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Interview with Merijn Bellekom - creator of HijackThis

from Suite101, Oct 3 2006, permalink


I've used Merijn's HijackThis (HJT) program for years and I do think he is one of a dozen or so internet superheros. HijackThis is still one of the best anti-spyware tools around and it's always been free to download and use.


I saw this article while wandering the web one day and stopped to see what he's been up to. Life is strange. Who'd have ever thought a college Chemistry student would single-handedly try to save millions of PC's from the dangers of spyware.


Quote from Suite101's article

Suite101: What was your main motivation for building HJT?

Merijn: Years ago, back on the Cexx.org boards, there were alot of people coming into the forum with spyware infections with several commonalities. However they took alot of time to troubleshoot and fix, since everything had to be done manually. Mike Healan of Spywareinfo.com had already written a guide to removing a browser hijacker from the system. Back then, Mike was way ahead of everyone else. I simply took his guide and made a program that automatically checks all the locations his guide listed. As time went on I kept adding checks that were getting popular with malware writers.


Read the rest of this article and be sure to visit Merijn's website to see all of the freeware tools he has made for us. If you ever get infected with adware or spyware, I recommend a visit to TeMerc Internet Countermeasures forums.