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 tracert.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.
Description: The original tracert.exe from Microsoft is an important part of Windows, but often causes problems. The tracert.exe file is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder.
The file size on Windows 8/7/XP is 12,288 bytes.
Tracert.exe is a Windows core system file. The program is not visible. Tracert.exe is a trustworthy file from Microsoft. Therefore the technical security rating is 5% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.
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Is tracert.exe a virus? No, it is not. The true tracert.exe file is a safe Microsoft Windows system process, called "TCP/IP Traceroute Command".
However, writers of malware programs, such as viruses, worms, and Trojans deliberately give their processes the same file name to escape detection. Viruses with the same file name are for example Trojan-Downloader.Win32.PurityScan.fk (detected by Kaspersky), and Adware:Win32/Clickspring.B (detected by Microsoft).
To ensure that no rogue tracert.exe is running on your PC, click here to run a Free Malware Scan.
How to recognize suspicious variants?
Important: Some malware disguises itself as tracert.exe, particularly when not located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the tracert.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.
A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with tracert. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using cleanmgr and sfc /scannow, uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using msconfig) and enabling Windows' Automatic 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 resmon command to identify the processes that are causing your problem. Even for serious problems, rather than reinstalling Windows, you are better off doing a repair of your installation, or in the case of Windows 8, executing the DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.
To help you analyze the tracert.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: Security 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. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.