HijackThis examines certain key areas of the Registry and Hard Drive and lists their contents. These are areas which are used by both legitimate programmers and hijackers. Some items are perfectly fine. You should not remove them. Never remove everything. Doing that could leave you with missing items needed to run legitimate programs and add-ins. This Page will help you work with the Experts to clean up your system.
HijackThis - QuickStart
Many people download and run HijackThis after visiting a Computer Tech Help Forum. This section is designed to help you produce a log, post the log at that Forum and finally remove the items as directed by the Member helping you. This involves no analysis of the list contents by you. That will be done by the Help Forum Staff. It is a Quick Start.
If you have run any malware removal software (Ad-aware, AVG, Antispyware, SuperAntiSpyware…), please reboot before scanning. 1. If you have not already done so download and install HijackThis from What the Tech:
Simply download to your desktop or other convenient location, and run HJTSetup.exe to install. Once installed open HijackThis by clicking Start -> Program Files -> HijackThis.
This is how HijackThis looks when first opened: 1. Click the button labeled Do a system scan and save a logfile.
2. HijackThis will quickly scan your system, and then open two new windows. The results of the HijackThis scan, and hijackthis.log in Notepad. Save hijackthis.log. By default it will be saved to C:\HijackThis, or you can chose “Save As…”, and save to another location.
If you’re receiving help online, hijackthis.log contains the info that’s required to receive analysis and assistance. It’s usually posted with your first topic on a forum, along with a description of your problem(s). Highlight the entire contents. Copy and paste the contents into your post. DO NOT fix anything. Wait for help.
Note #1: It’s very important to post as much information as possible, and not just your HJT log. This will increase your chances of receiving a timley reply.
Note #2: The majority of infections can be removed using free tools, and don’t require a hijackthis log analysis. TechArena have a nice guide on malware cleaning.