View Full Version : Hijack this criteria-Speedy Gonzales

effie c
14-07-2007, 11:09 AM
Hi Speedy Gonzales,

Recently you diagnosed what I should delete in a Hijack scan I ran.--you looked at it and showed what was not required.
--- it worked and I took out something like 400 unnecessary files

How often should this be done?--AND what are the criteria in selecting that list details.

I don't want to overload you each time I feel the need to scan so this could be a pertinent question for other F1 ers to take some of the weight off you

effie c

14-07-2007, 11:35 AM
Having a decent firewall, AV and atispyware and avoiding dodgy sites or activities that make you a target means you shouldn't have to do it regularly.

Wheneever I install something new I install it using custom options and don't let things put themselves in the startup, or take them out if not given the option. That cuts down the clutter part of HJT.

You can post your logfiles on HJTs site too you know.

14-07-2007, 11:48 AM
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14-07-2007, 11:57 AM
The combination of a decent firewall, antivirus/spyware combo should keep most of the crap off your system and eliminate the need for using HJT more than once. Just remember to keep your antivirus combo up to date. While HJT is a fantastic tool, it is more recommened as a system diagnostic tool for infected Windows PCs only, rather than a regular cure all.

effie c
14-07-2007, 12:02 PM

Thank you people - that puts my mind more at rest.

effie c

Speedy Gonzales
14-07-2007, 02:24 PM
Yup the main thing is dont use P2P programs.

Dont go to warez/porn/dodgy sites, or install dodgy software.

If you're not sure what some file / install does, do a search in Google/Yahoo, you'll soon find out.

Dont run / execute files you get in your email.

If you're using a decent AV program, it should kill whatever is in the attachment. If its nasty. Install a decent AV program and firewall.

As already said, you dont / wont have to run HJT every week.

Just dont do the above. And you wont need it.

I usually scan files I download (even tho I know most of them are safe), just to make sure. Before I install it.

14-07-2007, 07:09 PM
Or get Download Statusbar is FF and tell it to use your AV to scan and downloads automatically. Saves time and great in case you forget to do so manually:thumbs: