Excellent question T_chet. I've been wondering myself. In fact, being the supergeek that I am....I started trying to take a log or two that have already been diagnosed to see if I could reach similar conclusions. When in the past I'd attempt to help family and friends with their computer problems, if installing virus protection
(sad, I know), ad-aware, spybot, windows updates, searching b-boards and symantec, etc, did not remove the problem, I was in trouble. Now I have these boards. But, I want to do it too!!!! At this point I'm trying to gauge how much I'd have to learn so that I could help out. I'm already starting to see patterns in the logs, as was referred to in this thread. This is unfortunately leading me only to more questions.
For example, is there a document of some kind you send to "HJT log reader trainees" that explains what all the tools (LSfix, CWSshredder, Killbox, Findit, etc.) available to assist you are?? ...and when to use them? ...or what preferred reference sites are used?? (like, startup.iamnotageek.com/ Vs. others that do the same thing)
Also, I had already noticed that the automated HJT log analyzer I found seemed not always to be correct. It was advising this random log I copy/pasted in there to remove a couple fairly important lines, I thought. Perhaps mistakenly, I figured this tool could still be useful if the reverse were not also true....that is, it IS always right when it says something is SAFE. This way, I could copy a log to a txt file....and begin by removing the lines it says are safe....then analyze the remaining lines in greater detail. Flawed plan?
Sorry about all the questions. I don't deal well with uncertainty...personal problem. Maybe there is a thread for that? ...like, support group or something? I think this site can be the best tool a home computer user has for finding information about how to do/fix anything PC related. Living in a rural small town where people often turn to me with computer related questions, I appreciate this more.