What is JRT.exe?

The genuine JRT.exe file is a software component of Junkware Removal Tool  by Malwarebytes.
Junk Ware Removal Tool is an anti-adware tool. JRT.exe is an executable file associated with the JRT anti-malware utility that does not pose any threat to user PC's.

Junk Ware Removal Tool (JRT) by Malwarebytes is a security software utility that is designed to extract ad-ware, toolbars and potentially unwanted programs that get installed often via malicious downloads or software installed from dubious sources. This one-step system cleaner removes unwanted programs and any traces left behind in your registry and other places where debris accumulates. There are no settings or options to deal with, making the JRT tool fast and effective.

Malwarebytes Inc is an American Internet security company that specializes in protecting home computers, smartphones, and companies. Established in 2008, the company has offices in Santa Clara, California, Clearwater, Florida, Tallinn, Estonia and Cork, Ireland and reported a growth of 10 million users in just one year—2014-2015. Several products from the Malwarebytes product lineup have become very popular over the years including Malwarebytes Endpoint Security. By the year 2015, the company claims to have fixed over 250 million computers and over five billion malware threats worldwide.

JRT stands for Junkware Removal Tool

The .exe extension on a filename indicates an executable file. Executable files may, in some cases, harm your computer. Therefore, please read below to decide for yourself whether the JRT.exe on your computer is a Trojan that you should remove, or whether it is a file belonging to the Windows operating system or to a trusted application.

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JRT.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with JRT
JRT.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Junkware Removal Tool belongs to software unknown by Malwarebytes ( or Thisisu.

Description: JRT.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. JRT.exe is located in a subfolder of the user's profile folder—normally C:\Users\USERNAME\Downloads\. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 1,790,024 bytes (50% of all occurrences) or 1,663,672 bytes. 
There is no description of the program. The program has no visible window. It is not a Windows core file. Therefore the technical security rating is 66% dangerous.

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If JRT.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files", the security rating is 46% dangerous. The file size is 1,033,335 bytes. There is no description of the program. The program is not visible. It is not a Windows core file.

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as JRT.exe. Therefore, you should check the JRT.exe process on your PC to see if it is a threat. We recommend Security Task Manager for verifying your computer's security. This was one of the Top Download Picks of The Washington Post and PC World.


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Best practices for resolving JRT issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with JRT. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using 1cleanmgr and 2sfc /scannow, 3uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using 4msconfig) and enabling Windows' 5Automatic Update. Always remember to perform periodic backups, or at least to set restore points.

Should you experience an actual problem, try to recall the last thing you did, or the last thing you installed before the problem appeared for the first time. Use the 6resmon command to identify the processes that are causing your problem. Even for serious problems, rather than reinstalling Windows, you are better off repairing of your installation or, for Windows 8 and later versions, executing the 7DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

To help you analyze the JRT.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: ASecurity Task Manager displays all running Windows tasks, including embedded hidden processes, such as keyboard and browser monitoring or Autostart entries. A unique security risk rating indicates the likelihood of the process being potential spyware, malware or a Trojan. BMalwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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