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What’s hijackthis.exe (HijackThis)? Is it safe or a virus?

HijackThis is a freeware utility that generates an in-depth report of registry and file settings from your computer.

It's used to identify and remove malicious software and potentially unwanted programs that may be altering the behavior of your system. The program scans areas of your computer where malware often hides, such as the Windows registry, browser settings, and startup programs. The generated report allows users to analyze and fix the identified issues manually. HijackThis can be a helpful tool for advanced users and IT professionals to diagnose and remove persistent malware and unwanted software from their systems.

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Who makes hijackthis.exe (HijackThis)?

We’ve found Trend Micro, Inc. should be the publisher of hijackthis.exe.

How do we know? Our SpyShelter cybersecurity labs focuses on monitoring different types of Windows PC executables and their behaviors for our popular SpyShelter Antispyware software. Learn more about us, and how our cybersecurity team studies Windows PC executables/processes.

What does it mean if someone is the publisher of a PC .exe (executable or process)?

The publisher of an executable is the entity responsible for its distribution and authenticity. Most processes/executables on your PC should be signed. The signature on the executable should have been verified through a third party whose job it is to make sure the entity is who it says it is. Find an unsigned executable? You should consider scanning any completely unsigned .exe on your PC.

Last updated: March 23, 2024

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