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#1 MJB1066

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Posted 06 May 2006 - 12:11 PM

Has anyone ever used this before?

http://hjt.networktechs.com/

Just wondering how effective it is.

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Posted 06 May 2006 - 01:09 PM

In my opinion those kinds of sites have little value. First, they are only as good as the information that has been fed into them by visitors. And second, what do you do with the info you receive from those sites?

You should never attempt to fix anything using HijackThis, until someone who is experienced at reading the log outputs, has a chance to review it. Fixing the wrong items can make a computer unbootable.

Spaces, extra characters, spelling, file location, plus numerous other subtle changes, all make the difference between a good, or bad, file entry.

HijackThis is an ennumerator. It lists what is found in certain areas of the registry, or system files, in an easily accessible manner, so that those familiar with the use and reading of HijackThis logs, and windows programs, can determine what is infecting the machine, and how to remove it.

It is not a removal tool. It will indeed remove the entries listed, but that does not cure the underlying problem. The problem must be properly identified first, and cured, prior to removing the entries with HJT.
Otherwise you leave the infection, and remove the keys which are needed to identify and remove it .

Removing entries in HJT before the problem is properly identified, and correct removal instructions posted, can make the problem undetectable to other detection and removal tools. Hijack this should only be used to clean up the entries left behind, after you have properly removed the offending program, file, trojan, worm, hijacker etc. And this usually requires help.

Edited by Albert Frankenstein, 06 May 2006 - 01:12 PM.

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Posted 06 May 2006 - 05:09 PM

I have to agree with Albert Frankenstein.

Online HijackThis analyzers DO NOT always identify all the malware or all the files properly. They sometimes list legitimate files as bad and bad files as legitimate. Although these sites are open to the public, the user needs to know what they are doing and how to research the displayed log entries before using the original HijackThis application to fix anything.

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 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 experts to interpret the log entries and determine what needs to be fixed.

If you do not have advanced knowledge about computers you should NOT fix anything using HijackThis based on information provided in any of the HJT online analyzers without consulting a expert as to what to fix. If you choose to fix anything by yourself, you do so at your own risk.
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Posted 10 May 2006 - 07:52 AM

Please read and follow all instructions in the pinned topic titled Preparation Guide For Use Before Posting A Hijackthis Log.

When you have done that, post a log in the HijackThis Logs and Analysis Forum, not here, for assistance by the HJT Team Experts.

It may take a while to get a response because the HJT Team members are very busy. Please be patient as they are volunteers who will help you out as soon as possible. Once you have made your post, please DO NOT make another reply until it has been responded to by a member of the HJT Team. Generally the staff checks the forum for postings that have no replies as this makes it easier for them to identify those who have not been helped. If you post another response, a team member, looking for a new log to work may assume another HJT Team member is already assisting you and not open the thread to respond.
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Posted 10 May 2006 - 08:30 AM

The HJT log that was originally posted in this topic has been moved. The post was split and placed in a new topic in the HJT Forum.


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