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Windows 7: problem with Hijackthis on Windows 7 pro 64 bit

20 Apr 2012   #1

windows 7 professional 64 bit
problem with Hijackthis on Windows 7 pro 64 bit

Hi all,
I'm using an administration account on windows 7 pro bit, when I 'm trying to "do a system scan"a window appear with:

"for some reason your system denied write access to Hosts file. If any hijack domains are in this file Hijackthis may not be able to fix this.
If that happens, you need to edit the file yourself. To do this, click start,Run and type:
notepad c:\windows\system32\drivers\etc\Hosts
and press enter. find the line(s) Hijackthis reports and delete them.
Save the file as 'hosts' with quotes and reboot."

The problems are: the file hosts it's empty:

# Copyright (c) 1993-2009 Microsoft Corp.
# This is a sample HOSTS file used by Microsoft TCP/IP for Windows.
# This file contains the mappings of IP addresses to host names. Each
# entry should be kept on an individual line. The IP address should
# be placed in the first column followed by the corresponding host name.
# The IP address and the host name should be separated by at least one
# space.
# Additionally, comments (such as these) may be inserted on individual
# lines or following the machine name denoted by a '#' symbol.
# For example:
# # source server
# # x client host

# localhost name resolution is handled within DNS itself.
# localhost
# ::1 localhost

I've tried to rename but system tell me only administrator can do (but I'm administrator), if I ignore this I've noted that it doesn't write a log file, it can't.
I don't use a proxy.

What I can do?
Thanks a lot.

My System SpecsSystem Spec
20 Apr 2012   #2


Hi mukkina,

HijackThis has got compatibility issues with Windows 7 64-bit. I had the same problems as you and had to uninstall it. As of now, it is open-source software; in other words, TrendMicro seems to have decided to drop HijackThis and stop working on its development.

However: there are other alternatives to HijackThis. Please read tom982's post over here:
What is a good alternative to Trend Micro's HijackThis?

Note: please be very careful when using such tools. Never remove/delete anything listed by those tools if you are not familiar with a computer's bowels :-) Instead, save the log (usually a txt file which is automatically generated by the program after the scan) and have it evaluated by someone who knows exactly what they are doing. Deleting the wrong registry entry can result in a dead computer.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
20 Apr 2012   #3

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ult. x64

^+1 - good reply Athene.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
20 Apr 2012   #4


Thanks, Golden When my old Windows XP computer (now in computer heaven due to wear and tear) ended up with a nasty bug, I was told to install HijackThis; the log was checked out by a computer geek who really knew their stuff, and bye bye nasty bug :-) But that was six or seven years ago, and malware has become sneakier than ever since then.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
21 Apr 2012   #5
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1

Right click on HJT and choose to run as Administrator. Be aware that on a 64bit computer, HJT does not see or comprehend some O9's and O23's, so it reports the files 'missing'. It's not a good idea to run the program if you don't fully understand the use.

If you suspect malware, then download (free version) Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware to your desktop
Malwarebytes Special Offer!
* Double-click mbam-setup.exe and follow the prompts to install the program.
* At the end, be sure a checkmark is placed next to Update Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware and Launch Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware, then click Finish.
* If an update is found, it will download and install the latest version.
* Once the program has loaded, select Perform full scan, then click Scan.
* When the scan is complete, click OK, then Show Results to view the results.
* Be sure that everything is checked, and click Remove Selected.
* When completed, a log will open in Notepad. Please save it to a convenient location. Copy and Paste that log into your next reply.
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