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Should I remove HijackThis?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
7% remove it93% keep it
Overall Sentiment
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How common is it?
Global Rank #4,864
United States Rank #4,526
Reach 0.1060%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 23.07 days
680.57 days >
Average installed length: 357.59 days


2.0.2 100.00%

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HijackThis 2.0.2

What is HijackThis?

HijackThis is an open source enumerating tool for Microsoft Windows originally created by Merijn Bellekom, and later sold to Trend Micro. The program is notable for targeting browser-hijacking methods, rather than relying on a database of known spyware. It scans a user's computer quickly, and displays browser hijacking locations, showing what entries are there. HijackThis is used primarily for diagnosis of browser hijacking, as uninformed use of its removal facilities can cause significant software damage to a computer. HijackThis does not remove or detect spyware; it lists most common locations where browser hijacking activity can occur. Browser hijacking can cause malware to be installed on a computer.

About  (from Trend Micro)

HijackThis is a free utility that generates an in depth report of registry and file settings from your computer. HijackThis makes no separation between safe and unsafe settings in its scan results giving you the ability to selectively remove items from your machine. In addition to this scan and remove capability Hijack...  Read more
  • Starts automatically

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.spywareinfo.com/~merijn
Installation folder: C:\programs\hijackthis
Uninstaller: "C:\Programs\HijackThis\HijackThis.exe" /uninstall
Estimated size: 1.14 GB

Program filesFiles installed by HijackThis 2.0.2

Program executable:hijackthis.exe
Additional files:
  • msvbvm60.dll (by Microsoft) - Visual Basic (Visual Basic Virtual Machine)
  • TrendProtect_IE.exe - Trend Micro TrendProtect for Internet Explorer (Setup Launcher)
  • TrendSetup.exe

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Scheduled Task
  • HiJackThis.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{57999825-9F88-483D-978F-694602FAB3DB}' (runs on registration).
Startup File (User Run)
  • HijackThis.exe is loaded in the current user (HKCU) registry as an auto-starting executable named 'HijackThis startup scan' and executes as C:\Program Files\Trend Micro\HijackThis\HijackThis.exe /startupscan.
Windows Firewall Allowed Program
  • HiJackThis.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\Trend Micro\HiJackThis\HiJackThis.exe'.

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:4.26 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0352465767%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.02021257%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.01503401%
0.015104% average
I/O reads/min:738 Bytes
435.61 KB average
I/O writes/min:21 Bytes
105.02 KB average

How do I remove HijackThis?

You can uninstall HijackThis from your computer by using the Add/Remove Program feature in the Window's Control Panel.
  1. On the Start menu (for Windows 8, right-click the screen's bottom-left corner), click Control Panel, and then, under Programs, do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8/10: Click Uninstall a Program.
    • Windows XP: Click Add or Remove Programs.
  2. When you find the program HijackThis 2.0.2, click it, and then do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8/10: Click Uninstall.
    • Windows XP: Click the Remove or Change/Remove tab (to the right of the program).
  3. Follow the prompts. A progress bar shows you how long it will take to remove HijackThis.

Auto-starting? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 7%
Keep it 93%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 42.56%
Windows XP 31.69%
Windows Vista 17.76%
Windows 10 7.80%
Windows Server 2003 0.19%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Microsoft Windows XP 31.42%
Windows 7 Home Premium 22.00%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 14.23%
Windows 7 Ultimate 11.12%
Windows 7 Professional 7.77%
Windows 10 Home 2.23%

Distribution by countryGeography

48.23% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 48.23%
  France 9.14%
  Germany 8.16%
  Italy 5.73%
  Canada 3.77%
  United Kingdom 3.34%
  Australia 1.77%
  Spain 1.33%
  Czech Republic 1.22%
  Netherlands 1.18%
  Belgium 1.14%
  Brazil 0.94%
  Argentina 0.86%
  Israel 0.86%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Dell 29.23%
Hewlett-Packard 19.72%
Acer 12.65%
ASUS 6.72%
Intel 6.54%
Toshiba 5.76%
American Megatrends 5.06%
Sahara 2.18%
Samsung 1.75%
Common models
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 4.25%
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 3.54%
Dell Inspiron 1545 2.83%
Dell Inspiron 530 2.83%
HP Pavilion dv6500 Notebo... 2.83%
MSI MS-7309 1.89%

About Trend Micro

Trend Micro is a software security company that developes the Titanium Internet Security, Trend Micro Worry-Free Business Security, OfficeScan, and other security products and services.
Publisher URL: www.trendmicro.com


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