Trend Micro Acquires HijackThis! Antispyware
Ellen Messmer writes on NetworkWorld:
Trend Micro Wednesday announced it has acquired the antispyware freeware tool HijackThis from its Netherlands-based creator, Merijn Bellekom, for an undisclosed price.More here.
The free HijackThis tool is used to create a log file of text and registry settings to pinpoint spyware on an infected desktop and enable technically minded users to make the decision to eradicate it.
Trend Micro CTO Ed English says the security firm intends to maintain HijackThis as freeware for public use, though it is adding an AnalyzeThis button that would let users submit files to Trend Micro for analysis.
HijackThis beta version 2.0 will be available at the TrendSecure.com security portal, where Trend Micro also is introducing a free service called TrendProtect that combines Web site reputation monitoring and URL filtering for consumers.