Friday, September 21, 2012

Junkware Removal Tool (JRT) Released - Freeware


Many of the infections we see on the forums and in the work environment nowadays involve a user that has an unwanted program, toolbar, or browser helper object (BHO) on their computer.

Some examples include (but not limited to):

  • Ask Toolbar
  • Babylon
  • Browser Manager
  • Claro / iSearch
  • Conduit
  • Coupon Printer for Windows
  • Crossrider
  • Facemoods / Funmoods
  • iLivid
  • IncrediBar
  • MyWebSearch
  • Searchqu
  • Web Assistant

The tool is designed to remove all traces of these types of programs which includes services, registry values, registry keys, files, and folders. The tool will also restore some default settings for Internet Explorer and Mozilla FireFox. Google Chrome is not supported (perhaps in future).

The tool is non-interactive so the user can simply open it by double-clicking and wait for the log report (JRT.txt) to open when the tool is finished. A copy of the log is saved to the user's desktop incase you want the user to attach the log.

The tool supports English versions of Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows Seven.

Here are some examples of the log output:

Example 1
Example 2
Example 3
Example 4

As you may have noticed, it's very straight-forward.

The application is also pretty small in size, currently 542 kilobytes. This is mostly due to the fact that the tool does not use any third party applications.


You can download Junkware Removal Tool from here:

I update it very often (multiple times a day) so please ensure you are using the latest version.


  1. Great work buddy! As always!
    Keep up the good work!

  2. Hi!

    Junkware Removal Tool delete Folders and keys for IDMan :

    Junkware Removal Tool (JRT) by Thisisu
    Version: 3.4.6 (11.22.2012)
    OS: Microsoft Windows XP x86
    Ran by Ali on 25/11/2012 at 14:31:33,06
    Blog: http://thisisudax.-- ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    ~~~ Services

    ~~~ Registry Values

    Successfully deleted: [Registry Value] hkey_current_user\software\microsoft\windows\currentversion\run\\IDMan

    ~~~ Registry Keys

    Successfully deleted: [Registry Key] hkey_classes_root\clsid\{0055c089-8582-441b-a0bf-17b458c2a3a8}
    Successfully deleted: [Registry Key] hkey_local_machine\software\microsoft\windows\currentversion\explorer\browser helper objects\{0055c089-8582-441b-a0bf-17b458c2a3a8}

    ~~~ Files

    ~~~ Folders

    Successfully deleted: [Folder] "C:\Program Files\internet download manager"

    Scan was completed on 25/11/2012 at 14:39:25,39
    End of JRT log

  3. I'm not sure if it is already part of the thing AdwCleaner targets but a friend of mine had loads of trouble removing Magic Desktop from her computer.

    It seems that EasyBits Magic Desktop is sometimes downloaded and installed via Skype. See for a complaining user here:

    EasyBits' website is here:

    EasyBits Magic Desktop is downloadable (via) here:

  4. @Proviron25
    This looked like junk to me. Are you requesting that the tool not remove it? McAfee also has a profile for it:

    @Fred de Vries
    I believe I read this article before but I will check it out again. Thank you for the download links as well. I will check them out and add them into the next update if necessary.

  5. @Proviron25
    The latest version of JRT should no longer target "Internet Download Manager". :)

  6. Hi

    Is it possible to add command-line switches to skip the initial disclaimer and not to open the log file at the end?

    Thank You for your work!

  7. @Admin

    I'm sure it's possible but I currently do not know how to do something like this. :(

  8. I think this could become a very useful tool. What it needs is a proper website and a GUI.

    When I want to advise it I have to say 'Go to [this] website and go to September 2012. There you can find the Junkware Removal Tool (or JRT). That is a very unusual and troublesome way to reach a good program.

    Isn't it possible to get an extra website just for this tool?

    Best wishes, Fred.

  9. Hi Fred de Vries,

    Please send users this download link:

    As far as a GUI. It is an ongoing work in progress.

    Best Regards