The security software HijackThis (HJT) checks Windows computers for software threats such as Trojans, spyware, and other malware that have tampered with or changed Windows operating system settings, and displays the result in a log file with registry and file system entries that can then be manually removed.
Heuristic antivirus protection
HijackThis works differently than classic antivirus software like Windows Defender. Because HJT does not use a signature database to find malware such as viruses, Trojans, spyware, ransomware or other malware that jeopardize data privacy. Freeware, on the other hand, heuristically compares the system under investigation with a system that is free of malware and displays the differences.
Delete entries manually
Among other things, the security software searches for suspicious malware entries in the Autostart folder and the registry. The affected entry or file can then be deleted or repaired with HijackThis. The protection of the computer after the scan is left to the user, since HJT does not remove any entries or quarantine any files on its own. Accordingly, you should have an idea of what you are doing so as not to damage the system.
Forums help with further questions
The anti malware software writes all search results to log files. These contain an evaluation with important information about the detected conspicuous and probably harmful files. The information can be used to clarify issues through Internet forums dealing with issues such as digital malware, malware and anti-spyware.
HijackThis does not require any installation, but offers mobile security as portable software. It can be started from a USB stick and thus used on various desktop computers, netbooks and notebooks.
History of the
HijackThis (HJT) originally comes from TrendMicro, which released the source code in 2012 and published the open source software on Sourceforge. The last original versions are still available there today.
HijackThis is currently available as a fork from Alex Dragokas, whose software spin-off from TrendMicro version 2.0.6 has been further developed on GitHub.