I just downloaded HiJackThis but I am skeptical to run it?? What does it exactly do and what information does it get from my computer?? How do I effectively use it and is it safe to run?

HijackThis is a very powerful tool that is one of the most commonly used utilities in diagnosing the state of infection on computer hard drives.? It is used to identify and remove browser hijackers, viruses, trojans, adware, popups, browser redirects, sudden computer slowness or other computer problems.? Because of the power this utility has, it is highly recommended never to try and use it without the guided help of a trained computer technician or malware specialist as it may hinder the use of important system files and registry keys.? Read on to find out what exactly HijackThis does and how it operates to help our malware specialists remove the infections on your machine.

The first point I would like to stress is that HijackThis is a very dynamic and impressive tool that should NOT be used without proper instruction/guidance/knowledge of what you are removing.? Never use the “fix” option on anything with HijackThis unless instructed to do so by someone who is trained and knowledgeable in its use and purpose.

HijackThis can be used to diagnose and remove/repair problems with browser hijackers, viruses, trojans, adware, popups, browser redirects, sudden computer slowness or other computer problems.? It shows instances of files that are red flags (or symptoms) of infections that would indicate the use of special tools such as ComboFix or SmitFraudFix which could be harmful to Windows if they are used improperly or without cause.

HijackThis has built in additional tools in as well such as the ability to generate a backup of your registry settings, list of start up items, can control your Internet homepage and much more.? The main function of HijackThis as stated above is to show the list of processes running on your machine and their locations on your computer.

HijackThis does not display any personal information about yourself such as names/numbers or other personal information.? It will display your computer operating system-Platform- (to insure that the computer has a valid operating system) as well as the date run, the browser you are using and the boot mode in which it was run.