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#1 Jaybird934

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Posted 26 January 2009 - 04:59 PM

As someone new to the world of Vista, I'm having problems getting HJT version 2.0.2 to clear a few 02 and 04 entries from my mom's semi-new laptop. I'm relatively sure she's not infected, I'm just cleaning up entries that I don't want running all the time. BUT, for whatever reason HJT entries I clear and hit "fix checked" always Reappear on the next scan. I've never had this problem before...is there something I must do in Vista to get this to work?

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Posted 26 January 2009 - 06:45 PM

This is one of the reasons that HiJackThis should only be used under the supervision of an experience malware removal team member.
HiJackThis is not intended as a cleanup utility, and will give strange results on occasion when it's used as such.

For cleaning up startup entries a much more efficient program is the free Autoruns available here: http://www.microsoft.com/technet/sysintern...s/Autoruns.mspx

This won't cure all of the problems that you're experiencing, but a bit of research (Google is a great tool) on these re-appearing programs will show you that there are other things starting that are regenerating them.
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Posted 26 January 2009 - 09:36 PM

Thanks for your response usasma. Before I was able to answer my own question, I followed your advice and got the autoruns program, which I actually really liked. Whether HJT was intended as a cleanup utility or not, I've never had any problem using it to remove registry entries for legit programs in the past (on XP). I assume (without 100 percent confidence) that autoruns does the exact same thing....namely, delete the run or runonce registry entry that launches many programs (plus a whole lot more).

Long story short, in order to do this in Vista....HJT must be right clicked and "run as administrator"....or it won't work. This is also true of many other programs in Vista...which I didn't know. Of course, you do need to know what you're doing....or the consequences of removing a specific entry may be....but assuming you do, this works like a charm.

thanks again as I really like the program you suggested and will definitely keep it as well, JB




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