Trend Micro Announces HijackThis to Go Open Source

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Trend Micro Announces HijackThis to Go Open Source
« on: February 17, 2012, 08:38:10 AM »
Trend Micro has decided to move the source code for HijackThis to an open source location. Open source developers can now take the source code and make their own modifications and additions they feel are needed. Trend Micro will still maintain a copy of the original source code and update the code at times to ensure developers can always get access to the Trend Micro version.

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Re: Trend Micro Announces HijackThis to Go Open Source
« Reply #1 on: February 17, 2012, 12:38:27 PM »
In part from Trend Micro Releases HijackThis Source Code to -- CUPERTINO, Calif., Feb. 17, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --

Program's Creator Merijn Bellekom Endorses Open Source Move . . .

The code, originally written in Visual Basic, is now officially available at

"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 has offered HijackThis as a free tool since acquiring the antispyware freeware tool from its Netherlands-based creator, Merijn Bellekom in 2007.  By then, it had already been downloaded more than 10 million times and was often used to submit logs to online discussion and help forums, such as, and, to elicit comments that could help in cleaning infected desktops

"HijackThis was an essential tool at CastleCops, so much so that there were forums, web applications and services dedicated to it, answering questions posed from the data collected about files and registry entries.  Hands down, HijackThis was vital to the health of a PC providing needed data that helped experts clean machines from complicated malware infections.  Enabling the open source community with source code for the powerful tool HijackThis shows the commitment Trend Micro has toward advancing security and privacy.   The OSS framework provides people with an opportunity to help others in a rich and diverse environment, and this ensures that HijackThis will continue building on its strength in serving the community," said Paul Laudanski, Founder,

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