What is tracert.exe?
Tracert.exe is a executable file (a program) within Windows. The filename extension .exe denotes an executable file. You should only run executable files from publishers you trust, because executable files can potentially change your computer settings or harm your computer. The free file information forum can help you determine if tracert.exe is a virus, trojan, spyware, or adware that you can remove, or a file belonging to a Windows system or to an application you can trust.
Tracert.exe file information
Description: The original tracert.exe from Microsoft is an important part of Windows, but often causes problems. The file tracert.exe is located in the folder C:\Windows\System32.
The file size on Windows 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 also read the users reviews.
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Viruses with the same file name
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).
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How to recognize suspicious variants? If tracert.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows, the security rating is 80% dangerous. The file size is 70,656 bytes. There is no description of the program. The program has no visible window. Tracert.exe is an unknown file in the Windows folder. The process starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run). The file is not a Windows core file. Tracert.exe is able to monitor applications.
If tracert.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows\System32, the security rating is 80% dangerous. The file size is 72,192 bytes. The application has no file description. The file is an unknown file in the Windows folder. The program is not visible. The software starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run). The file is not a Windows core file. Tracert.exe is able to monitor applications.
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.
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