hijackthis is not Geeks2Go's product--if that is what you mean. It is a tool people use (because more than anything else) it makes it very easy for people to show others what they have running on their system.
It was written and developed (still being developed) by merjin bellekomhttp://www.spywarein...rijn/index.html
There are other programs--even some might argue better ones-- or combinations of programs, but none have the Start, click, copy _-- HELP functionality of hijackthis.
There are a number of tutorials out there, but they are all basically the same thinghttp://www.bleepingc...showtutorial=42
Is one...most look exactly like it...been meaning to write one myself for some time with a little more emphasis on how, rather than what but haven't gotten around to it.
The drawback to hijackthis is it requires knowing what is good and what is bad--and while that was not so difficult back a couple years ago, the constant metamorphasis that is spyware makes it trickier. Really, the best hijackthis log readers are those who have seen so many logs they can read them in their sleep.
They can sense what is "out of place" and focus on what works. I see a lot of people making bad calls on hijackthis logs simply because software developers will do wierd things every once in a while...for example, Intel is putting a driver file in the appinit section, printer companies love to put their software in the windows directory....and BHOs...don't get me started on BHOs.....
Here's the real beauty of hijackthis....many people call it an experts tool, and to some extent it is, but there is really very little you can screw up as far as your Operating System is concerned.
Most things...MOST THINGS...recorded by the program are things added by applications, so while you can screw up your programs, your OS is fairly safe.
If you want a starting point, these are four hijackthis logs taken from a newly installed system. As you can see, there is very little going on when you first get your computer.win98winmewin2kwinxp
Edited by gerryf, 11 April 2005 - 07:12 PM.