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Windows 7: Understanding HijackThis


25 Mar 2010   #1

windows 7 ultimate 64 bit,Windows 7 ultimate 32 bit,Windows XP sp3 home
 
 
Understanding HijackThis

well......
here are a few HJT tutorials:
HijackThis Tutorial
HijackThis Tutorial - How to use HijackThis to remove Browser Hijackers & Spyware
HJT Tutorial - DO NOT POST HIJACKTHIS LOGS - MajorGeeks Support Forums
PC Hell: HijackThis Tutorial for Removing Spyware

and this
to get a direct online HJT analysis

HijackThis Logfileauswertung

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27 Mar 2010   #2

Windows 7 & Windows Vista Ultimate
 
 

All of the public HJT tutorials are based on the original Bleeping Computer tutorial and have been around for many years. That said, HijackThis is no longer relied on by security experts as providing much more than a general overview. It just doesn't provide enough information to fully analyze the extent of a malware infection.

Warning: Online HijackThis analysis tools should be used with extreme caution as f/p's are very common.
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28 Mar 2010   #3

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Corrine View Post
All of the public HJT tutorials are based on the original Bleeping Computer tutorial and have been around for many years. That said, HijackThis is no longer relied on by security experts as providing much more than a general overview. It just doesn't provide enough information to fully analyze the extent of a malware infection.

Warning: Online HijackThis analysis tools should be used with extreme caution as f/p's are very common.
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Is there anything better at the moment?
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28 Mar 2010   #4

Windows 7 & Windows Vista Ultimate
 
 

Hi, Victek. I'm not sure if you mean better than HijackThis or better than the tutorials.

As to the tutorials, as far as they go, they explain what the results of the log are showing. The thing is that it requires experience and research to know if what is in the log is safe or malicious. There is something that is in the final stages of review prior to posting that may be helpful in that regard. However, until it is public, I cannot say anything more about it.

As to the logs, due to the current state of malware/rootkits, most security forums request an ARK (anti-rootkit) log and, depending on their preference, a DDS, OTL or RSIT log. As an example, Unknown Infection, Possibly Malware/Worm shows both DDS and OTL logs, although the supplemental logs are attachments to the thread. You can see how much more in-depth those logs are.
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28 Mar 2010   #5

windows 7 ultimate 64 bit,Windows 7 ultimate 32 bit,Windows XP sp3 home
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Corrine
HijackThis is no longer relied on by security experts as providing much more than a general overview. It just doesn't provide enough information to fully analyze the extent of a malware infection.
its still a key tool in forums dealing in helping people with manual malware removal

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Corrine
Online HijackThis analysis tools should be used with extreme caution as f/p's are very common.
well it is all about an analysis.....pointing to what could be unsafe/bad/unknown ....that's it....and i've seen fps at expert malware removal forums leave aside online hjt analysis

one more online hjt analysis site is of emsisoft creators of A2
http:///www.hijackfree.com/en/upload/

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Victek
Is there anything better at the moment?
ummm......there were/are of the likes of RunScanner,AutoRuns,X-RayPc Spyware Process Analyzer but HJT still rules
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28 Mar 2010   #6

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Corrine View Post
Hi, Victek. I'm not sure if you mean better than HijackThis or better than the tutorials.

As to the tutorials, as far as they go, they explain what the results of the log are showing. The thing is that it requires experience and research to know if what is in the log is safe or malicious. There is something that is in the final stages of review prior to posting that may be helpful in that regard. However, until it is public, I cannot say anything more about it.

As to the logs, due to the current state of malware/rootkits, most security forums request an ARK (anti-rootkit) log and, depending on their preference, a DDS, OTL or RSIT log. As an example, Unknown Infection, Possibly Malware/Worm shows both DDS and OTL logs, although the supplemental logs are attachments to the thread. You can see how much more in-depth those logs are.
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Thanks for the additional information. Re my comment, I meant is there anything better then HiJackThis at the moment. Usually if a system is bootable a combination of on-demand scanners, e.g. MBAM, Hitman Pro, etc, will clean it up without needing to get into a detailed analysis. Occasionally though these programs aren't sufficient and something like HiJackThis is necessary. Being able to use HJT in combination with online analysis tools might result in a successful cleanup without having to submit logs to a security forum and wait for feedback.
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28 Mar 2010   #7
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1
 
 

If you don't know how to do an in depth analyzing and cleaning, then it is best to ask in a forum where security advisor's have been trained. This is voluntary, free help. Or you could pay a couple hundred dollars to a PC shop.
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28 Mar 2010   #8

windows 7 ultimate 64 bit,Windows 7 ultimate 32 bit,Windows XP sp3 home
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Jacee View Post
If you don't know how to do an in depth analyzing and cleaning, then it is best to ask in a forum where security advisor's have been trained.
A few examples of such forums:
Malware Removal - MajorGeeks Support Forums
Malwarebytes Forum -> Malware Removal - HijackThis Logs
Security Cleanup forum - dslreports.com broadband community
BleepingComputer.com -> Virus, Trojan, Spyware, and Malware Removal Logs
MalWare Removal • View forum - Malware Removal
SpywareInfo Forum -> Malware Removal
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28 Mar 2010   #9
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1
 
 

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28 Mar 2010   #10

Windows 7 & Windows Vista Ultimate
 
 

Here's a fairly comprehensive list of sites providing help by trained analysts:

ASAP Member Forums Providing Log Analysis

Dansk - Danish
Spywarefri

Deutsch - German Spezifisch deutschsprachige Computerhilfe-Foren (german-language sites to get help from):
a-squared Anti-Malware Sie haben Probleme mit a-squared Anti-Malware? Fragen Sie hier unsere Experten!

English
247Fixes
5 Star Support
a-squared Anti-Malware If you have problems with a-squared Anti-Malware?
Amazingtechs
Atribune.org
BestTechie
Bluetack Internet Security Solutions
CyberAnswers.org
D-A-L Computer Help
Freedomlist
Gladiator Security
LandzDown
Lockergnome
Log'N'Rock
MalwareBytes
MalWare Removal
NutnWorks
Security Cadets
Security Central
Smokey's Security Forums
SpyWare BeWare!
SpywareInfoForum
Techmonkeys
Tech Support Forum
Tech Support Guy
TeMerc Internet Countermeasures
The Spykiller
TnT - Tips 'n' Tricks
WhatTheTech
Windows Forum

Español - Spanish Sitios de ayuda contra el spyware en idioma español
a-squared Anti-Malware Tiene problemas con a-squared, con la página de inicio de a-squared o con algún Malware en especial? Siéntase libre de pedir ayuda.
InfoSpyware
ForoSpyware

Finnish Suomalaisia sivuja mistä saada malwaren poisto-apua (Finnish sites to get help from):
Virustorjunta

Français - French Voici des forums français sur lesquels vous trouverez une aide rapide et efficace :
a-squared Anti-Malware Vous avez des problèmes avec a-squared Anti-Malware ou avec certain Malware? Demandez ici à nos experts!
Assiste.com
Zebulon

Italiano - Italian
a-squared Anti-Malware Hai problemi con a-squared Anti-Malware o con malware speciale? Chiedi pure aiuto.
Alground Research Center

Nederlandstalig - Dutch Op deze Nederlandstalige forums wordt U snel en efficiënt geholpen :
Hijackthis.nl
Nucia / Anti Spyware Offensief
PCHelper

Portuguese
Linha Defensiva

Serbian/Croatian
MyCity


non-ASAP Forums Providing Log Analisis

Deutsch - German Spezifisch deutschsprachige Computerhilfe-Foren (German-language sites to get help from):
HijackThis.de Support Board
Protecus
Rokop Security
TrojanBoard

English
Asksomeone.net
Aumha.org
BleepingComputer
Dell Community Forum - HJT room
DSL Reports
Geeks to Go
MajorGeeks
PC Pitstop Forums
Safer-Networking
SpywareHammer
Spyware Warrior

Français - French
IDN - Infos-Du-Net
Vista-XP.fr
FS - Futura-Sciences
PCA - PC-Astuces
Génération Nouvelles Technologies
Telecharger.Com/01net

Nederlandstalig - Dutch
BlueMedicine
Minatica.be
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