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Junkware Removal Tool (JRT) vs Rogue Killer (RK)

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#1 JoeWatson


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Posted 28 December 2014 - 08:15 PM

Having looked at these on Bleeping Computer, I'm not sure if I should use JRT or RK or both of them. Is the only difference that JRT removes files without giving you any options whereas RK allows you to make your own decision to remove or not remove items.


Any guidance on how to use these tools for the best results would also be very much appreciated.

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Posted 28 December 2014 - 09:07 PM

JRT (Junkware Removal Tool) is a non-interactive batch program created by thisisu (a member of the BC Malware Response Team) that is designed to search for and remove many potentially unwanted programs (PUPs), adware, toolbars, browser hijackers , browser extensions, add-ons/plug-ins, browser helper objects (BHOs) and other junkware. JRT will remove all traces of these types of programs which includes related services, registry entries (values, keys), files, folders and potentially unwanted extensions. JRT will also restore some default settings for Internet Explorer, Mozilla FireFox and Google Chrome. JRT automatically removes whatever it finds...there are no options to skip or ignore detections and no option to backup/restore removed items.

RogueKiller is an anti-malware program created by Tigzy that scans running processes and stops/terminates those which are malicious in a manner similar to Rkill but it is written in C++. RogueKiller will clean the running processes before being killed, and on demand will clean the registry in order to make a faster and safer disinfection when using other security removal tools. RogueKiller does NOT remove files but it will remove certain registry keys, tasks in task scheduler and malicious .lnk in the startup folder. Any malicious files will need to be cleaned with a security scanner like Malwarebytes Anti-Malware or similar tool. RogueKiller will fix DNS hijacks, Proxy hijacks, HOSTS file Hijacks and malicious Master Boot Record (MBR) after making a backup of the MBR (PhysicalDrive0_user.dat).

I am a firm believer that if you're unsure how to use a particular security tool or interpret any logs it generates, then you probably should not be using it. Users often panic when they see log results they do not understand. Some security tools are intended for advanced users, those who are knowledgeable of the Windows registry or to be used under the guidance of an expert who can interpret the log results and investigate it for malicious entries before taking any removal action. Incorrectly removing legitimate entries could lead to disastrous problems with your operating system.

Note: With most Adware/Junkware/PUPs it is strongly recommended to deal with it like a legitimate program and uninstall from Programs and Features (Add/Remove Programs) in the Control Panel or an alternative third party uninstaller like Revo. In many cases, using the uninstaller of the adware not only removes it more effectively, but it also restores many changed configuration settings. After uninstallation, then you can run specialized tools like Malwarebytes Anti-Malware, AdwCleaner and JRT to fix any remaining entries they may find. These tools typically find and remove related registry entries, files and folders to include those within the AppData folder and elsewhere.
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