usefulness of Hijackthis

Discussion in 'Virus Information' started by foreman, Jun 29, 2010.

  1. foreman

    foreman Guest

    I am Italian and happened to follow an Italian newsgroup, dealing with
    anti-virus detection and elimination (like this we are in), where the
    main (sometimes the only one) tool used for the detection of all
    malwares was Hijackthis.
    I think it is a very efficacious tool, but i simply ca'nt believe it
    can be so generally, totally efficacious.
    In few words: can you tell me the limits of Hijacthis? Where or when
    we can say it is inefficacious?
     
    foreman, Jun 29, 2010
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  2. From: "foreman" <>

    | I am Italian and happened to follow an Italian newsgroup, dealing with
    | anti-virus detection and elimination (like this we are in), where the
    | main (sometimes the only one) tool used for the detection of all
    | malwares was Hijackthis.
    | I think it is a very efficacious tool, but i simply ca'nt believe it
    | can be so generally, totally efficacious.
    | In few words: can you tell me the limits of Hijacthis? Where or when
    | we can say it is inefficacious?

    It is just one tool. The are tools by SysInternals (Microsoft) such as Process Explorer,
    AutoRuns and Process Monitor that are pick up where HiJackThis! (HJT) leaves off.

    Basically, HJT is a static tool. That is it takes a spnapshot of the moment it is
    executed. Process Explorer, AutoRuns and Process Monitor are dymanic tools that change
    with time or interact more with the OS.
     
    David H. Lipman, Jun 29, 2010
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  3. foreman

    foreman Guest

    Thank you for answering.
    It's clear ... but I would like to have an evaluation (if it's
    possible) of HJT's effectiveness in detecting malwares, "any"
    malwares .
    How far is its range of efficaciuosness?
     
    foreman, Jun 30, 2010
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  4. From: "foreman" <>


    | Thank you for answering.
    | It's clear ... but I would like to have an evaluation (if it's
    | possible) of HJT's effectiveness in detecting malwares, "any"
    | malwares .
    | How far is its range of efficaciuosness?

    It doesn't !
    HJT is NOT anti malware.

    It is an investigatory tool requiring human interpretation.
     
    David H. Lipman, Jun 30, 2010
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  5. foreman

    David Kaye Guest

    Another tool which is really good because most malware programs don't see it
    is PrcView. It's a simple tool that allows you to look at every process and
    every DLL, EXE, and OCX that is called by each process. By looking for
    odd filedates and strangely named files, it's easy to isolate where the bug is
    being hooked in.
     
    David Kaye, Jun 30, 2010
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  6. foreman

    foreman Guest

    Thanks to all of you.
     
    foreman, Jul 2, 2010
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  7. A pure virus will go completely unnoticed by HJT. Some other malware types
    will as well.
     
    FromTheRafters, Jul 3, 2010
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  8. I'm 1/2 Italian (my mom says "the better half")
    Perhaps you and your friends should look into changing your OS.
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    What's in a Name?, Jul 5, 2010
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  9. From: "What's in a Name?" <>

    | I'm 1/2 Italian (my mom says "the better half")
    | Perhaps you and your friends should look into changing your OS.


    I was taught, there are two kinds of people in this world...

    Those who are Italian.
    Those who wish they were Italian.

    ( From the land of the Sopranos )
     
    David H. Lipman, Jul 5, 2010
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