APIHijack – A Library for Easy DLL Function Hooking.

Based on DelayLoadProfileDLL.CPP, by Matt Pietrek for MSJ February 2000. This code is intended to be included in a DLL inserted through a global Windows Hook (CBT hook for example). It will replace functions from other DLLs (e.g. DDRAW.DLL) with functions from your DLL.

Functions are hooked by passing a parameter structure to the HookAPICalls() function as follows:

// Hook structure.
SDLLHook D3DHook =
false, NULL, // Default hook disabled, NULL function pointer.
{ “DirectDrawCreate”, MyDirectDrawCreate },

DWORD fdwReason,
LPVOID lpReserved )
// When initializing….
if ( fdwReason == DLL_PROCESS_ATTACH )
hDLL = hModule;

// We don’t need thread notifications for what we’re doing.
// Thus, get rid of them, thereby eliminating some of the
// overhead of this DLL
DisableThreadLibraryCalls( hModule );

// Only hook the APIs if this is the Everquest process.
GetModuleFileName( GetModuleHandle( NULL ),
sizeof(Work) );
PathStripPath( Work );

if ( stricmp( Work, “myhooktarget.exe” ) == 0 )
HookAPICalls( &D3DHook );

return TRUE;

Now all that remains is to get your DLL loaded into the target process. The MSDN has a few good articles on Windows hooks, which are the preferred way to get an arbitrary DLL loaded into a process:


Also, the article from which this code is based shows another way to do it, which involves loading the process to be hooked as a debug target:



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