Fixing Settings Reported by HijackThis

This section provides a tutorial example on how to select settings listed in HijackThis scan report and request HijackThis to fix them.

While reviewing the HijackThis scan report, if you see entries that are not legitimate, or not wanted, you can fix them by asking HijackThis to remove these settings or restore system default settings.

1. Double click "C:\local\HijackThis\HijackThis.exe". You will see HijackThis started with its main menu:

2. Click the "Do a system scan" button. You will see the scan report display in the HijackThis windows.

3. Check the checkbox for each entries that are not legitimate, or not wanted. For example, I checked the following entries:

R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Page_U...
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Search...
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Page = ...
R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Search,SearchAssist...
R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Search,CustomizeSea...
O2 - BHO: Windows Live ID Sign-in Helper - {9030D464-4C02-4ABF-8EC...
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Zune Launcher] "C:\Program Files\Zune\ZuneLaunc...
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [SunJavaUpdateSched] "C:\Program Files\Common Fi...
O4 - Startup: OpenOffice.org 3.2.lnk = C:\Program Files\OpenOffice...
O23 - Service: Adobe Flash Player Update Service (AdobeFlashPlayer...
O23 - Service: Google Update Service (gupdate) (gupdate) - Google ...
O23 - Service: Google Update Service (gupdatem) (gupdatem) - Googl...
O23 - Service: Skype Updater (SkypeUpdate) - Skype Technologies - ...
O23 - Service: Yahoo! Updater (YahooAUService) - Yahoo! Inc. - C:\...
...

4. Click the "Fix checked" button.

5. Click the "Yes button to confirm that you want to fix selected entries. HijackThis will try to remove selected settings if they were not in the default system, or restore system default settings.

The picture below shows entries in the HijackThis scan report selected to be fixed:
HijackThis Fixing Checked Report Entries

Last update: 2013.

Table of Contents

 About This Windows Security Book

 Windows 8: System Security Review

 Windows 8: System Security Protection

 Windows 8 System Recovery

 Windows 8 Defender for Real-Time Protection

 Windows 7: System Security Review

 Windows 7: System Security Protection

 Windows 7 System Recovery

 Windows 7 Forefront Client Security

 Norton Power Eraser - Anti-Virus Scan Tool

 McAfee Virus and Malware Protection Tools

 Spybot - Spyware Blocker, Detection and Removal

 Keeping Firefox Secure

 Keeping IE (Internet Explorer) Secure

 Malware (Adware, Spyware, Trojan, Worm, and Virus)

HijackThis - Browser Hijacker Diagnosis Tool

 Downloading and Installing HijackThis

 Scan Report Generated by HijackThis

 HijackThis Log File Entry Types

 Building "ignorelist" for HijackThis

Fixing Settings Reported by HijackThis

 Generating Startup Program List by HijackThis

 Listing Processes and DLL Files with HijackThis

 Listing Installed Programs with HijackThis

 HijackThis Configuration Settings

 IE Add-on Program Listing and Removal

 "Conduit Search" - Malware Detection and Removal

 "Tube Dimmer", "Scorpion Saver" or "Adpeak" Malware

 Malware Manual Removal Experience

 Vundo (VirtuMonde/VirtuMundo) - vtsts.dll Removal

 Trojan and Malware "Puper" Description and Removal

 VSToolbar (VSAdd-in.dll) - Description and Removal

 PWS (Password Stealer) Trojan Infection Removal

 MS08-001 Vulnerability on Windows Systems

 Antivirus System PRO

 References

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