Posted 18 October 2007 - 09:58 AM
HijackThis is an advanced tool that requires advanced knowledge about the Windows Operating System. Most of the log entries are required to run a computer and removing essential ones can potentially cause serious damage such as your Internet no longer working or problems with running Windows itself.
HijackThis is an enumerator and similar in some respects to a registry editor program which displays areas of the Windows registry where the majority of malware reside. HijackThis will scan certain areas of your system and then create a log to help diagnose the presence of undetected malware in these known hiding places. It then relies on trained experts to interpret the log entries and determine what needs to be fixed.
a-squared Highjackfree and online analyzers work in a similar manner but rely on the user's ability to interpret the results and determine what needs to be fixed. However, they often provide misleading and/or questionable results. In my experience, they DO NOT always identify all the malware or all the files properly. They sometimes list legitimate files as bad and bad files as legitimate. If you do not have advanced knowledge about computers or training in malware investigation, you should NOT fix anything with these analyzers without consulting a expert as to what to fix.
If you just received assistance from an expert who verified your system as clean, then rely on that person and not on alternative tools.
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