Is the hijackthis.exe process a virus, spyware or malware?

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HijackThis Process

Author: Merijn Bellekom
Part of: HijackThis
Process 'hijackthis.exe' is associated with 'HijackThis' a free spyware removal tool for use with Microsoft Windows.

hijackthis.exe (HijackThis) lists the contents of key areas of the Registry and hard drive areas that are used by both legitimate programmers and hijackers. The program is continually updated to detect and remove new hijacks.

'Spyware' is a computer program that is installed on a users computer either unknowingly or under false intentions that attempts to intercept or take partial control over the user's interaction with the computer, without the user's informed consent.
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