HijackThis, originally created by Merijn Bellekom and later sold to Trend Micro, has now been released as Open Source by Trend Micro as of February 20, 2012. The originally written in Visual Basic is now hosted on SourceForge.net waiting to be manipulated and improved for the good.
In case you are not aware, HijackThis is a free scanning utility that scans and generates an in-depth report of registry and file settings from your Windows system. In addition to its scan and remove capability, HijackThis also comes with several tools useful in manually removing malwares from your computer.
HijackThis will not determine what’s good or bad, nor making any changes to your computer settings unless told to.
Trend Micro has offered HijackThis as a free tool since acquiring the antispyware freeware tool from its Netherlands-based creator, Merijn Bellekom in 2007. By then, it had already been downloaded more than 10 million times and was often used to submit logs to online discussion and help forums.
With the code now being open sourced, “this means that other people can build on a solid base to create or improve their own anti-malware tools,” said Merijn Bellekom, the original creator of HijackThis.
Thanks to Trend Micro.