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What is "HiJack This" ???

Discussion in 'Virus & Other Malware Removal' started by Old Bob, Feb 16, 2007.

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  1. Old Bob

    Old Bob Thread Starter

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    This is for MY education.

    I understood that "HiJack This" was originally written for troubleshooting Internet Explorer, when the home page was high jacked.

    These days, it appears to be used for, troubleshooting virus, worms, dialers, etc on VARIOUS browsers including IE, Firefox, Opera, etc.

    What's the story.
     
  2. Cheeseball81

    Cheeseball81 Retired Moderator

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    It is a utility that produces a listing of certain settings found in your computer. It will scan your registry and various other files for entries that are similar to what a Spyware or Hijacker program would leave behind. Hijackthis is not a removal and repair tool. It is an ennumerator, designed to show the entries in specific locations of the windows registry and system files so that a trained analyst or someone otherwise familiar with malware identification can recognize and identify problems and plan out a treatment process.
     
  3. Old Bob

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    Cheeseball,

    Thanks for response, not sure what you mean by "...produces a list of certain settings...".

    Appears that HJT is being used for a lot more then it was originally intended, does it give accurate readings with a Firefox browser ???
     
  4. Cheeseball81

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    Registry settings I guess would be more precise.
    I would assume it does.
     
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