Junkware Removal Tool

Junkware Removal Tool

Download Editors' Rating:
3
Good
Average User Rating:
3.3
out of 18 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    6.4.0
  • Total Downloads:
    157,567
  • Date Added:
    Dec. 01, 2014
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    1.63MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    2,888
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:
    #10 in Anti-Spyware

Editors' Review

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Thisisu's Junkware Removal Tool purges your system of PUPs (potentially unwanted programs) like adware and toolbars almost as easily as they find their way into your system. It's not uncommon for freeware to come bundled with other programs that you can usually decline to install, but it's also not unusual for one to sneak past your defenses. Junkware Removal Tool (JRT) is a one-step system cleaner that targets PUPs, adware, toolbars, and other malicious, suspicious, and pernicious system parasites, removing not only the unwanted program but also any traces left behind in your Registry and other places where debris accumulates. JRT is portable freeware, so it leaves no traces behind, either. It's also very basic, from the user's point of view: There are no settings or options, and the Command Line-style interface might not appeal to some users. But it's fast and effective, and it produces a detailed log of its actions.

We extracted JRT's executable file and clicked it. The program opened in a Command Line interface. Following JRT's instructions, we closed our browser and other open programs and pressed a random key to continue. JRT created a registry backup and began scanning our system, checking Startup, Modules, and so on, in sequence. It's normal for various windows to open and close quickly when JRT is running. The whole scan took about five minutes and found, removed, and scrubbed up a pair of PUPs. JRT automatically saved a text log to our desktop. It detailed everything the program did. Of course, if there's a toolbar or PUP that you actually want to keep, you'll need to reinstall it every time you run JRT since it offers no exclusion list.

Junkware Removal Tool's super-basic interface and all-or-nothing process limit its appeal somewhat, though we have no complaints about JRT's effectiveness. But similar tools that offer more options are available. We ran some popular cleaners after running JRT. Far from being redundant, JRT added powerful, targeted cleaning to our security lineup. JRT is free and safe, so you have nothing to lose by trying it, except of course for those pesky PUPs!

 
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User Reviews
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1 stars

"The most recent update had malware attached to it"

December 15, 2014  |  By wolfaxe

 |  Version: Junkware Removal Tool 6.4.0

Pros

None did not work

Cons

The older version no longer works. Prompted me to download the newer version which had 2 or 3 other programs attached that were loaded without giving me any warnings or options to avoid it After that found myself once again having my search engine taken over as well as setting off my malware alarms because now I have the well known trovi malware on my machine.

Summary

I came back to cnet hoping to find information about this issue but so far I find I am disappointed.

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2 stars

"JRT does work but at times it corrupts the Registry"

October 20, 2014  |  By TheRadMan

 |  Version: Junkware Removal Tool 6.3.3

Pros

JRT does what it can to remove PUP's and so on

Cons

JRT worked well in two instances, and worked poorly in two others; it retooled the registry entries for Chrome, and thereby disabled desktop links. Eventual fix was to remove Chrome from P&F in Cpanel and then re-install.
I was trying JRT in the WIN8.1 environment and relying upon RunAsAdmin to work

Summary

I think there are alternatives that work with higher reliability such as SpyBot Search and Destroy.

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5 stars

"Saved my bacon and it doesn't install junk - see pros"

June 12, 2014  |  By bozohead

 |  Version: Junkware Removal Tool 6.1.4

Pros

Removed a nasty virus/rat program and fixed most everything I needed fixing in a short amount of time. I am very happy with the results. This product does not install any junkware that I am aware of. No adware, spam, etc. - Download.com/Cnet DOES! Scroll all the way to the top of this page (or hit the "HOME" key on your keyboard) and read where it says "Junkware Removal Tool." Underneath that it should say "Download Now." Right under that it says "INSTALLER ENABLED" with a little "i" in a circle. When you click on this green rectangle link ,it downloads Cnet's/Download.com's very own installer program. It is this installer program that probably adds all the spam, adware, etc. If you don't want all that, look under the green rectangle and you will see "Direct Download Link." Click on this to download your program (as I did) and you shouldn't get any spam, adware, etc.

Cons

none that I have seen, but others have found that it did erase things they wanted to keep, but this program does back-up your registry before it does anything. You should back-up your programs, registry, etc. before running a program like this. Don't want to sound superior then you, just trying to suggest a tip.

Summary

This program got rid of a nasty little malware/rat program that was causing all sorts of trouble. My antivirus had been switched off and I couldn't switch it back on even though I had re-installed it. None of the other antivirus programs I downloaded would work properly either. I couldn't any sound at all. My games didn't work right or crashed half way through them (but only when I was winning - lol). None of my videos would play properly. As well, my computer was twice as slow as before and I couldn't download any windows updates. I tried all sorts of antivirus programs, but they all crashed or wouldn't start properly. Finally, I ran this one. It took 30 minutes to finish, but it fixed all my problems and the computer is working very well now. Also, this program doesn't appear to download spamware, adware, etc. - read # 3 Pros section above to find out where it does this come from.

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1 stars

"never got beyond "bad module""

June 01, 2014  |  By DCWard47

 |  Version: Junkware Removal Tool 6.0.8

Pros

great promise of malware removal

Cons

none-does not work in Windows 7

Summary

Creates registry restore point, then scans modules. Returned "bad module detected" with option to reboot. On reboot, same result. Didn't fix, identify bad module - just an endless loop. What a waste of time.

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3 stars

"Needs a tad more development."

May 28, 2014  |  By iyoyo2

 |  Version: Junkware Removal Tool 6.0.8

Pros

This little program is effective doing what it is supposed to do; however,...

Cons

JRT needs to show what it will delete with options for deletion or keep. It deleted my DriverHound program along with my Classic Shell Start Icon on my taskbar. The Classic Shell Start Icon will come back after a log off. My driver program does not and must be reinstalled.

Summary

My version is: v6.1.4

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2 stars

"A dangerous tool"

May 20, 2014  |  By billl_chalk

 |  Version: Junkware Removal Tool 6.0.8

Pros

Seems simple and retro

Cons

Without any warning or prompt for confirmation it deleted a top level directory containing every one of my user files that isn't part of a Windows Library. The deleted folder contained more data than could fit in the Recycle Bin so it was not easily recoverable and required a lot of time between restoring a backup and using Recuva to restore some files.

Summary

Without a prompt to tell you what it's planning to do I would not use this tool again. It's too dangerous.

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5 stars

"Excellent little program."

May 03, 2014  |  By melachupan

 |  Version: Junkware Removal Tool 6.0.8

Pros

It finds isolated registry keys left over by other programs, i.e. spybot. The one that will install the spyware or adware is CNET.com, not this program. You have to be careful when you install with the CNET installer that you will click "DECLINE" on their offers. The one installing spyware is CNET not this little program that appears to be clean to me.

Cons

it has a limited database and the developer should be working on making it more comprehensive.

Summary

Unfortunately, CNET will contaminate your installation with spyware, be careful, don't fall into the tral.
This program is small and reliable.
THe database is a somehow limited.

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5 stars

"Great product. It found things missed by other product"

April 19, 2014  |  By GreesyCheese

 |  Version: Junkware Removal Tool 6.0.8

Pros

Outstanding product. It missed certain elements of malware that I were missed by other programs. My computer is working significantly faster after using this program

Cons

MAKE SURE YOU READ WHAT YOU ARE ACCEPTING WHEN DOWNLOADING!!! My HOME PAGE WAS HIJACKED AND IT TOOK SEVERAL HOURS TO FIX.

Summary

Great program, easy to use, and it has increased my computer's performance. I'm really impressed.

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5 stars

"Did what I needed - and more!"

January 17, 2014  |  By Hevionnet

 |  Version: Junkware Removal Tool 6.0.8

Pros

It was recommended to me that it could get rid of MyInfotopia plugin, and it sure did solve that problem.

It took some time, but after I saw the rapport I was so happy I did.
The rapport also showed "old bits" of malware it had found left in my registry. Bits of malware I thought already was gone when I had been running other programs. If not moved it will continue to slow your PC.

Cons

It's always with some risk you run a new program that few people know about. Specially when Your not a "spam expert". Hope more people will use it in the future.

Summary

I am so happy I ran this program.

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5 stars

"Great. YouTube autoplay works now."

January 02, 2014  |  By johnhealyva

 |  Version: Junkware Removal Tool 5.0.8

Pros

Removal of Speedbit Video Accelerator stopped a lot of the ads in YouTube.

Cons

Takes a little time to run the program.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 6.4.0
Version 6.4.0 may include unspecified updates, enhancements, or bug fixes.
General
Publisher Thisisu
Publisher web site http://thisisudax.org/
Release Date November 29, 2014
Date Added December 01, 2014
Version 6.4.0
Category
Category Security Software
Subcategory Anti-Spyware
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 7, Windows, Windows Vista, Windows XP
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 1.63MB
File Name JRT.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 157,567
Downloads Last Week 2,888
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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