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Does anyone use HiJack this anymore?


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#1 koooba

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Posted 20 September 2014 - 08:07 AM

As the title asks, anyone still use it?

 

Or are all the "killer" tools, rogue, adw, JWT, etc, the way to do things today?

Was just curious about HJT, since it doesn't seem to be thrown around in discussions anymore - so it seems.

 

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Posted 20 September 2014 - 04:55 PM

Why we no longer ask for HijackThis logs... 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 As such, HijackThis has been replaced by other preferred tools like DDS, OTL, Zoek and RSIT that provide comprehensive logs with specific details about more areas of a computer's system, files, folders and registry keys which may have been modified by malware infection.

Unless you know how to read and analyze logs from DDS, OTL, Zoek or RSIT there's no point in downloading and using them. If those tools are needed for a malware infection you should seek assistance from an expert who will advise you accordingly. Like HijackThis, these are powerful tools which rely on trained experts to interpret the log entries, determine what needs to be fixed and plan a strategy for disinfection. Using such tools requires advanced knowledge about the Windows Operating System and can cause system damage if used incorrectly. If you do not have advanced knowledge about computers or training in the use of these tools, you should NOT attempt to use them or fix anything without consulting a expert as to what to fix.
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Posted 23 September 2014 - 09:39 AM

Only if I am really desperate. I personally found if I can't fix it with Malwarebytes (I don't use anything but that for cleaning a customer's PC) well also CCleaner then it's a rebuild. If the Hijack virus is on it, I refuse to clean. I only format for the Hijack virus. 


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Posted 23 September 2014 - 09:49 AM

If you can't fix with Malwarebytes, then I doubt HijackThis is going to be of much use.
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Posted 23 September 2014 - 09:50 AM

I have pulled miracles out of you know what in the past. But that was before a virus became main stream. Lucky I guess. 


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Posted 23 September 2014 - 10:05 AM

There are also malicious worms, backdoor Trojans, IRCBots, Botnets, and rootkits.
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Posted 24 September 2014 - 01:02 PM

There are also malicious worms, backdoor Trojans, IRCBots, Botnets, and rootkits.

True. It's a never ending battle. But for the most part I been successful. The only two that really got me to the point I had to format were:

1. Cryptovirus - nasty one

2. The one that plays music, radio stations, and so on

Short of that I been successful. I remember one time I was doing something and then this virus hit my work computer hiding all my files on me. I just laughed, grabbed lunch, and then fixed it later. I got that one too before it got main stream and was able to figure out how to clean it. A few days later Malwareybytes newer definitions had the code to remove/clean it. But the fix wasn't hard to figure out. 


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Posted 24 September 2014 - 01:13 PM

Glad to hear you have been successful in regards to malware infection. However, the point (subject) of this topic was to inquire if anyone still used HiJackThis to analyze a computer system and generate a log. That question has been addressed.
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