What does the HijackThis.exe file do?
The HijackThis.exe process is also known as HijackThis and is a part of HijackThis. This software is produced by Trend Micro (www.trendmicro.com) or, as the case may be, Soeperman Enterprises (free.antivirus.com/hijackthis). An obsolete or defective version of HijackThis.exe can cause problems for your computer that can range from slowness to error messages such as these:
- HijackThis has stopped working. Windows is checking for a solution to the problem... (Windows 10, 8, 7)
- HijackThis has stopped working. A problem caused the program to stop working correctly. Windows will close the program and notify you if a solution is available. (Windows 10, 8, 7)
- HijackThis.exe has encountered a problem and needs to close.
- Access violation at address FFFFFFFF in module HijackThis.exe. Read of address 00000000.
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What you should know about HijackThis.exe HijackThis
HijackThis.exe is not part of Windows, but it is important nonetheless. HijackThis.exe is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Users\USERNAME" or sometimes in a subdirectory of "C:\Program Files".
Frequently occurring are file sizes such as 388,608 bytes (80% of all these files) or, as the case may be, 218,112 bytes.
This file is no part of Microsoft Windows. HijackThis.exe is capable of monitor other applications. For this reason, 34% of all experts consider this file to be a possible threat. The probability that it can cause harm is high.
A HijackThis.exe file has a 70% certainty of being dangerous if it is found in in a subdirectory of the "My Documents" folder. In this case, the file size is usually 388,608 bytes. The program executes in the background, and can only be terminated using Windows Task Manager. The HijackThis file was developed by a so-called third party provider - and not by Microsoft. HijackThis.exe is capable of track other applications.
If you see this file on your hard drive or in Windows Task Manager, please make sure that it is not a malicious variant. It's a fact that many trojans try to cloak their true identity by calling themselves HijackThis.exe. With the above information or by using tools like Security Task Manager you can determine if, in your case, the file is an undesirable variant.
What do other computer users say about HijackThis?
|This is a piece of software that scans all your processes and RUN.INI files and alerts you to any attempted hijackings of your machine. |
|App for eliminating malware and spyware for the advanced user |
|Scans your registry for problems |
|Hijackthis is an app for detecting malware/spyware, etc. It is only for advanced users. Certainly NSA and others don;t like it because it can detect their stuff. |
|Helping task manager |
|used for years, essential tool to have, |
Summary: 6 users judge HijackThis.exe to be an essential file that should not be touched. One user considers it harmless. source: file.net
How to uninstall HijackThis
To remove HijackThis from your computer, please follow the manual instructions below or use an automatic uninstaller product.
- Click the Windows Start Button. You find it in the lower left corner of the taskbar.
- Type the word uninstall.
- Click Add or remove programs.
- Now locate HijackThis in the list of displayed applications.
- Click the program, and then click Uninstall.
How to tell if HijackThis.exe (HijackThis) was uninstalled cleanly
After uninstalling, restart your computer. Then start Windows Explorer and see if there is still a folder with the name of the software under C:\Program Files. Be sure to check the Registry as well for remnants of HijackThis. To do this, start "Regedit", then look under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" > "Software" for HijackThis or the name of the producer. Always keep in mind that only a computer professional should ever directly delete entries in the Windows Registry.
What to do if a program does not uninstall
The easiest way to remove any kind of software cleanly and accurately is to use an uninstaller tool. Because the uninstaller automatically creates a backup, there is no risk of anything going wrong.
Last but not least
If Windows not working quite right for you, or if startup is taking a long time, or HijackThis.exe is causing problems for you, a good Windows diagnostic tool may very well help. This is especially effective when it comes to older computers that have accumulated vast quantities of "garbage data" as the result of many software installs and uninstalls.