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Introduction to HiJackThis for Windows XP
By: Codex-M
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    Table of Contents:
  • Introduction to HiJackThis for Windows XP
  • Principle of HJT in correcting issues
  • Installation, Doing a System Scan and Saving Log Files
  • Understanding the Log Entries

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    Introduction to HiJackThis for Windows XP - Installation, Doing a System Scan and Saving Log Files

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    You can freely download HJT at the Trend Micro site. Select the installer version and download it to your desktop. Close all running programs, browsers, open windows and install it. As of the time of writing this tutorial, the latest version is V2.0.2  

    The installation is quick and self-explanatory. Once the installation has been completed, you should be able to locate HJT in: StartAll ProgramsHijackThis  

    Once you've seen that the installation went okay, create a restore point by following the procedures provided at the link on the previous page. Once you have created a restore point, launch the program. What you will then see are options; select "Do a System scan and Save a Log File."  

    This will automatically create the HJT log and save it as Hijackthis1.txt. In your subsequent logs, you can name it Hijackthis2.txt or even a more meaningful filename such as "Hijackthis09072009.txt" to append dates on the text for traceability. Please keep the text file in a safe location for reference. If you close the text file, you will clearly see the analysis window, which is shown below:




    Some buttons and checkboxes that you need to know: 

    1. To fix a malware/spyware entry, just check the box as indicated by "Fix Check Box." 

    2. The HJT Log entries are indicated in the above screen shot. Depending on the number of processes running on your computer, this list can be long.

    3. When you are sure you need to fix the problem, click the "Fix Checked" button. This will permanently delete those entries in your computer system.


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