.
     
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    Byteman Gone but Never Forgotten Thread Starter

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    Hi, Yes, mine did that too this morning upon downloading...it's because of the change in ownership and should be fixed soon. It's not a virus....the antivirus programs don't see anything but what is in Hijackthis' scripts, so they alert in an effort to protect you. There is nothing dangerous in HJT.

    In the meantime, if you use AVG or any antivirus program that alerts, and you cannot use the version 2, use the older 1.99.


    I just took the tip from Mosaic1, disabled AVG Resident protection and Hijackthis opened up nicely.

    I'm not in favor of posting the steps, as way too many will be disabling AVG, just to play with Hijackthis and get in worse trouble. For those of you who know that they need to run Hijackthis 2 for some other reason, are NOT NOW infected nor working on a malware issue, then if you disable Resident protection, HJT will work. Remember to re-enable your antivirus program.

    I advise anyone infected and needing their antivirus program working NOT to disable it during the fixing, just to see what is "new" in HJT 2.... the older version should do fine. Only try to use the newer version if a qualified helper says you need to, if running ver. 2 depends on disabling your antivirus program...
     
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    I don't see any reason to use this new version unless you have some specific reason to do so. As of this moment the general concensus of most experts is that we are not using it yet unless it is necessary for some reason. Until it has been discussed further, we are not recommending the use of HJT 2.
     
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    OK. I normally upgrade ASAP because I assume there's been good updates, security revisions, etc.
     
  11. dvk01

    dvk01 Moderator Malware Specialist

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    There are probably only half a dozen fairly common infections that the new version of HJT shows entries for that 1.99.1 doesn't show

    in almost all of them we use other tools rather than HJT to fix anyway so the new version isn't showing anything we wouldn't look for with other tools anyway

    Just to clarify current thinking:

    We see no good reason to rush out & download HJT v 2.0 & use it instead of 1.99.1 at the moment however we will not tell you not to use it but I personally would prefer you to continue to use 1.99.1 and will only ask for a 2.0 log in a very few cases.

    There are still bugs in V2 that also existed in 1.99.1 and they don't appear to have been fully fixed ( missing files entries when the files do exist) so caution is advised with it as would be with any new version until a lot of testing has been done
     
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