Security software maker Trend Micro has given its security application, Hijackthis, to the open source community, the company announced.
The source code for HijackThis, which was written in VisualBasic, is now available for the developers community at SourceForge.
HijackThis is a popular program produced by Trend Micro that specialises in scanning users' computers for any changes carried out by malware, spyware or other external threats.
The program generates a detailed report after the initial scan that experienced users can exploit to identify any potential threats affecting their systems.
The program's log files are extensively used by security communities all across the world for helping malware victims to detect and eliminate any dangers.
Merijn Bellekom, the developer of HijackThis, said of Trend Micro's decision to open source the program that "This means that other people can build on a solid base to create or improve their own anti-malware tools".
Trend Micro also confirmed that it will keep on maintaining the original source code, and periodically update the source code available on SourceForge to help the developers community make modifications and enhancements.
The source code of Hijackthis together with a brief introduction can be found on Sourceforge.