Removing browser hijacks, Virus's and Spyware

'Hijack this' how to.

11. HijackThis
#WARNING: While the other tools are pretty much foolproof, 'HijackThis' is not. Be careful when using it.

Close any open web browser or 'My Computer' windows. Start Hijack this (if this is the first time you've opened the program, read the warning and then click Ok to clear the box). Then click the top button in the 'New users quickstart' box: ' 'Do a system scan and save a logfile'.

Hijack this opening page

2. When the logfile opens in notepad, click Edit ---> Select All to select all of the entries found. This should highlight the text in blue. Be sure to copy the text from notepad, not from the Highjackthis page that displays the results of the system scan (shown from behind Notepad).

Copying the text from notepad

3. You can copy and paste this into a document or web form for posting to a spyware support forum. I use the forum Spware Forums
Make sure you explain the symptoms and paste the entire Hijackthis logfile into the main window.

If you receive instructions that involve using the Hijackthis Fix option, start the program and, in the 'New users quickstart' box, click the 'None of the above, just start the program' button. Click the config button on the page that displays the results of the system scan, and on the main page ensure the default selections are ticked, particularly 'Make backups before fixing items'. Then click the Back button (which is always the only active button in the bottom two boxes on the config page).

Highjackthis Fix page
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Most Recent Comments

19-06-2006, 13:19:36

:wavey: Not so bad, if i can add another advice, the best solution for increase your network is to use a firewall router (like linksys for example) or a PC with a linux firewall (likes smoothwall) which blocks, by default, INCOMING connections from internet AND a software firewall on all PCs of your network (zone alarm, kerio or bitdefender) which blocks incoming and OUTGOING connections by default.
And the best antivirus is Kaspersky.
I survey my active connections with a little soft called Active ports.

(Sry for my english)

19-06-2006, 16:29:34

SFC.exe, the built in windows system file checker is a useful little tool which does what it says on the tin. (I.E. it checks all the windows files for any nasties) ;) Has come in handy in the past

Three switches you're only really need are...

/SCANNOW Scans all protected system files immediately.
/SCANONCE Scans all protected system files once at the next boot.
/SCANBOOT Scans all protected system files at every boot.

21-06-2006, 07:13:49

Hey Homer, I did actually mention firewalls on the last page of the guide. :)

21-06-2006, 14:40:57


yes you mention the interest of firewalls and your guide is very interesting for users... just want to said the most important is to install and set up a hardware firewall and a software firewall on each computers on LAN, both of them. And if a PC is too unstable/infected, the best way to solve pbs is to format HDD and reinstall WXP and install antivirus, firewalls, anti-spyware in first, don't hesitate to do it when needed.

Think about to disabled the windows services which are non useful (in most cases) and dangerous for security, like :

- help and support
- NetMeeting Remote Desktop Sharing
- Portable Media Serial Number Service (a strange one ^^)
- QoS RSVP (u just win about 20% bandwith with this one)
- Remote Access Auto Connection Manager
- Remote Desktop Help Session Manager
- Remote Registry (very dangerous)
- Server (but if u have a personnal web site or ftp... on your LAN u need it, of course)
- SSDP Discovery Service
- TCP/IP NetBIOS Helper
- Telephony
- Telnet
- Terminal Services
- WebClient
- Windows Time

and more... ;)

In result i have only 30 processes active, the best way to check what kind of processes is up.:beerchug:

PS : This is dedicate to Jiffz who i knows have some router pb ;)

01-07-2006, 03:43:28

Did i was out of topic with my windows services, interesting or not useful?
(sorry for my english)

01-07-2006, 05:57:54

[QUOTE=Homer]Did i was out of topic with my windows services, interesting or not useful?
(sorry for my english)[/QUOTE]
Yeh, it's usefull, but there's no point in having both hardware and software firewalls.

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04-05-2009, 11:45:23

Good tut, thanks

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What's with bumping all the old threads?

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I need 15 posts. Lmao

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