Remove Spyware using Hijackthis

HijackThis (Freeware)

Hijackthis is a program that is designed for the advanced removal of malware, spyware, worms and Trojans from your system. Basically it scan the registry and other locations of your computer where spyware is commonly found. It therefore lists areas where spyware and adware could be found like items contained in the system startup, hosts file that may call up unwanted websites as well as all browser objects like Toolbars etc.

Hijackthis can help in hard to remove items of spyware and adware that spyware removal programs may not be able to detect yet. It is an advanced software and is recommended for advanced users since you have to manually remove only some items from your system because some are needed for system functionality. You can save the log file and get assistance from advanced users.

This tutorial is designed to give you an overview of how the program works. If you are unsure about something you should leave it and ask for help. Remember before using HijackThis, Scan with at least two spyware removal (Ad-aware and Spybot S&D)


R0, R1, R2, R3 - Internet Explorer Start/Search pages URLs
F0, F1 - Autoloading programs
F2, F3 - Autoloading programs mapped to the Registry
N1, N2, N3, N4 - Netscape/Mozilla Start/Search pages URLs
O1 - Hosts file redirection
O2 - Browser Helper Objects
O3 - Internet Explorer toolbars
O4 - Autoloading programs from Registry
O5 - IE Options icon not visible in Control Panel
O6 - IE Options access restricted by Administrator
O7 - Regedit access restricted by Administrator
O8 - Extra items in IE right-click menu
O9 - Extra buttons on main IE button toolbar, or in IE 'Tools' menu
O10 - Winsock hijacker
O11 - Extra group in IE 'Advanced Options' window
O12 - IE plugins
O13 - IE DefaultPrefix hijack
O14 - 'Reset Web Settings' hijack
O15 - Unwanted site in Trusted Zone
O16 - ActiveX Objects (aka Downloaded Program Files)
O17 - domain hijackers
O18 - Extra protocols and protocol hijackers
O19 - User style sheet hijack
O20 - AppInit_DLLs Registry value autorun
O21 - ShellServiceObjectDelayLoad (SSODL) autorun Registry key
O22 - SharedTaskScheduler autorun Registry key
O23 - NT Services


Start HijackThis and Click on Do System Scan only. When the scan is complete check all the unnecessary items which should be removed, and Click on the Fix checked button. A confirmation box will appear. Click Yes. HijackThis will now remove the checked items.


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