- Apr 20, 2020
Using NirSoft tools in the home environment is safe (except maybe in the Downloads folder).
DLL hijacking is simply one of the secondary chains of the infection (but not the first).
Auto-run malware is rare nowadays, because of Windows settings introduced in Windows Vista SP2. There were dangerous autorun attacks based on icon shortcut exploits, but they were patched by Microsoft a few years ago. So, the infections via flash drives must assume that the user must manually run something. The DLL hijacking method is used mostly to hide the source of infection. The average user can be infected in a simpler way without DLL hijacking.
Thanks for the perspective, I was wondering how serious this threat is. Nirsoft has some helpful utilities, I like to keep these in my toolbox.