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#1 MattV

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Posted 03 September 2008 - 04:41 AM

I have been using HJT for years with Win XP and have never had any problems with it. However, I just bought a new machine and got stuck with :thumbsup: Vista. So I have a couple of questions.

First, will HJT even run under Vista?

Second, are there specific things I should be on the lookout for, as in HJT flagging things as potential problems falsely?

Does anyone know enough about this :flowers: "operating system" to answer the second question?

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#2 m0le

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Posted 03 September 2008 - 08:22 AM

HJT does run under Vista

HJT doesn't flag problems as such, it lists possible areas of the registry where malware could be found. It doesn't work like an antivirus which actively searches for malware using a database.

Because of the way HJT operates there are no false positives.

Hope that answers your questions. :thumbsup:
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Posted 03 September 2008 - 10:30 AM

Because of the way HJT operates there are no false positives.


I do not quite agree with the above statement. HijackThis has always and still produces false positives. The only (File missing) annotations that you can rely on to be accurate are those found accompanying BHOs. All the others are more or less hit-and- miss. When for any reason HJT can not find a file it will show it as missing. Very often the file is present but not in the locations where the tool has been coded to look for it. In other word, do not rush to the "Fix checked" button just because HJT is telling you that a file is missing.
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Posted 03 September 2008 - 12:45 PM

Okay, I forgot about the "file missing" problem on HJT.

But is that a false positive? It's more a programme limitation. After all HJT doesn't actually tell you where the problems are, that's down to the user's interpretation and research.

However, Trevuren was right to point out what I missed.
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