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AdwCleaner or JRT?


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#1 CaveStoryKing64

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Posted 06 August 2015 - 03:34 PM

So curently my Anti-Adware program is AdwCleaner, but I just heard about a new one called Junkware Removal Tool. Now I know that AdwCleaner has a much nicer UI, but I don't care about that. I dont care about how much RAM it uses or any of that. I just care about which of them detects more things. If any of you could run a test on that in a Virtual Machine or something like that, it would be awesome. Thank You.

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Posted 06 August 2015 - 03:47 PM

JRT (Junkware Removal Tool) is not new...it has been around since October 2012 when AdwCleaner was first released.

JRT 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. Before using the tool, if JRT detects an active Internet connection, it will download the latest copy and relaunch itself automatically.

BTW...in June 2015, Malwarebytes announced the hiring of thisisu, and the acquisition of Junkware Removal Tool. The integration of Junkware Removal Tool within Malwarebytes Anti-Malware will take place over the next few months. The stand-alone JRT program will remain intact for those who wish to use it.AdwCleaner is a portable adware cleaner created by Xplode (a BC Security Colleague) 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 as well as related services, registry entries (values, keys), files, folders and potentially unwanted extensions.

When first run AdwCleaner includes options under the tabs to show what was found and to allow disabling detections you want to keep since not all detections are necessarily bad. AdwCleaner will clean Chrome and Firefox extensions and Add-ons. If you find a false positive, you can uncheck elements in both Chrome and Firefox sections. In some cases AdwCleaner may detect items related to legitimate programs...just ignore such detections. AdwCleaner detects all proxies.

Both tools are typically used one after another in order to ensure if something is missed by one, the other will pick it up.
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Posted 07 August 2015 - 03:23 PM

JRT (Junkware Removal Tool) is not new...it has been around since October 2012 when AdwCleaner was first released.

JRT 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. Before using the tool, if JRT detects an active Internet connection, it will download the latest copy and relaunch itself automatically.

BTW...in June 2015, Malwarebytes announced the hiring of thisisu, and the acquisition of Junkware Removal Tool. The integration of Junkware Removal Tool within Malwarebytes Anti-Malware will take place over the next few months. The stand-alone JRT program will remain intact for those who wish to use it.

AdwCleaner is a portable adware cleaner created by Xplode (a BC Security Colleague) 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 as well as related services, registry entries (values, keys), files, folders and potentially unwanted extensions.

When first run AdwCleaner includes options under the tabs to show what was found and to allow disabling detections you want to keep since not all detections are necessarily bad. AdwCleaner will clean Chrome and Firefox extensions and Add-ons. If you find a false positive, you can uncheck elements in both Chrome and Firefox sections. In some cases AdwCleaner may detect items related to legitimate programs...just ignore such detections. AdwCleaner detects all proxies.

Both tools are typically used one after another in order to ensure if something is missed by one, the other will pick it up.

 

Ok, if Malwarebytes has aquired it then I guess I will just wait for it to come bundled with it internally. However, I am just curious, which one has a better detection rate?  



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Posted 07 August 2015 - 03:38 PM

They both pretty much detect a lot of the same things since the malware removal experts report new junkware/PUPs to be removed to both developers.
An example list of what is detected and removed can be found here.
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Posted 07 August 2015 - 03:51 PM

They both pretty much detect a lot of the same things since the malware removal experts report new junkware/PUPs to be removed to both developers.
An example list of what is detected and removed can be found here.

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Posted 07 August 2015 - 03:54 PM

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Posted 09 August 2015 - 01:23 PM

You're welcome.

Again, Thank You. I do like JRT's GUI better, I like to be able to press a button and it does everything for me. However, i'll just stick with AdwCleaner since Mawarebytes Anti-Malware aquired it. Anyway, tanks for the information, you helped me. Oh, and when I said I heard about a new one, I didn't mean JRT was new, I already knew it was old, I meant that I had newly heard about it. Is there anyway to mark this as resolved or close it? Thanks.

 

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Posted 09 August 2015 - 02:31 PM

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