How to Use Hijackthis

Hijackthis is a tool used to remove spyware and browser hijackers.  HijackThis can be downloaded as a standalone executable or as an installer.

The installer is recommended for use as it provides a safe location for Hijackthis backups.  Read on to learn how to use this program.

Things you will need

  • Hijackthis program
  • Computer


  1. Download Hijackthis to your computer, and save it to a desired folder.
  2. Go to the folder/location it was saved in.  Look for the HJTInstall.exe file and double-click on it.
  3. When the installation box appears click on the install button to have Hijackthis into the  C:Program FilesTrend MicroHijackThis folder
  4. Create a desktop shortcut.
  5. Launch Hijackthis to view the startup screen.
  6. Click the None of the above, just start the program button to go to the main screen
  7. Click on the Config button, and ensure all the checkboxes are ticked, except for showing the intro frame at startup and running Hijackthis scan at startup.
  8. Click the back button and then click the Scan button to begin scanning your computer
  9. You will see a listing of items, if you want to see information about any of the objects listed, click once on a listing, and then press the Info on the selected item… button.
  10. Select the items to be removed by ticking the checkbox beside each one.
  11. Press the Fixed Check button, then click Yes or No to confirm delete.


  • To avoid the deletion of your backups, please save the executable to a specific folder before running it


  • When using the standalone version you should not run it from your Temporary Internet Files folder as your backup folder will not be saved after you close the program