The popular free security tool, HijackThis, has now been open sourced by it’s owner, Trend Micro.
The tool, originally written in Visual Basic, can be used to scan your computer systems in order to discover whether settings have been modified by malware, spyware or other undesirable programs. The program has already been downloaded over 10 million times and you can grab your own copy from Trend Micro’s site.
Once installed, you can use HijackThis to generate extensive reports which show what is going on your computer. There are many online help communities where experts will aid other users with their infected systems expressly through the use of these reports. In fact, if you are a novice yourself, then asking for help is highly recommended as making changes to your computer settings and system files is fraught with danger for the uninitiated.
Trend Micro acquired HijackThis from it’s creator, Merijn Bellekom, back in 2007 and it has been free ever since. Bellekom said of the move to open source,
“This means that other people can build on a solid base to create or improve their own anti-malware tools.”
Have you ever used HijackThis and are you pleased to see it go open source?