Hijackthis now open source

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Re: Hijackthis now open source

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When Trend Micro acquired it, they let it languish.  Version 2.04 was
released way back in July 2007 when it was still owned by Merijn.  It
didn't get updated after Trend Micro acquired it.  It's still at 2.04
after 5 years with just a 2.05 *beta* version available.  So instead of
spending money on disk space and bandwidth for a product they realized
they could never sell, now they've dumped it over on the free
Sourceforge.net site.  Their benevolent act is to eliminate having to
"support" it which was merely the download cost.

I'm not saying HijackThis doesn't have value.  Just remember that its
code as available at Sourceforge was last updated 5 years ago.  I've
seen this before where a company dumped a product over at Sourceforge
where it still continued to languish.  Also don't believe that Trend
Micro is doing the community the favor by making it open source.  They
just got rid of it by dumping it 2 months ago into a free Sourceforge
account.

Because the code (now open source after Trend Micro got rid of it) is
almost 5 years old, don't expect it to support later versions of
Windows.  Windows 7 was released in 2009.  Last update for a released
version of HijackThis was in 2007.  The "beta" version is a joke because
there were NO CHANGES.  I couldn't find a changelog for the 2.05 beta
version to know what, if anything important, Trend Micro changed in this
product - but then we're talking about a minor version change (2.04 to
2.05) which could mean nothing other than any references to "Merijn" got
changed to "Trend Micro".  From what I've seen in forum posts, 2.05 is
the same as 2.04.  In fact, when you install the so-called 2.05 beta
version, it reports itself as 2.04.  So there is no version later than
2.04.  The "2.05" merely indicates change of ownership.

Unless someone picks up further development then who knows what
HijackThis won't support in Windows 8 and beyond.  The "Develop - Web
Site" link at Sourceforge points to Trend Micro's web page that points
back to Sourceforge.  There is *no* activity in the Developer's forum at
Sourceforge.  No one has volunteered to pick up this old program to get
it updated to educated it on versions of Windows after Vista (but then I
don't remember that HijackThis was even made Vista-aware).

When Merijn dropped the product, that was the end of any updates to it.
Trend Micro picked it up but made no updates to it.  After 5 years, it's
still in the same state as when Merijn dropped it.  I'd suggest using
HijackThis only if your Windows version predates that last update to
HijackThis (2007), which means Vista, or earlier, and more likely you
should only use it on XP, or earlier.  Yes, it will look at registry
keys that are still in use in later versions of Windows but were no
additional registry keys added in Vista or 7 that HijackThis doesn't
inspect?

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    Version 2.04 and 2.05 are MD5 identical. Let's just hope
someone picks up where Merijin left off. There are many programs that
do the same things, but none have such a nice/practical interface.
    IMHO
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Hijackthis is one of those apps that doesn't require constant updates.
It's still very useful on the intended OSes.
 
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The source code has been released. It doesn't take rocket science to
add the required code for Windows 7.

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See above. Source code is available. Nobody is stopping YOU from making
the changes you seem to be complaining so loudly about now.

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Character is doing the right thing when nobody's looking. There are too
many people who think that the only thing that's right is to get by,
and the only thing that's wrong is to get caught. - J.C. Watts

Re: Hijackthis now open source

Shadow wrote:

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Does 'hinky sauce' count?


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