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Running Hijackthis on a new computer


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#1 Urge

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Posted 28 August 2010 - 05:24 PM

Right after you install a new OS and programs and do everything to setup your computer is it worthwhile to do a Hijackthis scan and save the logfile for comparison?

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Posted 28 August 2010 - 10:48 PM

HijackThis only scans certain areas of a computer's system/registry to help diagnose the presence of undetected malware in known hiding places. Given the sophistication of malware hiding techniques used by attackers in today's environment, Hijackthis is limited in its ability to detect infection and generate a report outside these known hiding places. This limitation has made its usefulness nearly obsolete since a HijackThis log cannot reveal all the malware residing on a computer. As such, HijackThis has been replaced by other preferred tools like DDS, OTL and RSIT which provide comprehensive logs with specific details about more areas of a computer's system, files, folders and registry keys.
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Posted 29 August 2010 - 05:58 PM

quietman7 wrote...

HijackThis has been replaced by other preferred tools like DDS, OTL and RSIT which provide comprehensive logs with specific details about more areas of a computer's system, files, folders and registry keys.


So, would it be a good idea to run these and save the log files for comparison?

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Posted 29 August 2010 - 08:44 PM

Do you know how to interpret the logs any of these tools will create? If not, they are not going to be of much use to you. Most of the entries that show are legitimate and the logs will constantly change as you add/remove software, perform updates and make changes to your system. Besides, these tools were all created for the use of experts who help others with malware removal and they should be the ones to instruct you when to run any of them.
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Posted 30 August 2010 - 01:03 AM

Do you know how to interpret the logs any of these tools will create? If not, they are not going to be of much use to you. Most of the entries that show are legitimate and the logs will constantly change as you add/remove software, perform updates and make changes to your system. Besides, these tools were all created for the use of experts who help others with malware removal and they should be the ones to instruct you when to run any of them.


Hijackthis does come with an explanation for each type of entry in the logs it creates. Any beginner could read these and compare what they have later on, and then ask questions accordingly.

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Posted 30 August 2010 - 07:16 AM

Did you read my reply in Post #2? HijackThis is outdated and not much use in today's environment.
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