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Forum Rules and Guidelines - Do not post HijackThis logs

Discussion in 'Malware Removal' started by chaslang, Jul 31, 2009.

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  1. chaslang

    chaslang MajorGeeks Admin - Master Malware Expert Staff Member

    1. Please DO NOT post HJT logs in a thread!
      • This is not a HijackThis log reading forum. It is a Malware Removal forum which means you must run this standard cleaning procedure. See the pinned/sticky threads ( i.e., READ & RUN ME FIRST. Malware Removal Guide ) !!!!
      • HijackThis logs only provides minimal information and is fairly useless these days. It does not conclusively tell you if a PC has malware or not. See Note #1 below for a more detailed explanation.
      • If you post one inline, your message will not even show up because it will be trapped in the spam filters. See # 5 below.
    2. Please do not send private messages to any of the helpers!
      • These private messages will be ignored and deleted.
      • All tech support help will only be provided in the forum for all to benefit from.
    3. The forum will not allow you to post in a thread that you did not create!
      • This prevents thread hijacking. If you have a malware problem, please start your own thread.
      • Only authorized Malware Fighters can post answers to threads which prevents incorrect information from being posted.
    4. Problems with multiple PCs should each be in their own threads!
    5. Do not post any logs directly inline with your messages!
      • All logs need to be attachments to your messages.
      • See this: HOW TO: Attach Items To Your Post
      • If you post inline logs, your messages may not even show up because the spam filters will block them.
    6. Do not bump or add additional posts to your thread because any post is a bump and it will delay you getting an answer!!
    7. In line with the above item, don't start another message for the same problem or ask why your thread is not getting answered.
      • We will answer it when it is your turn in the queue.
      • A new post will not get answered before your original post anyway since we work in queue order. Thus it does not help you.
    8. Make sure you read our policies on illegal software:
    9. PLEASE do not use internet shorthand or slang.
      • Please use correct sentence structure, capitalization, punctuation and grammar, and properly structured paragraphs.
      • We are way too busy to waste time trying to read poorly formatted hard to understand messages and may even refuse to answer your message if they are written this way.
    • Many people have the misconception that HijackThis is a malware scanning and removal tool. It is not! HijackThis is simply a tool that is used to identify a few older vintage browser hijackers, and in some cases it will show entries for some malware that could be running at startup. All it does is list a few registry keys while there are thousands of registry keys that exist, and HijackThis makes no inferences as to whether anything being shown is good or bad. That decision is left to a person with significant Windows and malware cleaning experience. HijackThis does not even come close to showing all malware that could be hiding on a PC.
    Anyone who has an infected computer and is relying on HijackThis without the benefit of running other scans such as SUPERAntiSpyware, Malwarebytes, RogueKiller, Hitman Pro, and a full scan from an an antivirus program ( even an online scanner), etc. are more than likely still infected. In many cases, where there is one malware infection there are more.

    The goal of this forum is to remove all malware, and this cannot be done properly by just seeing a HijackThis log, and for many of today's current infections ( including new types of hijackers ) HijackThis will not show them at all. And in addition many people think HijackThis will help explain why their PC is running slow and this simply put is absurd.
    • Avoid using things like .. or ... or .... or mutliple special characters in a row and so on in your messages. Otherwise, your message will be blocked by the spam filters.
    • Don't waste your time making polls in the malware forum. No one can vote on them since only malware fighters, mods, and admins can answer threads. And we don't care about polls.
    Last edited: Jan 14, 2014
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