Trend Micro makes HijackThis open source

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Trend Micro released HijackThis as an open source application. The code, originally written in Visual Basic, is now officially available at SourceForge.

HijackThis scans your computer to find settings changed by spyware, malware or other unwanted programs. It generates an in-depth report to enable expert users to analyze and fix an infected computer. Several security communities use HijackThis log files to help users evaluate and eradicate infections.

“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.

Trend Micro will continue to maintain the original source code and will update the base code on SourceForge as developers make modifications that are essential and positive to the continued improvement of this code.