What is rstrui.exe?

The .exe extension on a filename indicates an executable file. Executable files may, in some cases, harm your computer. Therefore, please read below to decide for yourself whether the rstrui.exe on your computer is a Trojan that you should remove, or whether it is a file belonging to the Windows operating system or to a trusted application.

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Rstrui.exe file information

The process known as System Restore Application or Microsoft® Windows System Restore belongs to software Microsoft Windows Operating System by Microsoft (

Description: The original rstrui.exe is an important part of Windows and rarely causes problems. Rstrui.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows\System32. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 380,416 bytes (42% of all occurrences), 418,304 bytes, 382,976 bytes, 417,280 bytes or 508,928 bytes. 
Rstrui.exe is a trustworthy file from Microsoft. The program has a visible window. Therefore the technical security rating is 9% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as rstrui.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the rstrui.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.


User Comments

ist die Systemwiederherstellung mit der man Wiederherstellungspunkte erstellen und zurückspielen kann
  ghostdog21   (further information)
rstrui.exe is a Microsoft Restore Console.
Systemwiederherstellungspunkt damit erfolgreich gesetzt
  Steffen C. Hilbig  
All I know is that it came camouflage as a link on an email I received claiming to be from Costco and when I click the link to check status of my order it automatically downloaded a file from the browser and I immediately tried to do a system restore but it keeps prompting "Do you want to allow the program from an unknown publisher to make changes to this computer? Program name: rstrui.exe, Publisher: Unknown, File origin: Hard drive on this computer

Summary: Average user rating of rstrui.exe: based on 1 vote with 4 user comments. One user thinks rstrui.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 3 users don't grade rstrui.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving rstrui issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with rstrui. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using cleanmgr and sfc /scannow, uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using msconfig) and enabling Windows' Automatic Update. Always remember to perform periodic backups, or at least to set restore points.

Should you experience an actual problem, try to recall the last thing you did, or the last thing you installed before the problem appeared for the first time. Use the resmon command to identify the processes that are causing your problem. Even for serious problems, rather than reinstalling Windows, you are better off repairing of your installation or, for Windows 8 and later versions, executing the DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

To help you analyze the rstrui.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: Security Task Manager displays all running Windows tasks, including embedded hidden processes, such as keyboard and browser monitoring or Autostart entries. A unique security risk rating indicates the likelihood of the process being potential spyware, malware or a Trojan. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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