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Trend Micro is a bad and a childish loser

To me it’s amazing that a well-respected security company like Trend Micro act in such an infantile and, more important, irresponsible way on what’s going on in malware combating land.

Trend Micro is not just a security company, they are also the developers of ‘HJT – HijackThis’, a free log analyzing/report tool used by malware fighters, to clean infected systems from malicious content. Regrettably Trend Micro missed the malware combat train, since considerable time HJT didn’t evolve in a desired way: malware evolve incredibly fast, HijackThis have no answer on it.

No need to say that malware fighters searched for- and found a new log analyzing tool: OTL (formerly OTListIt2) by Oldtimer. Highly sophisticated, always up-to-date regarding new malware threats, and also great support by the developer, Oldtimer.

Unavoidable consequence: more and more malware fighters and sites they are working for ditch HijackThis in favor of OTL, my own board Smokey’s Security Forums included: HijackThis logs aren’t accepted anymore, instead we demand an OTL log from the customer searching for help to clean his/her system.

HijackThis lose ground very fast, OTL is the rising star. And this is something that isn’t appreciated by the Trend Micro folks at all: they flag ‘G2G – GeeksToGo!’ as a bad site, they also try to block OTL from running. Everybody knows that G2G is a well respected and acknowledged security site, same is valid for the program OTL: a great malware fighting/cleaning tool, acknowledged by the entire security community.

Now you will ask: what is the relationship between G2G and OTL? The answer is simple: G2G is the ‘home’ of the program OTL… Unbelievable that Trend Micro perform such condemnable actions. They lose a battle for reason of own mistakes -insufficient development of their tool HijackThis- and have the rudeness to react in such a childish way.

Trend Micro, I am done with your company and your products. You aren’t trustworthy. You are childish and bad. Don’t try to explain it are all mistakes, it are determined actions to destroy the competition.

I can tell you this too: I consider to add you to Smokey’s Security Weblog Hall of Shame. If you don’t solve the issues mentioned by me fast, your Hall Award will be fact. With fast I mean: within now and 3 days.


December 13, 2009 - Posted by | Anti-Spyware, Anti-Virus, Malware, Phishing, Recommended External Security Related Links | , , , , , , ,


  1. […] the reason to provide them the honor to be added to Smokey’s Security Weblog Hall of Shame: one week ago I blogged about Trend Micro, not just a security company but also the developers of ‘HJT – HijackThis’, a free log […]

    Pingback by Trend Micro is Smokey’s Security Weblog 2009/2010 Hall of Shame Awardee « Smokey's Security Weblog | December 19, 2009 | Reply

  2. Well, that certainly is clear, hope Trend Micro will hear you loud.
    I’m discovering this debate as a comment linking to it has been posted on ( All I can say at this time is that I’m on my way to ‘G2G – GeeksToGo!’ and looking forwards to replace HJT by OTL.
    By the way, nice website here, snow is lovely — Merry Christmas to all 🙂

    Comment by Transcontinental | December 22, 2009 | Reply

    • It is clear that TM decided to ignore what I told them, and continued their miserable practices. Everyone get what he/she deserve, TM included, so I provided TM with a nice Xmas present: they are added to Smokey’s Security Weblog Hall of Shame.

      Merry Christmas to all (TM included..)

      Comment by Smokey | December 22, 2009 | Reply

      • TM was added to ‘Smokey’s Security Weblog Hall of Shame’, yes I read that. Well, be said once more, the good of the Web is also the liberty it provides — liberty and power — to everyone to change the relationship between the Big and the Small(er). Nowadays things don’t work out as they used to, and big companies that still believe they make the Truth are leading themselves to huge disappointments 🙂

        Comment by Transcontinental | December 22, 2009

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