Windows Security Tutorials - Herong's Tutorial Examples - Version 3.00, by Dr. Herong Yang
Downloading and Installing HijackThis
This section provides a tutorial example on how to download and install 'HijackThis', which is very popular open source diagnosis tool to list programs at browser hijacking locations on Windows systems.
What Is HijackThis? HijackThis is a very popular open source diagnosis tool to list all programs currently installed at various browser hijacking locations on Windows systems. HijackThis was originally created by Merijn Bellekom, and now is maintained as a SourceForge project.
Here is how HijackThis is described at SourceForge site, http://sourceforge.net/projects/hjt/:
"HijackThis is a free utility that generates an in depth report of registry and file settings from your computer. HijackThis makes no separation between safe and unsafe settings in its scan results giving you the ability to selectively remove items from your machine. In addition to this scan and remove capability HijackThis comes with several tools useful in manually removing malware from a computer."
The latest version HijackThis 2.0.4 works on both Windows 7 and 8 systems.
Here is what I did to download and install the current version of HijackThis on my Windows 7 system:
1. Go to http://sourceforge.net/projects/hjt/ and click the "Files" menu.
2. Click to open the "2.0.4" folder
3. Click "HijackThis.exe" to download and save "HijackThis.exe" to the C:\local\HijackThis folder. The downloaded file should have 388,608 bytes.
4. Double click "C:\local\HijackThis\HijackThis.exe".
You will see HijackThis started with its main menu:
Last update: 2013.
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